Ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 708 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
Sorry if this has been posted before, but I have never seen it on here.
I was meant to be at Farnborough Air Show on Saturday, but due to horrendous traffic around the area, decided to leave it till Sunday instead. So my and the missus went to Heathrow instead to do some spotting there. We've never been spotting at Heathrow before, and have only ever flown through the airport once. However, although we had a great view from where we were, I was wondering where the best place is to view traffic movements from LHR? We were in a small car park next to the Renaissance Hotel, just off the North Perimeter Road, pretty much overlooking the thresh-hold of 27R. Is this the best place for spotting, or is there a better location? We're hoping to get back down there for a weekend next month.
AF1981 LHR-CDG A380-800 10 July 2010 / AF1980 CDG-LHR A380-800 11 July 2010
Just by the roundabout - sometimes you can park in amongst the little white huts (ely Road/Elgin Crescent) on a weekend provided you keep your car insight and don't stray too far as it is technically a wheel clamping area.
For 27L departures (as there are no arrivals on 09R - well not many anyway) :-
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2397 times:
Personally, I think a great place to watch movements on 27R/09L is the northern end of the T5 departures level. If you go outside and walk along (towards the north) beside the road until you can't go any further (it starts to slope down to the roundabout and access road), there's a fantastic view to be had of the whole of 27R/09L and some of the north T5A stands.
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
Visityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1927 times:
Quoting Shamrock_747 (Reply 5): Namely, IRA bombings, 9/11, 7/7, the foiled liquid bomb plot to blow up several transatlantic airliners ex-LHR, GLA airport car attack, continued terrorist threats.
It's nice to look at aeroplanes. But the threats are real. Be realistic and deal with it.
Has very little to do with 'security', more likely that if BAA can't make money from it, they are not interested. LHR and LGW both had decks long after the IRA stopped bombing things, and after 9/11 as well. Both were closed because terminal expansion needed the space. MAN seems to have no security qualms nor BHX and there are large ****** populations in both cities.
Spectators are waaay down the list of things for airport operators to think about.