Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1622 times:
Checking out a few pics on another site and I came across this 707 about to land at Southend.
Do they really go down that low there, there If so I think I might head off there one-day to check it out.
Whats the airport like schedule-wise, are there many commercial flights out the airfield, also do they frequently land in the direction that the 707 did in the pic.
Also what airlines/Aircarft can I expect to see there? http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00009987
CKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 1492 times:
It is mainly maintenance flights or diversions from LCY that you see at Southend. The only scheduled flights are with FlyBE to Jersey and I think they only operate in the Summer. There are plans to expand the airport though so I would hope more services are likely.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
This is the south-western end of the runway. There are (used to be?) traffic lights like fire station or level crossing lights stopping traffic along this road when planes landed.
At the north eastern end, the runway is very close to the railway line. The overhead supports for the catenary are much lower than normal and are painted red and white. There is also a set of trip wires which send an alarm to the signalbox and put the railway signals back to danger if tripped.
Airplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2727 posts, RR: 43 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1374 times:
Wow, another thread about SEN...who would of thought it!
The picture you linked was of a plane landing on 06. Now, there are barriers going across the road to stop people from driving past the threshold when something is coming in. Before the barriers were installed a few months ago, people use to drive through the red flashing lights.
As for the 707 - we use to get them all the time at SEN, now we only have one left - SAT Sakhalin Airlines (Russian Federation)">HZ-123.
They tend to use 24 more than 06 due to the pravailing winds. At the moment we only have one FlyBe route to Jersey, but there are rumours of new routes starting up - although I will have to see if before I believe it!
The airport survives on Mantainance, we have some big companies on the airfield who are usually busy with contracts with various airlines and private owners.
Although, quiet - SEN is a nice little airport, and we often get those rare planes that you wouldn't see at the main airports in the UK.
Southend will soon get a brand new Terminal, which should be completed by Summer 06, the airport will also recieve a new train station which will link it with London and Central Southend. Hopefully this will attract new airlines to the airport.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19023 posts, RR: 53 Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1368 times:
Prior to the redevelopment of BRS, traffic used to be halted while aircraft, particularly jets, departed and arrived (this only applies to one end of the runway, the numbers of which I can't remember).
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Airplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2727 posts, RR: 43 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1350 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (reply 8): If a group of people, say 10-20, were planning on visiting SEN, do you think a ramp tour could be arranged, with the intention of seeing the inmates close-up, with the airport authority?
I like the word Inmates
To be honest, you don't really need a ramp tour. You can see everything from the permeter (the airport is that small!)
The trouble is with SEN, is that we often get some VIP goverment flights (such as Bahrainian 727's etc) and they can be a bit touhy with people going to near there plane.
It doesn't hurt to ask though, visit www.southendairport.net and contact the Press People, they will be able to tell you for sure. Your best time to visit is in the Winter, the Summer isnt usually very busy as mantainance is usually carried out in the Winter when airlines don't need there aircraft.