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Spotting At Zurich  
User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Hi everyone,
what's the spotting potential like at Zurich?
I was thinking of spending a day there but will be on foot so was thinking of staying around the terminal.
I heard that there is a good platform at the airport. Is this still open post 9/11?
Also what do you think would be the best / most entertaining way of getting there from MAN?
Thanks in advance for any help.

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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

Hello, first of all, posting this in the Photography forum would give you a lot replies! I suggested to move the topic there!

ZRH is amazing for spotting!

There's a viewing deck at Terminal B - Amazing location!


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There's an amazing spot on the top of a Parking Deck ( #5 i think )


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There's also a new terrace on the Midfield Terminal, but i think it's airside only...


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Best way from MAN would be Swiss, wouldn't it?  Insane

regards, Florian



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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

I'd also love to visit Zurich. Is the viewing deck at Terminal B open air like the one that used to be open at LHR? It's not behind glass or anything?

DC-10


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

DC-10

No glass, nothing!



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Thanks for the info guys....
what sort of focal length are we talking about for decent shots..?


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

The side on shot of the A330 is around 20-50mm !!! Very close!
The MD11 takeoff maybe 100-130mm - still, close.

Don't know about the other ones... I don't think more than 300mm!

regards, Florian



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Well that's definitely on my "To go to" list Big grin. I want to travel the world now I've got my own passport. Fares are a bit high though. Can't find anyone that goes direct to ZRH from EMA. MAN would be my second choice but BA and LX fares are pretty high. BA are even charging £160 from LHR!

DC-10

[Edited 2004-06-30 21:06:19]

User currently offlineJofa From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 320 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

INNflight
The MD-11 was taken at 73mm (and add 1.6x cropfactor) which results in 116,8mm. This means that your guess was a very good one  Smile


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Thanks Johan. Been there myself a couple of times so it was not that much guessing the distance  Wink/being sarcastic




Jet Visuals
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

You can perhaps get a few tips on my site:
http://www.zrh.airlinerpictures.net

Cheers
Gerardo



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User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Rolf s picture os SIA 747 is NOT from the parking deck and btw ist NOT parckingdeck nr 5, its either nr 1 or 3 ..... , and you definetely dont want to go to Dock E because of the light. If u r by foot be aware that from 12:30 the sun is against you on the T2 observation deck ...

just my 2c

robin

ps: gerry , got G-SMAN tonight 120 mins late at 20:20, lucky ... , till then.

[Edited 2004-06-30 23:55:13]


ABC
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

Regarding zoom range: I only have a 75-300mm and a 28-200 lens. Both serve me well, although, with up to 400mm you would get more angles, albeit only marginal.

As Robin said, avoid Dock Midfield and the terrace on Terminal 2 (formerly known as Terminal B) after 12.00 (sun against you) .

Cheers
Gerardo

PS - Robin: will you be there next sat morning?



dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

aloha gerry,

jep , will attend .... , chances around 90%, got some things going on friday night .... , did u hear that there will be some acrobatic action going on at the Zueri Fäscht at the lake ...

robin



ABC
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

It wouldn't be the first time. Some years back, Swissair made a few low passes with an MD-11 over the Bellevue region. That was quite impressive.

CU sat morning, then.... and I mean early in the morning ......!!!

 Wink/being sarcastic Wink/being sarcastic

Gerardo



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User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

Well guys,
Thanks for all your advice. I decided that I would try a day out at ZRH after all.
Managed to get some great flights and a good deal on a hotel.

Just hope the weather stays good for my trip.


User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

hi jfazzer
try out the hotel welcomme inn near kloten airport, i spotted there in march/april and found it a bit slow and to much airbus stuff.

still a good day out though, but in the end i only needed a day and i came all the way from australia.



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User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

Hi Montague,
Thanks for the tip, but I managed to get the Renaissance (which is 5 star) for only GBP 55.

While we are on the subject of spotting at European airports, does anyone know whether I will have time to get to the spotting terrace at Frankfurt?
I Arrive at terminal 1 and have around 2hrs to spare.
Any advice and I would be grateful.
John


User currently offlineTS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Speaking of ZRH accomodations ... has anyone tried the Allegra Hotel at Kloten? You must have great views from the upper floors. In this photo you can see it under engine No. 1.

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John, 2 hours should be enough for the F*R*A deck if you arrive & depart from Terminal 1. It's not more than 10 minutes from the main concourses.


User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

Thanks for that Thomas.

John.


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 63
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
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Hi all

I would recommend the Fly Away Hotel in Kloten.

Stayed there twice, nice rooms, good food and nice looking lady reception staff  Wink/being sarcastic

Free bus to and from the terminal. I 've also got the name and telephone number of a taxi service who, if required, will drop you off wherever you are around the perimeter of the airport and will pick you up wherever again at what time you agree. Really nice guy also. Taxi's are expensive though so plan into your budget.

Cheers

Gary


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

Hi all,

I can reccommend the Park Inn (Mc Donalds Hotel) lovely hotel and a free bus to the airport and you can walk to the Heliport from the hotel

Ben Pritchard


User currently onlineChrisZRH From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 423 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

yup, would also prefer park inn! your just a little walk from heliport away, and you have a McDonalds in the hotel Big grin


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User currently offlineTS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

and you have a McDonalds in the hotel
Yes, but they put Emmenthaler cheese in the burgers & the fries are too salty.  Angry

Thomas


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

Park Inn Hotel is even mentioned in the database...


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User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 42
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

@Granite
Why didn't you visit me? Working on the opposite street of the Fly Away hotel.



Simle at the world and the world smiles back :)
25 Qantas744 : I second Ben Pritchard's recommendation, the free bus is great and it is perfect for being close to the heliport-there is also a nearby train station
26 PUnmuth@VIE : @TS About the Allegra hotel: I stayed there a couple of months when i was working in Zurich but the views from the upper levels are not as good as you
27 Unique : ...but the views from the upper levels are not as good as you might think. Who wants to do some spotting from the Allegra Hotel? It's purely to stay o
28 PUnmuth@VIE : Thomas was asking a question above in Reply 17 and i tried to answer it. Simple as that.[Edited 2004-07-08 11:54:39]
29 Granite : FlySwiss On the row where there is a motorcycle shop? The FlyAway Hotel is really nice. I stayed there with Tony Silgrim. The food and beer was good a
30 Post contains images Unique : Maybe this map also helps...
31 Post contains images DavidEHAM : This topic helped a lot! I'll be in Zürich next Friday and first part of Saturday (July 23 and 24), so if someone wants to join, mail me David
32 INNflight : I'll be at Zurich tomorrow the whole day, we ( fellow photographer Wolfgang Hut and I ) should arrive around 6am. regards, Florian
33 Post contains images ChrisZRH : yo Flo! really looking forward to our meeting!
34 Unique : David, weather forecast is good for the weekend! Enjoy and don't run out of films or digital chips!
35 Post contains images DavidEHAM : Nice that the weather this weekend will be good, but I'll be there 23/24 July... This Friday going to Düsseldorf Well, weather can't be worse than in
36 Post contains images Unique : Ups, sorry, my mistake! Looks like I'm living in the future...
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