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Spotting At Innsbruck And St. Moritz  
User currently offlinestevemchey From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 372 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8814 times:

I am going to be in Europe for a few weeks and will spend some time between the south of Germany and Südtirol. My travels will take me close to Innsbruck (INN) and Samedan/St. Moritz (SMV). How could I drive by these gorgeous airports and not stop for a couple of hours...  

Does anyone have any advice for either airport? I found some good info about INN on spotterswiki, but there is less info available on SMV. I read something about "official spotter's vests" you can get from the airport, but didn't find any specific info. Is there some truth to that and if yes, how does one go about to get one of those vests? What can you do when you have one?

Any other info that is useful for spotting in Austria/Switzerland? I heard scanners are not allowed in Austria, but how about Switzerland?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6716 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8777 times:

Here's a guide for Samedan: http://planepics.org/cms/index.php/guides/96-samedanst-moritz-smvlszs

Sorry, can't find anything for INN but it pays to do some wandering around the place to try and find decent locations. Or play it safe by going to the observation deck.

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4225 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8753 times:

I was at INN briefly last summer and it's quiet in summer, but there's a good spot on the southwest side along the walking trail along the river. Near the end of Rwy 08 there is a small building, a pumping station or similar, that you can climb on. It's a short walk from the Kranerbitterhof hotel on Kranebitter Allee which is the road along the north side, where you can park.
The observation deck isn't horrible either.


The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad (Salvador Dali)
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8725 times:

Depending on when you go it may or may not be worth your while trafficwise. It's always nice to stop by and grasp a look at the location of course.

The vests at LSZS are not for everyone but you need to pass a multiple-choice test in advance and then apply to be around a guide to be approved for access. It may be hard to coordinate with a guide if you go off season and I believe the test is in German only if I remember correctly.

Still, imho no need to do it - Samedan barely has any fences, and in the areas where they do they're probably up to your hips, so not an issue. There's plenty of room around the airfield to explore different spots, but as I said traffic will be very slow to non-existant if you go off season. It's very much a winter destination for bizjets.

Jet Visuals
User currently offlinestevemchey From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8712 times:

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Really appreciate it.

Florian, I am a huge fan of your images (both here and on Flickr) and going through your portfolio actually gave me the idea to stop by INN and LSZS during my mini Südtirol vacation next month.

I will be there between April 4th and April 7th. Is that already considered off-season for St. Moritz, or is there still skiing activity going on? I know Whiteturf events are over, but I hoped some biz jets still come in for a weekend of skiing.

How does the multiple choice test work? Do you take it there or is it an online test? As I am a German speaker, language isn't an issue. How long is the test valid for? Even if there is no activity when I am there this time, I could take the test and come back to Samedan on my next Euro trip.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8665 times:


The test is online and valid for a year (I think - probably explained on the site).

The time you mention in April is during our Easter holidays, so you may well get a few jets there - it's all hit and miss  
The toughest part may be coordinating with a guide at this time of the year, but you never know. Samedan is really one of the spotter-friendliest airfields, so shooting from outside the "fence" is not an issue at all.


Jet Visuals
User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8656 times:

I double that, what Florian just said : absolutely no problem to take great shots without vest. I even think that there are better spots outside the airport than being airside, you might miss some sideons on a couple of jets which are allready there .. but thats it.
I think you can be lucky in terms of biz movement during easter ... its very early this year and still enough snow on the slopes ...

User currently offlinestevemchey From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8630 times:

Thanks Florian and Rotate,

I guess I will give it a try. My wife is game (maybe because I offered her to go shopping in St. Moritz, while I spend time at Samedan) and it's on our way... so why not.

Can't wait to spot at ZRH, INN and LSZS all in one week.  

User currently offlinep2philip From Austria, joined Jan 2005, 99 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8598 times:

Here is a guide to INN - there are now various photoholes in the fence between spot D and A so no ladder needed for taxiing shots. Also this is the area where most of the famous climb-out photos with mountains in the back are shot. D is the place with the pumping station (?) you can climb on as described above. I would not recommend the terrace any more as apron shots are no longer possible due to recent reconstruction but you can still take pictures of planes on the runway.

Here is a flightplan, not official so you can not rely on it 100% but it usually is accurate:

April 7th does not look too bad traffic wise with some 757s, but you should come a few weeks earlier next time!

As for SMV it really is hit and miss with the traffic, there are days with no jets at all and others with BBJs...good luck!
Oh, and as you might have guessed, bring a huge wallet if your wife wants to go shopping there... Wink


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