canberra
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Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Thu Oct 14, 2004 5:26 am

Hi All

Booked a TU154 round trip here from Tel Aviv to Varna at the Black Sea in Bulgaria.

Anyone have experience with plane watching at Varna (VAR) and/or Bourgas (BOJ)?

I rented a car so I can get around, help with directions to good spots would be highly appreciated!

Also how does Police/Airport security see our hobby?

Thank for any replies, Michael



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mNeo
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:15 am

hmm its about mid october so i really dont know why anyone would go to Bulgaria just for frun at that time. too cold for the sea but still to early for sking in the montains.

but anyways. this summer i want to Borgas (sunny beach) and i realized that the BOJ runaway is about 500m away from the sunny beach Borgas road. there will be some land there but if u stop with a car no one should bother you.

In BG people are not so obsessed with terrorism as in the US and i belive Israel. Basically if a cop stops you its beacuse u have done something stupid. if you can explain what you were doing maybe they will undersatnd you(use woulds like hobby and internet) but in the end u probablly have to pay a little "fine" because you are foreign. (sorry to tell you but thats how it works unless u drive a car above 50Gs)

I have gotten up cloase to 2 Tu-154 and Plovdiv but that probably requires you to have good Bulgarian and to know someone at the airport.

But anyways have fun in BG. Try and go see the Sunny beach,nessebar and Sozopl. the drive from Varna to Borgas is about 1.5 hours.

hvae fun and contact me if u want for anything else
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MerC
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Thu Oct 14, 2004 7:04 am

When I was in Sunny Beach, Bourgas this summer I saw several aircraft departing BOJ, while sipping on a cold beer at the beach.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Probably too far away for photography, but cool nevertheless.
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mNeo
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:33 am

MerC what hotel did u stay at and when.
i was there from Aug 13th to the 20th and the Victoria Hotel (the big yellow one)
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canberra
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:42 pm

Thanks all,

MNeo, the fun of the trip for me is the flight Hemus TU154! In regards to coming close, my Bulgarian is not that good (non existent) so I will just stay at the end of the runway and take a few pictures.

As said I will visit BOJ and VAR any idea about traffic? is there a viewing terrace (landside) either place?

Are there any smaller fields worth visiting in the area? I am into Helicopters, everything with a Jet engine and props with at least two engines.

Thanks, Michael
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Fri Oct 15, 2004 6:52 pm

I took a day trip from SOF to Varna (on the then-new LZ AT4) a few years ago to watch the aircraft at Varna. It was good! Numerous TU5s, but then it was summer. From the terminal, there were steps leading to a rooftop area from where you could easily see the runway and some of the ramps. There was a restaurant there, too. I'm not sure if it still exists, though.
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MerC
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Fri Oct 15, 2004 7:22 pm

MerC what hotel did u stay at and when.

I can't remember the name of the hotel but it was near the main street, and pretty close to the night club, Mania.

Did you visit Lazur (the night club) while you were there? Man, that place was awesome ! Very big, lots of bars, right next to the beach, pool and packed with people. I miss that place.  Sad

I was there in the middle of June.

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sovietjet
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RE: Bulgarian Black Sea Airports

Sat Oct 16, 2004 12:11 am

Here's some links to pictures taken at BOJ and VAR.

http://www.bgspotters.net/constructor.php?c=search&spses=9b1da9d525b482d1d3d121a5cc1c7ec8&subm=3&form_Location=¡Û?„‡Ò%20LBBG/BOJ - Bourgas

http://www.bgspotters.net/constructor.php?c=search&spses=c5cf638192eae58abb51b15cd94696aa&subm=3&form_Location=¬‡?̇%20LBWN/VAR - Varna

During the summer its great. Check out the pics you can see there's a balcony at the airport plus you could go by the end of the runway. BOJ probably has a little more traffic. In BOJ and VAR police aren't as strict however in Sofia it's not the same story. Many different planes come and go. 134s, 154s, Yak-40, -42, Antonovs, Il-86 An-124 Boeings Airbuses all kinda stuff during summer.

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