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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1873 times:

Hi all,

I am heading out to Germany for the first time this summer. I have booked a cheap flight from LGW-CGN on Germanvings.

I am out there for a couple of days and was thinking of taking advantage of the new Germanvings bus service to DUS.

So any info/links/opinions on CGN/DUS would be much appreciated. I guess it's best to spend most of the time at DUS then a few hours at CGN but any info is much appreciated.

Ben Pritchard

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

DUS has two great observation terraces both offering great views. The best one is the terrace at the main railway station. CGN has a reasonable observation terrace but the traffic is rather slow and lacks variation. During the day flights are dominated by Germanwings and HLX with not much else really. I prefer DUS.


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineFredS From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

For DUS if Runway 23 is in use (more often than not) I preferred the Railway Terrace, good sun from when the Terrace opens during summer at 6am up to about 2pm when it is getting overhead.

I added a couple of trip reports to my site from last year for DUS including photos of the actual Terrace so maybe it will help to see what views you can expect before you visit.

Fred.
www.saap.co.uk


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Hi all,

Many thanks for your responces. As I thought I think I shall base myself at DUS as opposed to CGN.

Fred,

Your DUS info from your website is very useful.

How is photography after 2pm? What are the options?

Cheers

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

I did a day of photography at CGN in August 2003 and I was quite happy with it! The observation terrace is open the whole day and gives good views of the cargo apron, the old and the new terminal and one of the 3 runways ( can't remember which one )

As Peter said before, the airport is dominated by Germanwings and HLX these days, but there is also lots of charter traffic like LTU, Condor, Hapag Lloyd and some international carriers, especially during the summer!
Other carriers like Dba, Lufthansa, British Airways, etc are there too!

Not to forget lots of UPS, DHL, LH Cargo, BA World Cargo and other cargo carriers - If you are lucky you can also get some IL-76s or AN-124s!


You will arrive at the old terminal as you fly Germainwings, so it will take you only a few steps up to the viewing deck!

regards, Florian


User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1741 times:

What date are you out in DUS Benny?

User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1729 times:

As long as he is not on the same flight as me  Wink/being sarcastic

£5.99 + Tax each way too good to pass up on.

Paul


User currently offlineZander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1728 times:

Now when the subject is concerning DUS I must ask:

How is Saturday at DUS, slow?
What days does Ghana Airways fly from DUS?
Are there any other more interesting airlines to see?

Alex


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1726 times:

Paul/Tim,

I am there in July. Paul you better say you are not in Germany that month Big grin or I will have to find out where you are going to shoot from and go to the opposite end of the airfield  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


As Paul said the fares/flight times are too good to pass up, and of course, flying from a London's premier airport, Gatwick.

Cheers

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineEDDL From Germany, joined Dec 2002, 738 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1720 times:

@LGW:

DUS links:

http://www.dus-spot.de/index-e.html
http://www.dusinfo.de (German language only, weekly updated movements)
http://www.plane-pics.de (German language only) => click on "Düsseldorf" => "Fotostellen"

Photo positions:

Railway station, runway 23L & taxiway Mike


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Observation deck on the roof of Terminal B, runway 05R & taxiway Mike


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CGN is quite interesting on sundays (UPS MD-11F & B767F, LH MD-11F, MNG Cargo A300F, etc). On the other days CGN is mostly dominated by Germanwings, HLX and LH (Cityline). There are also 1-3 IL76 / AN124 flying into CGN every day. On the observation you will need a ladder though ...


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@Zander:

Ghana Airways is using DC-10s on the Accra route: 9G-AND/E. Expect delays and flight cancellations. Check out http://www.dus-int.de for information on other carriers.

EDDL


User currently offlineEDDL From Germany, joined Dec 2002, 738 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

Well, slighty off-topic:

I will be flying into LGW soon, any links (photo positions, etc.) for me? Big grin

EDDL


User currently offlineFredS From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Ben,
After 2pm it becomes a struggle for shooting unless you don't mind the sun down the nose type shots, on the main Terrace you can shoot the Stands on the right hand side which is okay in the summer months but mainly not so interesting ones though, lots of Lufthansa.

I had three visits last year and one of them was coming back from HAM so I walked it around the perimeter to explore due to poor weather that day, you can get good landing shots with sky only in the background though from the other side adjacent to where the Railway Terrace is by standing back from the fence.

Walking further up to about the middle of the runway the grass had been cut so there may be possiblities if it's like that when you are there but you would have to shoot through the fence for touchdown and on the runway shots, okay for Digital though because we don't mind the odd fence wire in shot.

If I remember right the path around the permiter is slightly more elevated at the top end so more chance of avoiding grass in shot.


Fred.


User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

As Paul said the fares/flight times are too good to pass up, and of course, flying from a London's premier airport, Gatwick.

Ben - checked out the German Wings website earlier and agree whole heartedly with your comments.


User currently offlineEbos From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1651 times:

After 2pm you can go to CGN. Best time to spot in CGN is in the afternoon. On sunday you will have a lot of freighters coming in (UPS, MNG, DHL, Global Supply, Lufthansa Cargo). As Florian and EDDL already pointed out you'll have a good chance to nail an IL76 in CGN. Biggest chance to see one is between 3pm and 7pm.

Sven



An-225 stalker: 1 x LUX, 1 x EIN, 1 x DXB, 2 x SHJ, 3 x CGN
User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 776 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1641 times:

(didn’t have time to read all the responses, but in case no one answered Smile

> How is Saturday at DUS, slow?

In the summer it’s anything but slow. In fact, Saturday morning is the busiest day with inbound and outbound charters. Most of them are Turkish registry.

Also, I agree that after about 2pm you should move to CGN. However, it is possible to shoot from the terminal terrace even later in the day as long as you don’t shoot the runway or parallel taxiways. I was able to get some nice shots in late afternoons and early evenings as the aircraft moved towards the gates.

Sunil



User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

@ EDDL

I will get you some LGW info over the next day or so when I get some time, a few links and info etc. Thanks for you DUS info.

All,

I fly out in the morning, have the rest of that day, the whole next day then up till late afternoon on the 3rd day.

I think I will soend the first day in Cologne and/or Dusseldorf towns. My full day at DUS then the last day at CGN I think.

Thanks for all your help. Maybe I should wear my 1966 T-Shirt when in Germany?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ben Pritchard

EDIT : I am looking at staying at the Ibis Hauptbanhof, from what I understand this is right at the station with the viewing area?

Thanks

[Edited 2004-03-15 23:03:38]

User currently offlineFredS From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

No the Ibis Haupbanhof is in the Main Station which if I remember right is three train stops away from the Airport so you will have to use the train to get to the Airport, it takes about 12-15 minutes.

Watch out for which train line you get on because one goes to the Airport Railway Station and that's the place where the best Terrace is for the morning provided that Runway 23 is in use.

The other Railway line will take you to the Main Terminal and then you would have to use the Skyline shuttle to the Railway one.

I'm pretty sure I remember the one from the Hauptbanhof to the Railway deck is the S7 line.


Fred.


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