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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6701 times:

Hello

I'm planning to go to one of those places on 15th nov week. Any suggestions which are better? Where are the best spotting places or has more traffic?
I can speak portuguese and english, my spanish is pretty poor, but I can understand and talk a bit.

Here are some of my photos:
http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...M.%20de%20F.%20Barbosa&thumbnails=

Thanks

Matt

[Edited 2006-10-24 03:01:23]

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User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

I wouldn't feel very comfortable at the fence of any of those pointing to the planes with a camera... I'd try to contact the airport(s) to see if you can get a ramp permit and to find out if spotting is allowed. I wouldn't be surprised if it is not, particularly in Colombia.

Good luck.

j



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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6676 times:

I was thinking about it. Besides I feel very safe out the fence here in Curitiba, I dont do on Sao Paulo, Rio or any city of Northeast. I can imagine how I will feel on Colombia or Venezuela. There is another point to make me give up to this trip to CCS or BOG : no Hostelling International's hostels on these cities and I dont want to pay a hotel.

I was doing a research and I've found UIO much better than CCS or BOG. Nice spotting points, one hostel on the midtown and very cheap on comparative to Brazils prices.

I have a free Varig's ticket to any place on SA, but after the crises, not many leasts, just CCS, BOG, SCL and EZE. I've been to EZE and AEP, SCL dont have many "exotic" traffic, so, CCS or BOG will be my choice. But I dont matter to pay for a ticket to UIO from BOG.

Will be UIO a good choice for a spotting trip? Any more suggestions of near BOG places to fly to?

Thanks

Matt


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

Quoting Matheus (Reply 2):
Will be UIO a good choice for a spotting trip?

Definitely! I suggest you contact Stefano Rota, a very nice and helpful local guy to check out the current situation.


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j



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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Thanks for your help Javier! Tomorow I'll "buy" my ticket to BOG and after to UIO. I've already sent an email to Stefano as well.

Matt


User currently offlineThowman From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6656 times:

Hi Matt

I was in Colombia last year. I went to BOG and then onto Monteria in the north. I sent some emails to people who have photographs on anet in Bogotá, and asked them the same question. One guy, who was a pilot with Aero Republica, told me that there isn't any problem with cameras at BOG. However, being the cautious type I decided not to take my gear and rely on my compact and just take my holiday snaps. Walking around Bogotá airport with an expensive camera would be like doing the same on the Copacobana beach - something not to be done lightly.

It's a shame, as it's a really interesting place. Also, there seems to be quite a lot of visible security in Bogotá (compared to Rio, where I went this summer) but I still wouldn't feel safe.

Opposite the airport at the military side there seems to be a collection of old air force aircraft, but I don't know if it is open to the public. There's some interesting stuff there, but given the security situation in the country, I don't think a camera will be welcome anywhere near this area. When I was in Monteria waiting for my return flight, a military small aircraft arrived, picked up passengers and left. During this time, 10 heavily armed soldiers appeared and were looking out towards the passenger terminal. My camera stayed in its bag.

Ciao

Andy


User currently offlineAcontador From Chile, joined Jul 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6638 times:
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Hi Matt,

Well, if LAN is not exotic enough for you, than better stay away from SCL  Sad ! We do have occasional interesting cargo planes, and there are still quite some 732 flying around with SKU and DLU (and even with LAN), but otherwise just too many LAN A320 and 767...



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6622 times:

Matt,

I was just down in CCS a few weeks ago. I can say that the areas around the airport to take pictures aren't the safest places in the world for an outsider. In fact, my crewmembers I flew in with, along with the station personnel, all told me not to leave the hotel complex we were staying at (the well placed to log regs., Eurobuilding Express) due to security reasons. I spotted from my hotel room looking out over the field. Had the windows been clean enough and not double paned, could have actually got a few nice subjects on this site.

The great spotting deck there is closed, unfortunately, due to a security breach that happened a while back where a lunatic jumped off of it, onto a jetway bridge and onto the Copa 737 that was attached to it! Shame as I would have felt comfortable on that part. The subjects are nice at CCS, ConViasa 732/733/DHC7/ATR42, Aeropostal DC9s/MD80s, DHL ATR42F/B722F, Santa Barbara, Avior, Rutaca, El Sol de America, etc. as well as the foreign carriers...

Haven't been to BOG, but from what I understand, the military museum is actually where you can have success taking pictures from. Someone locally may have to correct me, but I think you have to get an invite to get in there from the museum. I'm intrigued and may head down there sometime in early 2007 to find out.

Good luck in UIO, think you'll do well there!
JSD



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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6608 times:

Quoting Acontador (Reply 6):
Well, if LAN is not exotic enough for you, than better stay away from SCL ! We do have occasional interesting cargo planes, and there are still quite some 732 flying around with SKU and DLU (and even with LAN), but otherwise just too many LAN A320 and 767...

SCL will be in my plans to next year winter. I'm trying to find a good and not expensive Ski field on chile. Valle Nevado is tottaly out of my plans.
The good thing in SCL is the background. Love that high mountains.

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 7):
The great spotting deck there is closed, unfortunately, due to a security breach that happened a while back where a lunatic jumped off of it, onto a jetway bridge and onto the Copa 737 that was attached to it! Shame as I would have felt comfortable on that part. The subjects are nice at CCS, ConViasa 732/733/DHC7/ATR42, Aeropostal DC9s/MD80s, DHL ATR42F/B722F, Santa Barbara, Avior, Rutaca, El Sol de America, etc. as well as the foreign carriers...

Hard to think what was going trought the head of this guy. LOL
Spotting is getting hard everyday all over the world. I really miss to go to the airport's observation deck, smell the QAV and hear the sounds of 727 and 732. I'm only 19 years old, but I really miss that.

CCS has THE exotic traffic. Better than it, just a central africa airport. Airlines from all over caribean and central america. I've been there few times on stop over to caribbean. I got crazy seeing all that old styles traffic.

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 7):
Good luck in UIO, think you'll do well there!

Thanks mate!

Quoting Thowman (Reply 5):
I was in Colombia last year. I went to BOG and then onto Monteria in the north. I sent some emails to people who have photographs on anet in Bogotá, and asked them the same question. One guy, who was a pilot with Aero Republica, told me that there isn't any problem with cameras at BOG. However, being the cautious type I decided not to take my gear and rely on my compact and just take my holiday snaps. Walking around Bogotá airport with an expensive camera would be like doing the same on the Copacobana beach - something not to be done lightly.

Caution is the word here in South America. Just in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and South Brazil you can feel safe enough to play with your camera on public places.

Thanks to all for the replies!
Soon I'll post my toughts about UIO and some shots here.

Matt


User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1713 posts, RR: 65
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6603 times:
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I will be in UIO on 4-6 November. Any one else? Javier? Ander?

User currently offlineAirportmanager From Ecuador, joined Mar 2001, 558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6595 times:

Ill do my best to make any spotter have a great time in UIO as long as weather, time and anything else work right...... I enjoy recieving people here, so come ahead. Of course GYE is good too!!  SmileI hope more people visit UIO!

User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6583 times:

Quoting N178UA (Reply 9):
Javier?

I'll be enjoying my well deserved holidays in Laos by that time. Are you flying Iberia?

j



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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6560 times:

Quoting N178UA (Reply 9):
I will be in UIO on 4-6 November. Any one else?

I'll!
Arriving 31/10 leaving 07/11...Confirmed today  

Matt

[Edited 2006-10-25 20:08:36]

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