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ptrjong
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Scotland Trip

Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:00 am

Hi all,

In May I'll be in Scotland and I'd like to do a few days of aviation photography around Edinburgh and/or Glasgow. I like both civil and military aviation, so I'm considering Prestwick, Abbotsinch, Turnhouse and Leuchars. I'll rent a car only if it's neccessary.
I can't find much about photography at the these airports. Which one would you say has the best spots with/without a car?
It seems that the west side of the main runway at Leuchars is very close to a railway station, but that the east side might be difficult to get to without a car. Are take-offs and landings generally in the western direction?

Thanks for any help

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RE: Scotland Trip

Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:35 pm

Hi Peter - I spent 3 great years as Leuchars as an Air Traffic Controller and with the prevailing west wind there is a great spot actually in between the railway station and the runway. Its within easy walking distance of the railway station (ten mins) and gives a clear view of the main runway.

I was there in May and stopped off for a while, I'm not a regular so can't comment on what security is like but I wasn't approached.

One final point the Leuchars runway in being resurfaced in 2007 I am not sure when it is actually happening but they have cancelled the annual airshow in September as a result. I would obviosly check before you go that it hasn't started.
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RE: Scotland Trip

Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:29 pm

Hi Peter!

Well first things first, bring something warm! Even in the height of summer you may feel a chill!

I've been to Glasgow twice now and its been great both times. Depending on wind Glasgow either uses 05 or 23. With 05 there is a mound close to the start of 05 and with 23 there are several spots available. My shots from last year on the 8th July I was at the bottom crash gate which gives great views for arrivals and departures on 23. Wideangle is possible for the widebodies and my 70-200 was perfect for here.

Good luck with planning the trip

Also gutted to hear the Leuchars is cancelled. I want to make it to a big airshow this year.

Regards
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RE: Scotland Trip

Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:10 am

Leuchars will most definately be closed in May.I believe the runway resurfacing is due to begin about March time and although to start with the F3's of 43 and 111 will continue to use the short I reckon by May they will have left to operate elsewhere.56 will leave almost as soon as the work begins.

Lossie/Kinloss normally host a Families Day in May,I think its Lossie's turn this year although the date hasn't been set yet to my knowledge.Lossie may be too far north for you though.
 
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RE: Scotland Trip

Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:13 am

Thanks for all the useful information, guys.

Yeah, Lossie seems a bit far. I think I'll concentrate on Abbotsinch and especially Prestwick. Judging on the map at http://www.egpk.vze.com/ and the photos in the database, there seem to be good spots over there - anybody been there?

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RE: Scotland Trip

Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:27 am

Peter, I don't know whether you know or not but, the UEFA Cup Final will be played in Scotland, (Hampden Park, Glasgow), in May. So depending on which clubs make it that far could prove to be a great days spotting on the 16th May!
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RE: Scotland Trip

Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:33 am

Peter...

I've just noticed your post now.

Let me know when you'll be around and I'll hook up with you
if you want some EDI company & a guide during the first three weeks in May.
(The last week I'll be heading south towards GVA)

EDI: is certainly the busiest, especially at peak times, also with many
cargo flights from 7pm. Sunset will be after 8pm @ May, shooting from the opposite 'Kirkliston'
side of runway 24 is an 'aviation photographers dream' at sunset. I've taken a few visiting a.net photographers over there who will testify it's a great shooting spot.
(I'll plug one of Martin's shots!)

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GLA: is slower, but has more 'widebodies' ... if that is what your like.

PIK: Some days it's pure dead, other days, it's like winning the lottery!

Let me know your plans. I can also put you in contact with other
Scots guys who may be able to help you out at the other airports.

Gerry
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RE: Scotland Trip

Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:51 am

Quoting Lennymuir (Reply 7):

Thanks, Gerry, that's great! However I'll only arrive in the area the third Saturday (May 19th). It would be great to meet up if you're around, though on the other hand, I'm also now toying with the idea of flying to Stansted that day and visit the Duxford airshow on Sunday.

It looks like I'll fly into PIK on the 11th, hang around one day, then hike the West Higland Way with my sister, returning from Fort William on the 18th.
So I'll miss the UEFA traffic Spencer - good idea though.

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RE: Scotland Trip

Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:56 pm

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 8):
then hike the West Higland Way with my sister, returning from Fort William on the 18th.

your hiking from Prestwick to Fort William??????????!  tired 

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RE: Scotland Trip

Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:48 pm

Quoting Gary2880 (Reply 9):
your hiking from Prestwick to Fort William??????????!

No, from Tyndrum. Wink

Quoting Gary2880 (Reply 9):
Shame your 3 days early, the Jacobite service starts on the 21st

I had no idea what you meant but I gather it's a steam train to Mallaig. Does look very scenic... do you particularly recommend it?

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RE: Scotland Trip

Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:16 am

The Jacobite to Mallaig is certianly worth the trip. Even if Steam Locomotives don't do anything for you it's much nicer to travel in a loco hauled coach than one of those awful "Sprinter" trains.

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RE: Scotland Trip

Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:40 pm

Fixed my flights. So I'll be at EDI at Sat 19 May and Sun 20. On Mon 21 I'll travel to NCL to fly home from there in the evening.

Does anyone know whether it makes any sense to stop by at RAF Boulmer? It looks like one needs access for such shots?

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