Posted in Aviation on Thursday 21 September 2017
This is the first of what will (hopefully) become a series of posts about plane spotting locations at Heathrow. It covers a very popular spot giving good views of landings on runway 27L.
This is nothing more than an open area of public grassland at the end of a cul-de-sac, situated perfectly to see aircraft approach runway 27L. You see the aircraft very low and literally 5 seconds from landing. You face north with the sun roughly behind you, so photography opportunities are excellent.
You can also walk along the main road for 100m or so and stand directly underneath the flight path of approaching planes; quite an experience with a wide-body going over your head.
Landings on 27L (the southern runway used for landings when planes approach over London on Westerlies operation).
Myrtle Avenue itself is short and a dead end and often has no parking available, with yellow lines too. Parking is normally available in the next road along, Wellington Road, which is 3 minute's walk away, or on other nearby roads.
Hatton Cross tube station (Piccadilly line) is about 10 minute's walk to the North East. Buses go to Hatton Cross from a number of places including Hayes and Harlington station.
Visit only when planes are landing on runway 27L, that is when Heathrow is on Westerlies operation (when aircraft are approaching the airport over London from East to West).
You can check when they are landing on 27L at the Twitter feed @HeathrowNoise - look for "landing on the southern (27L)".
Note that the airport operates on Westerlies around 70% of the time and so aircraft land on this and 27R most of the time. They swap from one to another at 15:00 daily to give residents some noise respite.
No facilities, it is an outside space. There is a sheltered hedge behind the spotters which offers some protection from the wind and a place to relieve yourself, if you choose to.
9/10 - there's no better place to spot at Heathrow, excellent views from here but it loses 1 point for the lack of facilities.