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User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2956 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

I haven't seen anything on the spotting scene at the new BKK airport.
1. Is there a viewing terrace?
2. How about any locations outside of the airport?
3. Anybody have any knowledge on how the two parallel runways are being used? For example, like LHR (one for arrivals and one for departures) or just anything goes?

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User currently offlineB076 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 140 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

Quoting Carpethead (Thread starter):
How about any locations outside of the airport?

Not the best news I guess 


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Transport minister calls for higher security at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Tags: News

Transport Minister Admiral Thira Haocharoen on Thursday instructed airport officials to boost security throughout the Suvarnabhumi Airport area, particularly in a zone nearby an aircraft takeoff and landing area.

Adm. Thira and his deputy Sansern Wongcha-um made their first inspection of Suvarnabhumi Airport after assuming their posts.

They were welcomed by senior executives of Airports of Thailand (AOT), Thai Airways International (THAI) and state agencies concerned, who briefed them of the airport's overall functions and all problems that have arisen in the new facility's operations.

Included were the widely-publicised delays in baggage processing and malfunctions in the conveyor and check-in systems.

Delivering a special policy to a meeting of senior executives, Adm. Thira instructed all agencies to increase the number of security officers stationed throughout the airport terminal and grounds.

In particular, he viewed a security should be beefed up in a flyover bridge area near the northern passenger terminal where sightseers like to stop because if offers a clean--and currently unpoliced--vantage point to see aircraft taking off and landing clearly.

The new transport minister said that to leave the bridge unattended was a clear breach of security as ill-intentioned persons might use the site to conduct terrorist attacks on aircraft. Adm. Thira ordered AOT to strictly prohibit motorists from stopping or parking on the bridge and to take measures to disallow any foot traffic.

The minister also instructed the appropriate state agencies to help assure oversight of all functions and to solve all problems arising as soon as they occur, to prevent them from negatively affecting the image of Thailand's air transport services and tourism.
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More info here: http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/132

Cheers
William

[Edited 2006-10-14 13:31:56]

User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

I know a Tdot photographer is there now in BKK doing some photography... I am waiting to hear from him and how his trip is going... I know he is going to do his best to get some good photo's from there? Lets wait and see what he comes up with?

Grant



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User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

I have yet to head off to Suvarnabhumi to inspect the spotting areas. I think it will all be up in the air for the first few months.

VTBDflyer



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User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5204 times:

this thread would interest me a little bit since next yr I have a chance to visit Thailand and Vietnam for work purposes but I will have sometime to dedicate to spotting!!What about Vietnam?
Malcolm


User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5189 times:

Yeah, interesting to find out as I'll be flying over from HKT in December, purely to spot. Will Don Muang be worth the visit now though, on another note?
Spencer.



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User currently offlineNucky From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

I'll be arriving BKK on 2 November, stopping for 1 week before onward to HKT.
Anyone else out there between those dates?? Any further info would be appreciated...I'll post my findings on return, or will p.m. a run down to any requests.
Oh well, crossfingers 


User currently offlineKanokwan From Italy, joined Oct 2006, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5056 times:

Some foto from spotter Thai

www.thaiaviation.net


User currently offlineSfilipowicz From Netherlands, joined Jul 2002, 327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5017 times:

Hi everyone,

I was at the new airport about a week a go. Inside the airport photo oppertunities are difficult. The windows are a rounded shap and you can't get very close to the window. So you will have to shoot through a window from a distance (about 2 meters). You will l get a lot a reflection from inside on the window and also the dirty windows don't help.

Outside I don't know, not been there. I've had 3 departures and 2 arrivals at the airport and looking out the window there is a road along side runway 19R and I saw some cars standing still, so I think you could get some shoots from that road.

I think they use the runways like a Heathrow. Landed 2 times on runway 19R and departed 3 times from 19L.

The airport is quiet some distance from the city center. Took about 40 minutes from the airport to my hotel on Silmon road.

Steven.


User currently offlineSQPAX From Thailand, joined Dec 2003, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

Quoting Gmonney (Reply 2):
I know a Tdot photographer is there now in BKK doing some photography... I am waiting to hear from him and how his trip is going... I know he is going to do his best to get some good photo's from there? Lets wait and see what he comes up with?

Grant

Grant:

I'll be heading out today (Thursday) and will be sure to post comments once I'm back at the hotel. From a user perspective, the new airport was amazing when I arrived last Thursday night. Had my visa and my luggage and was curbside being hustled by the taxi touts within about 15 minutes of wheels down! Arrivals hall is such a change from Don Muang, from my quick experience in the new terminal it's so modern and efficient comparitively speaking.

Quoting Spencer (Reply 5):
Will Don Muang be worth the visit now though, on another note?
Spencer.

Spencer:

I think you'll find Don Muang to be a virtual ghost town now. All commercial traffice is using Suvarnabhumi.

-Malcolm



"One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy" - Murray Head 1984
User currently offlineSQPAX From Thailand, joined Dec 2003, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4912 times:

Well, I went out to BKK on Thursday early afternoon. First, let me say what a spectacular looking airport this is. When I arrived last week it was dark and raining and further, I was anxious to just get into Bangkok after a long journey.

Unfortunately, the spotting trip yesterday netted no real results. This notwithstanding, there appear to be possibilities. I ended up on Rom Klao Road near the mail sorting depot around 1230. This offers clear ground to air shots for Rwy 19R approach shots albeit of the typical "side shot" variety. No opportunity for creative photography here. When I was there the sun was directly overhead and as such, the light was much too harsh.

I think that early to mid-morning and late afternoon shots can be had at the above location. I will likely head out on Saturday morning to see what I can get. There are lots of taxis in the area to catch a ride either to the terminal or back into the city from this spot. I was there for about 45 minutes. No sign of police or other authorities in the area hassling people.

From this location I had my taxi driver take me south to the perimeter road that parallels 19L/1R. Awesome if you're a spotter, not the best for photography. You get amazing views of a/c taxiing for departure and as they roll out on 19L. The problem is the fence! I am not a proponent of fences in my shots and that being the case, photography on this side of the airport is not the best. Had I been home at YYZ I would have no problem going up to the fence to shoot. Here in Thailand, I am not so sure of the reaction of the authorities. This being the case, I chose the safe route and did not venture near the fence. There was also some police presence and I saw them chasing a family who had gone near the fence.

As said, I will be trying again tomorrow, Saturday and will update this post if I'm not in the Bangkok Hilton! I miss Don Muang!

Malcolm



"One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy" - Murray Head 1984
User currently offlineNucky From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

...nice one Malcolm...looking forward to the next episode...good luck, enjoy?!!

regards..Paul. bigthumbsup 


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