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Which Airports In Europe Have Viewing Areas  
User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

HI Guys

Having seen all of the other threads about spotting in Europe, I was wondering, which airports have viewing areas open to the public?


I have two days off next week and I've also just bought a new camera so Im hoping to have a days spotting, amybe taking in some aircraft I havnt flown on before.

NB Im aware AMS has a viewing deck but I went there last year so fancy somewhere different

[Edited 2008-08-19 07:13:30]


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3353 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

Duesseldorf is really good. Cologne has a viewing deck, but outside of Germanwings and Hapag Express not much movements. Most movements are freighters in the eventing.


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User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

Malta Airport is one of them...neither the police will bother you!! I cannot link here if you wish post me a private email and link you some spots

Malcolm


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4162 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 1):
Duesseldorf is really good. Cologne has a viewing deck, but outside of Germanwings and Hapag Express not much movements. Most movements are freighters in the eventing.

Thanks. I was considering DUS as I can fly direct from NCL and spend an afternoon spotting before heading home

Quoting AirMalta (Reply 2):
Malta Airport is one of them...neither the police will bother you!! I cannot link here if you wish post me a private email and link you some spots

I didnt know that. Thanks for the info
I think I'll have to give MLA a miss this time but I might be heading back there on holiday next year so I'll definately keep a days spotting in mind



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Here'a a comprehensive list:

AMS

Well you obviously know that one so...

CGN

One on the terminal roof, although small ladders are essential to see over the (dirty) clear plastic screening.

DUS

Two official terraces - one on pier B roof and one on the train station roof at the runway threshold.

FRA

Three official spots - one in Zeppelinheim good for 25L arrivals, one beside runway 18, great for departures and a deck on T2 (evenings only for photographers).

MAD

No official areas but a great spot exists within 10 minutes walk from the train station at Barajas.

MUC

Official viewing 'pyramid' but requires a long lens!

SZG

Good roof deck, useful for photography for much of the day. Another unofficial location two minutes walk from the terminal.

ZRH

Roof terrace atop pier B, closing in October this year. Good for anything in the cul-de-sac but new midfield terminal has limited movements at this end of the field.

Of course there are many more with unofficial locations but I imagine distance from the terminal(s) will be a factor.

Karl


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8971 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4133 times:
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HAM

Not really a viewing area. There used to be one at T2, you have to go through the Marché Restaurant, then you can get out on a padio and see the apron. But now there is some weird glass in front of it and I don't know if you still can access that. Haven't been there for several months.
But around HAM Airport there are many places you can go and check out the airport. There is one parallel to runway 33/15 on the side where runway 15 and 23 cross. Where the old Hamburg Airport 707 is parked. A little further northwest of there. There is a road, which take you all the way to the runway, a little higher than the runway. You can take nice pictures of airplanes taking off runway 33 or landing runway 15.

This is runway 33 and on the right next to the blue building and the red and white glideslope antenna is this spot:


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Taken from this spot there:


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This one is taken as well from this spot, with full 400mm zoom. It touched down pretty exactly where runway 33/23 are crossing:


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User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 566 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4121 times:
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Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 3):
Thanks. I was considering DUS as I can fly direct from NCL and spend an afternoon spotting before heading home

That's not the best idea as the light is only good untill 3pm.

Stefan



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4109 times:



Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 6):
That's not the best idea as the light is only good untill 3pm

Depends. The deck on top of the station is great in the mornings but by early afternoon the sun starts to move round. The deck on pier B (if it's still called that) is good all day because you can face many directions, albeit after about 14:00 your options do become a bit limited. Still, you can enjoy a full day at DUS (have done many times).

I recommend FRA, however. Great value for money as the traffic is some of the best in Europe (if not THE best), and the spots allow you to shoot from sunrise until sunset. Only problem, depending on runway use, is getting to the locations, but the public transport network can get you there.

Karl


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4091 times:



Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 6):
That's not the best idea as the light is only good untill 3pm.

Stefan

Im thinking of taking the NCL-DUS flight operated by LH which gets in around 1215. I'll have a couple of hours before I head home on either the direct LH flight at 1635 or via LHR at around 1800.
The direct flights do get me onto a CR2 which Ive never been on before so, that looks the best option.

FRA sounds interesting but it would probably mean an overnight stay which looking at finances may not be viable.



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User currently offlineWrxflyer From Netherlands, joined Sep 2007, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

Don't forget Paris-Orly.
Unfortunately you're facing the sun all day long, but at the other side of the runway (about 20 minuts walk from terminal) is an amazing location.


User currently offlineWhisperjet From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 566 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4066 times:
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Hi,

ORY is not that good imo. The traffic is ok in the morning and evening but in between it's quite boring. The terrace is not that bad, but they don't clean the windows very often...

If you are referring to the park on the other side of the runway you might be right but when I was there the runway use was different so that the spot in the park was useless. There is no guarantee for good shots.

DUS is really not that good in the afternoon. You can shoot from the B terrace all day long but in the afternoon you are limited to the Terminal A side which is the * Alliance terminal which means that you will only get Lufthansa, Condor, Swiss and SAS narrow bodies and maybe very few movements from terminal B (Tuifly, Air Berlin, Air France and British Airways are parked on that side).

There is a good spot not far away from the terminal at the GAT but it's only for 05 runway use.

Copenhagen could be an interesting option. There is no terrace but the spots can be reached easily and even from inside of the terminal you can get nice shots.

Stefan



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User currently offlineMclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

Hi.
There is also Brussels and the front park 1 . Even though it can't be considered as an official viewing area, the truth is that it works exactly the same as other viewing areas. The access is free (just use the lift right in front of the arrivals and departures) and go to the 6th floor (or the 5th if it is raining as the roof provides some shelter). You have facilities on the 5th floor just in case you need it, and you can buy food/drink on the airport shops on the lower floors.
You'll need at least 400mm there most of the time and the light is good during most part of the day to operations on the 07L-25R.

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[Edited 2008-08-20 00:37:02]


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User currently offlineBugrcz From Czech Republic, joined Apr 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4000 times:

ZRH
Roof terrace atop pier B, closing in October this year. .............

Are you sure? This is not a good news, i will go there next week to make some movie showing all of the spotting places as i did it last year
as my video site is in czech i put here just direct video link

http://planesvideo.cz/video/2007/zrh_20070828.wmv



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

INN has a viewing deck, though it isn't the most exciting of airports (except on winter Saturdays!), and is quite expensive to get to.

HAJ has one, though it is enclosed with perspex.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3941 times:



Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 10):
DUS is really not that good in the afternoon. You can shoot from the B terrace all day long but in the afternoon you are limited to the Terminal A side which is the * Alliance terminal which means that you will only get Lufthansa, Condor, Swiss and SAS narrow bodies and maybe very few movements from terminal B (Tuifly, Air Berlin, Air France and British Airways are parked on that side).

True. That's what I meant about the afternoon limitations. I'd forget DUS unless you can make an early start.

Quoting Mclaudio (Reply 11):
There is also Brussels and the front park 1 . Even though it can't be considered as an official viewing area, the truth is that it works exactly the same as other viewing areas. The access is free (just use the lift right in front of the arrivals and departures) and go to the 6th floor (or the 5th if it is raining as the roof provides some shelter). You have facilities on the 5th floor just in case you need it, and you can buy food/drink on the airport shops on the lower floors.
You'll need at least 400mm there most of the time and the light is good during most part of the day to operations on the 07L-25R

Hefty lens needed and much traffic out of view - but then again BRU isn't the most exciting airport in the world in the afternoons! Another I'd steer clear of!

Quoting Bugrcz (Reply 12):
ZRH
Roof terrace atop pier B, closing in October this year. .............

Afraid so. But again, for the OP, not much use in the afternoons, especially given the limited number of movements using pier B. Things do get better if the 'right' runway is in use but personally I'd forget ZRH too.

I would recommend either AMS (I know you've been but the terrace is great in the afternoons, as is the variety of traffic) or FRA. Anywhere else and I think you'll be disappointed at value-for-money. Don't forget also that FRA has a deck on T2 which isn't too bad in the afternoons (better in the evenings though).

Karl


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3914 times:
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ABZ has a nice viewing area if you can stand the cold and don't mind sharing it with rabbits and the odd wild cat, yes I have a pic of one creepy moggy!

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User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Jaktrax, I can see what your saying about the lighting issues in the afternoon. Do you think it would be really bad between say 1300 and 1500?
I'm wanting to try and get a couple of hours spotting in whilst also taking in a new aircraft (in the CR2). I also want to try and travel direct from NCL which kind of limits my options (Im airline staff and would be travelling standby).
If DUS is going to be a no no I may just head to LHR for a days spotting close to TGM



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3856 times:



Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 16):
Do you think it would be really bad between say 1300 and 1500?

It wouldn't be REALLY bad - you'd still be able to get some nice pic's but the selection of airlines on offer will be a bit dull because you can really only shoot into the pier A cul-de-sac. Still, you may get lucky. Does your airline (I'm assuming you work for LH) not fly to FRA from NCL? If not I'd go back to AMS as the terrace is great in the afternoon/evening and there's bound to be a few things out there you ain't seen before.

Karl


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3825 times:



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 17):
Does your airline (I'm assuming you work for LH) not fly to FRA from NCL? If not I'd go back to AMS as the terrace is great in the afternoon/evening and there's bound to be a few things out there you ain't seen before.

I work for BA but I can interline on most airlines within Europe but the only direct flights from NCL are to DUS, AMS and CDG.
Obviously CDG is a big no no but to be honest the DUS flights arte looking really busy so think I may just head back to AMS.
As I mentioned, Ive just got a new camera with a 70-300 lens and want to see exactly what I can do with it at my novice level.

If I do head to AMS I'll probably be there from 0900 in the morning until 1530ish. Last time I went I just stayed on te viewing gallery and quite enjoyed myself because the runway directly opposite was in use for take-offs.

I may even venture to the city centre for lunch........again  Big grin



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