Anton P. From Sweden, joined Nov 1999, 90 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3734 times:
Hello u all!
My situation is this:
I have plans to fly somewhere (anywhere) in Europe with SAS FF points and I would like to go to an airport in Europe which is really spotter friendly!
(my first spotting-only weekend)
I like big jets..not turboprops!
What do you think?
I'm really looking forward to an aviation photography weekend and need help from you all to decide where I'm gonna go!
If you do take your time to answer this question please tell me if it is easy to accesss the spots with help from a taxi or must I have a car of my own?
Are there any motels/hotels nearby?
Is it possible to take photos when the planes are still in the air (just before touchdown)?
I've read somewhere that Zurich is really spotter friendly!
How is Heathrow and Frankfurt?
Have also heard München and Amsterdam.
I would be really happy if some local spotters would answer this question!
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
Zurich is without a doubt the most spotter friendly. Every runway is accessable for good pics, and the airport authorities even have set up purpose-built viewing areas around the airport (though you do need a car). There is also the terrace over Terminal B (I wish they would put one on Terminal A - it's closer to the runways), and they conduct ramp tours.
The downside to Zurich is that they do no have the huge volume of traffic that CDG and LHR have - But it's generally not boring.
AviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
come to Frankfurt!
There are two observation decks for taking photos of airplanes at the gate. There is also a spotter point at RWY 18West where you can take shots of rotating planes and landing shots when RWY 25R is in use.
Another good point is at the motorway A5. You can take nice landing shots from there when RWYs 25 are in use. I have a website where I described every point. Please take a look and you will see that FRA is one of the most interesting airports. There is a new hotel at the airport, too and I think that it is not very expensive. You can also take part on airport tours every hour! You will get to CargoCity and every bus driver will stop for a minute, open the door and wait when you would like to take a shot! I also have a timetable on my site showing the most interesting movements.
Take a look and you will be impressed of FRA and visit us soon! FRA spotting
Best wishes from FRA
p.s. you can ask me more questions if you want.
BTW: there is an airport bus departing at Terminal 1 and passing the observation deck at rwy 18West. You can also get to A5 without a car.
Aer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1582 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3589 times:
Little advice - Forget Dublin, Ireland (ITS CRAP)
I should know, I live there. Aint very many vantage points just one and its not reallly accessible unless your prepared to walk for 1/2 an hour
My advice is take Heathrow (although I've never been to Zurich, Munich or Frankfurt)
Great variety of airlines and aircraft, but English weather, like Irish weather, is very unreliable and the chances are you'll end up with a trip full of cloudy days
Here's a few pics I took while at LHR
This is from the observation deck
Take the picadilly tube line to the airport and get of at Hatton Cross station. When you've got to the top of the escalator turn right cross the road and turn right again. Walk for about 5 minutes and you'll come to a field with a housing estate behind it. Thats THE best spot at LHR. The only problem is that that spot is only good when the runway in use is 27L, so find out before you go which runway is in use. Other photogs on this forum will tell you about other places for the different runways at Heathrow but thats the only one I've had experience with