Sponsor Message:
Aviation Photography Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Upcoming Trip To MXP/MAD/PMI/BCN/FCO  
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

Hi everybody,

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 ( Big grin ) and probably will have our trolley and camera bags with us (I will).

Ivan


Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3009 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.

Andy


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Thanks Andy. We have ordered room 540 and it has been confirmed Wink/being sarcastic

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

Hello!

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.

Hope it will help

DARIO



User currently offlineEbos From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2923 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.
Sven



An-225 stalker: 1 x LUX, 1 x EIN, 1 x DXB, 2 x SHJ, 3 x CGN
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Thanks for the advice, guys. We'll have a great trip, even if it was only to get some real sunshine, instead of all those dark clouds and rainshowers over here in Belgium Big grin

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2890 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  Sad

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).

Sunil


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

Hi everybody,

just back from our trip and it was great (watch out for a huge trip report by Sabena 690)!

Due to the amount of time we spent at the airports, I only was able to make pics through the glass, but I think at least some will turn out OK, next to some nice inflight pictures.

Some quick highlights of the planes we saw:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ingo Lang
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Simon Willson



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Michael Nikel
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ariel Shocron



Ivan

PS: the AB 737 was at PMI, 'Peter Max' and the El Al at MAD. The Air Europa Disney's both at MAD and PMI.



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Oh yeah, and the windows at FCO are indeed really dirty, Sunilgupta, even dirtier than some at PMI.

Photography at FCO, BCN and FCO was almost impossible in that short amount of time.

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
How's MAD, PMI, And BCN For Spotting/photography? posted Tue Oct 29 2002 04:26:33 by CcrlR
Planning A Trip To ZRH: Help? posted Thu Oct 5 2006 19:23:50 by DLX737200
Trip To SAN / LAX July 6-15th posted Thu Apr 6 2006 19:58:25 by Brian_ga
Spotting Trip To The East Coast Of FL (FLL/MIA) posted Tue May 10 2005 03:32:59 by APFPilot1985
You Pick: A 300D And Lens Or A Trip To Australia.. posted Sun Jan 16 2005 03:03:30 by MartinairYYZ
Trip To Florida posted Tue Dec 7 2004 10:56:02 by Scbriml
December Spotting Trip To MIA posted Thu Nov 25 2004 00:55:56 by Lindy
Just In From A Quick Spotting Trip To OKC! posted Thu Mar 18 2004 05:53:32 by Law4fun
Your Average Trip To The Local Strip... posted Wed Feb 4 2004 18:22:53 by BrodieBrazil
Trip To YVR A Success... posted Tue Feb 3 2004 18:31:00 by Gmonney