sbworcs
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Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:19 pm

Hi All
Will be at LHR on Sat afternoon / sunday morning to meet a friend from LA. Am staying at the IBIS hotel Hatton Cross and was wondering if anyone can let me know how to get to Myrtle Avenue from there as I here it is a great spotting site! Also if stood at Hatton Cross tube am I likely the have good views of arriving planes on a saturday afternoon or does that really depend on the runway in operation?

Thanks for any help!
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:39 pm

Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
Am staying at the IBIS hotel Hatton Cross

I think you mean the Ibis Heathrow Airport, I don't think there's an Ibis at Hatton Cross. I myself just stayed a night at that very hotel less than two weeks ago!

Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
if anyone can let me know how to get to Myrtle Avenue from there as I here it is a great spotting site

it's very easy. There's a busstop just outside the hotel, take any bus heading to hatton cross, then walk down the main road outside hatton cross tube station (walk towards T4, down the right from the station) and you'll see the grassfield at myrtl avenue to your left. for your information: busses to hatton cross from the hotel are in the free zone and therefore you won't have to buy a ticket.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:47 pm

Small correction: Don't take a bus that stops at the busstop outside th ehotel, but instead turn right when leaving the hotel and follow the street. On the first left-turn, turn left and you'll reach the perimeter road just across runway 27R, turn left and after a few meters there'll be abusstop. That's where the busses to hatton cross leave from.
 
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:57 pm

Small correct from me too!! Just checked my bookig and its for the Jury's Inn Hotel at Hatton Cross!!

Thanks for the help!!
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:46 pm

At the momment LHR is operating on 09s so the Hotel will be an interesting place to atay.
 
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:17 pm

Jury's Inn is about 2 minutes walk from Hatton Cross station. Saturday afternoon/evening, if the winds are westerly, aircraft will be landing on 27R, visible from Hatton Cross, but only just. On Sunday morning, if the winds are westerly then until 7am aircraft will land on both 27L and 27R, and from 7am on 27L only (departures start around 7am which is when the runways are designated for one or the other). Approaches to 27L should be very close to the south of your hotel, depending upon if you have a south-facing room or not, otherwise you get a very good view from the carpark of the underground station. If winds are easterly, then'll you'll just get departures roaring over Hatton Cross from 09R, so you'll be in for a very noisy night!!

Note that the free travel zone for buses only applies to buses that start or end their journey at the airport, so for example the 90 between Hatton Cross and Harlington Corner is not free. Here's a link to the free travel zone.

At the moment departures are on 09R, so you may be in for a noisy but disappointing weekend...

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:33 am

Quoting Rivet42 (Reply 5):
At the moment departures are on 09R, so you may be in for a noisy but disappointing weekend

Well it's not that much of a task to get around to 9L by bus, and with a bit more walk, 9R is in reach aswell.
 
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:46 am

When I was flying out of LHR back in 04, I saw a bunch of spotters with cameras, on the left side of the road as we came up the main drive into the airport. Where was that, and what runway were they watching landings on? They were facing the opposite direction of us. Sorry, I can't be more specific, I am from the US, and this was my only time there.
 
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:55 am

Greetings all,

I might be staying at the Heathrow Sheraton in October. Any decent spotting available from there? Also, how is the surrounding area as far as restaurants and things to do? Thanks.
 
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:59 am

Quoting Sbworcs (Thread starter):
Am staying at the IBIS hotel Hatton Cross and was wondering if anyone can let me know how to get to Myrtle Avenue from there as I here it is a great spotting site! Also if stood at Hatton Cross tube am I likely the have good views of arriving planes on a saturday afternoon or does that really depend on the runway in operation?

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:44 am

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 8):
might be staying at the Heathrow Sheraton in October. Any decent spotting available from there? Also, how is the surrounding area as far as restaurants and things to do? Thanks.

As you can see on the link I posted above, the Heathrow Sheraton (as opposed to the Sheraton Skyline) is near the threshold to 09L... That's a short walk along the perimeter road if they are landing from the West, but a bit of a way from the action if they are landing from the East.

You can see on this map exactly where the hotel is, and where the end of 09L is - you can get landing shots (depending on the wind) if you walk along the Western Perimeter road until you are south of the threshold (to have the sun behind you when shooting)...

For approaches to 27L/R, you need to catch a 75/76/77 (free) into Heathrow, and then a 285/555/556/557 (free) around to the Eastern Perimter road. For landings on 27R you need to jump off just before the bus turns left around the BA engineering base, and for 27L you can alight at Hatton Cross, for a chance of shots like those above.

As for things to do and eat - well, Heathrow is not best located for either, but you have transport in all directions - Windsor, Richmond, Ealing, and of course, central London. Of these, Ealing is closest, has a direct train service (Heathrow Connect) to/from Heathrow, and has a wide range of pubs, bars and restaurants. If you are going off to eat in the evening, then best to be aware of last buses/trains back to Heathrow, and getting from there back to the Sheraton. If you zoom out of the map above, you'll find a rather nice little village just north of the hotel called Harmondsworth, with an old and picturesque church. The pubs here do good food, and you can walk there. This village, unfortunately, will most likely be bulldozed if the 3rd runway gets the go-ahead.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:15 pm

A work mate and me will be driving down to LHR wednesday next week. Hows parking at Myrtle Avenue and what times do hey change runways during the weekdays?

Years ago my dad and me used to park up in he long stay carpark next to 09L/27R..... those were the days...

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:43 pm

Quoting Trent900 (Reply 11):
what times do hey change runways during the weekdays?

3pm every day. This week they are switching from 27R to 27L at 3pm, so next week it'll be 27L until 3pm, then 27R. Unless the weather changes...  Smile

No idea about parking - what's wrong with the Hatton Cross station carpark? Might not be free, I guess... I think the #203 bus goes along Myrtle Ave, so might be a bit of a squeeze if you park there.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:48 pm

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 7):
When I was flying out of LHR back in 04, I saw a bunch of spotters with cameras, on the left side of the road as we came up the main drive into the airport. Where was that, and what runway were they watching landings on? They were facing the opposite direction of us. Sorry, I can't be more specific, I am from the US, and this was my only time there.

Myrtle Avenue. Runway 27L.

Quoting Trent900 (Reply 11):
A work mate and me will be driving down to LHR wednesday next week. Hows parking at Myrtle Avenue and what times do hey change runways during the weekdays?

If the 27's are being used, they change at 1500. If the 09's are being used they do not change. (09L arrivals, 09R departures).

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:58 pm

The LHR runways are swapped if the Westerlies (i.e.27s) are in use - they are switched at 1500HR on all days. The pattern of use i.e. which one takes landings first is alternated weekly. If the 09s are in use then 09 Left is only used for landing while 09 Right is used for take-offs and the occasional landing. I have not tried parking at Myrtle Avenue - I have parked at the former Visitors Centre on weekends (the carpark there is not really open to the general public during the week though).

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:02 pm

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 8):
I might be staying at the Heathrow Sheraton in October. Any decent spotting available from there? Also, how is the surrounding area as far as restaurants and things to do? Thanks.

On the map posted by Rivet42, where the little road named Bath Road is, at the junction with the Bypass there is a Mcdonalds. Along the little Bath Road, there is a nice pub in the village of Longford, you would walk this way to get to 09L btw. At the junction of the bypass and Hatch Lane, there is a large Chinese restaurant. Not tried it myself, but hear it is pretty good. You could also sample the delights of the Green Man's new menu, take the bus to Hatton Cross and it's a 5 min walk from there.

I would avoid drinking in the hotel bar. I went to meet a friend there a couple of years back and it was over £12 for 4 pints of lager !!.

I would also suggest taking a trip into Windsor. It is a popular tourist destination and has some great restaurants and pubs too, and it's only a 15 min taxi ride from LHR, or you can take the bus which would be cheaper.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:16 pm

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 14):
The LHR runways are swapped if the Westerlies (i.e.27s) are in use - they are switched at 1500HR on all days. The pattern of use i.e. which one takes landings first is alternated weekly. If the 09s are in use then 09 Left is only used for landing while 09 Right is used for take-offs and the occasional landing.

I already said that.......

Quoting BAW076 (Reply 13):
If the 27's are being used, they change at 1500. If the 09's are being used they do not change. (09L arrivals, 09R departures).
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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:02 am

Sorry about that BAW076, we posted almost simultaneously.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:38 am

Quoting Sbworcs (Reply 3):
Just checked my booking and its for the Jury's Inn Hotel at Hatton Cross

I stayed there for the LHR mini meet last month. Ask for a top floor room with a runway view - I was in 743, I've heard 751 is good too so any in between would be good I guess - you won't be disappointed. It looks straight down 27L.

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RE: Spotting At LHR

Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:15 pm

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 17):
Sorry about that BAW076, we posted almost simultaneously.

One hour and ten minutes is almost simultaneously?

I posted at 2248, you posted at 2358!
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