Jorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
Have been at STN at the beginning of this year for spotting. There shall be some good spots on the opposite of rwy seen from the terminal. We went by foot about 30mins. from the terminal to the right and tried to follow the fence. The ground there was very dirty and wet, but at the ned we ound a place under the final approach of rwy 23 (I think it was 23), form there we could see every arriving aircraft (only EZY and FR 737). I'm using the Olympus C-750 with 380mm zoom but needed less. Here are some examples from this day.
But after an hour or more we were told by the police to move away. Happened to all places we visited and were we took pictures. Wasn't not easy, but police was very very friendly. As I can remember there was a small hill next to the maintanance area on the left of the terminal, but maybe the same problem with police.
The first shot is a 5 minute walk from the terminal towards the airport exit(just follow the hill down basically).From here most of the passenger flights can be caught on camera although Britannia and some charter airlines park where the Air Luxor shot was taken.This is RIGHT next to the terminal and is good in the afternoon onwards.
This is probably the third main spot without going round to the far side of the airport and getting takeoff/landing shots(very long walk from the terminal I would think.)Generally this part of the airport sees an interesting couple of bizjets parked up and you will have to go up to the security barrier to take such shots but as long as you tell the security dudes what you're doing they never seem to mind.
Airplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2748 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
I very much doubt you will have any trouble from the Police at LTN at all. When I was there in March, one came upto us, took the car registration and drivers details and then started to talk about our cameras! When a plane came, he told us to get our photos!
Woody001 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 529 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3560 times:
As a regular visitor to LTN (only a 30min drive from home) I have never met a bad policeman. Sometimes they come up and take your details other times they don't bother. But if you are polite to them you will have no problems.
The best shots are from round the south side, you may be able to get a lift around there from one of the local spotters, worth asking
The sun is behind/overhead you all day up until around 1800hrs at this time of year.
Ljungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 923 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
Jorge1812 wrote: (About Stansted)
"But after an hour or more we were told by the police to move away. Happened to all places we visited and were we took pictures. Wasn't not easy, but police was very very friendly."
Woody001 wrote: (About Luton)
"As a regular visitor to LTN (only a 30min drive from home) I have never met a bad policeman. Sometimes they come up and take your details other times they don't bother. But if you are polite to them you will have no problems."
So, is there actually a (official?) security difference between LTN and STN for spotting, or was the STN report just an one-off thing?
Spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1642 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3501 times:
Johan, you'll have no problems at LTN, that's for sure. I have just got back from there, managed to get the 2 evening Wizz flights, new for me! If you mail me I can give you some better info. LTN was my local for a number of years.
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Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
Slightly off topic
I gave him fake info anyway
I'm afraid I don't understand this lack of respect for authority, especially when you are doing something the police at that location probably have no problem with anyway.
There are plenty of threads on the forums about possible new laws in the UK that may curtail our hobby, and about airports generally getting less spotter friendly. Why give the people who would stop us more ammunition?