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User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6216 times:

I realise there have been several discussions in the past however there isn't really anything up to date regarding plane spotting at Changi Airport so I thought I'd try my luck and ask here for some help.

How are the spotting locations at Changi Airport at this time of year? I will be visiting Singapore next month (23rd Feb - 2nd Mar) and hope to do some spotting during my time there. Unfortunately I will not have any transportation for the duration of my stay.

From research so far, it seems the wind at this time of year means RWY 02L + RWY 02C will see the majority of movements (as opposed to the RWY 20 direction) so Changi beach wouldn't be any good during my stay.

I've read about a possible viewing mall in Terminal One, which over looks RWY 02L so this looks like a decent photography location, however it is through glass and it seems the light will only be good from sunrise until around midday. Is there any information on this spot? Does anyone have any photograph samples on the database taken from here.

I've read there are spotting windows in T2 and T3 however both are tinted, so perhaps they wouldn't be any good? Again, does anyone have any sample photos taken from here on the database?

Another possible viewing location seems to be the Changi Business Park which looks like it would be good from around 2pm until sunset, does anyone have any experience of photographing from here? I presume I would have to catch a taxi to here and walk around until I find an unobstructed view then somehow hail a taxi to return to the airport?

I'd be happy to meet up with any local spotters should they have any free time, etc. Is there any other spotting locations I have missed?

Regards,

Dave


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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6200 times:
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Quoting legoguy (Thread starter):
I've read about a possible viewing mall in Terminal One, which over looks RWY 02L so this looks like a decent photography location, however it is through glass and it seems the light will only be good from sunrise until around midday. Is there any information on this spot?

Unfortunately, this spot is long gone and has become a lounge for Emirates. However, the T1 viewing mall still exists but is limited to views of the central apron and the North Cross taxiways. Given the hot and humid weather here, at least there is still a decent spot to photograph aircraft from inside the airport terminal with the comfort of air-conditioning and numerous facilities nearby.

Quoting legoguy (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any photograph samples on the database taken from here.

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Quoting legoguy (Thread starter):
I've read there are spotting windows in T2 and T3 however both are tinted, so perhaps they wouldn't be any good? Again, does anyone have any sample photos taken from here on the database?

Don't bother spotting from the viewing malls in T2 and T3 as you would be shooting photos through 2 distant layers of glass with lots of obstructions in the way.

Quoting legoguy (Thread starter):
Another possible viewing location seems to be the Changi Business Park which looks like it would be good from around 2pm until sunset, does anyone have any experience of photographing from here? I presume I would have to catch a taxi to here and walk around until I find an unobstructed view then somehow hail a taxi to return to the airport?

You can actually take the MRT to Expo station and walk toward the park (hard to miss when you're simply walking toward the direction of the approaching aircraft).

Hope this helps!


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6192 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 1):
Unfortunately, this spot is long gone and has become a lounge for Emirates. However, the T1 viewing mall still exists but is limited to views of the central apron and the North Cross taxiways. Given the hot and humid weather here, at least there is still a decent spot to photograph aircraft from inside the airport terminal with the comfort of air-conditioning and numerous facilities nearby.

Thankyou very much for the reply Jerrold. I see what you mean about Terminal 1 being limited to apron and the Northern taxiways. I guess from here, if RWY 02L is in use for arrivals, then you will be able to photograph half the aircraft heading to T1 and the majority of aircraft using T2. The glass worries me, but there does seem to be plenty of images from here so perhaps it's not too much of a concern.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 1):
Don't bother spotting from the viewing malls in T2 and T3 as you would be shooting photos through 2 distant layers of glass with lots of obstructions in the way.

I've read about the 2 layers of glass and the tinted windows however there seem to be quite a few images on the web of aircraft either arriving or departing from RWY 02L/20R. Some examples:


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I'm just wondering if these were all taken from the T3 viewing terrace or is there another spot?

Quoting je89_w (Reply 1):
You can actually take the MRT to Expo station and walk toward the park (hard to miss when you're simply walking toward the direction of the approaching aircraft).

I've just traced the route on Google Maps, seems like a good idea, as it's less than a mile walk. Changi Business Park Central 2 seems like the best place to walk to, is it ok to go there and simply stand off to the side on the grass?

Quoting je89_w (Reply 1):
Hope this helps!

It certainly does, thanks very much for the suggestions Jerrold!

Dave



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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6183 times:
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Quoting legoguy (Reply 2):
if RWY 02L is in use for arrivals, then you will be able to photograph half the aircraft heading to T1 and the majority of aircraft using T2

Pretty much. If it's 20 ops, you can also see T3 departures going to 20C.

Quoting legoguy (Reply 2):
I'm just wondering if these were all taken from the T3 viewing terrace or is there another spot?

Those are actually taken from the Crowne Plaza airport hotel. It's a great morning/night spot if you have a room reserved (with a view) or are a guest of someone staying there. As I said, the T3 "viewing mall" is pretty much hopeless for photography but I guess it would be worth a visit once to just have a look. Hope the future T4 offers something nice in terms of spotting!

Quoting legoguy (Reply 2):
Changi Business Park Central 2 seems like the best place to walk to, is it ok to go there and simply stand off to the side on the grass?

Shouldn't be a problem.


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6144 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 3):
Those are actually taken from the Crowne Plaza airport hotel. It's a great morning/night spot if you have a room reserved (with a view) or are a guest of someone staying there. As I said, the T3 "viewing mall" is pretty much hopeless for photography but I guess it would be worth a visit once to just have a look. Hope the future T4 offers something nice in terms of spotting!

   I had feared they were taken from somewhere other than the airport terminal   Considering the Crowne Plaza would only be good from sunrise to around midday, it's probably a bit too expensive for me to book a room for those few hours. Looks like it will have to be the T1 viewing mall for me.

I had hoped to catch some of the Transmile 727F's that arrive in each morning at around 9am however it looks like the only opportunity to photograph them is if they taxi across the Northern taxiway.

Thanks for the info Jerrold!

Dave



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User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 872 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

Dave.

I used to live there and just last week headed out to Changi for a few hours (I hoped) of nostalgia viewing. As has been said, don't bother with T2 or T3. And to be clear, the area visible from the T1 Viewing Mall is limited to the gates between the two north-pointing piers of that terminal, i.e. approx 12 gates. I don't know how many gates there are in total these days, but 12 is a tiny fraction.

If anything lands northbound, you probably won't even catch sight of it unless its going to those 12 gates, as if its going anywhere else it will have exited the 4000 meter runways and turned southbound before it reaches the field of view from the T1 Viewing Mall.

Any landings southbound would probably disappear from view before you could read the reggies.

I'm not sure whether they use single mode runways in peak times, i.e. one for landing, one for t/off, but most of the time they land on the runway appropriate to the part of the airport where they're parking, so there will be little east - west traffic along the North Cross taxiway.

You can see toward the SQ maintenance base and the freight terminal, both about a kilometer away. On the remote parking area parallel to the North Cross taxiway, i.e. the one crossing east to west, the parked aircraft are all pointing south, i.e. directly towards you.

In summary, at the T1 Mall you are hoping for movements to/from the aforementioned 12 (ish) gates and the occasional users of the North Cross taxiway and the remote park parallel to it.

I used to try a number of locations at the perimeter fence along the centre runway, accessible by parking the car in a driveway and walking to the fence, but the Police visit you in minutes.

Wish I'd known about this walk from the Expo plan. The Terminals are a waste of time!

Good Luck - musang

P.S. If you are going out by the efficient, frequent, clean and cheap train, note that they all have "Pasir Ris" as the destination. For the airport you change a couple of stops away (clearly marked on the train maps). I stupidly sat around in the city centre waiting for a "Changi Airport" train until I figured out what was going on.


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6009 times:

Quoting musang (Reply 5):

Thanks for the info Musang, it sounds like it will be hard getting some good quality time photographing aircraft. The only real hope is the Changi Business Park in the afternoons. If it's cloudy and overcast then some morning photography can probably be done as well. The aim is to catch the Transmile 727F that seems to arrive most mornings.

Perhaps RWY 20's will end up in use for a day or two, I'm not visiting until the end of Feb so it's way too early to tell, at the moment I'm trying to suss out potential photography locations.

Thanks again guys for your help,

Dave



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User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 872 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5973 times:

Dave.

Can't recall whether anyone above mentioned Changi Beach, reasonable when 20 is in use. Get to Changi Village (numerous buses go there) and walk west along the sea road.

Doug


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5937 times:

Quoting musang (Reply 7):

Cheers Doug, Changi Beach would be handy as then morning arrivals could be photographed aswell, although I've read that the winds at the end of Feb usually mean that the 02 RWY's are in use? It could be hit or miss with the winds really.

Incase Changi Beach is a possibility, I've figured that from the airport, it's possible to get Bus number 53 from one of the airport bus stops, get off at Loyang Ave (BLK 149A), and catch either the 9 or 19 bus up to Changi Beach CP4 or CP5.

Does anyone know if a day ticket can be purchased for the bus system in Singapore? I'd quite like to pay in advance rather than each time I get on a bus.

Lastly, I've heard some people say that the East Coast Beach can be used to photograph aircraft arriving into RWY 02L in the morning although on Google Maps, it looks like aircraft photographed from this beach would be almost too high.

Dave



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User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5876 times:

Changi Beach is indeed the more convenient out of the 2 places... since the morning spot is just a few minutes walk from the afternoon spot. However, like you said, it's generally the 02 season now (and during end Feb/early Mar). You are right regarding the directions of getting from the airport to the beach though.

For visitors though, I think it's possible to 'rent' a ez-link card. Check out the website below for more details regarding the 'Singapore tourist pass'. (10 for a day, 16 for 2 days etc)

http://www.thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg/

Regarding ECP... you would need to walk quite a fair bit from the nearest bus stop(s), so unless you have a car or you're with a local spotter, it might not be too advisable; and like you said, it might be too high.


User currently offlinelegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5857 times:

Thanks Wei for the information. I suppose aircraft arriving into RWY 02L in the afternoon/evening will provide me a load of new aircraft and airlines types I've not seen before, I think that's when I do most of my spotting there, after 2pm at Changi Business Park, plus the odd hour or two at the T1 viewing terrace.

Thanks very much for the help guys, much appreciated!

Dave



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