B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
Are there any Good Spotting Locations in India.
The spot that Karan and I found at the runway 27 threshold is among the best spotting locations I have ever seen anywhere in the world, more amazing since it is at Mumbai - a notoriously bad airport for spotting.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2843 times:
Was the location on the Sahar side Hilltop.
It is close to there but not on the hill itself. Take the road heading from Karan's dad's office towards Kurla until you come across the ILS system for runway 27 approach. Park there and head to the north side of the runway. You have to jump over a bunch of open drains and enter into the jhopadpatti colony. Walk as if you are going to climb the hill (it will involve climbing about 4-5 feet on the hill to the first plateau) and then turn left. You will have to jump over a few more drains but eventually you will come to the spot that is in line with the Bravo 3 and Hotel taxiway intersection. Perfect view, even though it stinks to high heaven with the raw sewage nearby!
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 958 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
I have always wanted to do photography at BOM, just never messed with it since India is so hit and miss. I will have to seriously consider it on my next trip back home to india if the spots are reliable and away from security concerns.
I have done some photography at MAA, and BLR. But these airports are very difficult. BLR is pretty much owned by the military and HAL. And the whole airport perimeter at MAA is owned by the indian army as well. I did a bit of spotting/photography at MAA this past dec. Got busted 3 times in 2 days... go figure. Even through photography is supposedly not illegal anymore in India, security mostly interprets it as that being legal only to take pics of your friends and family arriving and leaving and not for taking pics of the airport or planes overall.
Here are a couple of examples from MAA that I got. I'll try and post a few more soon.
Skyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 461 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
DEL has some good spotting locations, most popular one is on NH8 highway that goes right past the runway. Often you see people parked there and watching flights land right over their heads but once-in-a-while the cops come over and move everyone along.
"Those who talk, do not know, and those who know, do not talk."
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 958 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2782 times:
Thanks Karan. A friend of mine just started working for Jet Airways. He is currently in Bangalore, but will be moving to Bombay in a few weeks, so there is a pretty decent chance that I will drop by BOM on my next trip. I'll drop you a note sometime.
Oh, I forgot to mention... there is a decent viewing area at the new international terminal at MAA. Its pretty decent, but I think there is a surveillance camera monitoring the area. Not sure if they restrict photography from there.
IndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Just found an incredible spot yesterday here in PNQ. I went riding with my Enfield gang to a place called Bapdeo Ghat right on the outskirts and WAY WAAY up on a hill!
But the view from there is just incredible! You can clearly see the runway lights of Lohegaon and planes coming in to land fly directly beside the hill we were on before linig up for approach. Incredible!
IndianFlyboy From India, joined Sep 2003, 294 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
The spot you are mentioning , called jumbo point , is no longer in existance. It depends completely on your luck now. Cops will harrass you to no end if they do turn up there , specially if you are photographing.
Used to be one of the best spotting places though. As of now , you can climb any high rise in Vasant Vihar , right on the approach.
Mel/Sean any idea from where "Sanjeev Mehta" got/took his recent photos of BOM from
Karan,they arn't recent,but about 8-9 months old.
Its from the Aft bays at the Domestic terminal,probably from a parked Aircraft.I know a F/O who joined BD by the same name,but I dont think its him.This is a Pax photographer.
I've written to the Photographer,awaiting a revert.
I think just on the WE highway on the Santacruz side gets a good view if one has a good camera.
Tkmce From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2726 times:
Go the the St Thomas Mount Church . It is very close to the runway and in line with it (dont remember now - which end). Views are good, no security hassles (dont know about photography though) and no acrobatics required to reach the place.
To reach the church, from Guindly circle take the Poonamalle Road (do not take the turn to the airport which is where the railway station of the same name is). The church is around 500 metres down the road. There are some fairly steep steps to climb up or you can drive all the way to the top if you use your own vehicle.
Trivandrum - I remember the Veli tourist village has good views.
Hyderabad - Wish I had a telephoto lens! My office terrace has good views on the 09 approach! ((any highrise in Greenlands/Begumpet area would do!).
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 958 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2667 times:
Good point Tkmce. I totally forgot about the mount at MAA. The only problem with the St. Thomas mount is that on most occasions they are taking off that way (I believe that is North West of the runway), and the planes are too high by the time they get there. It is great to observe the ops but not very good if you want to photograph. It is kinda rare to get approaches from here, although I lucked out once while I was there in 1999. Also, the sun is not at the best of angles from this spot if you want to get pictures. But overall its a nice spot. Elevated just enough to where you are above the intense pollution levels of the generic Indian ground level . You can actually take a stairs from the church there to the foot of the hill.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2650 times:
You will have to jump over a few more drains but eventually you will come to the spot that is in line with the Bravo 3 and Hotel taxiway intersection. Perfect view, even though it stinks to high heaven with the raw sewage nearby!
You guys are braver men than most of us will ever be.
Isn't the spotting from that awful restaurant at the old domestic terminal better?
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 958 posts, RR: 7 Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
I forgot to mention, the best spot on St. Thomas Mount is about a 100 or so metres away from the church. You'll have to follow the road going downhill to a Jesus statue (I believe its a statue of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsamene). Walk around to the back side of the statue circle... you should have some good views from here. Be careful, you might scare the college lovebirds
IndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
The only photos i have as of now are of a Sahara CRJ and another S2 737 next to each other, and half a dozen King Airs/Taneja P68's taken from the gallery at PNQ. Lousy poor quality pics but will post on the email ids if you want!
25 Aseem: relative dearth of photos has a lot to do with the concept of security in India. In West nobody objects if you are taking photos out in the open, as l
26 HAWK21M: But in India, it's just the reverse. Applies to Aircraft Fleet Acquisation too A F/O was telling me yesterday that recently the photography restrictio
27 Aseem: and it will be ages before it reflects in the attitude of local cops. They just cannot comprehend that a person out in the open with a camera has noth
28 Jr: A F/O was telling me yesterday that recently the photography restrictions at Indian Tarmecs have been further reduced,I've not noticed any new circula
29 HAWK21M: http://www.dgca.nic.in/aic/aic7_2004.pdf Jr......You'd need to carry this along in Future regds MEL
30 Jr: Thanks for that Mel. Did not realize a doc like that existed in the public domain. Josh
31 TRVYYZ: MEL, Does this new rule mean, photographs cannot be taken outside the airport perimeter? And which airports are defence?Any links? And also aren't the
32 Aseem: How does this work? good question!! not like Wendy's parking lot at YYZ. boy!! had weather not played spoil sport with me. rgds Aseem
33 Aseem: ORDER In exercise of the powers conferred by rule 13 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, the Director General of Civil Aviation hereby permits bonafide pass
34 TRVYYZ: Howz YOW, do any intl. flights come there? I find Fedex Hill as a better place to take pics. Here also the Peel Police don't spare you all the time. B
35 MrNiji: And which airports are defence?Any links? For sure GOI, S2 announced that when I recently flew out of there.. IXB (Bagdogra), too, probably also BLR??
36 Aseem: SF, Yes! that FedEx hill is a nice place and I once went there to collect my packet which incidentally was none other than my AC ticket. There was one
37 VictorTango: The damn AAI site is down....There is a link on that site which lists all the Indian airports. Olly
38 MrNiji: There is a link on that site which lists all the Indian airports. Do the Indian airports now have representative, official websites (like the brillian
39 TRVYYZ: There was one FedEx B727 packet right across the fence. Not sure if it is the best place to spot. Surely it is the best. Excellent views of landing on
40 Ahlfors: So what's the story with batteries though on board aircraft. Last time I flew out of Trivandrum (in September) they made me take out the batteries fro
41 Aseem: There was one FedEx B727 packet right across the fence. Not sure if it is the best place to spot. actually it was a spelling mistake on my part, i mea
42 TRVYYZ: Where exactly is the spot you're taking about? I went to those FedEx buildings. Is this hill somewhere nearby? Right where you saw the 727 and the fen
43 Ahlfors: Well, at TRV airport they have a thing that scans check-in bags before check-in and there they person told me to put all batteries in the check-in bag
44 HAWK21M: Does this new rule mean, photographs cannot be taken outside the airport perimeter? There never was a rule stopping photographs been taken from outsid
45 VictorTango: Personally The Mumbai Cops were better at Security compared to the CISF. Not just security, but even when it came to co-operating with airport staff.
46 HAWK21M: The best part was the Mumbai cops seemed casual but very alert compared to the CISF staff I've noticed sleeping off on critical posts at Night. Dont w
47 TRVYYZ: Thanks MEL for the info. Personally, I hate the CISF, I have had some bitter experiences with them at ISRO, Trivandrum, while the Kerala Police would