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User currently offlineColumbia3 From Germany, joined Dec 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Hi,

in March 2011 I'll fly to BCN for Spotting...
I got no car, but maybe if possible(?) I can rent a bike...

So , I already heard about a platform for 25L/R arrivals, but is it the best and can I reach it with a bike?
And where to go if 07 is active?
Can I stay at the platform and take photos of the departures from rwy 07L/R? The most important is, that I can see the registrations...

Many questions, I know, but I've never been in BCN for spotting before.

Thanks in advance!

Regards Alex

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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

If you have a driving license and the money, I really recommend you to take a car, or try to make an appointment with a Spanish spotter to assist you. Distance reaching both the platform for 25R arrivals (and another spot is quite a bit further down the road for 25L) is quite far from the terminal. During my visits, runway used changed during the day also, meaning a drive to the other end for runway 07L arrivals (07R didn't try myself). For 07L, a parking location near some kind of nature park is available and in that area you'll be able to find more locations for spotting as you wish (different angles etc)

I'm really not sure if rental of bicycles is available at the airport.



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User currently offlineColumbia3 From Germany, joined Dec 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Well, I unfortunately don't have any licenses to drive yet, but I'm young and can walk... Is it possible to walk to the spots?

User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

Alex, from the older terminal it took me about 10 minutes to drive to the platform, which I might add is only good for 25R arrivals/25R line ups. 25L is another location entirely. The platform is very good, very spacious. I was there for one week last September and it's true, rwy ops switched occasionally so be prepared. There's 2 nice little spots on the beach for 25L/07R departures, good for the bankers. Don't know if it's regular or whether or not it will effect you, but I flew in a couple of Tuesdays ago (Red Wings Tu204) and the Orenair Tu204 was there too. Saturdays are also good for Russians. For 07L ops the new terminal walkway is great.


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25L spot.

Spence.



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User currently offlineColumbia3 From Germany, joined Dec 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Thanks a lot Spence!

Looks really good. Ok so if 25's are active I'll go to the platform, IF the wind changes an rwy ops change to 07 I'll switch over to the new terminal walkway spot.

Last question, how can I reach this spot or can you show me the position on google maps

Regards Alex


User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3924 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Isn't there a bus stop in the area? I considered going there some time ago and I think I worked that out.

Peter 



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User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

There's the terminal transfer shuttle, if that's what you mean? Otherwise walking from basically anywhere along the NE side would take forever...!
Spence.



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User currently offlineColumbia3 From Germany, joined Dec 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Well, the "new terminal walkway spot" is northeast of the airport?
I mean the blue aircraft, you said, it's good for 07L ops, does it mean that from there I can take photos of taxiing aircrafts TO the runway eg 07L or just normal take offs?

I'd be very happy, if you could show me the position for 07 ops on a photo or google maps?
Cause I'm searching around the airport and don't know, where the position could be^^

Thanks


User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3924 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Quoting spencer (Reply 6):

I thought I found a public bus running from a railway station (Prat town?) to the area east of 25R. I can't find it back though, and it must admit it does seem a bit unlikely, since the area looks pretty baren.



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User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Columbia3, the terminal spot is the other side and direction to the platform, ie. in the SW region of the airport. Sorry if my wording confused you. I would imagine the walk between both spots impossible if for nothing else but the time it would take!
Spence.



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