klm77 From Canada, joined Sep 2009, 167 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8598 times:
Hey all, I'm going to be heading to a few cities in Europe this summer, CDG AMS PRG VIE and BUD. Not sure how much spotting I will get done but I still would like to know some good spots and info if possible, all I know is at CDG you need a spotter pass, how would I be able to get this. Thanks for the help in advance.
dcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8313 times:
How long is this permit valid for? If I apply now but don't know when I'll be at CDG, how this will work?
I usually fly by wire, if I see cheap tickets Thursday for flights to Europe for Friday I'll go.
So how does this permit thing work?
LifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1897 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7912 times:
Quoting dcaviation (Reply 9): So what do I send to Mr. Xavier? Copy of my passport's picture page requesting permit for photography at CDG?
Yes, indeed. It took me about two weeks to receive it. I still have the life-time permit. However, I do hear rumblings that new permits aren't issued anymore. Anyhow, you will know it when you mail Mr. Xavier.
Quoting viv (Reply 5): It's not a spotting pass, it's a photography permit. You can spot all you want without a camera.
That's really depending on the Gendarme who will check you. I've witnessed a lot of people being sent away for just looking at the planes without the permit.
He understands English and you'll need a copy of your ID attached with the e-mail. Takes two to three weeks.
Excellent info as I will be heading to CDG next month.
- Should I bother trying to get the letter translated into French at all or just submit the request in English?
-What about the spotting area called "The Mound" across the way from the Pullman Hotel, is that really gone now? I've read bits online that a new parking structure was being built there. Is that true? Is there any land at all left in that general area for spotting? I won't have access to a car so any spotting locations have to be within walking distance to the RER station.
LifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1897 posts, RR: 8 Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7777 times:
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 11): Should I bother trying to get the letter translated into French at all or just submit the request in English?
I wrote mine in English and received a French permit back. So, I assume he understands English... However, writing it in French may speed things up a little.
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 11): What about the spotting area called "The Mound" across the way from the Pullman Hotel, is that really gone now? I've read bits online that a new parking structure was being built there. Is that true? Is there any land at all left in that general area for spotting? I won't have access to a car so any spotting locations have to be within walking distance to the RER station.
I haven't been there for a while, but looking at new pictures in the database, it seems the location near the Concorde is still accessible, although large part of the mounds have been removed for a parking lot.
Now, if you are having a bad time at CDG, consider a visit to Orly. It has a rooftop terrace on the South Terminal. Although it's glass fronted and looking South, on cloudy days or later on the day, nice shots can be made.
sahaair707 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6966 times:
I was in CDG earlier this week, unfortunately the weather wasn't great for photography, overcast sky and the odd shower.
While there I went as far as Concorde and it is pretty much as described in the link above, however it appears that the entire area in front of the fence has been recently dug up leaving no grass only flattened earth so don't wear your good shoes, also when I was there the grass was quite long around the taxiways making photography difficult.