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How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...  
User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

That is the story from 1995, while I was working as a security supervisor on Zagreb airport, Croatia...

It was early morning while I was patroling arround the airport fence, close to the 23 approach, when I saw the guy in the bushes... He was inside the perimeter, and my reaction was, of course, normal  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. I jumped out of the car and he surrended without resistance. Than I saw the camera and I found it very suspicious (that was the time when Croatia was still in war, and Croatian Air Force was using ZAG airport for some activities). He told me that he is only taking some pictures of Croatia Airlines 737's, and I said "...yes, sure...". I took him in the car (old Lada Niva jeep) and took him to the airport police building.

Police took his film away, and let him go, because he was employed as a ramp agent for United Nations Air Transport unit (which explains how he managed to place himself inside of the airport permeter).

Anyway, I was so proud of myself for "catching the spy", not knowing that something like "plane spotter" exists...

It's kinda late now, but sorry, guys... Maybe even this guy is reading this now...


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

Hello CroFlight:

I have been through Zagreb airport several times over the last few years, en route between Split, Dubrovnik, and the USA. I have noticed on approach and departure what appear to be aircraft bunkers at one end of the main runway. Am I correct? Hvala!

Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Stretch8: Yep, those are the bunkers built by Yugoslav air force on the 23 approach. Now they are used by Cro A.F., but not for long, since it seems like they are moving away...
That spot will be used for OU maintenance, and on the oposite side of the runway, new terminal will be built.
The construction of the bridge over the Sava river which will connect the city with the new terminal started a week ago...

It looks like (finaly) old terminal will be replaced...


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

 Laugh out loud

"Coming Out" on a.net

 Big thumbs up

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Dude, he was a spotter!! Oh well, people should spot from that observation point when you go upstairs in ZAG. I'll be there in December!


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Arresting enthusiasts because you don't know that plane-spotting exists?

Ever considered a career in Greece? Big grin

User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Greetings CroFlight,

do you have any info about the Udbina air force base?
Is it open to GA traffic or completely closed?


I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1307 times:


Udbina Air Force base is not an air force base, and it is open for GA. Of course, on daylight, and not during one of the famous winters there..

Backfire: I explained the reasons in my post... I belive that everybody would do the same as me...


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