Runway renamed as North Pole moves

Stansted Airport in Essex, UK has renamed its runway because the position of the Earth’s magnetic North Pole has moved.

6 Jul 09 – The runway, known by pilots and air traffic controllers as 23/05 because of its location and compass heading, has been renamed 22/04 to reflect the new position and bearing.

“We’ve had to make this change due to the Magnetic North Pole slowly drifting on the Earth’s surface but our runway remains in a fixed position,” said Trevor Waldock, head of airside operations.

“The magnetic North Pole will continue to drift,” this article continues, “until it eventually switches with the magnetic South Pole.”

A magnetic reversal, in other words.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/8136307.stm

Thanks to Dan Hammer for this link


Leave a Comment

three × 2 =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.