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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

Hi everyone,

Soon i'll get an afternoon to catch few birds at O.R. Tambo Airport.
so the basic questions are:

- Is it allowed to photography around the runways?
- What are the most common used departure/arrival runways there (north/south)?
- Regardless of the transportation, how easy is to get to the best spots? and any restriction or place to be?
- Any special event held at the end of this month?

Thanks for all the useful hints  

Regards
Léonard


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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12515 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4834 times:
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I've only shot at JNB a couple of times but there are some recognised spots for shooting approaches on 21L/03R.

For 03R, these places are good:


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I was part of a small group, so felt OK in those locations. On my own, I'd have been a little worried.



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4786 times:

Thank you so much, exactly what i was looking for

Quoting scbriml (Reply 1):
On my own, I'd have been a little worried

No other spotter around these places? Were all of you granted a special authorization?
In Paris (ORY and CDG) only spotters holding a spotting permit delivered by the Prefecture of Police (Metropolitan Police) are allowed to wander around the runways.

You have some nice pictures here, well done!



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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12515 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4781 times:
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Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
No other spotter around these places?

I was part of an organised trip and there were four of us shooting those two days. As far as I know there are no restrictions to stop anyone taking photos around the airport.

Johannesburg has a bad reputation for crime and I would have been uneasy to be spotting at those locations on my own. I was perfectly happy in a small group.



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User currently offlinedani2006 From Hungary, joined Jan 2012, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

Hi,

I tried more places at JNB, I think there are a little better places for 03R like Steve said.

Map with spotting positions and other useful places:

https://maps.google.hu/maps/ms?msid=204062167057443787404.0004c66b7fc5d67dc2f73&msa=0&ll=-26.127546,28.251343&spn=0.131773,0.264187


- Is it allowed to photography around the runways?

Yes.


- What are the most common used departure/arrival runways there (north/south)?

Arrival 03R and 21L.
Dep 03L and 21R.

- Regardless of the transportation, how easy is to get to the best spots? and any restriction or place to be?

We always used rented car, parking is easy.

Be carefull with some local man and policemen. If you will be alone, try to find a local spotter to join with you.


User currently onlineeggohoek From Hungary, joined Nov 2005, 55 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4767 times:
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User currently offlinejohnmiller From South Africa, joined Mar 2006, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4482 times:

There are quite a few local spotters in Johannesburg - a good place to make contact is the photography section at avcom . co . za

Do NOT use or carry a handheld radio - a guy was arrested for listening to a handheld radio a couple of years ago in a ridiculous case brought by the local cops.


User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4351 times:

Quoting johnmiller (Reply 6):
Do NOT use or carry a handheld radio - a guy was arrested for listening to a handheld radio a couple of years ago in a ridiculous case brought by the local cops.

Same goes for ADSB equipment. Be very careful. Those goons called SAPS have nothing better to do (like fight crime, for instance) than to harass/arrest innocent people enjoying their hobby. There are documented cases of this in South Africa.

Another - and very important- issue, is to be very careful to avoid being out there by yourself. Being a native JNBer I can honestly recommend that you do not hang out at these isolated spots by yourself. Things happen very quickly and life has little meaning in Jozi. Please don't think your car windows offer any defense.



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