IflyMidwExprss From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 160 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1339 times:
This Saturday I'm flying SAS from Chicago to Vienna via Stockholm, returning next weekend via Copenhagen. I'll have a few hours to burn in both ARN and CPH and I was wondering if there were any good spotting areas at either airport. Anyone?
Thanks a lot!
Spot 1: "Flyvergrillen"
"Flyvergrillen lies side by side with runway 04L/22R and taxiway Alpha. If the 04 runways that are in use, this is the place to be for some great closeups.
It's also the only spotting place at CPH where you can buy food and drinks.
Spot 2: "Englandsvej"
Englandsvej is a public and rather large road, which runs under runway 04L/22R in a tunnel. It's relatively close to the heavies' rotating point (unlike Flyvergrillen), so if you want some action shots, this is the place to be (that is, if rwy 22R is in use).
Spot 3: "Tømmerupvej"
From Tømmerupvej, there's not a great view, however, if you explore the area around it, you'll finde some good points for taking pictures of the aircrafts on short-short finals ro runway 04L.
Spot 4: "Store Magleby"
Store Magleby lies very close to the treshold of rwy 04R, and you also have a great view of the maneuvring area as well as the apron (although you might need a pair of binoculars for that, it's 2 miles away!)
Spot 5: "Kystvejen"
Kystvejen runs along the northern borfder of the airport, and along its way it passes SAS's hangars, the treshold of rwy 22L and DHL's cargo apron. Usually, Thai parks their 747 outside SAS's hangars on its layover (a couple of hours during the day). On the plus side: There's a small supermarket (like a Trader Joe's in the US AFAIK) and a McDonalds (well, plus or minus depends on who you are ) only a short walking distance away.
Now, you mentioned that you're only in transt for a few hours, so I'd recommend either spot 1 or spot 5, as they're both within a short walking distance from the airport. Also, you'll be able to get some food
I can also tell you that Flyvergrillen is quite far, and unless you have many hours over, I'd reccomand Kystvejen. It took me 45-60 minutes or so to go to Flyvergrillen last summer.
At ARN, there are not so many spots within walking distance, but have a look at Zanders website.
Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
Helje From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1235 times:
Well, at ARN there's a bunch of places to spot planes:
1. At the restaurant in terminal 5, take the escalator up just next to the departure boards. Here you can sit and see aircrafts taxiing and you also see runway 01/19 quite good, even if it's a bit away.
2. In Sky City - Anywhere, at the McDonalds or likewise... You see the movements of terminal 5 pier B and terminal 4. Sky City is a good place to watch lift-offs from runway 01/19.
3. If your out for some easy trekking. Walk out from terminal 5 or 4 and follow the bike-track (or walking track) westbound. You should pass a parking-garage, terminal 3 and 2 and finally ramp R where all the long timer are parked. Follow the path all the way around ramp R towards Cargo City.
After a 10-15 minute walk you will end up just inline with the landing lights. I personally like the spot where you follow the gravel-road next to the landing lights, cross the big road where all the cars are going, and up for a small hill. There will you be able to see runway 01/19 slightly from above. If you're lucky, aircrafts will land or depart just above your head!
If you lose yourself, just try to head towards cargo city.
Beware that heavy construction is in place in this area so this information might be incorrect.