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User currently offlineCelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

Good day
Looks like I will be having a extra day when arriving at Amsterdam in the upcoming weeks, a break from my business travel. I will be staying at Best Western Airport.
I have researched and found some sites where airplane spotting opportunities exist. However, I am confused as there are so many runway. Perhaps someone can help me in this forum;
- I am looking at around noon to be available. Judging from where I am staying, which locations can I get good Heavies landing shot - I meant the moment where the wheels hit the runway or the moment, the aircraft took off!
- I am also very interested to take some close shots of aircraft taxing. Had researched a location but it stated it is in the middle of a graveyard!
In terms of transport, do I need to walk or how can I reached these locations?
The time will be first week of April and consider the lighting condition, please recommend some location for me. I do have a map with me (Amsterdam airport location) I am willing to walk and enjoy this rare opportunities. Here is Taiwan, where I reside, too many photos on EVA and China Air, looking foward to take some dramatic shots! Many thanks

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User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

Hi!

have a look at this page:

http://www.scramble.nl/airports.php?icao=eham

Maybe this can help you as it has a very detailed map of the airport, displaying the spotter positions.

Cheers!  wave 



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

You might also check SpottersWiki.com.  bigthumbsup 

[Edited 2008-02-26 02:00:10]

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3586 times:

Visit www.schipholspotter.com run by a fellow A.netter

Quoting Celestar (Thread starter):
- I am looking at around noon to be available. Judging from where I am staying, which locations can I get good Heavies landing shot - I meant the moment where the wheels hit the runway or the moment, the aircraft took off!

Spotterplats along the Kaagbaan is closed.
Next best option is along the Polderbaan, but for landing shots winds would have to be from the south.
During normal ops (westernly winds), Polderbaan is only used for takeoffs.

Quoting Celestar (Thread starter):
In terms of transport, do I need to walk or how can I reached these locations?

The footpath / biking path along the west of Polderbaan is quite a loong walk away from the nearest public transport if I am not misktaken.
Car or bicycle ("fiets") is advisable.
-HT



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3533 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 3):
Spotterplats along the Kaagbaan is closed.
Next best option is along the Polderbaan, but for landing shots winds would have to be from the south.
During normal ops (westernly winds), Polderbaan is only used for takeoffs.

I prefer the Polderbaan anyway, much closer to the action than the Kaagbaan. Nevertheless, I'm also very disappointed with the closure of the Kaagbaan "spotter-spot". I prefer to watch planes taking off, and they usually use either the Kaagbaan or the Polderbaan as primary take-off runway. So if the planes are taking off from the Kaagbaan, I'm fresh out of luck. Sure there are other spots, but nowhere near as close to the action.



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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7816 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3472 times:

Not sure if you are aware, but there is a Spectator terrace at AMS.

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Quoting Celestar (Thread starter):
am looking at around noon to be available. Judging from where I am staying, which locations can I get good Heavies landing shot - I meant the moment where the wheels hit the runway or the moment, the aircraft took off!

Polderbaan and Aalsmeerderbaan are your only options these days. As mentioned the Kaagbaan spot was closed, and the Buitenverdertbaan is barely used and faces the sun anyway.

The Aalsmeerderbaan can be reached by bus quite easily and you can get to either side of the runway so the sun can always be in the back. At schipholspotter.com you can see descriptions on how to get there at spot 12, 13 and 17. The disadvantage of this runway is that the runway is only used as back-up, so only used about 40% or 50% of the time. When landing the planes will touch down right in front of you and a regular lense (~70mm) will suffice. When the runway is used for take-offs you can see them rotate quite a big distance away. For rototation shots I´d guess you would need 300mm zoom or more.

The Polderbaan is your best bet. At the eastern side you can see them land at about a similar distance as rotations at the Aalsmeerderbaan. Rotations are right in front of you. Since you will come in at noon you want to be at the western side, and here you can walk from (almost) line-up point to the complete end. Therefor you will always have a favourable position. At schipholspotter.com check spots 14, 15 and 16. Getting here without a car or bike is not practical. You can rent a bike at the Amsterdamse Bos bike rental (link below).

Taxi shots can be had without getting into the graveyard. Check spot 10 and 11 at schipholspotter.com. This spot can be reached with public transport, but you will need to change busses at least once when coming from Schiphol. be sure to walk to the crash gate as the gaps are big enough for you to poke your lense through. The rest of the taxiway has a standard chain link fence and is therefor usefull only if you got a small camera or a small ladder.

Take above mentioned bus a few kilometres further and you are in the final approach for the Zwanenburgbaan (spot 18 and 19).

When will you be here?

http://www.amsterdamsebosfietsverhuur.nl/

[Edited 2008-02-26 14:34:52]


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User currently offlineCelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

I am so much indebt to all the suggestion and idea provided by fellow spotters! Thank you all so much. I will do a good study on all the suggestions.
Dear Petertenthije, I will be at Amsterdam on March 30th if my schedule continue to hold. Arriving via EVA flight with an estimated touch down time around 9am I suppose. Pending hotel check-in etc, should be available for action by noon.
My equipment will be D50 with 70-300VR and 18-135 zooms.
Many and thousands thanks!
Spotting at Amsterdam has been a dream of mine. Quite tired of shooting EVA and CI in Taiwan!


User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 571 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3307 times:
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Hi,

there might have been changes but when I was in AMS 2 weeks ago I could stell use the Kaagbaan spot. The construction site is nothing more than a few excavations and landfills. I was there on a Saturday and I did not have any problems. The police saw us but they did not say anything.
The only big change is that you have to park your car further away...

Stefan



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User currently offlineJeff747 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

ehm, ure spot "to be" would be at the "Kaagbaan",

althought at some forums etc. they say it's closed, well it isn't it's just they closed the road, so you have to walk, i guess for about 1 km, but you could get still some nice shots there, i'd been there yesterday my photo's are currenty in queue.

hope you find ure way to it  Smile



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

I've got a nine hour layover in Amsterdam 3/25,th, will have my girlfriend with me...she wants to go into the city and experience "culture"...I want to hoof it to the best spotting location on foot without her and experience Schipol...any ideas, can I get to do both in that time alotment?...any ideas or help appreciated...j...

User currently offlineJeff747 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

well, althought i never been in amsterdam, i'ved heard there's plenty of shopping in amsterdam,
so i think as soon as you go with ure girlfriend to amsterdam say bye bye, to the airplane spotting  airplane 

by the way, from my point of view, amsterdam doensn't quiet has the "culture" of holland...

so if i where you, spotting would be the best, always ofcourse,  Smile

greets,



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3160 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 10):
I want to hoof it to the best spotting location on foot

Well, if Jeff is right then you can still get to the Kaagbaan, go for it. I would rather doubt it. Especially as you will be here on a working day so the construction site might be busy. (don't know, have not been there since it close) You can stay at the observation platform and see movements from there. Don't expect rotation shots, but it should still be better then most places in the USA if you don't mind me saying so.

If the Kaagbaan is used for landings then you can stand in the final approach and take good photos from there. Maybe you can take a cab to the Polderbaan, or hitch a ride from a spotter. I won't be there due to work.

You might want to try your luck at the scramble.nl forum and ask around for a ride. This forum is the largest for Dutch spotters.



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3153 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 12):

will do that...good tip...thnx...yes, no offense,... spotting in europe is a pleasure as it once was in the us...thnxmuch...j


User currently offlineJeff747 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Also a tip to petertenthije, Kaagbaan could still be reached, with that i mean the end of the road where you probally used to stand.
Also, at the "Fokkerweg" should be clearely when you drive/walk on it, you see those runway lights on both sides of the road, then there are 2 ways to go, on further down the street (to the right), and one left a little bit uphill.
also uphill there's a building site, but still you are able to watch the airplane landing! because the hill is higher layd then the runway.
because of the bad weather last sunday i wasn't able to catch any planes departing/landing there, causing only 2 runways were in use.

I hope this "information" is usefull.

Greets,



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