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User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Posted (12 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Which of thos three would be more interesting?
Reason is that I am going to fly to STN on the afternoon of April the 9th and back to GRZ on the 11th. I am not sure, should I stay in London, or go to one of those three?
Peter


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User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1481 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Depends on what you want
DUB has far more movements than either GLA or especially SNN. A good range of carriers and constant action. At present there are some interesting parked aircraft at FLS, not all visible all the time.

SNN has few movements, but much of high quality coming off the Atlantic, if you it at the right time. However, it can be like watching paint dry, at times. Dont forget the three maintenance paint facilities too.

GLA, in my view, is just fairly provincial with mostly UK carriers.


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Would I need a car to get to the spots and / or a ladder to step on for Dublin?
Peter



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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Check you e-mail

LGW


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Walk for these:

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Car or very long walk for these

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Martin



User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Small pics and bad quality cos of me flat bed but here are some of my SNN pics

Viewing Area in terminal



Near ATC Tower



Near Terminal



Side of runway









LGW


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1481 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months ago) and read 1665 times:

At DUB, like most airports now airside views are ok.
If you can get access to the Aer Lingus Gold Circle or Business class lounge. In Pier C there are good views through glass. At Pier A you can be very close to "Gulfstream Row", Ryanair use too, again through glass but with the possibility of snatching shots when the boarding gate doors open, which is fairly frequently.

Groundside views are less convenient, try restaurant area, also walk down to FLS at roundabout on exit road. There was an Ansett 767 there on Sun.

There are good spots near the threshold of the usual active runway, you can take a city public bus torwards Dublin (not the express or blue coach), pass ALSAA the EI staff club,
go on to a junction c300 yrds with a road on your right and a cemetary entrance on your left. Get off there.

Follow the road on the right, use extreme care as traffic is fast and heedless and there is no path, on to where some cars are parked and there are some mounds of mud to stand on , this should lift your view over a chain link fence at the point of touchdown.

Much further along this road is the Irish Helicopters helibase (hard to see into) and much, much , much further along are the light aircraft you can see on the other side of the airfield. You can make a complete circuit, which gives you a view of the front of FLS, but it is not a practical walk unless you do marathons.


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months ago) and read 1655 times:

Well why not just stay in London and get all the airlines that come to DUB, SNN and GLA all in the one area !

STN is abit like SNN with cargo traffic

LHR is about 40 times better than DUB for traffic and you'll never get bored with the constant movements. DUB can get incredibly slow. You could be waiting for 20-30 mins for an arrival at some times

LGW is okay once you don't get moved on by the cops  Big grin

Martin


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Thanks for the advice guys. DUB would be fine because of the Aer Lingus A330. Well i have to think about it. One thing is for sure I have my flights to STN.
Peter



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User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Give GLA a miss Peter.... even I find the photographic opportunities disappointing there. You need good local knowledge to get the best out of GLA.
Actually, you need a good guide!
(A gillie is the local word for guide)
I moved from GLA to EDI 10 years ago. A fair bit has changed for the worse.
Personally, I would go to DUB.

Gerry/EDI


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Gerry is right.

GLA is a dead loss location wise unless you happen to be there on a rare occasion when the runway in use is 05 and its sunny and you are into BA franchise operators Jungle Jets, ATPs, easyJet, Go or the usual charter carriers. Also Iceair, CO, AA, AC are daily arrivals. There is also some good IT stuff between April-October coming off the Transatlantic routes. So its certainly not provincial UK stuff only.

However, unless you want to get all the green stuff, I'd get off the plane at STN and head straight into London, and then head out to LHR or LGW from Paddington or Victoria respectively.

Any of the others is pretty much a waste of a ticket.

Scotty


User currently offlineSunCEO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 359 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Don't go to DUB on a Tuesday! Was there today and not much happening except a rather nice LX avro. If you love Aer Lingus and Ryanair and thats all then go on a Tuesday, for variety probably Sat the best IMHO.

Rgds,
SunCEO.


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