Sponsor Message:
Aviation Photography Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Will LHR Spectator's Area Re-open?  
User currently offlineLN-ATC From Norway, joined Jul 2001, 62 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Due to "the world situation", the spectators' viewing area on top of the Queen's Building/Terminal Two was temporarily closed, I guess it still is? Airliner World's 2003 May issue contained a detailed article about London Heathrow, saying for example:

"The British Airport's Authority says it is sympathetic towards enthusiasts, though there is little current evidence of this. With summer fast approaching, the number of people who wish to watch the comings and goings at Heathrow can only increase."

Is it likely that the viewing are will re-open before/during the summer? What do you think?


Anders Presterud, Stavanger, Norway
15 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineKjBersas From Norway, joined Jul 1999, 62 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

Sure hope they do re-open, because i'm going to the UK this summer.


Livet er godt....
User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 786 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

A couple of us tried to find out yesterday if they were going to reopen because we got chased from the top or car park 2. A woman who claimed to be airport security came up and told us to leave. We pretty much refused so she called us in. When another women in full uniform showed up she spilled the beans that the other women was El-Al security. Sure enough a few minutes later an El-Al 777 landed. The point of all this is that if the observation deck were open they would not have to hassle with everyone on the parking decks. We tried to tell them this but it was pointless I think.

Cross you fingers and hope for the best.

Sunil


User currently offlineKingwide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

The key point is that the government has given permission for the deck to reopen if LHR places a security patrol on it. As they [security] have no resources to do that, it stays closed. I strongly doubt they'll recruit someone solely for the purpose of patrolling the terrace so it will stay closed.


J



Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

Problem is theres conflicting rumours circulating. Other sources are saying its because the BAA won't shell out on increased insurance premiums for the terrace, hence its shut as its the 'cheaper' option as opposed to employing a security guard.

This said, those with good memories will remember when bags were searched at one stage on entry to the building by a security guard, after the terrorist attacks in the mid to late 1990's.

I've heard even more bizarre reasons as well, which are probably best not mentioned here.




User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

I hope it will re-open in the summer, but even if it doesn't there are still plenty of good spots to spot at "the field"(Mrytle Avenue) or the visitors centre, although they say they won't be putting a spectators gallery on top of T5 I bet they will, because that will be the best place to spot!! Or maybe when they build the new control tower we could get that.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

LHR340

[Edited 2003-05-19 20:05:56]


A340 LoVeR! EC-GQK - LHR The Bussiest International Airport & 3rd Bussiest In The World!
User currently offlineLN-ATC From Norway, joined Jul 2001, 62 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

If money is the problem, I'm sure the enthusiasts will gladly pay an entrance fee (a few £), so BAA can afford having security guards up there. If BAA finds a couple of guards that are interested in aviation, I bet they'll do the guarding almost for nothing!  Smokin cool


Anders Presterud, Stavanger, Norway
User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

This is shocking news to me. I am going to London on May 29 for the sole
purpose of spotting at Heathrow and Gatwick (and also to go to the
Classic Airshow in Coventry). You mean they've closed down Queens Building.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
How about Gatwick. Have they closed down the terrace there also?
/janne


User currently offlineMsh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

It's a sad but true sight. Here's some photographic evidence from May 11. Edit: I just noticed that this photo was taken 25 minutes away from the 20 month anniversary of 9/11 (the minute the first plane crashed).



However, I went to the top of the T3 Carpark (with signs everyhwere that say "Viewing Prohibited. Leave area immediately" (or something along those lines) and watched a few planes depart, but 1. I didn't have a long enough lens (280mm), 2. There were too many obstructions and 3. It was windy and somewhat cold. No security people up there, but the views weren't very good.

Here are some shots from the T3 Carpark





However, since I was a passenger (on UAL 979 to JFK), I could enter the terminal and I found a great spotting place (have to shoot through a window, but hey, 13 out of my 14 shots on the site have been taken through windows) in Terminal 3. What you do is enter the gate area, turn left, and walk millions of miles until you reach the end of the terminal. Nobody, and I mean nobody was there. A Turkish A310 was just sitting at a gate 50 feet away, but the pax (if there were any) were in the gate lounge. I took lots of pics from this area, and I used the power outlet that was there to charge my other camera battery.

Here's a few pics I took from/in this area in T3.

Wide angle view (not with wide angle lens, though. just 35mm)



A Libyan Arab Airlines A300 as seen from this area
A British Aiways A320-100 as seen from this area

Sorry if this mini trip report was too long or too boring etc. I just want to inform people about the situation.

-Msh744

[Edited 2003-05-19 23:00:37]

[Edited 2003-05-19 23:27:25]

User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

This is outrageous. I was in (on?) the Queens Building 2 weeks after
September 11, 2001, and I was impressed by the professionalism of
the security people at Heathrow that understood the difference between
terrorists and spotters. I thought the security on Arlanda, Stockholm
was a bit to much when they searched me for just going between two
terminals with my camera. In London I had no problems whatsoever.
I even asked a couple of policemen for help when taking photos
of the aircraft and they helped me.
/jl


User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

It just came to my mind. I remember in the 70'ies when most airports
closed down their spectator terraces because of the leftwing terrorist
actions that where the high fashion of those days.
Der (Die?) Rote Armee Fractzione, The Red Brigades and the like.
So now we have the same killing of innocents going around.
Has anyone of you heard of an attack that's been launched from a
spectators deck?
/jl


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

This is sad, after all I went to the deck on 28 January and had an enjoyable albeit cold, wet and windy day up there photographing planes. I also bought 3 Swissair A320 family models. It must have been my luck, as I saw Concorde take off (well I went early in order to see that) and see BWIA's last TriStar service from LHR in its own colours. As it would also turn out, this was just the week before they closed it!

TrintoCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

I'm sorry to say Janne that noone has ever heard of an attack being launched from a flights school either-but a flight school played it's part in 9/11 and that is what counts. I would like to see the deck reopen as much as everyone else BUT.........


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Art Brett
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Dickson Ching



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Dickson Ching
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Paul Arnold



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Derek Pedley
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © David James Clelford



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Shaun Grist
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Jason Taperell



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Matthew Clements
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Aleks Roszak



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Sam Chui
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Colin K. Work



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Danny Hill
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Tobias Rose



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Jason Taperell
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Paul Dopson



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Dean Barnes
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Derek Pedley



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gregory Bajor
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Dean Barnes



There's more to LHR than the viewing deck Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Half term is coming, and I was going to travel down to LHR. I hoped the spectators deck had opened again, but obviously it isn't. I wrote to BAA through email in February half term and they replied, (very quickly) saying that the spectators deck is indefinitely closed and if I was still going to travel down, to go to the new BA building where I could get a good view of aircraft taking off. BAA told us that we were not allowed to walk around the premises as security officers were patrolling.

I didn't go down, with all the building going off (T5), we didn't think it was worth it. We went to MAN instead.

So, this half term, (depending on the weather) we are hopefully going down to LHR. If not, its MAN again.

DC-10


User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

Well, anyway. I say RULE BRITANNIA, I mean you invented the jet engine,
you flew the Comet. I was a kid at Stockholm, Bromma airport.
I remember the BEA Viscounts but also the Comet 4.



User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

I was in LON in Mar and was amazed that the LHR deck was still closed and went to LGW and was able to pay my GBP1.50 to get on the deck. I thought it odd but maybe because LGW is not that busy of an airport and that they collect money to enter was the only reasons to keep it open. I did however do some spotting from the Hatton X area. I would however hope that the deck at LHR reopen soon.


I Don't know where I am anymore
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Hey! Did CLT Obs Area Re-open? posted Thu Jun 26 2003 02:18:41 by 727LOVER
MCO Re-open Spotting/photo Facility posted Mon Mar 3 2003 21:36:35 by LHRSIMON
FLL Viewing Area Re-opening Again! posted Sat Mar 1 2003 23:46:51 by ScottysAir
Did They Open Yet LHR T2 Viewing Area? posted Sun Jan 2 2005 23:52:02 by Capri
Sou / Boh / LHR Anyone In The Area? posted Fri Apr 21 2006 10:28:28 by Soudave
Will We See Other Asian A/c At Lhr? posted Wed Nov 14 2001 17:55:33 by Yorkie
LHR Runway Usage Question posted Sun Dec 10 2006 17:51:59 by EMA747
Landing Pattern At LHR This Week? posted Fri Dec 8 2006 16:07:50 by JakTrax
Will It Have A Chance? posted Wed Dec 6 2006 13:12:35 by FYODOR
Spam?Can They Will Be Blocked? posted Thu Nov 30 2006 16:37:05 by AirMalta