mikec
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Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:22 am

I'm always amazed whenever I watch a 747/777 being towed across the road at LHR. Does anyone know if there are many other major airports in the world where this happens?


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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:26 am

Gibralter: planes taxi across the highway(?), or the other way around, cars drive across the taxiway, and the runway. Sorry I can't link a picture.  Crying
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:31 am

Ah yes, I forgot about GIB - cars actually cross the runway there! One place I really want to visit. Any others?
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:35 am

Don't know of any others, but the towing thing at LHR used to be right pain. They ALWAYS do it during rush hour, and you just know as you come round that corner of the perimeter road those bloody sirens are going to go off and a couple of 744's are going to be dragged (slowly !) across the road, just when you're running late. I am truly amazed nobody has ever driven into an aircraft that was being towed across there (OK a 747 is tough to miss, but you'd think some drunken idiot would have managed it after all these decades).
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:37 am

The best time was when Concorde was towed across, that was a sight!

Especially when they didnt have barriers there!

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mikec
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:42 am

"you just know as you come round that corner of the perimeter road those bloody sirens are going to go off"

....and aren't those sirens the most annoying noise!

When I've seen it recently, they've actually opened the gates again after the first one crossed to let the traffic move a bit and then closed them again a few minutes later - considerate staff maybe!

Yeah I'm surprised they still do it - especially with security concerns, not to mention just having weak barriers to protect millions of ££/$$ of aircraft!
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:42 am

I didn't think they ever had barriers there - across the road that is - just the gates on either side.
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:45 am

Yeah they have barriers for the road now, as well as the gates across the taxiway. Take a look in the pic above and you can see them the other side
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:48 am

I heard that they were actually thinking of closing this road off, so the aircraft dont have to cross the road. It would be a shame, as no more photos could be taken like the one above!

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:49 am

Those are new then - how fascist ! Always used to be nice just waiting there like it was a traffic light. Oh well, another little piece of LHR whimsy gone forever.
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:50 am

I guess the problem with stopping it, is that this is actually the perimeter road and they would have to re-route it somewhere without going miles off course!
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:51 am

I guess the problem with stopping it, is that this is actually the perimeter road and they would have to re-route it somewhere without going miles off course!


Trouble is, they cant re-route the access to BA!

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:52 am

I know here @ APA there is a spot where one of the airport roads crosses a taxiway. If you drive south on Peroia, from Arapahoe, past the tower, and drive to the east on E Control Tower Rd., you'll cross a taxiway. I think the taxiway was built on behalf of Adamjets, but I don't know for sure. The taxiway isn't used often, but it does cross E Control Tower Rd.
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:00 am

At Gibralta the phlipping runway is crossed by a road.

Once i was on a double decker bus in Gibralta, sat at the top in the front row. I was wondering what we were waiting for, as these barriers had gone down on the road but i wasnt aware of the airport as there were buildings obstructing it. Then a BA 737 wizzed past on the road in front.....quite suprising.
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:01 am

once i was on a double decker bus in Gibralta, sat at the top in the front row. I was wondering what we were waiting for, as these barriers had gone down on the road but i wasnt aware of the airport as there were buildings obstructing it. Then a BA 737 wizzed past on the road in front.....quite suprising.

If only that happened at a BAA owned airport!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:23 am

this used to happen at dallas fort worth airport in the 80s, not sure if it still occurs there
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 9:44 am

Theres some airport in Israel that separates two parts of the city with a road going through it. They also have about as much ramp space as a hot tub but apparently they can put Arkia's 753's on it.
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:05 am

Closing that road would cause havoc for surrounding traffic. It would also seriously compromise the value of running Transport for London's bus route 285 from Heathrow to Kingston in light of the fact that the next alternative is the horrendously slow and long-winded 111 which literally visits every house in Cranford before going back on itself and then heading towards Hounslow and Kingston.

Having such a close view of the aircraft aboard a bus enables me to combine two of my favourite hobbies and so such a move would be unappealing for me. Moreover, the point regarding access to BA is very important.
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:09 am

I've taxied a 747 across the road at LHR
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 2:47 pm

In Gisborne, New Zealand the main runway is crossed by a railway track. Not quite half way down the runway.

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 2:55 pm

Does anyone know if the perimeter road at Heathrow was built before BA mantainance?

And was it in the original plans to get aircraft cross the road? Surely they would of thought about security!
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:50 pm

Does anyone know if the perimeter road at Heathrow was built before BA mantainance?

No. it's always been like that.

As for security, I seen home movies taken at LHR where the only thing separating the public from Connies and Strotocruisers was a two bar fence.

 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:52 pm

As for security, I seen home movies taken at LHR where the only thing separating the public from Connies and Strotocruisers was a two bar fence.


If only that was the case now!
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:53 pm

Two weeks ago i was down at LHR and there was nothing separating the road from that SA 743, which has been sitting there for ages.
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:57 pm

Two weeks ago i was down at LHR and there was nothing separating the road from that SA 743, which has been sitting there for ages.


It's a differernt SAA 743 every day, its flights in the evening!
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:58 pm

A load of photos here.  Big thumbs up

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 9:44 pm

When playing golf on the Royal Airforce GC, situated between the two runways of Bangkok International Airport, you have to cross the taxiway linking the two runways 4 times: twice by car (when arriving and departing from the clubhouse) and twice by foot (during your round of golf).

Does anybody know, if the GC is still open to the general public?
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 10:58 pm

I think Malta's airport has an area where aircraft cross the road. Might be worth a look in the photos, but I remember a couple of pictures where the aircraft at Medavia often cross a road. There was also the 747-100 that Boeing had to move across a road. Quite recently I think
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:19 pm

Medavia examples:


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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:50 am

Hamburg - Finkenwerder (XFW / EDHI):


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Mon Jun 14, 2004 1:18 am

Just found the Boeing photo I was looking for:


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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Mon Jun 14, 2004 1:36 am

Ah yes, I forgot about SEA - do they do it without a police prescience?

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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Mon Jun 14, 2004 1:47 am

Airplanepics: That crossover of Marginal Way at BFI isn't a usual thing. It was done in those 2 instances to move those aircraft from the actual airport side of the street to the location of an aircraft display on the other side. As the planes most likely are no longer in flying condition, and weren't preparing to fly, no, I doubt there would have been a police presence needed.
 
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Mon Jun 14, 2004 2:13 am

I also just remembered SAN, where they have CG helos cross the main entrance to the airport. I guess they don't do that too often though.
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RE: Aircraft Crossing The Road

Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:56 am

In the new and beautiful Airport in Athens, ATH, they have two bridges on either side of the Airport. It's great to see the Olympic A340s slide across.
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