13 JANUARY 2020

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Article from BTNews 13 JANUARY 2020

Mission Impossible The BTN year-end quiz 2019

The big question is “how hard does Rob Simpson of Air Britain make it?”  Too difficult and readers lose interest.  Too easy and too many winners.  What to do for next year?  Did we get the balance right?

For the answers please see the link.

Please COMMENT below.  The winner virtually got it all correct but it was close.  And thanks for the many entries who said they did not have a clue but enjoyed the attempt.  And the record number of people who clicked on the site.

We did not need the tie-breaker.  "Which is the best terminal at Heathrow and why?"  The editor in chief favours T4 as it is smaller and less walking, likes T5 and is aware that T2 is award winning.  He finds T3 excellent especially with the Virgin drop-off.  These days all the terminals work well!  Terminals 3 and 5 were equally placed in the tally of tie-breakers received.

The prizes

  1. An easyJet return flight for two anywhere on their system.
  2. Heathrow has on offer a pair of Plaza Premium passes for the T5 lounge plus Business First return tickets on the Heathrow Express.
  3. The Gatwick Airport prize is £100 to spend in any of its numerous restaurants and shops plus a pair of Premium security passes in order to speed up your spending.


For the three runners up there is a Crécy aviation book title each, and for the next three a copy of LONDON CITY AIRPORT – 30 Years Linking the Capital, written by BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.

The editor in chief’s decision is final and all the winners will be contacted this week by email.

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Kane Davidson, Abu Dhabi

Was very tricky indeed and required many hours of quiet research on the sofa or looking through my aviation library. Please don't dumb it down in future years - I like the challenge. I agree with Simon Grigor - looking forward to the same format in Dec 2020.


Simon Grigor, Harrow

It WAS the hardest yet. But it should be hard, the prizes are excellent ones and should be won after some decent effort! Personally my main aircraft interest is military, and Rod had fewer military this year and more 'tiny civils' of the sort loved by visitors to Oshkosh. But if that's so, then it's for folk like me to take more interest in that type of plane! Thank you Rod. Roll on December 2020!


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