Essex Police has set up a plane enthusiasts scheme at Stansted Airport. Not all UK airports have such a scheme but due to popular demand PC Richard McDade has set up Plane Watch at Stansted.
Plane Watch is completely free of charge and gives members the chance to enjoy a hobby and help police protect the airport from criminals and terrorist activity.
Members are given a welcome pack, lanyard and identification card which they will be asked to show upon request from any police officer, police community support officer or member of airport security staff while at the airport.
If you would like to apply for Plane Watch, you'll need to complete an application form and send two passport size photographs, photo identification in the form of a photocopy of a passpost or driving licence and confirmation of home address such as a photocopy of a utility bill.
Essex Police will then carry out a number of checks on the details you provide. We reserve the right to refuse applications without explanation.
The identification card strictly prohibits members gaining access to any restricted area within the airport. It does not give members any additional rights over any other member of the public. However it does show your enthusiasm in helping us to protect the airport from criminals and defeat terrorist threats against aviation.
By joining the scheme, Pc Richard McDade and Pc Phil Darts will be able to keep in touch by e-mail or letter to let you know how you can help. They'll let you know what they're looking for and who you can contact to report anything suspicious.
Pc McDade and Pc Darts intend to hold a meeting twice a year at Stansted Airport where you'll able to raise any aviation enthusiast issues you may have with Essex Police and BAA.
Becoming a member of plane watch
To become a member of plane watch, please print off and complete the application form and return it to the address below with two passport size photographs, photograph identification and a confirmation or your address.
Pc Richard McDade
Stansted Airport Plane Watch Scheme
If you have any queries, please email [email protected]. Read the terms and conditions for plane watch.