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User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Hi All

Booked a TU154 round trip here from Tel Aviv to Varna at the Black Sea in Bulgaria.

Anyone have experience with plane watching at Varna (VAR) and/or Bourgas (BOJ)?

I rented a car so I can get around, help with directions to good spots would be highly appreciated!

Also how does Police/Airport security see our hobby?

Thank for any replies, Michael



[Edited 2004-10-13 22:28:24]


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User currently offlineMNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

hmm its about mid october so i really dont know why anyone would go to Bulgaria just for frun at that time. too cold for the sea but still to early for sking in the montains.

but anyways. this summer i want to Borgas (sunny beach) and i realized that the BOJ runaway is about 500m away from the sunny beach Borgas road. there will be some land there but if u stop with a car no one should bother you.

In BG people are not so obsessed with terrorism as in the US and i belive Israel. Basically if a cop stops you its beacuse u have done something stupid. if you can explain what you were doing maybe they will undersatnd you(use woulds like hobby and internet) but in the end u probablly have to pay a little "fine" because you are foreign. (sorry to tell you but thats how it works unless u drive a car above 50Gs)

I have gotten up cloase to 2 Tu-154 and Plovdiv but that probably requires you to have good Bulgarian and to know someone at the airport.

But anyways have fun in BG. Try and go see the Sunny beach,nessebar and Sozopl. the drive from Varna to Borgas is about 1.5 hours.

hvae fun and contact me if u want for anything else



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User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

When I was in Sunny Beach, Bourgas this summer I saw several aircraft departing BOJ, while sipping on a cold beer at the beach.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Probably too far away for photography, but cool nevertheless.



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User currently offlineMNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

MerC what hotel did u stay at and when.
i was there from Aug 13th to the 20th and the Victoria Hotel (the big yellow one)



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User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Thanks all,

MNeo, the fun of the trip for me is the flight Hemus TU154! In regards to coming close, my Bulgarian is not that good (non existent) so I will just stay at the end of the runway and take a few pictures.

As said I will visit BOJ and VAR any idea about traffic? is there a viewing terrace (landside) either place?

Are there any smaller fields worth visiting in the area? I am into Helicopters, everything with a Jet engine and props with at least two engines.

Thanks, Michael



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I took a day trip from SOF to Varna (on the then-new LZ AT4) a few years ago to watch the aircraft at Varna. It was good! Numerous TU5s, but then it was summer. From the terminal, there were steps leading to a rooftop area from where you could easily see the runway and some of the ramps. There was a restaurant there, too. I'm not sure if it still exists, though.


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User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

MerC what hotel did u stay at and when.

I can't remember the name of the hotel but it was near the main street, and pretty close to the night club, Mania.

Did you visit Lazur (the night club) while you were there? Man, that place was awesome ! Very big, lots of bars, right next to the beach, pool and packed with people. I miss that place.  Sad

I was there in the middle of June.

Regards



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2648 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1393 times:
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Here's some links to pictures taken at BOJ and VAR.

http://www.bgspotters.net/constructor.php?c=search&spses=9b1da9d525b482d1d3d121a5cc1c7ec8&subm=3&form_Location=¡Û?„‡Ò%20LBBG/BOJ - Bourgas

http://www.bgspotters.net/constructor.php?c=search&spses=c5cf638192eae58abb51b15cd94696aa&subm=3&form_Location=¬‡?̇%20LBWN/VAR - Varna

During the summer its great. Check out the pics you can see there's a balcony at the airport plus you could go by the end of the runway. BOJ probably has a little more traffic. In BOJ and VAR police aren't as strict however in Sofia it's not the same story. Many different planes come and go. 134s, 154s, Yak-40, -42, Antonovs, Il-86 An-124 Boeings Airbuses all kinda stuff during summer.


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