Guide to Norwich Airport

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Updated Friday 10th February, 2006

ICAO Code: EGSH
IATA Code: NWI

Latitude: N52° 40' 12"
Longitude E1° 16' 30"

Sunrise Today: 07:00
Sunset Today: 17:16

Although Norwich is not a particularly busy airport it does offer a good variety of movements including both scheduled and charter airline operations as well as a good selection of General Aviation flights. Bristow Helicopters have a base at Norwich serving the Southern North Sea and KLMuk Engineering have a heavy maintenance base that does work on F-100, BAe146 and B737 aircraft. Sprayavia run a major aircraft painting business that attracts the occasional exotic visitor. Finally the City of Norwich Aviation Museum is located on the Nortn Side of the Airport.

There is no official spectator area at Norwich although fairly good views of all aircraft movements are afforded from a number of public areas around the Airport. In terms of photography the best opportunities are definitely aircraft on final approach to the main runway 09 / 27. This said it must always be remembered that you should not trespass on private property or do anything which could present a security risk or endanger yourself or others. Basically no cutting holes in fences, no blocking crash gates, no walking on farmers crop and no standing directly under the approach path at the end of the runway. All just common sense.

Airport Information Desk Phone Number :
01603 420653

If the web site is down or you need further flight details they are usually helpful.

Scheduled Operators / Aircraft
BMI Regional : ERJ-135
Eastern Airways : SAAB 2000, Jetstream 41, Jetstream 32
KLM CityHopper : Fokker 50, Fokker 70
FlyBe : Dash8-Q400 / BAe146 / B737
Bristow Helicopters : S-76, S61N

Charter Operators
Air Europa : B737
First Choice : B757 / A320
Iberworld / Spanair : A320 / MD87
LTE / Volar : A320
Britannia : B757 / B737
Air Malta : A320
FlyBe : BAe146
Euro Cypria : B737
Pegasus : B737
Excel : B737
Skydrift : EMB110, Aztec

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Norwich Airport Weather

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Observed at 00:00 - (8 days 18 hrs ago)


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Photo Spot Spot A - Runway 09 (Western End of Airport)

This Spot corresponds to Point A on the map. You can easily park here for as long as you want. The 09 approach path is partly obscured by trees although some shots can be taken by standing on the low grass bank next to the allotment fence. However a better idea is to go through the obvious gap in the bushes which will put you on a footpath running along the southern edge of a large field. The approach lights are clearly visible and you have a clear view of the entire 09 approach. Good shots can be had from anywhere along this path but there is little point in walking more than about 30 meters from the lay-by. I reckon you need a 200mm lens to get a good shot of airliners on short finals and a 300mm would give a bit more flexibility. If you only have a small lens you can walk along the eastern edge of the field (parallel to the A140) towards the approach lights, this is also a good idea if you want to get shots of light aircraft. This is not a footpath so you need to be careful not to damage any standing crops. This said people often walk dogs along the edge of the field. Be warned that both field boundaries can be muddy. If the sun has moved so far round that you need to be North of the approach path you can walk right up the edge of the field through the approach lights to a point near the entrance to the Anglian Windows sports ground.

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 40' 23" (N52° 40.389')
Longitude: E1° 15' 53" (E1° 15.888')

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Photo Spot Spot B - Runway 09

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
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Latitude: N52° 40' 29" (N52° 40.48')
Longitude: E1° 15' 57" (E1° 15.95')

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Photo Spot Spot C - Runway 09 - North Side

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
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Latitude: N52° 40' 55" (N52° 40.915')
Longitude: E1° 15' 44" (E1° 15.736')

Photo Spot Spot D - Runway 27 (Eastern End of Airport)

This Spot covers Points D and E on the map and is probably the best area for viewing and photigraphy at Norwich. Runway 27 is the more commonly used runway both because of prevailing wind direction but also because it has an ILS approach. (09 is NDB / DME).

From this area you have a totally clear view of the 27 approach and good shots should be no problem with a 200 mm lens. Take-off / climb out shots are also possible when runway 09 is in use but a 300mm or, preferably, a 400mm lens will be needed

Smaller Aircraft (up to F70 size) taxing out to 27 for take off come up a taxiway towards point D and head on shots are possible although a fairly long lens is needed and the (brief) use of steps to get the barbed wire out of the shot may be desirable. This said if you are going to use steps be very careful not to make it look like you are trying to climb over the fence. In any case a better bet is to get aircraft just as they are about to enter the runway. To do this all you need to do is put your camera lens through the space in the crash gate where the padlock is. It is plenty big enough even for a 400mm lens. The only problem is if there is more than one person trying the same trick at the same time ! This also works for large aircraft (757s etc) that backtrack the runway and then turn round although heat haze can be a problem in the summer. If you want to get shots of the aircraft, especially airliners, a bit further out on the approach you can walk along the track across the road from the entrance to the cemetery. (Also interesting if you are a bird watcher you sometimes see Little Owls in the trees next the track.

If lighting or parking are a problem at point D you can carry on for a short distance and find several good size lay-bys both sides of the approach path (point E) on the map. These provide opportunities for more head on approach shots and are also better for shooting GA subjects as you are closer to the aircraft. For airliners a 100 mm lens will be sufficient but for full frame GA shots a 300mm lens is ideal. You can also park at point E and easily walk back to point D at the crash gate. Recently the vegetation has been cut back next to several of the lay-bys at point E and you can stand on the bank next the fence to get runway / taxiway shots.


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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 40' 24" (N52° 40.393')
Longitude: E1° 17' 57" (E1° 17.943')

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Photo Spot Spot E - Other Vantage Points - Terminal / Museum

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
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Latitude: N52° 40' 34" (N52° 40.56')
Longitude: E1° 18' 1" (E1° 18.012')

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Josh Wilson United Kingdom
Saturday 5th August, 2017 at 17:25 GMT
The Spot 'D' is probably the easiest one to get to by public transport. From the city centre you can get the 21, 21a and 22 to St Faiths road just before the airport and is only a 0.8 mile walk from there. You end up near a cemetery and there is a grass field on the other end of the rod which gives good vantage points:)
Posted by: Owen United Kingdom
Sunday 11th August, 2013 at 10:31 GMT
Very Nice
Posted by: Gerald Brown United Kingdom
Friday 19th April, 2013 at 07:49 GMT
The terminal building has a very good internal viewing area looking onto the apron from where you can see all movements, and be in the warm and dry and have a cup of tea.
Posted by: Gerald Brown United Kingdom
Friday 19th April, 2013 at 07:42 GMT
Bus services run from the Bus Station and Castle Meadow to The Firs / Hellesdon Tesco (the same building) stop. Konnect service 2 or 2A every hour, and Sanders X40, X44 or 44A 2 - 3 times an hour. Walk North 300 yards, turn right at Porcelanosa and at the roundabout (150 yards) you are at the S. W. corner of the airfield.
Posted by: Gerald Brown United Kingdom
Thursday 18th April, 2013 at 13:24 GMT
There is a Yahoo Groups site - Norwich Spotters - which has current news and links to a list of based aircraft.

The airliner storage area to the North West is reasonably busy at the moment, but good photography is difficult.

If you have your partner with you Monday to Saturday there is a park and ride to the city right next to the South West corner of the airfield fence so she / he? can go shopping in the fine city while you do something more interesting!
Posted by: Gerald Brown United Kingdom
Thursday 18th April, 2013 at 13:16 GMT
The airfield fence line from the Terminal building to the hangars South of the 09 apron is accessible, although a set of steps may be useful for photography.

Saxon have built a large building in the South West corner to serve their fleet plus helicopters of Dancopter and one other operator. Sterling have expired, but Bond have taken up their area.

Saxon now handle light aviation visitors at their terminal on behalf of the airport, but light aviation is presently much quieter than previously.

Norwich has rather more holiday flights than a city of its size would seem to warrant, and extra staff are being hired for the schedules this summer.

There is a Yahoo Groups site - Norwich Spotters - which has current news and links to a list of bas
Posted by: Alexey Russia
Monday 16th August, 2010 at 13:57 GMT
Many thanks!!!Very useful information!!

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