Paulianer
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How Is EDI For Spotting?

Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:40 pm

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
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David L
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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Mon Apr 14, 2003 10:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:04 am

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.

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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:29 am

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.

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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Tue Apr 15, 2003 1:05 am

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).

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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Tue Apr 15, 2003 4:30 am

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

Thanks for your help

Tobi
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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Tue Apr 15, 2003 5:09 am

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.


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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Wed Apr 16, 2003 10:50 am

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,
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RE: How Is EDI For Spotting?

Wed Apr 16, 2003 11:32 pm

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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