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What Is The Best Spot For Planespotting?  
User currently offlineB757cp From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

we need to know for sure! where is the best place in the world for plane spotting?

how about suggesting your favourite spot for photo-taking, and showing us your best photo from that place?

i dont have a clue at the moment, so can someone else go first?


i like to look at the metal birds!
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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

I've heard its:


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Top aspects are:

No heat haze
Security is minimal (Although the Penguins can be pretty rough sometimes)
Great light

I recommend you go there as soon as you can.

[Edited 2008-02-20 13:12:18]

User currently offlineB757cp From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

WOW!

that place looks amazing, sadly no airliners!



i like to look at the metal birds!
User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7627 times:


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Surely there's no competition?  Wink

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineB757cp From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7620 times:

you may be right there...
how is Adelaide? i ask because i will live there next year! he he he



i like to look at the metal birds!
User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7601 times:



Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 1):
Security is minimal (Although the Penguins and Polar Bears can be pretty rough sometimes)

You spotted polar bears in Antarctica?  Wow!
Badinfo, I'd say... Big grin


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7591 times:



Quoting B757cp (Reply 2):
that place looks amazing, sadly no airliners!


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Quoting ZakHH (Reply 5):
You spotted polar bears in Antarctica?
Badinfo, I'd say...

Doh!

My bad.


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7586 times:

AMS or LHR maybe. Not been to AMS but LHR is certainly very good.


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User currently offlineMongorat From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 165 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7581 times:

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 1):
Top aspects are:

No heat haze
Security is minimal (Although the Penguins can be pretty rough sometimes)
Great light

I recommend you go there as soon as you can.

Only drawback at McMurdo is that the push/pull mechanism on the 100-400L has a tendency to freeze. Biggest plus is no Southwest a/c to shoot there.

[Edited 2008-02-20 13:32:24]

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7575 times:



Quoting Mongorat (Reply 8):
Biggest plus is no Southwest a/c to shoot here.

Or BA 737's  cloudnine 

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

B757cp, over here in Adelaide you get lots of 737s Qantas and Virgin Blue

A320s daily Air New Zealand flight (sometimes subsituted for larger 767 or 777) and Jetstar
A330 from Cathay Pacific daily and Qantas 3 times a week.
747 twice a week from Singapore Airlines Cargo
777 from Singapore Airlines daily and Malaysia airlunes four times a week.

Plus lots of small stuff etc.

Best spotting spots are either in the terminal (you don't need a boarding pass to get into domestic terminals in Australia),

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an oval about 1 km from the city end of the runway (good afternoon approach spot)

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and at the end of the runway in by a bakery (good morning spot).

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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

Quoting Mongorat (Reply 8):
Only drawback at McMurdo is that the push/pull mechanism on the 100-400L has a tendency to freeze.

It has a tendency to freeze in moderate temps as well.   

[Edited 2008-02-20 14:24:07]

User currently offlineMictheslik From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

Having returned from Brize Norton this evening, I'd have to argue its case....Interesting traffic, superb viewpoints....what more could you want...Only the weather really lets it down.

Likewise, for spotter friendliness, Manchester is great  Smile......not much interesting traffic though.

.mic


User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3064 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7514 times:
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There are sunnier places, more exotic places, more stimulating traffic etc etc, but it is home  biggrin . ..and the people are so friendly  wink .

All we need is better weather, more variety of traffic, mountainous background (preferably with snow in the winter), sea in the foreground and we are there for sure.

Paul


User currently offlineMictheslik From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7501 times:



Quoting Psych (Reply 13):
All we need is better weather, more variety of traffic, mountainous background (preferably with snow in the winter), sea in the foreground and we are there for sure.

There already is a snowy, mountainous backdrop

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h231/mictheslik/micmanchestersnowy.jpg

:D:D:D:D

.mic


User currently offlineBruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7461 times:

LAX hands down!  Big grin


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User currently onlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7452 times:
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Quoting Mictheslik (Reply 12):

Likewise, for spotter friendliness, Manchester is great Smile......not much interesting traffic though.

I hope you are kidding about "not much interesting traffic" you should come to BNA.



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User currently offlineMictheslik From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7444 times:



Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 16):

I hope you are kidding about "not much interesting traffic" you should come to BNA.

Oh I know.....I live near BRS. Basically an endless stream of orange A319s....

.mic


User currently offlineJalap From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7429 times:

Of course that depends on what you're looking for.

I always wanted clean 50mm side-shots and had 3 favourite places:

Charles de Gaulle:
-> Several good spots in and around the airport, problem is that anywhere you go, you'll always miss a large chunk of the traffic. But the ones you do get you can shoot very very clean, here's one of mine:

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Geneva:
-> 2 very good places to spot, this one was my favourite, background not very clean but of course I didn't mind at all: (not my shot)

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Brussels:
-> Thing of the past but I was so lucky to have had this spotting place at my home airport at the taxiway to rwy 02. Very clean shots and planes taxiing very slow or stopping which allowed shooting whole rolls. Unfortunately security and safety regulations destroyed this spotting place. Here's an early shot of mine:

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User currently offlineMclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7421 times:

Hi.
Another nice place in Europe besides AMS is IMHO opinion Zurich, Kloten. There is an open air terrace without windows with a restaurant and other facilities. Admission was (back in 2005 free)
(self plug)


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where you choose several angles like pushback, side-on, close ups, rotations, taxi. Well...you name it. All those photos are possible from Zurich terrace.
In the afternoon you have on the other side the heliport with some "official" holes in fence waiting for the cameras. You even have a sign where it says yes to photography.

I've heard of some other airports in Germany where they also have designated places to see and photograph the aircrafts, but I never went there (yet   ).

(edit, because I forgot to mention one thing)
They even have in ZRH organized tours inside the airport, and the tour stops near the runway for a photo or two.

[Edited 2008-02-21 01:46:19]


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7404 times:



Quoting Mictheslik (Reply 12):
......not much interesting traffic though

Are you kidding? Where else in the UK could you have seen Aeroflot DC-10s and now their sole 737? Where else in Europe - let alone the UK - could you see Air China Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Fedex, Cathay Cargo, Dragonair Cargo, Great Wall, etc., often on the same day? Possibly only AMS or FRA. Where else gets a 752 of Delta with winglets? And a Singapore 772?

I am at MAN almost EVERY sunny day and I still find it interesting enough most days. On Tue for example there was a Volga-Dnepr Il-76 - but obviously that's not interesting...  Wink

Back to the topic, I suppose it depends on what you want. MAN certainly is a contender for the best access to a ton of great spots, however the backgrounds are rarely inspirational. Also, the traffic isn't as good as somewhere like AMS or FRA, for example.

Karl


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7379 times:

I agree on ZRH. I was only there for about 15 minutes during a stop-over in January but still managed to get a couple of ok shots. I was also truly impressed with the effort they have gone to to make spotters feel welcome. They police officer at the observation deck was very friendly and welcoming and even told me to have a nice time in ZRH and a good flight home, man that would never happen here! The entrance is to the viewing deck is not free but 2 CHF is not a worry, tickets bought in a shop right next door to viewing deck entrance.

I believe in Germany and Switzerland they see spotters as a good security presence at an airport rather that a threat like we do in the UK.  Sad

My pics from ZRH. Just to show what you can get from the viewing deck, not really a self plug.  Wink

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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7370 times:



Quoting EMA747 (Reply 21):
I believe in Germany and Switzerland they see spotters as a good security presence at an airport rather that a threat like we do in the UK.

Indeed they do, however not all UK airports are as big a pain-in-the-arse as LHR, STN, LGW, etc. (all BAA airports - see a trend there?) Both MAN and BHX welcome spotters/photographers with the same hospitality that can be found at ZRH, FRA, DUS and AMS. MAN really makes an effort, and the authorities there see us as extra security. A copper there only last week told me that with us lot constantly on the south side their patrols in the area can be less frequent, thus freeing officers up for other duties.

Karl


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7344 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 22):
Indeed they do, however not all UK airports are as big a pain-in-the-arse as LHR, STN, LGW, etc. (all BAA airports - see a trend there?) Both MAN and BHX welcome spotters/photographers with the same hospitality that can be found at ZRH, FRA, DUS and AMS. MAN really makes an effort, and the authorities there see us as extra security. A copper there only last week told me that with us lot constantly on the south side their patrols in the area can be less frequent, thus freeing officers up for other duties.

Karl

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the spotters at BHX and the local police were trying to work on some sort of ID card for spotters so the police only had to have a quick look and let them get on with their spotting. Would be good if this could be a UK wide policy imo. I guess some people won't like the idea though which is fair enough.
I was in the back of a police van at EMA last year for the best part of 20 minutes while they checked if I had a record and filled in some paperwork etc, they even asked me about my uni course, what the hell does that have to do with anything! My crime? Walking around the parking lot with a camera around my neck!  Angry



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User currently offlineBrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7329 times:

Places I have been......

Cairns, Queensland Australia. If you don't mind a bit of a climb up the hillside.

Heathrow, UK. Park right on the 09L approach. Park out of the way in the southside petrol station (advantage = toilets, food and drink.) for 27L departures. Park in Myrtle Avenue for 27L arrivals / 09R departures.

Skiathos, Greece. A mini St Maarten with the approach low over a beach. Good taverna 400 metres away right on the sea edge.

Malta Luqa. Probably one of the most welcoming places for photographers. Official fence holes at interesting places. A photographers platform on the south side opposite the terminal.


25 Post contains links and images Walter2222 : Switzerland is my favourite... View Large View MediumPhoto © Walter Van Bel View Large View MediumPhoto © Walter Van Bel http://walter2219.f
26 QANTAS077 : Japan...not seen another country that has it so well decked out for spotters! for real treats South Africa and Africa in general are fantastic places.
27 Post contains images Skidmarks : Wherever you can get THE picture, thats the best spotting place! Andy
28 JakTrax : This scheme is currently in place and is only voluntary. I haven't joined simply because I'm rarely at BHX (I live in between BHX and MAN so usually
29 Post contains images EMA747 : Stick it to the man! Good on you, these people need to be embarassed sometimes because they might not be so havy handed with the next inocent person.
30 JakTrax : I didn't 'read' a copy of the rules as such. I was fed up of being hassled at EMA, especially in the field (through which a public footpath runs) on t
31 Post contains images INNflight : Ooooh you liar, just froze my ass off at Imperial... they fly reverse patterns tho. How cool. Bah.
32 Post contains images AKE0404AR : You probably picked a bad day then.........
33 Post contains links and images Bruin787 : Blasphemous! It never gets cold in LA. You must have been dreaming of INN.
34 BlackProjects : LHR will be interesting again after the 1st of April this year as a lot of new operators will suddenly start operating.
35 EMA747 : Such as? Is this when the SQ A380 will begin SIN-LHR flights?
36 INNflight : No, I think that's when the open skies agreement is being enforced. US Airways, Delta, and Air France longhaul for example.
37 Post contains images Whisperjet : Hi, unfortunately there isn't a perfect airport for planespotting . Airports with a great scenery (eg INN or SXM) have boring traffic, airports with g
38 JakTrax : Germany, the UK and Holland definately the top three I'd have thought, although the hobby is becoming increasingly popular in places such as the US,
39 BlackProjects : Yes its the Start of Open skies at LHR with NW CO DL to ad to UA AA at LHR along woth many other airlines from Europe operating larger than normal mac
40 Post contains images EMA747 : Sorry if this is a bit off topic but..When the European airlines start LHR-US ops will they base ac at LHR or fly routes like CDG-LHR-JFK for example
41 Cpd : Sydney has a number of places: - International terminal observation deck: Excellent place - Old terminal carpark (runway 34L/16R) - Qantas Drive Any o
42 BlackProjects : As far as i know and its still a bit hard to make sense of the info im getting about open skies its supposed to be a free for all in Europe. If you ha
43 Post contains links and images Witticism : Not welcome at SYD? Surely not! Oh and watch out for ... You can get some great shots from the end of all the RWs at Sydney (especially if you have a
44 Spoogle : Nope .... March 18th regards
45 BlackProjects : The day before two A380s are due in one for the departure on the 18th and another for the 19th so it could be a good reason to have a visit to LHR on
46 EMA747 : Any idea what time of day they are due in? If it's during the daylight I might try and take a trip down.
47 Mclaudio : hmmm...there is a penalty (in cash) for anyone unauthorised that enters the airport perimeter...little better than my hometown airport (Lisbon) where
48 Spencer : AFR will send a Triple (772?) through daily on the LAX run (AFR061 / 060 I believe). Spencer.
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