Rwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4821 times:
SDU spotting is great from Sugar Loaf. At GIG there is a restaurant that offers some OK spotting. GRU spotting can be done from the gates. CGH has some decent places from the gates as well as from the approach near the orange and white checkerboard.
Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4758 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4813 times:
Just to add a few questions to this thread. I've been planning to go to Brazil as well, in particular to SDU and CGH. However, when you say 'Brazil' the first thing you hear are the horror stories about safety, robberies etc. How bad is it really? Things to do, not to do? Furthermore, what is the best time of year to go there?
CGH, I believe by far the best location is the Golden Flat hotel right?
SDU, I've seen photo's from very close to the runway without a fence, is that correct? Is it safe there? (I believe I saw a shot with a guard in it?) Also, what hotel/etc do you guys recommend. At CGH it's pretty clear .
[Edited 2007-05-13 23:26:14]
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S.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 974 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4787 times:
I don't know where those people (spotters, too) that make accounts of robberies, violence, have been spotting in Brazil, because, as a local, I've never heard that kind of tales (maybe because they are just that, tales). I agree that depending on where you go (city) you must be more or less concerned with this problems, but hardly during the spotting itself.
So, back to the subject, the advise I can give you is:
CGH - Best spot is indeed the GoldenFlat Hotel, but best light conditions (I'm assuming correct light conditions are important for you) are afternoons during the southern hemisphere summer, and during the winter, but only if runway 35 is the active. Approach shots can be made in the morning on both sides of the perimeter. Let me give you some examples (including some self-plugs). No viewing facilites at the airport, though
Landing on 17L (morning hours, outside the airport)
AF086 From France, joined Jan 2007, 1074 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4786 times:
Quoting Rwy04LGA (Reply 1): At GIG there is a restaurant that offers some OK spotting.
At GIG you've got 4 observation decks. One at the domestic end of terminal one, another at the restaurant mentioned (blue sector) and the last one at the far right of the terminal (red sector) all three are at the last floor of the terminal and have tinted glass windows. The fourth is located at the corridor that connects both of GIG's terminals. In all of them the light is best during the morning.
Quoting JRadier (Reply 2): SDU, I've seen photo's from very close to the runway without a fence, is that correct? Is it safe there? (I believe I saw a shot with a guard in it?) Also, what hotel/etc do you guys recommend. At CGH it's pretty clear
At SDU you've got the famous (among brazilian spotters) 02 spot: located close (really close) to the threshold of runway 02R just like at GIG the light is best during the morning, just cross the airport's parking lot, turn left after leaving it, pass by VARIG's HQ and two white security booths. For the afternoon stay at the other side of the runway (by the first white booth) because of the light.
It's pretty safe since you've got the Navy officer's school nearby plus airport security and almost all day long you have espectators like kids and their dads, families wanting to see "mommy's plane" and so on.
Close to SDU you've got a Ibis hotel that will open soon but there are no airside views like CGH.
Great but mostly backlit and you need lots of zoom there.
Quoting JRadier (Reply 2): How bad is it really? Things to do, not to do? Furthermore, what is the best time of year to go there?
Just avoid showing off your expensive stuff meaning: avoid carrying the camera at your neck all the time, wearing expensive watches and so on. As for things to do also the usuals: avoid the known dangerous places.
The best time of the year depends on what you're looking for. For spotting I'd say july because I like better the winter light and the temperature is lower so it's more bearable to stay hours and hours under the sun. But during the summer you've got more different traffic.
If you like carnaval, or want to see it at least once than come at february but the warned: the city gets full, so hotel prices go up but if you like sunny days and warm weather you'll be fine.
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4758 posts, RR: 48
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4700 times:
Thanks a lot for the maps and directions guys! I'm mostly interested in SDU and CGH and they seem pretty ok!
Quoting S.p.a.s. (Reply 3): I don't know where those people (spotters, too) that make accounts of robberies, violence, have been spotting in Brazil, because, as a local, I've never heard that kind of tales
Not really spotters in my case, but some stories from when relatives of my parents went there (although a long time ago), the fact that the Travel Advise from the Dutch Foreign Office isn't too positive about safety and that a group of dutch spotters was involved in an armed robbery in MEX last year makes people wonder . However, from what I gather it's not too bad.
Fhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4578 times:
GRU - From early morning up to mid day (mainly international traffics arriving)
from mid day to 15, 15:30 the airport is almost a ghost eheeh.. booooring
Then many international flights leaving and another one comming (KLM, TAP, LH, etc)
CGH - Non stop all day... If you do not get a specif registration in the morning, it will most probably come in again in the afternoon