godbless
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Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Tue Dec 24, 2002 7:48 pm

Hapag-Lloyd Express as of today has it's new routes bookable and one of the new ones will be to Manchester. My question is if MAN is good for spotting since I would have to spend the whole day there. The plane would arrive at 0705 and the flight back would be at 1955 and it would be terrible to be at an airport for spotting where there is not too much going on.
If I get any positive replies I will book a flight for the 19th of April 2003.

Are there good locations at Paris (CDG) for spotting? I know traffic there is huge but that would not help if you can't spot there.

Thank you in advance.

Merry Christmas to you all,
Max
 
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Re: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Tue Dec 24, 2002 8:33 pm

Max, April 19th could potentially be a great day for being at MAN.

Being the Friday before Easter, it will be one of the great british getaway days, which should make MAN very busy all day and could net you one or two unusual sub charters.

Being there so long, you'll also get the transatlantic and asian waves in the morning, plus the return of all the charters in the afternoon.

All in, I'd say you should have a great day at MAN.

As for spotting locations, I'm sure others will be able to point you in the right direction for the car park, spotting park and the photo spots to the south of the airfield.

Enjoy !

Shamu
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Tue Dec 24, 2002 9:07 pm

MAN is probably the best airport for spotters in the UK, even being better than LHR or LGW.
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Tue Dec 24, 2002 9:33 pm

Hello Godbless,

If you go on this website http://www.ringway.net/SpotterGuide.htm it will tell you all you need to know about the spotting areas at MAN and how to get to them. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Regards
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Tue Dec 24, 2002 10:04 pm

MAN is great for spotting, but you must have a car or use public transport. Do not try to walk around, in particular walk to the viewing park - it's a very long walk!
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Wed Dec 25, 2002 1:37 am

Max, first of all, do you want to spot or take photographs at MAN?

For photography you need to be on the far side of the runways (car needed) in the morning and the airport side of the runways in the afternoon to get the sun behind you. For spotting, the viewing park (open from sunrise to sunset) gives you a view of ALL arriving and departing traffic all day and the sun behind you mid afternoon/evening.
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It can be reached by its own bus service or a short taxi ride from the terminal. There is a burger van, aviation shop and toilets.

The Airport Hotel Pub has a beer garden and is located at the threshold of 24R (late afternoon/evening sun) The bouncy castle you can see is in the pub garden. Good for aircraft landing on 24R, not too far to walk from terminal 3.

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If you want to stay around the airport (if it is a rainy day) the top of T1 car park has a viewing area, and lower levels of the car park are sheltered. They give views of T2 only.
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If it rains a lot, you can stay in T1 (landside) and get a great wiew of the T1/T3 apron and 24R/06L through huge glass windows. There is a bar and restaurant complex with seating by the windows. Always a large group of spotters there.

Regards,
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godbless
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Wed Dec 25, 2002 8:47 am

First of all I want to thank all of you for your information about spotting at MAN.
There is no way now that I will not fly there!

Craigy,
A special thanks to you for your detailed describsion. I want to take pictures there.

A merry christmas to you all,
Max
 
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Wed Dec 25, 2002 9:16 am

http://www.tasmanchester.com/tas_hop.htm

Will give you what different stuff to the regular timetable is coming in.

Regards
 
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Thu Dec 26, 2002 9:17 am

737heavy,
Thank you for that link. It's a great website. I really like it.

Max
 
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Thu Dec 26, 2002 9:30 am

Max,
if you can,try and go around May28 as the Champion's League Final will be in Manchester.Last year it was at Glasgow and GLA was packed including 5 IB A340s!
 
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Thu Dec 26, 2002 9:47 am

Manchester is very good for spotting, especially at the viewing park ...
Give me a shout also with any CDG info, hoping to get there in the next 2-3 months  Smile
Regards
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godbless
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Thu Dec 26, 2002 11:01 am

Thank you Donder!
I will probably pic a day then when I get to see a few specials there.

Max
 
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RE: Spotting At MAN And Or CDG

Fri Dec 27, 2002 9:16 am

Just a little update on my MAN tour.

I have now booked a flight on Hapag-Lloyd Express for May 27th, 2003. And as it looks I won't show up alone then either so maybe it would be possible to have a big a.neter meeting there then (well we've got enough time to plan but I just wanted to get the ball rolling already...).

Max