Today I had an encounter with the police at my home airport (AMS). Due to the construction of a new road and the 5th runway, there is a construction site near 19R. Due to easter, the site was completely abandoned.
In the old days, there used to be a canal as an airport perimeter (along the runway, just as it is at 06-24)
I have created a little map to show the situation:
The red blocks represent the construction site. The one at the runway's site of the canal is a temporary change of the perimeter. There is a large fence around it. The bridge is a steel pilar you can easily walk across.
Alright, that is the situation, here's what happened. I am standing there taking pictures. (PERFECT site!!!!) Nothing happens for about 2 hours. The otherwise occasional yellow landcruiser from the airside authority is constantly driving around in front of me. But he didn't tell me to get away or even signal me, so I figured he didn't mind me being there.
After aprox. 3 hours I go back over the steel pilar. Suddenly 3 police offers run through the farmland towards me and they start asking me questions and stuff. Now I am officially charged with "walking on airside wihout authorisation".
First of all, I am absolutely flabbergasted, because I haven't come across a single sign or fenceline, so I thought I was perfectly legal where I was!
But now the question is: Do I stand any chance in an eventual lawsuit? ( i AM NOT paying the damn fine!)
What should I do?
PS. They didn't take the filmroll! I will post the perfect pictures when they are developed.