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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

I have heard that The Indian government has lifted the ban(partially) on Photography at Airports. The rule does not seem to be clear as which locations are still restricted from photography.
I have a few questions here and would be very grateful if my fellow Indians could shed some light on it.

1. Is written permission from ??? necessary for taking pictures?
2. How about taking pictures outside the fences of the RWY?
3.Do they object to carry a camera into the cabin?
4.Is inflight photography allowed in indian airspace?

Please add anything I miss . I would very much like to take some pictures when I will be in India.

I have seen so few pictures of Indian airports on A.net . Is it because of these rules?

Thanks

Santhosh Fernandez


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User currently offlineCX777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Sorry Santhosh,
The answer to your questions are YES, NO, NO, NO. I would try getting a surgery from a layman before trying to take some serious pics in India. Too much of beaurocretic BS and risks. Check out the thread by Charles Falk. He is the only brave soul to venture at Indian airports. Again its not worth the risk. Best is to keep camera LOCKED & tucked away in hand bag and try not to do any stunts. There is a reason why you do not see so many pics on a.net from India.
RC
PS: As far as I know, they allow "tourist" photography INSIDE terminal only. Again most terminal have NO or Dark windows... and the moment you point camera outside... you get cops all over you.


User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3278 times:


CX777
That's scary!!
I just saw your 3 pictures on A.net. Did you have any "good experiences" with the Hawildars at BOM?
Just curious.

SF


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 3223 times:

DGCA has updated the rules yet again, but the new rules have not been propogated of course. Brief summary is that anything is kosher except ramp shots of military-civilian joint use fields and then too is permitted with prior written permission.

Easiest solution is to give the paandu Rs.100 or so (if you give USD you will get VIP treatment to boot) and go with the usual "pataa hain mein kaun hoon?" routine.

Its worked for me everytime....


User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Sean,

Thanks a lot for your reply.
It looks encouraging and I believe that no permission may be needed to take shots of final approaches and climbs outside the airport perimeter.

It was unfortunate that I couldn't come for last saturday's get together and missed meeting some wonderful people.

Cheers

SF


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

How about this for BOM shots


MyAviation.net photo:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Karan Bindra
MyAviation.net photo:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Karan Bindra




If anyone has a good and better camera yoll are welcome to come to take photos atleast of BOM


User currently offlineCX777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

B747, when did you try this. I always stay at Leela and get their car with the driver and go around the approach road ( Rwy 27) and so far never been able to stay there more than 20 mins. Its been Jan 04 that I have not visited, but it would be great to go and take some pics for 2-3 days. However I am not sure how you can give one cop $$ (or rupee) and take photos for few hours. I even spent an extra day in Mumbai getting my DGCA permits and still never went anywhere.... too much of waiting at the offices.... and got usual run around come back tomorrow! Search some of my pics ( actually those are th only ones I ever got at VABB) and you will see.
Well it does sound encouraging..... maybe things are changing after all. Lets hope for the best cause all we want it to photograph our favourite jetliners & expand collection.... not to mention India can get so much tourits $$ (I know few friends who would just go to India and spend a week doing this).
RC


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

When I was in DEL, there was information on the tv screens that said Photography is only allowed in the terminal... so i began snapping like crazy...



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

B747, when did you try this. I always stay at Leela and get their car with the driver and go around the approach road ( Rwy 27) and so far never been able to stay there more than 20 mins

I've been doing this for years now. The Leela car with driver is a red flag straight up. Take an autorickshaw or go on foot to any of the best spots. If the cop sniffs that you aren't a local, no amount of bribery or bluster will get you anywhere and locals don't use hotel courtesy cars!!!  Big grin


User currently offlineTrvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2991 times:


"How about this for BOM shots "

The shots are good. I saw the closeups of the jumbo and A310 they were excellent. keep up the good work. It is always good to see something from India.
I would love to come to Bombay someday. But BOM is not the best place for me to change to domestic flight cos I have to go from Sahar to Santacruz and vice versa.


Cheers

SF


User currently offlineCX777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Thanks for the advise B747, I'll try to 'blend' in as local. I plan to visit in next year (probably Fall 05) and will give it a go.
BTW, can you direct me to some of your pics that you have posted here or anywhere else? Would love to see some more stuff out of VABB.
RC


User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2941 times:


But BOM is not the best place for me to change to domestic flight cos I have to go from Sahar to Santacruz and vice versa.

Isnt there a free airport shuttle every 15 minutes that takes u between the terminals? Earlier (early 90's) this bus used to take a road/flyover within the airport itself thus avoiding the traffic at Andheri. Does it still do that?

As far as spotting at BOM goes: there are n number of buildings in the Kurla area which give a fantastic view of aircraft landing. Ditto for Vile Parle area for a view of aircraft taking off. The terrace of my rented acco in Vile Parle was a superb place for spotting, located barely 500m from the western end of RWY27!


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

http://myaviation.net/search/search.php?view=&photographer=Karan Bindra

heres the link atleast to my photos -there are about 50+ taken from one of the various terraces at kurla-andheri as mentioned above


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

http://myaviation.net/search/search.php?view=&photographer=Karan Bindra
heres the link atleast to my photos -there are about 50+ taken from one of the various terraces at kurla-andheri as mentioned above


User currently offlinePropfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

hi all
been taking pics several times at BOM. and I don't really blend in - as I am not Indian. as the area is something like a slum I have never really seen a lot of police, except on the mainroad which passes the apch path for runway 27. if you walk into the small alleys or along the wall which surrounds the airport it's probably less a problem. always went there by motoriksha from the airport or from andheri/vila parle station. just don't walk around with your camera around your neck and be friendly to the kids.
check out my BOM-pics and you see what sort of pics you can take.
good luck
Olav


User currently offlineTrvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Popfreak

I was impressed by all of your pictures. I have a sentimental attachement to these ones:
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Propfreak
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Propfreak

The second one must have been taken from inside the terminal. It must have been tough.

Cheers

SF


User currently offlineCX777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Karan69,
Thanks for posting the link.... I checked the pics out. Quite interesting collection. Keep up the good work. I hope to catch VABB next time in fall as I said earlier cause it the best weather of the year and no monsoon rains to worry about.
RC


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

CX777 hope to see u when u come -maybe ill show u the spot from where i took these photos-because these screeners seem to be rejecting every snap i send to them even the new ones i took at the IAF Static Display

User currently offlinePropfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

hi trvyyz
glad you liked them. yep - I like trivandrum too. nice place, nice beaches and great seafood..  Wink/being sarcastic
yes, taking pics inside the terminal is not such a good idea. took about 2 till I got send away. the other one is an early morning arrival on the other side of the runway, position is only good till about 9am.
cheers
Olav


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