Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3036 posts, RR: 10 Posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
next week I'll be visiting the following airports together with Airliners.net crew member Frederic Backaert aka Sabena 690:
Thursday July 15th: MXP/MAD
Friday July 16th: MAD/PMI
Saturday July 17th: PMI/BCN/MAD
Sunday July 18th: MAD/FCO
At MXP we won't have a lot of time, so we'll only be able to spot from within the terminal unfortunately.
At MAD, we'll have a lot of time: we arrive Thursday evening at 17h and fly to PMI 24h later. So, anybody of you guys can give us some good spotting advice? I've already found some good info on a website, but I'm sure some of you have some good info as well. We'll fly back to MAD Saturday evening and have some spare time on Sunday morning.
At PMI we'll only have some time on Saturday morning. Who has some good advice? We'll be staying at the Helios Hotel by the way.
At BCN, we'll only have a couple of hours, so no time to go out of the terminal unfortunately.
At FCO we only have two hours, so just like MXP and BCN, we won't have a lot of time unfortunately.
So, basically we'll only have some time to get out of the airport at MAD and PMI. If anybody has some good spotting/photography advice and/or would like to meet us, feel free to do so. I don't know what we'll be wearing but we look like Belgians ( ) and probably will have our trolley and camera bags with us (I will).
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3563 times:
PMI... Helios Hotel rooms 540, 541, 542 (lower numbers better) have views over the airport, but too far away for photos. In the morning you need to get down the side of the runway nearest the Helios (if fact the runway the Helios is under the approach for - but they rarely land from the Helios end), but its more than a walk away and you will need a car or other form of transport. If you can get half way down the runway, there's a nice rock mound where you can take photos over the fence. Based on last weekend's experience, PMI seems to start to use both runways after 0700 (there's movements before that but they seem to be all on the northside) so a reasonably early start may be worthwhile.
Dcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3489 times:
Normally the configuration is 24L for landing (morning spotting) and 24R (after spotting) for take off. You can check on that site http://fly.to/pmi many information from the spotting place that you have in PMI.
Yesterday and today they are using 6L for landing due to wind conditions: not very common.
Ebos From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3477 times:
I've only been once in FCO. The terminal is not that great for spotting imo, the glass is tinted and dirty and i saw very few spots where you could get decent pictures. Guess it's better for the reg-spotter than to take pictures.
Have a nice trip.
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Sunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 791 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3444 times:
I've spent a lot of time at FCO and if you have only two hours you will not be happy. There is a place in the upper level of the "domestic" terminal (where the European flights come and go), but as was mentioned above the windows are tinted and dirty. If you go upstairs, walk all the way to the east side of the building behind the snack shops.
At BCN terminals A, B & C all of the windows are double glass with a few feet between the panels. They are dirty and there are lots of reflections
Although it's too late for MXP, you just need to walk out of the departures level of the terminal, turn right or left and go to the small car parks on either end of the elevated roadway. Nice shots can be had especially from the carpark on the right side (facing away from the terminal).