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Is LHR Spotter's Gallery Still Closed?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

This was shut after some security alerts earlier this year and I was wondering if anyone knew if it was open again yet?


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Still not open. Won't be opened anytime soon either, I'm affraid.




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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Hey Ryanb747,
I started a topic on this a few weeks back, do a search for it. It proved to be quiet interesting and entertaining.
Hope this helps.

Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
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The jokers at BAA obviously don't like the idea of employing a single security guard, it won't cost an arm and a leg, while they open more WH Smiths and cosmetics shops airside.



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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

I have to say I also had a great stay around 09L and 27L/27R this week.

LHR rules!

I love the terrace, but didn't really miss it...

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

I agree with Frederic, I don`t miss the terrace too because there are so many other great spots around LHR.

Patrick


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

I miss it, because I live about 2 hours away from LHR by train, and commuting to the airport and then catching a bus/walking to a location around the permeter makes the day a waste of time, as I dont get a long time to spot. One security guard couldnt cost BAA much to employ. I had some good times on that terrace. Also, isnt LHR the biggest airport in the world, it seems a bit pointless that they havnt got one. All of the other main airports in the world have them. I might email BAA soon, and ask for an explanation about this.
What do you all think?

Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 845 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

Talking to some Airfield Ops staff at Manchester the other day - Some LHR people were up there looking at how MAN cater for the public, and what lessons they might learn. So at least they're thinking about doing something.

Regards - Musang


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12322 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

If security was the motive/excuse for closing the deck, I can't think the purposes were helped by closing the deck, because now you have dozens of people exploiting and peering through every nook and cranny, layby etc. Confining them in one good place would be a good idea, but too obvious for them.

It's up to them; if they're happy wasting police resources chasing people away, then so be it, but they should know that discouraging or harassing enthusiasts is counter-productive.



User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Mmmm, it was great to have a terrace but to be perfectly honest, I didn't think the views from it were amazing...too much stuff in the way, and too far away from the action.

Of course, if there was a petition to reopen it, or construct/open something better, you'd bet I'd sign it - but as has been pointed out above, there really are much better spots really...!

ciao


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

Im suprised, know one has actually drafted up a petition yet!

Airplanepics
(Long live Southend Airport!)



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

Airplanepics: waste your whole day with having to take a bus? Once again, the deck is a great place, but it took me 10 minuts a week ago to go from the Central Bus Station with bus 285 to Hatton Cross. Is this a waste of time?

Of course for registration spotting the deck still rules... but via the LHR group, you get full arrival and departure logs, so you only have to write down a/c type and hour if you want a tie up.

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

its not just that though. With the observation deck, you could go rain or shine. Plus there was a very good shop up there.
If not re-open that one, they should build a new viewing park on the perimeter, surely this would bring a little bit more revenue to the airport, which could be used to update the spotting facilities.

Regards,
Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

The visitors centre is also a nice option while it is raining, get of one stop before Harlington Corner.

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Been there, done that!!!

Regards,
Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
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