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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

I have to start planning for my vacation bid for 2009 in the next few weeks. Anybody know of any good A.net meets that are being planned. If it's a cold, snowy, or rainy place never mind? Has there ever been a meet a SXM? I'm open to suggestion as long as warm breezes and alcohol are involved.  bigthumbsup 

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4703 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4496 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
I'm open to suggestion as long as warm breezes and alcohol are involved. bigthumbsup

Kiev, lot's of hot breezes walking by and plenty of alcohol?  Wink



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4491 times:



Quoting JRadier (Reply 1):
Kiev, lot's of hot breezes walking by and plenty of alcohol?

I was talking with Nighthawk about this and I think we both agreed that two years in a row is enough.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4703 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4481 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 2):

I was talking with Nighthawk about this and I think we both agreed that two years in a row is enough.

Really? Shame, I was planning on doing it another year  Wink I agree though, I've seen it by now. I can imagine myself going back in a couple of years to see what changed but not any time in the near future. I don't think I'll be attending an a.net meet this summer though, I've got my plans already and it will be hard enough to achieve those.



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4479 times:



Quoting JRadier (Reply 3):
I agree though, I've seen it by now.

Up close and personal too on the steps.  rotfl 


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4703 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4472 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 4):
Up close and personal too on the steps. rotfl

point taken. You can say what you want, but I really did become one with the country  Wink



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4468 times:



Quoting JRadier (Reply 5):
You can say what you want, but I really did become one with the country

I hear they are still looking for some hooligans that tore down a live tree in a park!  duck 


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4461 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Thread starter):
I'm open to suggestion as long as warm breezes and alcohol are involved.

Bangkok?
Well there isn't any breeze but it is certainly warm and plenty of alcohol.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4456 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
Bangkok?
Well there isn't any breeze but it is certainly warm and plenty of alcohol.

This is true but Phuket might be a better choice in my book.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4454 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 8):
This is true but Phuket might be a better choice in my book.

Not in terms of spotting.
BKK gets far more interesting traffic.
Air Koryo IL-62
Aeroflot IL-96
Orient Thai 747-100
Iran Air 747-SP
Lao Aviation YN-11
Occasional IL-86, L1011
Tons and tons of 747-400s and A340s.
Also Airlines from small countries such as Turkmenistan, Iran, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya and many other places.

Phuket has nice beaches if you don't mind being around a bunch of other tourist.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4452 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Phuket has nice beaches if you don't mind being around a bunch of other tourist.

Didn't do any serious spotting in Kiev, or Edinburgh, or Las Vegas.....I can watch airplanes any day I want here in Houston. Meets should be about more than sitting around the end of a runway.  twocents 


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

Can we do a Cocoa Beach meet? Maybe a tour to Kennedy Space Center and Titusville Warbird museum.

Hunter



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4443 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10):
Didn't do any serious spotting in Kiev,

Shame.
All of those cool Soviet era jets still flying.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

This is the only one I know of:
LHR April 2009
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ms/non_aviation/read.main/1992995/


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4429 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Shame.
All of those cool Soviet era jets still flying.

In 2007 when we realized we weren't going to get into see Chernobyl we went to the Ukrainian aviation museum and saw a lot of those jets. There really aren't that many Soviet jets flying out of Kiev that I saw and the airport is located out in the middle of nowhere. Also, given the still overcast of security I would have been worried that we would have ended up in jail or at least in a dark room with a bright light being questioned about our intentions.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Phuket has nice beaches if you don't mind being around a bunch of other tourist.

Nighthawk and I had a couple of great days at the beach in Kiev. There are other types of spotting to appreciate.


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4405 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10):
Didn't do any serious spotting in Kiev, or Edinburgh, or Las Vegas.....I can watch airplanes any day I want here in Houston.

I thought the whole point of meets was to see DIFFERENT aircraft as well as getting a good shed on and making a fool of yourself? No point in going anywhere different if you're not going to sample the local traffic along with the alcohol.

Andy  old 

PS: BKK sounds fun but don't you get arrested if you are caught taking pictures?



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4703 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4394 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 6):

I hear they are still looking for some hooligans that tore down a live tree in a park! duck

Wasn't me!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):

Shame.
All of those cool Soviet era jets still flying.

The far majority of aircraft in Kiev is actually western..



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5163 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4384 times:



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 2):

I was talking with Nighthawk about this and I think we both agreed that two years in a row is enough.

I dont remember discussing this - if we had discussed it I would have said the opposite, i'd love to go back this year. Give me Hydropark any day! For the last two years i've been looking forward to the summer so we could go to Ukraine, now this summer we wont be going. Life seems empty.

SXM Sounds tempting, I think its somewhere every aviation enthusiast must visit, at least once. BKK sounds good too, ive flown through there, it would be nice to stop and see the city. Anywhere in Europe would also be good Big grin



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10905 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4381 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 17):
SXM Sounds tempting, I think its somewhere every aviation enthusiast must visit, at least once.

Good idea... and not far from Barbados to see Concorde!



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4377 times:
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We should have one here, JNB gets a good variety and the current exchange rate makes it cheap for foreigners! We have our own (sort of) Green Man in the form of Hi Flyerz bar, you sit out on the deck (less than a mile form the piano keys on 03R) and listen to approach control while sucking down cold ale and watching the planes  Smile It even has an ex-SAA 742 flightdeck in the window!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/IMG_2317.jpg

At the other end of the runway is a football club where you can get pretty close to the action (and it's not normally this busy).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/IMG_2112.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/IMG_2126.jpg



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4369 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 19):

I'm game for JNB, once I get my staff travel!! And I have "contacts" on the staff.

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4359 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 17):
I dont remember discussing this - if we had discussed it I would have said the opposite, i'd love to go back this year. Give me Hydropark any day! For the last two years i've been looking forward to the summer so we could go to Ukraine, now this summer we wont be going. Life seems empty.

We could go to other parts of Ukraine. The beaches in Odessa are not bad either, and i would like to see Yalta.

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10):
Didn't do any serious spotting in Kiev, or Edinburgh, or Las Vegas.....I can watch airplanes any day I want here in Houston. Meets should be about more than sitting around the end of a runway.

Not everybody has a airport with much diversity in the traffic nearby. OSL = 737-"heaven"



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4327 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 19):
We should have one here, JNB gets a good variety and the current exchange rate makes it cheap for foreigners!

I wouldn't mind going to JNB. My only concern is the jet lag.  fight 

But if the price is right....I just might do it anyway.


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

JNB sounds good, and that bar looks cool   Smile

We're planning a trip down to SA some time in Jan / Feb, to visit the in-laws in Durban. Not sure if I'll be able to slip away from the wife whilst in JNB though - we tend to head straight to DUR, or maybe CPT this time.

Quote Shyflyer:
At least from Europe there's no jet lag   Wink

And a bit of an advance notice - there will be a midnight runway run at NWI - Norwich International, at some point in Sept. If anyone's interested I can supply information, once it's confirmed  Smile I'll be running...

signol

[Edited 2008-10-30 10:05:37]


Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4317 times:



Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
I thought the whole point of meets was to see DIFFERENT aircraft

In a world slowly becoming A&B with the odd regional thrown in, a museum or airshow is unfortunately becoming the place of choice to do this.

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 17):
I dont remember discussing this

Lightweight.  duck  It was at the Hilton with David L just after I showed him my cell phone pic of you blocking the reactor building. We talked about what a nice place Kiev is but that two years in a row was enough and you tacitly agreed.

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 17):
Life seems empty.

If you want to go back for a long weekend I'm game but there's plenty of good beaches between here and there where they understand me! silly 

Quoting Andz (Reply 19):
We should have one here, JNB gets a good variety and the current exchange rate makes it cheap for foreigners!

I would love to do this but I just don't have enough years yet to have the vacation time to do it right. I want to take the cable car ride to the top of Table Top mountain. The train across the country. Visit the "Sin" cities as well as the cell where Nelson Mandela was held for such an utterly ridiculously long amount of time.

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 21):
and i would like to see Yalta.

Won't be doing any spotting there my friend because there isn't any airport. The closest is Simferopol and then it's an hours ride across the mountains. However it is well worth the trip if you like history and architecture. Yalta is a magical place and I too would love to go back there. You'll need at least a week to make it really worthwhile and we already have a good friend in PRG that can facilitate connections!

I'd like to do JNB but as noted don't have sufficient vacation time built up with the company to do it justice. SXM though is a different matter. Something to keep in mind.


25 SAA380 : Hey Andz, where is this 'Hi Flyerz' bar you are talking about? Is it near the East Rand Mall? I live in the Roodepoort area and don't come there ofte
26 Srbmod : Plane spotting during the previous LAS Meets: Oh look, a US Airways A320/319 Oh look, a Southwest 737 Oh look, a Ted A320 Being the geeks we are, som
27 RJdxer : Every meet I've been to has been fun. In Iceland we didn't do any spotting and in LAX we spent the entire day within sight of the airfield. A lot dep
28 HT : Would anybody be up for a meeting at BCN (again) or LIS between, say, March and May 2009 (tentative dates) ? Or a meeting at MAD again ? All three cit
29 Superfly : No. I've done it there myself.
30 B747forever : Have about a meeting at LAX??
31 StasisLAX : Lots to cool things to do here in Los Angeles - including spotting from the infamous In-N-Out Burger right next to LAX!
32 B747forever : True. We should have a LAX meeting soon.
33 FlyDeltaJets87 : My cousin and I are looking to do an out west trip to Vegas and then over to Cali to hit up Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, and possibly
34 Post contains links Andz : It's in the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, very close to East Rand Mall. If you have Google Earth it is at 26°10'29.99"S 28°14'54.17"E ht
35 FXramper : I vote for DFW or IAH. There are plenty of members in and around these airports and a lot of us work for airlines and can fly for free into the two li
36 Nighthawk : Not being understood was half the fun! Sitting on the beach and being the only foreigners there had a great feeling to it. Beats Ibiza any day! Now T
37 Skidmarks : If I pay a lot of money to go to a foreign country in order to meet other enthusiasts and enjoy myself, that WILL include plane spotting. Southwest,
38 Sketty222 : Im definatley up for some sort of meet, preferably outside of the UK. SXM sounds good but so does LAX, I'd also be up for a LAS meet. JNB isn't too hi
39 RJdxer : After our bid is done and I have an idea of my schedule and 3 day off rotation for next year we can talk. Maybe Odessa might be a better choice. The
40 Sean377 : The only way I'm ever going to get to SXM is an A.Net meet. I find it hard to believe that there has never been a meet at one of the most 'desirable'
41 ShyFlyer : It's one of those things that has been talked about, but no one has actually stepped up and got things rolling.
42 RJdxer : Well maybe it's time. Anybody know when low season starts so we don't get rolled for a hotel room? At least then we could start looking a some sort o
43 ShyFlyer : My brief research says the off season starts about June.
44 HT : I can't say that I would prefer to go to SXM during Hurricaine-season, but maybe it's just me ... Some time during winter would also mean that I coul
45 Leezyjet : Exactly, nobody did any spotting at the Iceland meet a couple of years back and that was one of the best meets I've been to. I'd definately be up for
46 Sketty222 : If its the same as Teasers that was in AMS then count me in
47 DYflyer : I wasn't thinking about going there for spotting (at least not for planes ) All sounds good to me. A nice flight. Did that one flying to the FRA-meet
48 Kmh1956 : If I can muster up the bucks, I wanna go!!!!
49 RJdxer : You might be disappointed my friend. The beaches are all almost smaller than the ones at Odessa and consist of small pebbles. If you can hit a hotel
50 HT : & I will do some more thinking / proposing about a) an Iberaean meeting (Spring to May) and b) a Scandinavian meeting (summer) in the near future, bu
51 Post contains links HT : The proposed meeting at SXM early June 2009 has its own thread now: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ms/non_aviation/read.main/2003014/ BTW: Fel
52 HT : Any new threads about meetings that I missed ? Still working on a meeting on the Iberean peninsula (and battleling to write this on a Castellano-keybo
53 Airtrainer : Hi Holger, a meet in MAD or LIS is a very good idea indeed. Don't know how 2009 will be for me but I'll keep an eye open for that A meet in AMS could
54 STLGph : Hurricane Season in the Caribbean sounds like a blast and a half. New York Kennedy and Boston will be very accessible for me come January.
55 HT : Finally I found some time to access A.net again. Those first days back at work had been pretty demanding. Apart form these, airlines keep changing fli
56 Cadet985 : I don't know if it's ever been done before, but how about a meet at PHL? Marc
57 Dba4U : I like the idea of a LIS meet, would actually prefer Portugal over Spain. Might be a good idea to either spend a day on Madeira or even split the meet
58 WILCO737 : That sounds good. I am sure many people always wanted to go there as it seems to be a spotting paradise WILCO737 (MD11F)
59 Post contains links Myt332 : Hello Phil, buddy. I've been to FNC twice and I can safely say it's not a bad place. Now I'm no great photographer but I've put some links to, not br
60 WILCO737 : Nice shots. Seems to be a good place indeed. But I guess I won't attend anyway as I've learnt: mods aren't welcome to meets anymore. Things change...
61 Myt332 : Says who? That's right, I had hair back then and you flew crappy charter B738's. So you're a fellow alcoholic now these days eh? Kudos!
62 WILCO737 : That's life. Yeah the good old times You bet Maybe I will attend that LHR meet, but not sure yet. WILCO737 (MD11F)
63 Myt332 : Borrow an MD11 after work and dump it at T5. That'd be rather interesting!
64 Goldenshield : An SXM meet would be nice. A cruise I'm looking at in April stops at St. Maarten for the day.
65 WILCO737 : Alrighty, you ask the company if they give me an MD for that weekend. For free of course, including fuel and landing fees and I'll be around Put in s
66 SeansasLCY : What about a HKG meet? Great city, great airport and now it has a viewing deck!
67 WILCO737 : HKG is indeed cool. Then I try to bid for a flight during that time, then I have a free hotel Been to that viewing deck, pretty nice. WILCO737 (MD11F
68 Post contains links HT : There is a A.net meeting being planned for June 2009 at SXM. The following recent thread has been archived, but AFAIK the meeting is still on: http:/
69 Goldenshield : June does not equal April, but it's the thought that counts. Either way, I plan on hitting Maho beach and the (infamous) bar.
70 Dba4U : Personally I'm supposed to be in Cologne on the weekend 7/8th of march, apart from that everything will do just fine. When I was checking out fares I
71 HT : Appears to be okay with me for my private planning sofar, but will have to check with my employer. Even though it is some drive from the airport, Dow
72 Post contains links HT : One new thread shelved for the 2009 Paris Airshow : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ms/non_aviation/read.main/2018715/ On tripadvisor.com there
73 HT : Just disguise your identity until someone recognizes your face when the meeting has started, IF someone wants to block you from a meeting. There is o
74 WILCO737 : Good idea. I just show up to the meets and never tell my username But some a.netters know me already That is just rude from them. At least dropping a
75 Kmh1956 : Anyone planning on going to the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford?
76 LHRjc : The annual Mega MAN meet will take place as usual the 1st weekend in July, coinciding with my birthday... A thread will be started soon I'm sure. I ca
77 HT : Thanks for reminding. That would be around Saturday, 04-JUL-2009 then ... Having sorted out my trip to the U.S. in early April now (only finetuning h
78 LHRjc : No problem, that's correct!
79 Ihadapheo : A.net meets in 09??, dang I hope there is a YYZ meet this year as the one I attended in the past were absolutely fantastic. So if any YYZ people are o
80 Ihadapheo : I recommend going to the meets, it was always important in my mod days to try to attend as many meets as I could. The interaction with fellow members
81 GQfluffy : You sell-out.
82 Post contains links HT : The idea about a meeting in YYZ has its own thread now: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ms/non_aviation/read.main/2023122/ New continuation thr
83 Goldenshield : Anyone interested in the possibility of having a meet on a cruise? Think about it: it's mostly-inclusive, plus you still go places and see things. Als
84 YYZflyer : " target=_blank>http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...3122/ Why was the YYZ meet thread deleted? Happy New Year
85 ShyFlyer : Isn't that the one that Skyycat started? He "vanished" not to long ago, then the thread he started vanishes...
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