Good evening fellow A.netters.
In a few weeks i'll fly to UK for the first time, i'm going to visit some friends and tourist destinations, basically just for pleasure, i'll be a full week in UK so I've decided to dedicate one full day to do some spotting at LHR. I've read few spotting guides on the internet about LHR spotting, and i got a basic idea of the "main" spotting locations at the airport, how to get to them, when or when not is the best time of the year to photograph from them. I'm still missing some answers though, and i would appreciate very much if some of the guys who are more familiar with LHR could shed some light on this issue.
1. Are there any busier days than others in LHR? or the traffic is constant and even throughout the week? since i'm spending one day at the airport i'd like to shoot as more as i can.
2.What time in the morning one should arrive to LHR? i'd love to get as early as possible but not sure at what time, 6,7am or even earlier?
3.Does the Police/security pose any issue while spotting, meaning do they bother you much while you practice your hobby or not? Me being a foreigner (not a citizen of the UK or the EU), will i have more risk to get into trouble with the police or the security than a UK or an EU citizen?
4.In the Extreme case can the police confiscate my equipment?
5.Do they change the runway alternation from one that is specified into another one completely different, for example during my week it will be 27L for landings and 27R for takeoffs (morning) can they change for instance to 09L/09R during that day, or the alternation is final and not subject to changes?
6.I'm planing to arrive to LHR by the tube, to Hatton Cross, does walking by foot will pose any serious problem? I want to switch few times from 27L to 27R spotting locations, will that be difficult? and one last thing, i've read that the crossing gate (at E Church Road) is now closed and the traffic is rerouted, is that correct or is it still open and I can pass through that road?
I know it's a lot of questions but since it's my first time spotting at LHR i would like to have the most info possible to make my spotting day the best it can be, any answers are very appreciated
And if someone would like to join with me for that spotting day that would be even better
Thanks in advance.