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How Is EDI For Spotting?  
User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 14
Posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Hello everyone,

I'm planning a visit to EDI and just wanted to ask you how good it is for spotting. Is there an obeservation deck or good points for photographing which I can get to without a car?

Any help is welcome.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Greetings
Tobi


Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9483 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

I've been living in Edinburgh for over 8 years now so you'd think I'd be able to help. I'm ashamed to say I can't - I'll be just as interested as you in any responses. There are a couple of places I've been in the past but you'd need a car to get there and one of them is in the Army HQ at the eastern end of the runway. You get great shots of landing and departing aircraft there but I'm not allowed in there anymore.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

I was at EDI two weeks ago but with my girlfriend and that means sightseeing and shopping instead of spotting but at least I got a jumpseat ride to/from EDI. Judging from the traffic I would say that a spotting day at EDI could be interesting.

Patrick


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Patrick,
are you a pilot or are you just an airline employee?
I know that Aer Lingus use to let airline employees jumpseat if the cabin was full.

ual 777 contrail


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Ual777contrail,

I am not a pilot and the airline was not Aer Lingus (sorry, I can`t give you more information about the airline on this public forum).

Patrick


User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2790 times:

so, any good photopoints at EDI or an observation deck?

Thanks for your help

Tobi



Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2777 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/73369/4/

This might help.

Also try a search on Yahoo for Edinburgh Airport, there is a spotters web page but I don't remember the URL.

Basically there is a large open area half a mile to the west of the terminal, there are a couple of holes in the fence for photography and all the traffic passes in front of you.


Matt



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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

The observation deck at Edinburgh was closed about two years ago and access to the departure gates is allowed now only if you have a valid airline ticket (as I suspect it will be everywhere these days).

I have lived in Edinburgh for the past couple of years and I find that the best place to spot if on foot is on the perimeter fence near the main car park (walk round the outside of the terminal, turning right as you exit the terminal doors - you can't miss it) from that vantage point you can see onto the main apron and also see all arriving and departing aircraft as they taxi in/out.

Another advantage is that the car park I mention is where many flight crew park their cars and I find that most pilots will stop and chat for a while as they walk past, if they have time.

Hope this helps,
Gordon.



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

first off click here for a map of the airport.



The red circle shows the location of the terminal.

There are no views at all from the terminal, unless you have a ticket and can get airside. The best place to view from is Ingliston market, which sits alongside the perimeter fence. The main taxiway runs just alongside this fence. There are a few holes in the fence that you can stick a camera through, or alternatively there are a large row of stone pillars alongside the fence, standing on top of these allows you to take photos over the fence.

Directions to the market:
Come out of the terminal and turn right.
Walk down jubilee road
Turn right at the end of the perimeter fence to cut through the car park, and walk up the road directly infront of you, this is the short cut onto Fairview Road.
Turn right on fairview road and walk all the way down to the end. Turn right and walk straight ahead.

You are now in ingliston market car park, simply walk over to the perimeter fence and follow it along as far as you like. Best spots are opposite the taxiway leading off the runway, or further along still by the barrier across the road. Heres a few sample pics from these locations:

On the taxiway:

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Photo © Gerry Hill



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Photo © Jim Woodrow



Runway

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Photo © Jim Woodrow





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