CroFlight
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How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Thu Jul 25, 2002 7:55 pm

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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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Thu Jul 25, 2002 9:17 pm

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!
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CroFlight
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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Thu Jul 25, 2002 10:49 pm

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...

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keesje
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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Thu Jul 25, 2002 10:58 pm

 Laugh out loud

"Coming Out" on a.net

 Big thumbs up
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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Thu Jul 25, 2002 11:36 pm

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!

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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Fri Jul 26, 2002 5:31 pm

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

Ever considered a career in Greece? Big grin
 
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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Fri Jul 26, 2002 5:55 pm

Greetings CroFlight,

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

Pozdrav,
Jernej
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RE: How I Arrested The Spotter In ZAG...

Fri Jul 26, 2002 11:09 pm

Dufo:

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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