Propfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2831 times:
well, you might be surprised how friendly those people are. I did some "fenceline spotting" there and had a great time. I don't say stressfree, but interesting nevertheless. I wouldn't call it a dump, rather "selfmade houses", but still with roofs and tv-antennas on top of them, even some 2story buildings. it's a common problem in India; many people from the countryside move to the big cities and don't have any decent housing because it's very expensive.
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5265 posts, RR: 37 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2833 times:
BOM is not the only airport like this. There are several airports where you see slums next to the Runway and for sure not only in Asia. Another good example would be MNL and airports in Bangladesh such as CXB as well. Of course most airports check that people don't walk into the airport area it self. CXB in Bangladesh as example didn't have fences (there are only few weekly flights) and when a flight arrives, the police closes down the area and as soon a flight left you see people walking on and along the runway it self!
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Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
"I fly in november (around the 15th) to BOM from AMS with
NW and hope that I will get the opportunity to take some good shots!"
The Indian government prohibit photography at airports there. Ostensibly the reason is "security" but I think its so that the shoddy condition of Indian airports isn't advertized to the entire universe.
Furthermore, the NW flights arrive and leave in darkness. At that time, it is impossible to see the slums at the end of the runway especially from Terminal 2A where the NW flights park.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2621 times:
The Indian government prohibit photography at airports there.
It's actually a lot more stringent. No photography is permitted at or of any airport or airstrip facility in India. Furthermore, no photography is permitted without express permission of the crew aboard any Indian registered aircraft in flight worldwide (photography on ground is ok). Additionally, no photography whatsoever is permitted aboard any foreign registered aircraft flying over Indian airspace without the express written permission of the Government of India.
Dispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
MUMBAY as it is now officially known in India, was were an AF 747 burnt out when the brakes overheated during taxiing for take-off. The aircraft was registered N28888 (BTW, I personally saw this one at ORY with a DASH in the reg: N-28888). The accident was way back on June 12, 1975, plane still pretty new with a little over 7600 hours.
But a crash... NO
Propfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
most of the "usable" shots I already uploaded quite some time ago. been there never more than 3 hours. also because the light was only ok in the afternoon till sunset, and that as well only in wintertime (rwy 09/27). add the "weather" (smog) problem and you won't find many days with good conditions. also now after the bomb attack I wouldn't recommend to anybody to take pics (or try too) at Indian airports. as b747-437B points out it's pretty much illegal (and compared to indian prisons greek prisons are probably paradise...).
the reason probably that I was left alone was that I didn't actually take pics of the airport but of the planes while they were in the air. I think the law states that you are not allowed to take pics at/of airports and doesn't say anything of airplanes - well, who knows, maybe I was only lucky.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
I think the law states that you are not allowed to take pics at/of airports and doesn't say anything of airplanes
You are correct. You may take pictures of the airplanes that are already airborne provided that you are not physically on airport property at the time.
There are some great places to do this located at the threshold of runway 09 on the South side (for 09/27 traffic) and at the Indian Airlines colony at Kalina (for 14/32 traffic).
Another good place to get shots (if you have a good lens and the weather is good) is from my bedroom window! We are a fair way (about 20 mins) from the airport but have a clear view over the sea, so all southbound or eastbound departures from runway 27 make their turn just past the coast about 3 miles out smack in front of my window.
Lfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3195 posts, RR: 31 Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2377 times:
My mom's friend wanted to take a picture of the Jodhpur Aerodrome but she couldn't... It sucked too cuz it looked so nice.... Anyways.... Yeah so you can't take pictures on Indian Airport property... My mom said that they dont want u taking pictures because of fear that we might be pakistani's spying on India.... plz dont taking this as a bashing... I think that Pakistan and India are 2 great countries...
Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1895 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2371 times:
When I lived in Bombay at ages 6 & 7 (in the mid- to late 'sixties), I recall seeing shanty towns along the highway leading to the airport. Although I did not know much about these places at the time, the scene has been imprinted indelibly in my mind. I have many other memories of the city, most of them much more positive; in fact, it is the most interesting place I have ever visited.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1470 posts, RR: 20 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
Extremely interesting post!
I have had a couple of very disturbing thoughts regarding the location of these slums. While I have nothing against its inhabitants, I wonder how one could stop a demented terrorist from actually sneaking in there with a MANPAD and trying to strike an airplane. Surely this has been thought of, therefore my second question: What security measures have been taken to prevent any such acts of terrorism?
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5265 posts, RR: 37 Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
Not every law can be enforced all the time and this doesn't go only for India.
I have been told by people that years ago this was already prohibited in India and they made cabin announcements even in non Indian acfts.
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B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
How exactly do they plan on enforcing this?
When I flew KLM into DEL last December, they made an announcement over the PA system that we were now entering Indian airspace and that photography was prohibited for the remainder of the flight. SQ and TG also gave us the warning as part of their pre-departure announcements from SIN and BKK respectively.
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3120 posts, RR: 53 Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
Olav, I now remember some of your photos.
Dispatch, sorry about the use of the word "crash", I didn't want to dramatize it.
B747-437B, when your bedroom is such a good photo spot, please share some photos with us... ! (if that doesn't cause any legal trouble to you)
Now I'm glad I never took out my camera when flying over India...
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been...
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
B747-437B, when your bedroom is such a good photo spot, please share some photos with us... !
My photography skills are quite pathetic, so I havent even bothered to shoot from there in the last 10 years or so! Sorry! But if any folks are in BOM when I'm around and plan to do some spotting, I'll include it on the tour of good locations to visit!