trintocan
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Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Tue May 20, 2003 9:50 am

I am curious to find where the best spotting locations at CWL are located. I passed in last week and noticed that the viewing area in the terminal is closed "temporarily". I would imagine that there are some popular viewing areas on the perimeter though.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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EGGD
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Tue May 20, 2003 10:27 am

I know for definite there are some decent spots around. I'm sure Shaun got some shots by the Threshold? Also I think you can get round by the maintenence hangars for some shots there, and of course on the main road under the approach path.

The only thing you have to worry about is finding traffic, there are quite a few 'lean patches' through the day where there aren't many flights in and out, you just have to choose when to go carefully!
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Fri May 23, 2003 3:29 pm

Hello TrintoCan .... the best spots at the moment is up the tree on the roundabout and up at the 30 approach ....
As long as you have a car you'll be alright because the walk to runway 30 approach is quite long, around 20-25mins from the terminal,

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The above photo's are taken at the runway 30 approach, there is a little layby there so you can park your car without any hastle from the police.
The roundabout tree is one of my favourites at the moment, just 5 mins walk from the terminal .....

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If your going for photography this spot isn't the best because the sun is infront of you.
There is also another spot i was told about right on the otherside of the airport with the sun behind you, but i havn't looked into it yet but will do next time im down.
If you need any more info drop me an e-mail and i'd be more than happy to help  Smile
Regards
Shaun
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Fri May 23, 2003 6:45 pm

Hello TrintoCan .... the best spots at the moment is up the tree


Didnt you say you got stuck up the tree one time Shaun?  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Fri May 23, 2003 6:54 pm

Warning:

The above 3 photos were all the movements at CWL taken by Shaun over a 4 week period while he was bird watching up a tree  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Derek
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Fri May 23, 2003 7:04 pm

Good call Derek, and i'm pretty sure the MYT is a diversion from everyones favourite airport, EGGD  Laugh out loud.

Dan  Big grin
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Fri May 23, 2003 8:24 pm

Thanks a lot guys. Shaun, is the roundabout you are referring to that one right by the fence where the Porthkerry Road runs on to loop around 30 and head to Rhoose? I have seen several people park there and view planes (although I would guess that there is not a designated parking area).

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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 2:16 am

Yes, that's the one Trintocan ..... There aren't no double yellow lines and the police are quite relaxed about people parking there.
Dan, no .. that's not the MYT from BRS, she's in with us alot G-CTLA .... we had 2 of your EZY flights diverted to us yesterday i think it was, one from Nice and one from Alicant  Laugh out loud
Derek, and some fine birds i spotted too  Big grin
Graham ... dunno where you got that from  Big grin
Reg
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 4:53 am

Yep thats right Shaun, we had loads of diversions cause the ILS isn't fully operational at the moment, and the Mendips were shrouded in clouds  Wow!, ok that happens all the time...  Smile.

I was just yankin ya chain about the MYT  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 8:37 am

Dan, can you make it to BRS tomorrow evening, or sunday morning?
Im staying at a nearby hotel, aparently right at the end of the runway im told  Laugh out loud I fly out to Palma 12ish on sunday .... Fancy a pint?
Regards
Shaun  Smile
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 9:04 am

I wish I could make it, unfortunetely there is no lift for me 'caus my dad is in Germany.

That sucks, I NEED BEER!  Big grin.

We'll meet sometime Shaun, I SWEAR!
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 9:33 am

And you know what, i'm really pissed off because i've got nothing to do tomorrow!
 
EGFF
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 4:39 pm

Get yourself down on the bloody coach, if needs be you can stop overnight ... i can lend you a bed, your call but be quick, im leaving in 4hrs :P
Regards
Shaun
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sat May 24, 2003 10:37 pm

ROFL, I just got up. Have a good time m8, shame I couldn't get down (I've got no money either  Sad).

cheers

Dan
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sun May 25, 2003 6:40 pm

LOL Dan, im writing this to you from the airport, stayed at the nice "Tallpines Golf Lodge" last night, very nice indeed ...
Im all checked in now for the 12:35 to Palma  Smile
Regards
Shaun  Big thumbs up
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Sun May 25, 2003 10:45 pm

Have a good time Shaun... Tallpines Golf Lodge is a nice place, if i'm right you were on the road that leads up to the taxiway and then round the back of the runway to the spotting place.. nice!
 
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Mon May 26, 2003 2:15 am

Greetings from Ca´n Pastilla .... it´s raining here so i´ve popped into an internet cafe to dry off ... im right by the approach and there´s lots of wingleted 738´s coming in but due to the torrential rain im being hed back ...
Dan, that´s right ... i took a walk about 8am this morning up the lane to the runway, the planes taxi reasonably close ...
Hoping for some Sun tomorrow, they say it´s gonna be a clear day ... i hope so ñ)
Regards
Shaun
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RE: Spotting In CWL (Cardiff)

Mon May 26, 2003 2:30 am

How long are you staying there?

Thats right, I think to get a full frame side on shot of a 737 you need a 24mm lens. Although at this time of the year I don't think the sun fully gets round to that side, but it might..

Torrential rain is good for photography, get some spray shots!

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