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Spotting-Facilities At STN And ORY?  
User currently offlineMfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 259 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Hallo!

Today I need the help of the airliners.net photographer's community. A friend of mine does research for a university-project about airports in Europe and he needs RELIABLE (=quotable...) information whether there are any spotters facilities such as an observation terrace or a designated spotter's area at Paris-ORY and at London-STN.

Your help is very highly appreciated, thank you in advance!

Best regards,
mfz


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User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

STN = Nothing at all  Sad

Its one of the worst airports for photo's i know of. There are always problems there as well due to no facilities for photographers or spotters !!!!! There was talk of a viewing area being built , but im not holding my breath though !!!

Just aswell theres not alot there apart from, Ryanair , Ryanair , Ryanair...... You do get the odd jewel though which is very annoying !!!!  Sad



[Edited 2004-12-07 16:26:59]


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User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

Just aswell theres not alot there apart from, Ryanair , Ryanair , Ryanair......

Don't forget Easyjet  Big grin Although seriously this is a common myth about STN and is partially (!) unfounded. STN has A LOT more than just FR and U2, however due to the sheer volume of FR and U2, it can often not feel that way, and also a lot of the slightly more interesting traffic comes during the hours of darkness.

It is however true, as Simon said, that STN is totally dire for viewing, and even worse for photographers - at least spotters don't have to have completely unobstructed views with the sun behind! - it's my local airport and I favour airports much further afield! There are places to go, but they aren't the best and certainly aren't official areas. As for the chance of one being built - I'd say unlikely! It's a BAA airport, and the 2 busiest ones (LHR and LGW) both had official areas which have since been closed, so the chances of them building one is slim, based on their track record. Maybe when STN gets its expansion, they'll consider viewing areas, but I won't hold my breath!

[Edited 2004-12-07 19:32:50]

User currently offlineSHJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

The best place to spot or take pictures at Stansted is from the departure lounge satellites before you board a cheap flight to spend a day at an airport with decent viewing facilities.

User currently offlineMfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3955 times:

Thank you very much for your replies so far guys! I really appreciate your help. Please keep your comments coming about STN, but I'd really also need someone to please confirm that there's no designated viewing area, observation deck or anything similar in Paris-ORY. Or, if this is the case, please try to explain to me how and where to find it.

And again: I am not looking for insider's spots we planespotters might use to get photos but where you'd have to climb trees or crawl through bushes to get there. I am much rather looking for official viewing areas where families can come on the weekend and admire aviation as it is. An example for this would be the observation decks in ZRH and FRA.

Thank you very much again for your help!

Ciao,
mfz



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3953 times:

I've been to STN in July 2003, spent the time in the approach, no other good places at all. Traffic is boring, but somtimes you can get surprised by a bizjet or something unscheduled, as on every other airport....


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User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

I can help I was at both airports this summer.

STN - requires a car. Location is opposite the main terminal. The runway is higher and some high ground does get in the way, so pick your position accordingly. Good light from mid-afternoon. Park car along the not so busy road. Many spotters were there the day of the visit. Lots of FR & U2 but that day was the first time I saw a FR 738 and made out with plenty. REquires at minimum 200mm lens

ORY - observation deck on one of the terminal (Sud? - one to the east). Terminal faces south, so light is horrible for most of the day and the deck is enclosed with glass. The best place I found was a park opposite to the terminal on the south-side. Light is good for most of the day. 300mm lens is required. Park is only open 0930 to 1900 and closed on Mondays in the summer. Car is recommended but walking is possible if you are fit to walk 30 or so minutes from the terminal.


User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

As for ORY, the observation deck is closed, ADP says it is temporary but it has been that way since 2001. My guess is that it shall (...) not reopen any time soon. Shots through glass can be had though except most of the time that glass is quite dirty.
Your best bet is to do as stated above but watch out for the boys in blue.

Will



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User currently offlineMfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

Thank you very much for your informations so far! They are very helpful and highly appreciated!

Best regards,
mfz



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