high_flyr69
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Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Tue Sep 04, 2001 10:17 am

hi
im 15 and i need help urgently i need to make a video of a plane taking off at MEL for school project and basically my year 9 grade comes down to this so where is the best place for it

PLEAAASSSSEE HELP MEEEE
thank you
high_flyr69
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tullamarine
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Tue Sep 04, 2001 10:32 am

The viewing area on the access road near the control tower is good for this if the main N/S runway is in use.
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B727-200
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Tue Sep 04, 2001 11:56 am


There are a few spots.

As "Tullamarine" mentioned, the viewing carpark on the Western side of the airport is probably the best if you have a Southerly or Northerly wind blowing. This will give you a side-on of aircraft using the North/South runway.

If you want to be directly under the aircraft or just off centre of the approach/climb, then you can stop down the Southern end of the field on the same road (near the Tullamarine golf course).

You can also stop just off Sunbury road on the Eastern and Northern approaches. The problems here are that you cannot see the airfield itself if that is what you require. Also, you will only see approaches from the East, as aircraft rarely take off this way.

If it does not matter if you get a bit of fence in the shot, you can possition yourself near the emergency gate on Sunbury road to the NE of the runway intersection. Just be mindful that whoever is driving the car makes sure they park to the side as not to restrict entry or exit in case of emergency. This possition will give you good shots of landings from the North, average shots of landings from the East, interesting takeoffs to the West and good takeoffs to the North.

My last suggestion is the road that goes around the back of the tower. You have to access the road via Keilor Park Drive (I think it is this road - the one that lines up with the Ansett Maintenence base). You turn off this road where the AN and QF staff carparks are (you will see buses frequently going to them).

It is a shocking road to drive on as it is uncealed, but you will get some fantastic footage of aircraft taxiing if landings are being conducted from the East.

Hope this helps.

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Skystar
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Tue Sep 04, 2001 5:33 pm

How often do they ever use RWY09? I've never seen it used before.

Cheers,

Justin
 
high_flyr69
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RE:Skystar

Tue Sep 04, 2001 5:44 pm

yep ur right skystar
havent seen runway 9 used since i was a youngn even then it still probly wasnt used Sad
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RE: RE:Skystar

Tue Sep 04, 2001 5:51 pm

Have 09 used a few times but very rarely have even landed on 09 one night coming back from Perth
 
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Wed Sep 05, 2001 11:16 am


They actually used it the day that the Emirates 777 pooped an engine in the middle of the N/S runway.

There was a NE wind and no RWY 35 (or is it 34?) to use so aircraft got diverted onto 09.

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tullamarine
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Wed Sep 05, 2001 2:37 pm

I fly out of Tulla at least twice a month and have done so for 2 years. In that time I've used 09 once.
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RE: Attention All Melbourne Spotters

Wed Sep 05, 2001 3:25 pm

I have flown out/in of MEL around 50-55 times in the last two years and not once used 09. I am kind of glad, because it would feel wierd approaching MEL from that side.

I find that you can get so used to something that when it changes it feels really odd. I am also one of those types who subconsciously knows the landing sequence at most major airports in Australia, and when things happen differently it can be quite unnerving. There is nothing worse on approach than when you look out the window expecting to see something and it ain't there  Wow!

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