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Spectator Facilities At Airports- Info Please  
User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Hi All

Can you guys give me some great examples of where the follwing can be found

Spectator viewing areas in or on terminal roof terraces (eg LGW, LHR, AMS - are they still open?)

Aviation Viewing Parks (eg MAN - brilliant!)

Photography platforms/viewing points

Organised Airside tours for visitors and spotters

All examples to be in the UK or in Europe please. Can be civil or military fields

Thanks for all in advance

Ta ra for noo.

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User currently offlineKarlok From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 839 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3914 times:

The facilities is still open at AMS.

User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks ago) and read 3913 times:

Quoting Scotty (Thread starter):
Spectator viewing areas in or on terminal roof terraces

Amsterdam was already mentioned, Zurich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Frankurt (open until this fall i think), Warsaw (also open until fall I think)

Quoting Scotty (Thread starter):
Aviation Viewing Parks (eg MAN - brilliant!)


Quoting Scotty (Thread starter):
Photography platforms/viewing points

/smartass on
Nearly Every airport although not official  Wink
/smartass off

Quoting Scotty (Thread starter):
Organised Airside tours for visitors and spotters


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

Keep 'em coming.

I know what you mean about nearly every airport - me too!! I suppose I meant officially designated photography areas rather than "you can go there but we'll pretend we dont see you" ones!

The muddy pile at GLA might give great views but its not really official!

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

DUS appears to have excellent facilities for public viewing and photography

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User currently offlineHaskey From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3824 times:

Heathrow - Queens Building and roof terrace closed. There is a visitor centre on the north side but is not any good for photography but is OK just to watch.

Gatwick - Roof terrace closed 2004.

Stansted - Nothing

User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3748 times:

LGW roof terrace and LHR Queen's Building were superb - do you know if its still OK to take pics form near Hatton Cross?

User currently offlineGladave From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

i was in glasgow yesterday and wonder if i have the right place to take pictures.

for a while i was up by the glasgow flying club area and went to the end of the runway got a few good shots.
then i went over to the other side by the playing fields, but the veiws seamed pretty poor.

is there somewhere else that i have not found?


User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Frankfurt has airside tours, I believe just on weekends now. Check the airport website, although those details might outdated.

User currently offlineDl1812 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3518 times:


You could try these three :

(Click the Spotters Help tab)



These sites have a pretty good coverage of spotting points.


Dave L.

User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

There's a dedicated viewing park at EMA and also at RAF Waddington.

The one at EMA is south-facing though.

There are thousands of spots at airports around the UK where it is possible to view from that are legally accessible.

Does it have to be somewhere officially designated by the airport?


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