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Spotting @ Palma

Fri Dec 06, 2002 10:41 pm

Hello Guys, im planning on booking a flight down to Palma, Majorca for next May, June or July ... Im just wondering what it's like there for photo opertunity's, also it's understandibly a HUGE airport ... are the good spots easily accesible with public transport or possibly on foot if not too far?
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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Fri Dec 06, 2002 10:56 pm

When I was last there....I think there was a few bits, but most needed a car to get to. Quite a few An124s if I remember rightly..
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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Fri Dec 06, 2002 11:43 pm

AN 124 at PMI.....hmmmm I don't know if that can be right.

PMI is mostly known for it's European charters during the summer season.

I was just down there in Oct for a week, hang out at the airport just one day.
Most of the time traffic will land Rwy 24L, whereas the departing traffic will use the parallel Rwy 24R. (drive towards the city of Saint Jordi)

24L has 2 spots, right behind the Rwy and one probably in the middle, good for touchdown shots.

Unless you like to walk, I would recommend renting a car. Cost you around USD 30 per day.

This is pretty much what I remember, contact Toni Marimon. PMI is definitely his neck of the woods. Never met him, but he is a nice guy!

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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Sat Dec 07, 2002 2:19 am

Yup, I flew Spanair from NCL-PMI-NCL and there was 3 AN124s all parked next to each other, as well as an African International DC-8  Smile
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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:18 am

Shaun,

Great place, but as others have said you need to rent a car if you are to do the job properly. Some spots are OK by foot, but when I was there (for three days) there was a lot of runway changing, three times a day, which would mean a lot of walking. Also, by 16.00 you need to be on the other side of the field for your shots anyway.

I don't think An-124's are that regular there, but they'll be plenty to keep you occupied.

My visit was in 1998 so don't know what the photo opportunities are like at the moment (or will be next summer!)

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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Sat Dec 07, 2002 8:52 am

Thanks for the reply's guys .... well, walking will be my forte im afraid as i don't have a license, a taxi sounds good though  Big thumbs up
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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Mon Dec 09, 2002 6:29 pm

Check http://fly.to/pmi for the photopositions.

I have been there in September and the positions and the traffic were just great:


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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Mon Dec 09, 2002 7:14 pm

Hi Shaun,

I wouldn't bank on being able to get taxi's to and from the photo spots.  Sad Both the morning and afternoon spots are a bit off the beaten track.

I was able to get a taxi from the airport to the morning spot when I was there back in May 2000 but the driver was seriously pissed at having to drop me off no more than a few miles into what I'm sure he hoped would be a big fare having waited in the rank at the airport for ages!

Even if you are able to get a taxi to one of the spots there is little chance (I'd say none realistically) of getting one from one of the spots back to either the airport or your digs. Believe me (and others) - you really do need a car...or at least a scooter or bicycle.

Thinking about it...there may be a chance of a bus to/from somewhere close to the morning spot as this is only a few hundred yards from a main road. No such luck in the afternoon though.

This page at Toni Marimons excellent PMI site has a map - spot 3 on the map is the morning spot, spot 1 the afternoon spot. The roads (shown in red) between spots 4 and 5 to the west of the airport are pretty much all motorway and very difficult to get around on foot in this area.

http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/pmi/pmispinfo.htm

I hope Toni doesn't mind me posting this here. I used this map myself when I was there and it was a great help.

Good luck!
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RE: Spotting @ Palma

Mon Dec 09, 2002 11:29 pm

Thanks everyone .... Dean, i had a quick look on Toni's site and found it very interesting, i'll use that as a base to build on!
In the mean time, i have a huge schedule planned, all my days off (Wednesday and Thursdays) are taken up until mid February, it starts at MAN next week  Smile
Thanks again all, much appreciated ...
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