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Spotting Advice At Rio GIG / Dumont And Sao Paulo  
User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Need some advice anyone...

How is taking photos at these 3 airports?
Sao Paulo (Int'l)
Rio (GIG)
Rio Santos Dumont

Any observation decks, viewing areas, or parks nearby or around the airport, etc

Is safety an issue or is this exaggerated.

Many thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineRwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3120 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4266 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.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4258 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  Wink.

Thanks,

Jurgen

[Edited 2007-05-13 23:26:14]


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User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4232 times:

Hi Jurgen/Soundtrack

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)

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Landing on 17R is almost the same but you can make better side-on images. 17L ladings fly overhead the photo spot


Landing on 35L (afternoon, outside the airport)

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Landing on 35L (morning, outside the airport)

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Off course there are plenty of examples of images made from the Golden Flat around..

GRU - A couple of spots available inside and outside the airport terminal, best time for make a visit (again in regards to the light condition) is during end April until end August.

Inside:
Terminal 2 / Wing D viewing area (2nd floor)

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Terminal 1 / Wing A viewing area (2nd floor)

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Terminal 1 / Wind A restaurant (1st floor)

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Outside
"The Hill"/"La Colina" spot (close to 27R threshold)

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Opposite to "La Colina"

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Runway 09 approach (winter)

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Runway 09 (summer / up to 10:00LT only)

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GIG - Southern hemisphere winter is ok for photos during the moring hours. Afternoon is always bad light from the terminal. There used to be some locations outside the terminal:
Line-up runway 10:
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Landing runway 15
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but I last visited them six years ago, so no idea how they are nowadays.

SDU - Good photos possible during the morning (facing the city) and afternoon (facing the sea/Niteroi)
Afternoon
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Morning
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If you need some further information for Sao Paulo, just let me know via private message,

Best regards/MfG

R. Salzinger

[Edited 2007-05-14 00:10:32]

[Edited 2007-05-14 00:20:11]

[Edited 2007-05-14 00:32:10]


"ad astra per aspera"
User currently offlineAF086 From France, joined Jan 2007, 1049 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4231 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.

Quoting Rwy04LGA (Reply 1):
SDU spotting is great from Sugar Loaf.

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.



Please insert a "smart" joke here.
User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4209 times:

You folks are great!

ALL advice concerning inside/outside locations and about 'safety' are well appreciated!!!

Thanks

ANY further thoughts as well on Sao Paulo please advise.


User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Hi Jurguen,

More info about... (click on the images to view bigger)

GRU
Big version: Width: 997 Height: 845 File size: 264kb


GIG
Big version: Width: 997 Height: 845 File size: 226kb


SDU
Big version: Width: 998 Height: 845 File size: 193kb


CGH
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The numbers indicates the places.

Also there is spotting guides (in portuguese only) in the following links
GRU
http://www.contatoradar.com.br/index.php?categoryid=15&p2_articleid=12

SDU
http://www.contatoradar.com.br/index.php?categoryid=15&p2_articleid=10

CGH
http://www.contatoradar.com.br/index.php?categoryid=15&p2_articleid=11

GIG
http://www.contatoradar.com.br/index.php?categoryid=15&p2_articleid=9

Hope it helps you  Wink

regards
Fabio Laranjeira

Quoting JRadier (Reply 2):
However, when you say 'Brazil' the first thing you hear are the horror stories about safety, robberies etc.

The same danger in Sao Paulo and Rio applies to the others big cities arround the world  Wink


User currently offlineAF086 From France, joined Jan 2007, 1049 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

Quoting Fhlaran (Reply 6):
SDU

Thanks for the maps Fabio!

About SDU Jurgen, keep in mind that spot #1 at the map is no more because of the new gates built right in front of it.



Please insert a "smart" joke here.
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4145 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  Wink. However, from what I gather it's not too bad.

Quoting S.p.a.s. (Reply 3):
but hardly during the spotting itself.

that's something that's good to hear!

If I think of any more questions I'll let you know!

Jurgen



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

WHEN are the busy times at these airports:

Santos Dumont?

GIG?

Saol Paulo Int'l?



thank you


User currently offlineAF086 From France, joined Jan 2007, 1049 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

Quoting Soundtrack (Reply 9):
WHEN are the busy times at these airports:

Santos Dumont?

Mornings and after 4pm.

Quoting Soundtrack (Reply 9):
GIG?

Mornings and after 5pm. Between those times you'll get domestic traffic mostly.



Please insert a "smart" joke here.
User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

THANK YOU - AF806...

Anyone know BUSY TIMES at Sao Paulo?

Cheers!


User currently offlineFhlaran From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4023 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  Smile


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