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User currently offlineDublinSpotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

Hi!
I have a few questions and was wondering if you guys could help me out! I will be traveling to LHR for my birthday with my mum (who isn't an aviation fan) and she has told me that we can look round the airport but not leave the airport. So I need as much information as I can get about the terminal and the airport. I know the basics like LHR is the busiest airport in the world! Although we don't know much about the layout of the Airport

1. I have looked up photos from in side the terminal but their is none can you show my any sites or photos that show the inside of terminal 1.

2. Is their any good areas inside the terminal i.e. like any huge windows or viewing areas.

3. Is their any nice restaurants?

4. As i will be traveling on EI from BFS will I be on one of there A320's or A319's if they are in service by then (April) (I know its a long shot!)

5. Are the security friendly enough to let you take photos from inside the terminal at the aircraft passing.

6. Is it possible to go to terminal 5 and have a look around their free of charge (is the train free etc)



I know its a lot of information i need but that is about the height of it! And i need to know!

Thanks for any help!


Dublinspotter :)
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User currently offlineCaptainKramer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

Hi DublinSpotter,

You can travel on the Heathrow Express for free between terminals 1 and 5. Unless you are flying out of terminal 5, you wont get good views of the apron, you need to pass customs and imigration for that, but in the check in area, top floor on the left and right sides are views of runway 9R (right) and 9L (left) depending on prevailing winds you will either get takeoffs on 9R or landings on 9L or takeoffs on 27R. On your return from terminal 5 make sure you get off at terminal 1, because after a stop of a few minutes it will continue it's journey to London Paddington and that ain't free, a round trip will cost £36.00!

There is a restaurant The Tin Goose in terminal 1 that have views looking out onto the apron, as do Cafe Nero and Costa Coffee. I personally don't know how good the views of aircraft are though.

There is also a dedicated website Heathrow.com, that may answer any other questions you or your mum might still have.

Hope that helps, have a happy "spotting" birthday!

Regards CaptainKramer


User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

Hi there,

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 1):
There is a restaurant The Tin Goose in terminal 1 that have views looking out onto the apron, as do Cafe Nero and Costa Coffee. I personally don't know how good the views of aircraft are though.

Costa Coffee does have good views of one of the aprons - served by both BMI, Lufthansa and ocassionally Air New Zealand. Furthermore, with a long enough zoom you can see touchdowns on 27R. If you walk a bit further to the west (when in Costa) and walk down a long pier (towards the northern runway), you will find another area with a massive window (a long one too) over looking taxiing aircraft and 27R.

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 1):
top floor on the left and right sides are views of runway 9R (right) and 9L (left) depending on prevailing winds you will either get takeoffs on 9R or landings on 9L or takeoffs on 27R.

Yes, there's a Costa Coffee (I believe) on the far left, at the top of the terminal. Here you can see a few gates (just BA 319/320s) and if 09s are in use, you'll see 09L landings coming past nicely. Furthermore, your Mum can stay and have a coffee there and you can pop outside by literally just walking out of the exit on that floor and walking to the end closest to the northern runway and get some better shots there, without the glass.

See these videos for an idea of what I mean:

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYQII...UDOEgsToPDskI6NxlDh8ZI6d6w06CMoWaw (the 1st minute or so and then 1:40 to 2:40)

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7dbDxyAXk8

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS7kM...g-u-u&context=G2ff6954FUAAAAAAAAAA

Hope this helps, if you need to know anymore don't hesitate to ask.

Cheers,

Alfie



Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

Hi

Thanks for getting back to me about Heathrow! I am really excited and I can't wait! I have just bought my self a new camera for this!!

Is their specific times to when they use the runways? If their is, would you guys know what these times are at?

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 2):

Would a 70-300mm be good?

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 1):
have a happy "spotting" birthday!

Thanks!!!!

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 2):
pop outside by literally just walking out of the exit on that floor and walking to the end closest to the northern runway and get some better shots there, without the glass.

Is that like a viewing area? Is the glass in the terminal very bad for photography?

The links are very good!



Thanks again guys!



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlineYchocky From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 3):

Is their specific times to when they use the runways? If their is, would you guys know what these times are at?

Heathrow experiences westerly winds normally meaning 27L/R operations. A runway change occurs at 1500. The order of the runway usage changes week to week. For example today LHR opened with arrivals on 27L and switched at 1500 to 27R. Departures began on 27R and then switched to 27L. Schedules can be found online (somewhere).

If winds are easterly, Runway 09L is used for Arrivals and 09R for departures.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 3):
Would a 70-300mm be good?

From T5 that is more than enough focal length.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 3):
Is that like a viewing area? Is the glass in the terminal very bad for photography?

I've had no issues at either end of the departures level outside of T5. There are smoking areas at both ends so it might not be enjoyable if bothered by cigarette smoke. Inside the windows may be dirty, and light may cause glare off the glass.


User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

Hi (again)

Thanks mate for getting back to me this is my first time at Heathrow so don't know the tricks about the place! Ha ha!

Quoting Ychocky (Reply 4):
Heathrow experiences westerly winds normally meaning 27L/R operations.

Is it possible to see 27L/R and 9L/R from terminal one? But as you say they usually use the 27L/R is it possible to see them both at the same time anywhere in the terminal?

Should I bring any other lenses with me other than my 70-300mm?

Quoting Ychocky (Reply 4):
Inside the windows may be dirty, and light may cause glare off the glass.

Is that the same in terminal one also?!



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

You can really expect most airport windows to be dirty, it's just a negative of shooting from inside.

From Terminal One you can see the Northern Runway, therefore 27R landings and takeoffs and also 09L landings. It's best to get to the end of the pier in T1 that I told you about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Me8fodAfNs (around 1:00) - If you look here, just before the shot changes to the AC 330 takeoff from the BMI shot, you can see a glass window paned building behind the aircraft; this is the spot I'm talking about.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 5):
Should I bring any other lenses with me other than my 70-300mm?

You may want a shorter lens too, I would advise it.

Quoting Ychocky (Reply 4):
Heathrow experiences westerly winds normally meaning 27L/R operations. A runway change occurs at 1500. The order of the runway usage changes week to week. For example today LHR opened with arrivals on 27L and switched at 1500 to 27R. Departures began on 27R and then switched to 27L. Schedules can be found online (somewhere).

If winds are easterly, Runway 09L is used for Arrivals and 09R for departures.


That's correct. You can find the rota here: http://noise.heathrowairport.com/ass...oads/Statics/rwy-alt-prog-2012.pdf

When are you down? Have fun!



Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

Hi,

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 6):
You may want a shorter lens too, I would advise it.

Oh right thanks   Would you know what type of lense i should bring for a cabin shots of my EI flights? I was thinking of my 18-35mm lens... Would that be good enough?

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 6):
you can see a glass window paned building behind the aircraft; this is the spot I'm talking about.

And again that is alot clearer! But can I easily go through to their or do I need to be on a flight to get in to that area?

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 6):
When are you down?

I am down on Monday 2nd April, it is part of my birthday present   I arrive at 08:30 and leave at 15:15 in the afternoon (In Northern Ireland we will be on our Easter holidays, Perfect time to come to Heathrow

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 6):
Have fun!

Thanks, I will! Ha ha



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 7):
I was thinking of my 18-35mm lens... Would that be good enough?

That should suffice.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 7):
But can I easily go through to their or do I need to be on a flight to get in to that area?

It's after security, yes. But once you're airside, you can go down there - doesn't matter what flight you're on (although it is the BMI area)

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 7):
I am down on Monday 2nd April, it is part of my birthday present

Happy Birthday in advance, you should get some good shots!

Alfie



Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

Hi

Thanks for getting back to me!

Could you give me any tips on cabin or terminal shots?

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 8):
t's after security, yes. But once you're airside, you can go down there - doesn't matter what flight you're on (although it is the BMI area)

Thanks mate, really helps! Is the terminal big, it is possible to walk from EI gates to the BD gates easily, right?

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 8):
Happy Birthday in advance, you should get some good shots!

Cheers mate, couldn't be kinder! ha ha

Thanks



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

Would any of you guys know if I will be on one of the new EI A319's? Would be cool to be one of the first to photograph the planes. The flight says A320, could it change to an A319?


Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 9):
Could you give me any tips on cabin or terminal shots?

No, not really as such mate. I just know that the windows at LHR are pretty dirty! With cabin shots, getting the right exposure is key, try to avoid photographing the outside of the cabin if possible, really.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 9):
it is possible to walk from EI gates to the BD gates easily, right?

Yup, especially if you have as much time on your hands as you do!

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 10):
Would any of you guys know if I will be on one of the new EI A319's?

I'm not sure, maybe - but probably not.

Alfie



Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 4275 times:

Hi

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 11):
I'm not sure, maybe - but probably not.

Would be cool though! I have checked all the EI flights and I will be seeing one at BFS! So I will take pics and post to my Flickr account!

I would like to verify, the security will be okay with me taking pics at the terminal and the planes and are EI staff okay with pics and videos of there planes?

Thanks pilotalltheway for all the advice!



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3951 times:

Hi

We were wondering at LHR will I be able to see one of the Biman 773 or DC-10 (that's if they use them still on the service to London) or any Kuwait Airways aircraft, Qf 744 Iranair or TAM? please notify me on any other specials, also will MH A380 be in service by then?

We will be flying out on the 2nd April (Monday) and arriving at Heathrow at 08:30 and leave at 15:00 later that day

Thanks for any info!

[Edited 2012-02-28 15:04:20]


Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlinepilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 12):
I would like to verify, the security will be okay with me taking pics at the terminal and the planes and are EI staff okay with pics and videos of there planes?

I've always been fine at Heathrow and haven't heard of anyone else with problems. EI should be fine with pics and videos of their aircraft, otherwise there wouldn't be any on this site!

About the movements, it's hard to be sure at the moment.

Again - make the most of it at LHR, don't worry about getting in trouble, you're doing nothing wrong.



Dude - where's my plane?
User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Hi

Thanks very much for all help

Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 14):
Again - make the most of it at LHR, don't worry about getting in trouble, you're doing nothing wrong.

Ok, will do!!!



All the best thanks

P.S. Sorry for being a pain!!!



Dublinspotter :)
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