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User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5511 times:

Hello,
Could you guys recommend some good places to spot around FNC (Madeira) that are accessible by public transit/foot? The photog. mentions a good spot in this pic.

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Photo © Tomás Coelho - AirTeamImages


How easy is it to get there? Are there any other popular spots (like wherever this picture was taken from?)

Also, is the observation deck still open, and if it is, is it past security or open to everyone?

Thanks,
Jon


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User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5492 times:
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Though I have never been there. Seems like there is a observation deck on the terminal, also.


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Photo © Rui Sousa - Madeira Spotters



It does go the entire length of the terminal, one side is landside one is airside.



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3902 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5463 times:

I visited Madeira a couple of years ago when I wasn't that interested in avation photograpy, but I think it's a spectacular airport and I'd like to go back. I'm not sure about accomodation nearby or public transport to the spots, but this bilingual website seems to have some useful information:
http://www.madeiraspotters.net/


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And the remark with this photo mentions the inauguration of the 'AMA spotting place', whatever that may be.

Public bus timetable:
http://www.madeira-island.com/bus_services/

Hope that helps

Peter Smile



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User currently offlineSandromederle From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5452 times:
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The AUA T7 was taken from the official visitors' terrace. It is still open.

some photos in my report of May 2008:
http://www.flightforum.ch/forum/showthread.php?t=60811

(reaching all places by foot within 40 minutes)

[Edited 2008-12-08 09:07:08]

[Edited 2008-12-08 09:13:34]


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User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

Thanks for the help!

Very nice photos Sandro. You don't remember how to get to the cockpit-frame, do you? It looks like a good place for some landside shots.

Jon



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User currently offlineSandromederle From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5387 times:
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Quoting YXD172 (Reply 4):
You don't remember how to get to the cockpit-frame, do you? It looks like a good place for some landside shots.

have a look at this:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/TAP-Portugal/Airbus-A319-111/1149614/L/



sandromederle
User currently offlineMclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5344 times:

Hi.

Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 1):
It does go the entire length of the terminal, one side is landside one is airside

That's correct and it is free. Light is good in the morning and it is easy to buy some snacks for lunch.
To get to the other side, it can be easily (hmmm...well...it's uphill and the climb is quite considerable) done. I would say some 20-30 minutes walking from the Terminal building and from there it's good in the afternoon. The last time I went there there was still a restaurant open, but it seems that it was due to shut down, so I can't help you on that point.
End of the year is normally a nice time to catch those special charters for the new year celebrations.
If you need any extra help, then email me.
Have fun  

[Edited 2008-12-10 04:18:09]


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User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

Madeira is excellent. If you get bored with the amazing airport and especially the runway you can always visit the rest of the island or rent a car and try out those tight and twisty local up and down roads. Highly recommended Big grin

KS/codeshare



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User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5298 times:

Well, I'm off tomorrow morning, hope the weather's good.  crossfingers 

Quoting Codeshare (Reply 7):
If you get bored with the amazing airport and especially the runway you can always visit the rest of the island or rent a car and try out those tight and twisty local up and down roads. Highly recommended Big grin

KS/codeshare

Well, maybe not rent a car, but I think I'll take a tour of the island -- if the bus drivers there are anything like those in PV Mexico . . .  biggrin 

Jon



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2440 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4842 times:

I never went there but I think it is one of the most exiting airport to get spotting. Hope to went one day there!


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3902 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4830 times:



Quoting YXD172 (Reply 8):
Well, maybe not rent a car, but I think I'll take a tour of the island -- if the bus drivers there are anything like those in PV Mexico . .

I vividly remember my elderly driver in Madeira turning his taxi around on a narrow parking lot in the mountains - in one 180 deg turn. Afther the manoeuvre there were only a few inches between the tires and the edge of the ravine  Smile



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