Remarks: Casting her reflection on the waterlogged ground, HL7465 is seen here coming in over the perimeter fence on short final with the maintenance hangars at Hatton Cross below and to the right. As busy as this green can get on sunnier days (Click Here to view), it can often be fairly desolate on overcast or rainy days. Of course, those days can also have their highlights! Situated at the end of Myrtle Avenue, the green can easily be reached by a few minutes walk westwards from the tube and bus station at Hatton Cross. At time of writing this is the #1 location for arrivals to 27L where focal lengths of between 50-200mm (non full-frame DSLRs) will accommodate aircraft sizes from biz-jets through to A340-600s. Google Earth locator: Lat. 51°27'52.61"N, Long. 0°25'31.40"W
Remarks: Terminal 4 as seen from AA105 (LHR-JFK) departing 09R with a view towards Bedfont Lakes and the reservoirs. If I were the other side taking photographs of 09R departures I'd probably be standing on the grass area you can see on the left hand edge about mid-frame (see next in series ... Click Here).
Remarks: Myrtle Avenue on a glorious weekend can get both as busy and have as eclectic a mix as LHR itself. I counted more than 100 people dotted around the park at one stage with a group of North Americans, various Asian visitors, singles, groups, families, young and old, spotters and general public alike and I heard at least four different European languages being spoken within a 10 metre radius of where I was sitting. At 250 metres from the camera JA733J is just about to fly in over the point where, on 17th January 2008, G-YMMM rested after landing short of 27L (see forward facing view of approach ... Click Here).
Remarks: For all you quiz fans here's eight of the twelve 737s that were on the ramp at this time; can you name the Boeing customers?... and for all you eagle-eyed people out there; can you spot the aircraft departing and approaching Sea-Tac?
Remarks: United Express CRJ-700 passing the In-N-Out on final to 24R. To the right is part of the green used by spotters while the orange landing light pylons and large LAX sign outside parking lot 2, itself useful for morning photography, can be seen across Sepulveda Boulevard. The Radisson can be clearly identified and is also noted as a spotting location at LAX, although photography at the hotel has become more limited in recent years while the low roofed Delta Air Lines building can be seen behind the palm tree. Unique view taken from a place where it is now prohibited to take photographs. Google Earth locator: Lat. 33°57'13.37"N, Long. 118°23'48.41"W
Remarks: Aborted landing, runway 28: with a length of 1080 m (3543 ft), the runway at London City sees its fair share of "go-arounds" with G-LCYJ, seen here, returning and landing safely some ten minutes later despite continued strong crosswinds.
Remarks: KBWI seen from UA8032 (IAD-EWR) about 20 minutes after departure. The active runway for departures at this time would seem to be 28 which has 1 aircraft ready to take off and Delta and Southwest in number 2 and 3 positions (see next in series ... Click Here)
Remarks: The view from Tarkim Flight School is just about as good a view as you could get at a major airport... a great place for great photography, relaxation and wiling away the hours thinking of what might have been. Taking it easy is fellow JP.Net up-loader "Gillingham Rob" or, as I might remind him, Rob "what was that I just hit?" Wilkinson ;-) Among the calamities of our visit to Istanbul was a hired car returned with some Heath Robinson style "creative modifications" such as a "twig adjustable" semi-rigid mirror and "Go Faster Grooves" on the bodywork, all of which made little difference to the state of the vehicle as given. A few days later I found myself behind the wheel and driving across two continents without shoes or insurance because Rob "I've never had Hay Fever In My Life!" Wilkinson neither saw a need for both of us to be insured nor saw anything past tears for the best part of a day and a half because of itching eyes. But hey!... or perhaps I should say "Hay!!"... at least we managed to get the car back to the hire company because hour upon hour of lapping up some great spotting in the summer sun obviously took its toll on both of us as we searched, and searched, and searched some more for the car one evening. Even with Rob's eyesight in tact we determined that; "It was definitely there"... "right there, in that car park", until 30 minutes of frustration and exchanging glances with that "what now?" look subsided in relief as we saw it... in the other car park. Anyway, what else could go wrong?... well, missing the only opportunity we had to photograph an AN124 as we got tied up in a maze of dead end roads around SAW eventually became slightly less irritating to us than Rob's eyes had once again become as we sat on the roof at Tarkim the following day and where, as we later found out, we had arrived exactly 24 hours late. "Where's Captain Airbus and the rest of the IST spotters?" was a question we asked ourselves which was eventually answered by the fact that today was Thursday, not Wednesday. Problems?... what problems when you have a view like this??? (and eyes to see through ;-). Google Earth locator for this spot: Lat. 40°58'26.40"N, Long. 28°48'17.31"E