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===Terminal Viewing Facility===
 
===Terminal Viewing Facility===
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The international airport in Belfast has a dedicated viewing facility within the terminal. Entrance is free. Views are relatively good across the active passenger apron and onto runway 25/07. However, the freight ramp is hidden behind the international arrival pier. Photographs from the viewing lounge can be reasonable but you will have to avoid the grubby windows as the gallery is completely enclosed!  
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Belfast International Airport has a dedicated viewing facility within the terminal. Entrance is free. Views are relatively good across the active passenger apron and onto runway 25/07. However, the freight ramp is hidden behind the international arrival pier. Photographs from the viewing lounge can be reasonable but you will have to avoid the grubby windows as the gallery is completely enclosed!  
    
Also landside, there are limited views from the bar area in the terminal towards the GA ramp and biz jet parking. You also get a view of one or two of the Easyjet stands that are out of sight of the viewing gallery.
 
Also landside, there are limited views from the bar area in the terminal towards the GA ramp and biz jet parking. You also get a view of one or two of the Easyjet stands that are out of sight of the viewing gallery.
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Upon exiting the airport, follow the main road towards Belfast which runs parallel to runway 25. After 3/4 of a mile you will come to a lay-by on the left-hand side. This is level with the end of runway 25 and you can see the threshold. You can stop here for a few minutes although there are double yellows along the edge of the lay-by. Unfortunately you are also looking south so the sun can be a problem. There is a disused road here which used to be the main road to the airport from the south of the province, but during Northern Ireland's "darker" times it was closed for security reasons. People can be seen walking here so there is no real problem going through the barrier (However be careful about leaving your car unattended). NB A new low-level security fence has been erected here (as of April 2007) to limit car parking by taxis and private cars. New "yellow-box" road markings have also been painted which appears to suggest parking will be less tolerated.
 
Upon exiting the airport, follow the main road towards Belfast which runs parallel to runway 25. After 3/4 of a mile you will come to a lay-by on the left-hand side. This is level with the end of runway 25 and you can see the threshold. You can stop here for a few minutes although there are double yellows along the edge of the lay-by. Unfortunately you are also looking south so the sun can be a problem. There is a disused road here which used to be the main road to the airport from the south of the province, but during Northern Ireland's "darker" times it was closed for security reasons. People can be seen walking here so there is no real problem going through the barrier (However be careful about leaving your car unattended). NB A new low-level security fence has been erected here (as of April 2007) to limit car parking by taxis and private cars. New "yellow-box" road markings have also been painted which appears to suggest parking will be less tolerated.
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If you continue a short distance along the road towards Belfast you will pass Ballyrobin Country House on the right side. 100yards after this there is a road to the right called Drennan's Road that runs between the landing lights. There is a no-stopping zone directly under the approach but if you drive towards the church at the far end (Killead Church), you can pull in and take reasonably good air-shots on finals at the gate opposite the church hall. If the sun is out, especially in winter, this can produce some nice shots with a 300mm lens.  
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If you continue a short distance along the road towards Belfast you will pass Ballyrobin Country House on the right hand side. 100 yards after this there is a road to the right called Drennan's Road that runs between the landing lights. There is a no-stopping zone directly under the approach but if you drive towards the church at the far end (Killead Church), you can pull in and take reasonably good air-shots on finals at the gate opposite the church hall. If the sun is out, especially in winter, this can produce some nice shots with a 300mm lens.  
    
If you turn left at the church (away from the airport)onto Killead Road, after another 300yards you will see the main road (A26) from Nutts Corner to Antrim. Just before this there is a road on the left leading up to some houses and a furniture business ("Creative Furnishings"). It's a public road and you may pull in here. The council have even provided litter bins! You get decent views of aircraft on short finals although photos aren't great as you are a bit "underneath". You used to be able to see the threshold of 25 about 1/2 mile away but the hedge has grown up too high now.  
 
If you turn left at the church (away from the airport)onto Killead Road, after another 300yards you will see the main road (A26) from Nutts Corner to Antrim. Just before this there is a road on the left leading up to some houses and a furniture business ("Creative Furnishings"). It's a public road and you may pull in here. The council have even provided litter bins! You get decent views of aircraft on short finals although photos aren't great as you are a bit "underneath". You used to be able to see the threshold of 25 about 1/2 mile away but the hedge has grown up too high now.  
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