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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Posted (1 year 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

Hi guys,

Next month I'll be making a photography trip to Toulouse and Barcelona, hoping for some decent southern autumn weather. I hope that you can help me with a couple of questions. For starters:

For Toulouse:
* Is there any regularity in Beluga arrivals/departures? Days of the week, times of the day?
* There's a nice Scamble airfield guide for TLS, but it seems to omit a spot next to the Rwy 14R end and taxiway, probably on a hillside. Is this an accessible and nice spot?

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* The Taxiway company offers two Airbus works tours (I know, no photography), an A380 factory tour and a bus tour. Has anyone done the latter? Is it worthwhile?

For Barcelona:
* Has anyone visited one of the 'Exhibiciones Aéreas' days at Sabadell? Are these anything like airshows?
* I'm thinking of renting a bicycle to get around at BCN, taking it in the train to the airport which is allowed. Does this sound like a good idea?

Thanks,

Peter 


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User currently offlineMUC_Spotter From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2002, 156 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

Hi Peter,

the spot on 'the hill' at TOU is here: http://goo.gl/maps/K99Ja

Regards

Andreas


User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

Thanks Andreas!

That looks good, I read one report that the view isn't so clear though.



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User currently offlineMUC_Spotter From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2002, 156 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

For landings from the 'left' you have to have your camera ready, but the locals shoud tell you  
Apart from that it is a great spot.


User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Hi Peter,

Toulouse could be fun, or not at all... I've been there twice last year, but both days were very slow with movements. The only highlights I managed to catch was an all white Beluga, a German AF Transall and nice BBJ. I was there in September, both times on a Tuesday.

I did, however, had a nice tour around the A380 productionline, which can be booked online.

Hope you fair better catching some interesting stuff!

Cheers!   



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

Thanks Lifeliner. Yeah, I realize it's probably going to be slow. I want to see the Ailes Anciennes museum, and get a feel of the place. At around what time did the Beluga move, for what it's worth? I'll book the A380 tour, thanks!

Peter 



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User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

The Beluga departed around 9.30.

Oh, next to the A380 tour, other tours are organized. Although I liked it, there are also tours to other production lines and the delivery center.

Have fun!

Cheers!   



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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

When I went to Toulouse I was in touch with both T.Laurent and French Frogs(yannick), not sure if the latter is still around.
But I met Laurent and did some spotting on the hill. The locals are quite a useful resource, but be warned some of them don't speak english very well so it will be hard to figure out what traffic is flying today.
I think weekdays will have activity and weekends will be quiet.

Airbus tours is great! They recently launched the entire airfield tour where I believe the bus will drive you along the whole airfield between the various aprons and factories.



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 7):

Thanks. I'll send a message to TL.

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It looks as if he has airport access, or is there a tower or something on the north side?

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 7):
be warned some of them don't speak english very well so it will be hard to figure out what traffic is flying today.

Who says I don't speak French   Well, not a lot.



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