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User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7501 times:

Hello everyone and welcome to my third trip report for anet !

For this trip I wanted to try the FlyBaboo Dash-8 on the short GVA-ZRH route for good Friday on April for a spotting day in Zürich. Unfortunately I heard the bad news on the radio that BBO decided to drop this route the same day I actually booked ! So I called BBO in order to be refund and tell them good luck for the future. I was disappointed because I really wanted to experience my first time with FlyBaboo and a turboprop in a commercial flight. As I was already mentally prepared to fly in April, I didn't gave up and decided to book another flight for the same day but this time with Swiss. It turned out I even found a lower fare on economy with LX than with BBO. So all was set for me one month before the flight.

Prices I got for GVA-ZRH and ZRH-GVA :

CFF (Swiss train) CHF 162.- (~103 Euros)
BBO CHF 142.- (~90 Euros)
LX CHF 121.- (~77 Euros)


Approximately the route for this trip.

REM : Videos are available in the first reply of this thread.

Whenever it is possible and depending on the carrier, I usually do my check-in the evening before the flight (I live near the GVA airport), so I did for this trip. It's much easier because the airport is not crowdy, I don't have to wait long minutes for a free desk, I can chose a window seat much easier and for this case I could also check-in for the return flight as it was departing in less than 24h, plus you get that flight atmosphere one day before already  


Check-in done the day before.


Departures from GVA.


A view of GVA departure hall early that morning.


GVA-ZRH
LX 2803 - 14 Apr
Avro RJ100 HB-IYY
Dep 06:40
Arr 07:25
Seat 16F


Boarding time according my flight ticket was at 06:10. I woke-up at 05:30 on this good Friday and headed to the airport on my bike, it was still night and the birds (not the metal ones) where already singing along my path. I arrived at the airport, passed the customs, security and headed directly to my gate which was A5. I heard the last call 'for passengers flying to Zürich' and arrived at the gate, I was among the last passengers to board, it was 06:23. I watched and photographed the 'Jumbolino' just before boarding.


The aircraft just before boarding.


First light of day on Geneva Apron.

Push-back started at 06:39 and we rapidly headed to the holding point of runway 23. We waited there ten minutes for incoming flights to land. Take-off was at 06:57 and started to tape it over my DV camera. I was happy to get a really cool video which in my opinion gives a really good idea of the Geneva area after take-off. The aircrafts bound to ZRH make a 180° right turn circumventing 'Meyrin' thus allowing the passengers at the right hand side of the aircraft to have a nice view of the airport, Geneva and the lake. In fact I choose my seat for this purpose, hoping that we wouldn't take-off from RWY05 at the last minute. We passed through the clouds and we quickly reached our cruise altitude, the view was spectacular with the sunrise, Switzerland covered with clouds and the alps on the background.

The service for this LX shuttle flight was minimum, the usual 'Thank you for flying Swiss' chocolates and that's all. At 06:15 we started our descend towards ZRH. Again we passed the clouds and we proceeded for approach on runway 34. Right after touchdown the pilot hit hard on breaks to vacate as soon as possible. I spotted the famous cross-runways area, it reminded me the fabulous anet meeting we had last January here. Then I saw the Thai A340-600 landing right after us as I was taping over. Yes ! It was so nice to be back for another whole spotting day !


I took two chocolates for my children (2 and 4 years old).


Sunrise & alps with the 'Mont-Blanc'.






Spot the world famous 'Matterhorn'.

During disembarking the crew seemed to be in a urge so I didn't asked for a cockpit visit. I explored the airport terminals before heading to the observation deck B where I spent the whole day until 17:00 spotting the traffic and taking pictures with my new camera.


Just arrived in ZRH.


Our 'Jumbolino' at the gate.




A quick view of the departure screens in ZRH.





I met a cool guy and his two brothers from the US at the terrace, we chatted and shared our passion for aviation part of the morning. He told me he would have spent the whole day on the terrace like me but he had to leave because his little brothers were bored. It was nice to meet him. One thing I like about this passion for aviation is that it's so nice to meet people from around the world and immediately have so many things to say about our love for aviation.


View from observation deck B on the Apron SQ B744 and two LX A332.


The Thai A346 is being parked by a truck.






B744 SQ 9V-SPC being prepared for her next flight.


Thai A346 pulled by a truck to the gate.




A lot of people came that good friday to see planes.




A tribute to my old scanner I bought 18 years ago !

I lost the antenna and replaced it with some wires

Works perfectly!

Although the morning was cloudy, the sun appeared when the Malaysian B772 prepared for take-off, what a chance !

To see the pictures I took from the observation deck B in ZRH, visit A spotting day in ZRH.


The BUCHair Shop, lots of aviation stuff in it!




Cool thing for parents-spotters, the observation deck B is well equipped for childrens.








Special tours around the airport are available in Zürich.


The Observation deck E can be visited on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during summer.






The restaurant. It's rather expensive, I've done my own sandwich...


Special infos about the airport, planes, airlines are available for spotters.


A car is at the cross-runway area, you can get there via buses departing

from deck B each half hours on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during summer.
Warmly recommended, an unforgettable experience!


The heli-grill and all the spotters seen from deck B.
There are holes in the fence to let you do the best shots!





EK A345, one of my fav!






The webcam with a special guest.




Rush hours of spotters that good friday.

Time passed very quickly and it was 17:00 when I decided to head towards the gate. It was an Airbus A320 to bring me back to Geneva.




Again a quick look at the departure screens.




The Terminal E.


LX A320 HB-IJI.


The observation deck where I spent that day.


ZRH-GVA
LX 2810 -- 14 Apr
A320 HB-IJQ
Dep 17:45
Arr 18:35
Seat 27F



The aircraft I'd take for my flight back to GVA. A320 HB-IJQ.


View from seat 27F.


The flight was smooth and uneventful. Again the 'Thank you for flying Swiss' chocolates for service... minimum. I taked some pictures on the left and again spotted fabulous view of the alps !


Shortly after take-off.




The city of Bern as seen from 15000 feets on a lovely spring day.


The city of Biel where I lived 4 years.








The military airport of Payerne.


The city of Yverdon.

We passed over Lausanne, St-Prex VOR for a runway 23 approach. Then a few miles before landing, as I was videotaping, the aircraft did a quick right bank to align on the runway, first time for me to experience such a big correction before landing in GVA, anyway...

After landing the taxiing was very quick and before we knew it we found ourselves parked at the gate. Again, the crew seemed to be stressed and I didn't asked for a cockpit visit.

I went to the observation terrace to take a picture of the aircraft I had just left and then headed to my house riding my bike.


Just arrived in GVA.


A model of the GVA airport with the projected new terminal (in orange).


HB-IJQ parked at the gate in GVA.


The GVA terrace with that awful glass!


GVA tower.


Going back home riding my bike.


...on my way to my home.


Finally arrived.

And that's all for now folks, I hope you enjoyed this trip report. Please leave some comments, I would appreciate it.

Alphafloor

[Edited 2006-04-18 22:27:48]


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User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7496 times:

The Videos ... enjoy it !

Regarding the videos, I just want to emphasise that two compression rates are available for each in .wmv format. 256kbits/s is ok but of course I recommend you the 512kbit/s as the quality is much better  Wink

Takeoff from GVA RWY23 high quality size 19.3Mb ; length 5:08
Takeoff from GVA RWY23 medium quality size 9.7Mb ; length 5:08


Inflight GVA ZRH high quality size 10Mb ; length 2:37
Inflight GVA ZRH medium quality size 5Mb ; length 2:37


Landing in ZRH high quality size 23Mb ; length 6:05
Landing in ZRH medium quality size 11.5Mb ; length 6:05


Takeoff from ZRH RWY28 high quality size 14.4Mb ; length 3:45
Take-off from ZRH RWY28 medium quality size 7.1Mb ; length 3:45


Inflight ZRH GVA high quality size 2.8Mb ; length 0:44
Inflight ZRH GVA medium quality size 1.3Mb ; length 0:44


Landing RWY23 GVA high quality size 18.8Mb ; length 4:53
Landing RWY23 GVA medium quality size 9.2Mb ; length 4:53

Cheers,
Alphafloor



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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7482 times:

Now that is such an EXCELLENT trip report. Didn't I tell you that you inspired me for my trip report. Always such a pleasure to read you reports!

Oh everyone.... HB-IJQ is the same A320 we all got to visit in the January A.net meet in ZRH



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7457 times:

Hi Alphafloor,
gotta agree that this report is really excellent - all the details you covered by your pics and videos, simply amazing! ZRH is a great place and I'm looking forward to my next visit there in about two weeks.
I didn't even know that there's an observation deck at GVA - my visit there was much too short, no time at all to explore the airport.
Thanks for this highly injoyable report!
Regards, Alex.


User currently online767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7451 times:
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Awesome report and pics! Nice views of the alps.

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7440 times:

Hey!
You just got some really beautiful and amazing pictures of the Alps, taken out of the Avro airliner!! I really enjoyed watching them, and it reminds me a little of my own visits to GVA and ZRH, my flight GVA-ZRH on LX (also HB-IJQ), but very hazy weather, so no views on the mountains! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5012 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7426 times:

Hi, Alejandro,
what a boring route and what a enjoyable and very interesting story you told us. Very good pix as well.
I was at ZRH about 2 weeks ago for spotting, more often during summer, maybe.
Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2473 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Hola Alejandro,
First off I would like to apologize for not responding to your message in time! I was in Ticino until Monday evening and only checked the message box this morning.

Now on to the trip report - just one word: incredible! The detail of the report and stunning pictures, just amazing!  bigthumbsup  I hope you had a wonderful day at ZRH!

Christian


User currently offlineTeahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5287 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7388 times:

Cool trip report and cool pictures. What kind of camera do you use?

One question:



Any idea what those blue 'kiosks' are since I can't remember seeing them last time I was in GVA?



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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

cool report!

salu DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

I am surprised that Zurich and GVA have observation decks that are open to the public. In some places they are closed for security.
Nice pictures and videos. I like GVA airport. Have not seen the new Zurich terminal but the old one was also very nice.


User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7107 times:

Hi Alphafloor

I am from Switzerland, too. Reading your report and looking at the pictures made me feel like I was there again.

Thanks!!  Smile


User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7078 times:

My compliments, this is what I call a trip report!

Lots of pics, nice descriptions and as a bonus high quality videos!

Well done!



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User currently offlineSpeedbird2025 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 days ago) and read 7001 times:

Great trip report Alejandro! I love all the pictures. Brings back memories of my short visit to ZRH back in 2005. Very nice.

--Nate


User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1523 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6854 times:

Great report and wonderfull pics  Smile One thing I could hardly believe, being able to ride and park a bicycle at the airport. Don,t think that would be allowed in too many big airports in US, and maybe not many at all. One question, do they have a special area for bike parking and do they charge you for it?


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 41
Reply 15, posted (8 years ago) and read 6628 times:

Thank you all for your kind comments !

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 2):
Oh everyone.... HB-IJQ is the same A320 we all got to visit in the January A.net meet in ZRH

Yes indeed ! Actually I didn't realize that, thanks for poiting out Braulio. And you know... I also would have preferred an A321 by far, but I chose the route because of the fare, not according the aircrafts this time. Anyhow... I did the first leg with an Avro RJ100, not too bad hein ?

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 3):
I didn't even know that there's an observation deck at GVA - my visit there was much too short, no time at all to explore the airport.

Hey Ndebele ! My invitation is still open, next time you come in GVA, I'll drive to the good spotting places !

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
it reminds me a little of my own visits to GVA and ZRH, my flight GVA-ZRH on LX (also HB-IJQ),

...seems that this -JQ is sticked to this route !  Wink

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
what a boring route

...myeah I know... but oh well...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
and what a enjoyable and very interesting story you told us

...thanks, the spotting day was really nice !

Quoting AviationMaster (Reply 7):
I hope you had a wonderful day at ZRH!

Yes I did ! Shame we didn't meet each other that day, perhaps next time !

Quoting Teahan (Reply 8):
What kind of camera do you use?

For video : MiniDV DCR-PC350E. I've also used to photography aircrafts with an old Canon A1. But now I'm a happy owner of the following digital equipment since march :

Canon EOS 20D
Canon EF-S 17-85mm F/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-200 F4.0/L USM

Quoting Teahan (Reply 8):
Any idea what those blue 'kiosks' are since I can't remember seeing them last time I was in GVA?

Yes they are new. They are still not in function but my guess is that these 'kiosks' are for selfcheck-in, I may be wrong, I don't know.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
I am surprised that Zurich and GVA have observation decks that are open to the public. In some places they are closed for security.

Zürich has a real observation deck, GVA has an aquarium with spotters in it  Wink
GVA had a great terrace that closed when the new gates were built (also for security reasons I guess). And yeah, I still miss the days were GVA had this great terrace all along the apron, where you almost could 'touch' the aircrafts, hear those noisy APUs, smell the heavy fuel, that new terrace is a joke imo. if you want to have a taste of what this terrace looked like just watch this video from my website. Fortunately GVA offers lots of places around the airport for spotting.

Quoting TimePilot (Reply 11):
Reading your report and looking at the pictures made me feel like I was there again.

Glad to make you feel home !

Quoting A319114 (Reply 12):
My compliments, this is what I call a trip report!

Lots of pics, nice descriptions and as a bonus high quality videos!

I always try to write trip reports with a mix of pics and videos. I like it a lot when other members do that.

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
One thing I could hardly believe, being able to ride and park a bicycle at the airport. Don,t think that would be allowed in too many big airports in US, and maybe not many at all. One question, do they have a special area for bike parking and do they charge you for it?

Interesting comment Oldman55. I didn't know that and it's sound strange to me. And yes ! The bikes have special areas where you can park them... free of charge of course !  Smile

Cheers,
Alejandro



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6583 times:

Superb trip report! The video's were very well done, I almost felt like I was on board.

Well done and thanks for sharing the experience. Those RJ's rock!


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6485 times:

What an excellent way to spend 10 minutes.. drooling at your trip report!

I thoroughly enjoyed it from the word go! - Fantastic pictures and brilliant videos! You certainly had the weather behaving itself for you!

I so need to visit GVA and ZRH, they look amazing places! Being a LHR local, we are starved of such great viewing of aircraft which is witnessed from your report!

Welcome to my RR list!

10 out of 10.

Chris  wave 


User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 16):
Those RJ's rock!

The one and only aircraft to have 5 APUs !  Wink

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 17):
I so need to visit GVA and ZRH, they look amazing places! Being a LHR local, we are starved of such great viewing of aircraft which is witnessed from your report!

Yes indeed, for spotting they are great ! Thanks for your nice comment GEEZ.

Regards,
Alejandro



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5564 posts, RR: 37
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6193 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
I am surprised that Zurich and GVA have observation decks that are open to the public.

In Zurich you have to pass a security check before entering the observation deck.

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 14):
One thing I could hardly believe, being able to ride and park a bicycle at the airport. Don,t think that would be allowed in too many big airports in US, and maybe not many at all. One question, do they have a special area for bike parking and do they charge you for it?

There are special bike routes to Zurich Airport. You can park your bike at some areas; no charge.


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5564 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Sorry forgot to say in my previous post. Excellent trip report with great pics and videos.

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