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However the helicopters use the runway to arrive and depart so all movements are visible.
If you follow the road round from the viewing terrace away from the terminal and turn left and left again, this is Upper Farburn Road and leads to a farm.
For views of Bristow and CHC Helicopters, turn right out of the terminal and you'll reach a grass bank that looks onto their aprons.
Excellent views of their movements but no shelter from the weather. A polite request there often results in you being able to look through the lower windows of their hangar to log what you can, and if someone is available you may be escorted round.
All these spotting points of interest can be uploaded to your Sat Nav to give you another excellent resource to make your trip that much easier and more enjoyable.
Northwest of city near Dyce, off A96, these viewing spots are marked in the Spotting in the UK download.
If you're after the many helicopters based here, it's best to visit early morning on a weekday before they all depart, starting at around 0645.
- its location is marked in the Spotting in the UK download The Speedbird Inn is best but book early as the oil rigs block book.
Room 404 has a view of the runway and is fine in the autumn/winter but trees in full bloom in the summer will obstruct your view.