Ryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8641 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),
Jalap From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8508 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:
-> 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:
Mclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8500 times:
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)
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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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...
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.
EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8458 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.
My pics from ZRH. Just to show what you can get from the viewing deck, not really a self plug.
JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8449 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.
EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8423 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.
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!
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BrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8408 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.