Interesting link, thanks for the advice!
However I did not manage to listen to ATC on that site...
Could you please explain how you managed? Thanks!
The famous road alongside 01L/19R is gone forever . . . very sad for what was arguebly one of the best spotting spots on the planet
Check out this pic, it gives you a nice view of 01L and all the work being done to our spotting spot:
[forgive me the long link, I don't know how to paste the pic into this thread].
The pic is viewing dead straight north.
You can see 01L quite clearly in this pic. To the west [left] of 01L there's a long small water-trench [which runs basically parallel along the full length of the runway] smack-dab in the middle between 01L and the new highway. The last remains of the famous road is being sanwiched by an almost finished section of the west paralel taxiway and this small water-trench. The road is now gone [the pic was taken July 2002].
To the south of the new western-taxiway, you can see new de-icing pads being created, west of the 01L treshold. These de-icing pads will hold four medium aircraft [upto MD-11 I think] or two aircraft 744/380 sized simultaneously / indepently.
The de-icing pads will be connected to taxiway system by a new bypass taxiway which will run from the current 01L holding pad / bridge taxiway [taxiway "South"], around and south of 01L. You can see in the pic that work has already started. This taxiway will dramatically reduce the number of runway crossings. When the new 18/36 runway is operational, it can only be reached by crossing the current 01L/19R. Crossing active runways is a bad idea, and reduces capacity.
Fortunately, there will be a new road running parallel to 01L, albeit west of the new highway, meaning it will be quite far from the runway. I have no idea yet if it will give you any good views. At the moment certainly not, since view is being obstructed by piles of sand for the new highway. However, up north, the highway dives under the new taxiway to the new fifth runway, there should be some decent views. The good thing is that from this spot, you'll be able to see all departing traffic [or arriving traffic, depending on wind conditions] once the new runway is fully operational, either from the current 01L/19R [albeit from a distance] or traffic taxing to/from the fifth runway.
BTW. From beginning of the summer service [30 Mar 2003?], the current 01/19 runways will be re-designated:
01R/19L --> 36R/18L
01L/19R --> 36C/18C
new runway 36L/18R
The new runway, inclusive supporting infrastructure, was finished a couple of days ago [28 Nov]. However it can not be used at the moment since the government was late in accepting new law required to use the new runway.... [we not only need a law to build a runway, we also need another law to use it!?&$@#].
First movements are expected in Mar 03, with full operational status to be reached by Nov 2003. By then, airfield capacity should have increrased to 120-130 movements per hour. No other airport in Europe has more capacity [well maybe CDG...]: AMS will have three independent parallel runways.
Thats all for my little AMS status update for now...maybe I'll add some more info later if I find some time.
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