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Birmingham spotting guide

Post by Jordan B » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:44 pm

Check out this website before visiting BHX.

http://www.plane-mad.com/airport-spotti ... -egbb.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If members know of anymore locations, please PM me and I'll add to this post :)
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Re: Birmingham spotting guide

Post by EGVP » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:50 pm

There is also the pay and display car-park on the Elmdon side.

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Post by Martin » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:12 pm

There's also a footpath between the railway and the airport. Obviously not somewhere you'd want to stand all day (unless you collected both trains and planes?) but it gives another angle onto the Elmdon Apron (freight & GA) and a different view onto anything parked on the North Apron (current Ryanair storage apron)

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Post by Martin » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:39 pm

Hangar1 (the older hangar nearest the Elmdon terminal) has been demolished which gives much improved views from the MSCP over the GA & cargo apron.

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Post by andygolfer » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:18 pm

I've been sent this link which is quite useful:

http://www.bhxflights.com/p/spotting-locations.html

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Re: Birmingham spotting guide

Post by Martin » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:26 am

A couple of updates regarding the MSCP on the Elmdon side. The carpark is closed between 2100 - 0400 each day to deter anti-social behaviour/boy racers. Also, there have been occasions recently at evening/night where the Police have set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Elmdon side of the airport and stopping all private vehicles/any individuals to ask the nature of the visit (again to deter/catch anybody there to commit crime/anti-social behaviour). The Police have no issues with anybody going there to spot/photograph so once they know why you're there, will let you get on with it.

As usual with winter, the top floor of the Elmdon MSCP has been closed off to vehicles (due to H&S, the top floor can get very icy in cold weather). It is still possible to park on a lower floor and walk upto the top floor.

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Re: Birmingham spotting guide

Post by BHX01 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:06 pm

The roof level on the NCP car park on the Elmdon side is now closed off to the public.

NCP gave the reason for this as health and safety, due to the general public letting children climb on the vehicle crash barriers around the edges...

However, as this still goes on at the lower levels, it is widely believed that the real reason is to deter spotters.

Local police are quite bewildered as they are fully supportive of spotters being there, as they add an extra layer of security, and I for one have often reported dodgy goings on there.

There was a recent spate of regular ticket patrols, but that seems to have died off recently, but it is always advisable to pay for parking.

The official viewing area in Long Stay car park 5 by the fuel farm is ideal for spotting, especially for arrivals from the south and departures on Runway 33... Photography is only any good in the mornings for sun and any time of day if it's cloudy, with bench tables to stand on that clears the fence.

Alternatively, a walk up along the fenceline to the top at the runway threshold, where there is a spot where the fence dips down and good side-on shots of arrivals can be had.

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