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Virginblue4
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Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:18 am

Hi Gatwick spotters!

Thinking of making a trip up to Gatwick in the next few weeks via train. I've used the Concorde house spotting location before, I just wanted to check it is still ok to use?

I'll be carrying my tripod and camera etc through the terminal, I just don't want to stand out or be stopped at all when I tell them where I'm going. Anyone used the spotting location recently?
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TC957
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:27 am

If you mean the spot by the perimeter road under the 26 runway flightpath that is 150 mtrs along the road from Concorde House, then yes, you'll be fine there.
 
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:49 pm

Ugh. I always equate Concorde House with hours of torture by HM Customs. It did not take much to set them off.
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Virginblue4
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:27 pm

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 2):

What do you mean?
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:46 pm

DTWPurserBoy is not a fan of HMRC's customary C209 bar paperwork. Maybe he hadn't completed it in triplicate and incurred the wrath of the gloved hand in Concorde house. Ha ha.
 
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:49 pm

Why is there a "concorde houst" at Gatwick. BA never flew the Concorde from there on a regular basis.
 
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:54 am

Gatwick has an Atlantic House building as well.....no Atlantic there either  
 
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RE: Gatwick Airport - Concorde House

Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:08 pm

Quoting ACEregular (Reply 4):
DTWPurserBoy is not a fan of HMRC's customary C209 bar paperwork. Maybe he hadn't completed it in triplicate and incurred the wrath of the gloved hand in Concorde house. Ha ha.

Very clever, ACE--it just seemed that some officials got an unusual charge out of shaking us down after a long night flight. When the mood struck them they would empty our luggage, squeeze toothpaste out of the tubes, stick their fingers into the ladies cosmetic, pour medication out onto the (unclean) table and demand to know what it is and other such stuff that had nothing to do with Customs and immigrations.

Actually, as the years went by they got better about the C209's--we used to have to inventory every mini bottle by brand. Scotland was a snap--HM's finest would come aboard and I would have the GD's and C209's lying neatly on the F bar unit and inside the top drawer were two nice shots of our finest Scotch whisky. NEVER had a problem in Scotland. They would tell me that we were cleared to leave, I would peek into the drawer before I deplaned and the shot glasses would be empty. God I miss PIK.
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