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Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:22 am

Hi Guys,

I will be in Kortrijk, Belgium for the first two weeks in January 07. I will fly via Charlotte, Munich and Brussels, hope to get some spotting done in transit.

I will get the weekend of January 6th and 7th free and will have a car.
Which is the best airport to visit for photography within a sensible drive of Kortrijk. I was thinking it would be AMS, but I would appreciate the advice of you seasoned european spotters.

It will be my first spotting trip in this area, so any advice or suggestions on where and how to get there will also be appreciated.

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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:10 am

AMS is always good, subject of course to weather - which is likely to be bad in January.

If weather is bad, as an alternative you could consider a visit to the Aviodrome Museum at Lelystad. At least you could shoot the aircraft that are indoors.
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting Vc10fan (Thread starter):
Which is the best airport to visit for photography within a sensible drive of Kortrijk

Depends on what you mean by "sensible".
Within a 1-2h ride you got Paris, Brussels and Rotterdam.
Within 3-4h you got Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Amsterdam or even London (Heathrow) if you take the train ride through the channel.
If you're an enthusiast driver you got within 5-6h Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

As Viv said AMS is always good (trafficwise) but you also got very nice opportunities in Düsseldorf and of course London.

If the distance is only a secondary criterium for you I'd make up the decision according to the weather situation, especially if you want to upload any shots on A.net as all those airports have already been pictured from about any angle in the db.

Happy trip!

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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
as an alternative you could consider a visit to the Aviodrome Museum at Lelystad.

Always a good idea.
http://www.aviodrome.nl/english/
Almost everything is parked inside now due to winter coming up and the necessary mx.
Work on the Connie's gear is finished and the jacks removed so she can be visited again till spring next year after which she will go outside and hopefully fly again.
When this happens chances to visit inside will be unlikely.
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:29 pm

ThierryD

Do not forget photography is effectively out at Paris airports now.

AMS is always good for traffic, if not for weather, and the Aviodrome at Lelystadt is indeed well worth a visit. If you want to stay local, and you have never been there, the aviation section of the Royal Military Museum in Brussels is a very worthwhile alternative
 
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:29 am

Thanks for the help Guys.

I think AMS is favorite, despie weather. I am from UK originally and have many gray pics in my collection. AMS is an icon and I must go there once, while I have the chance, for at least one day. I had not thought of the museums, thanks again.

I would like to get some Russian types too, as their days are numbered in Europe, 40 years spotting and I haven't seen an IL-76!

It gives me a thrill to get shots on A.net, but this trip will be mainly for my collection, bad weather shots included.

Shame about Paris, is Tolouse in range? would love to see an A380.

Thanks again,

Lyndon

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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:46 pm

For the Il-76 your best chance in this area is Ostend (EBOS); if you catch a lucky day you'll find many exotics here and it's only a 40min ride from Kortrijk.

Quoting Vc10fan (Reply 5):
is Tolouse in range?

I wouldn't exactly call it "in range" if you're going by car; from Kortrijk it's about 900km (--> 9hours drive).

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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:53 pm

Quoting Vc10fan (Reply 5):
40 years spotting and I haven't seen an IL-76!

If you go to Eindhoven you may see an IL-76 - they are frequent visitors there.
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:11 am

Indeed, at EIN you get loads of IL76s chartered by the netherlands air force. At www.ewas.nl you can get expected visitor, though usually only one day in advance.

It might be an option to go to AMS via EIN, but you would have to take a de-tour or roughly 60km I'd guess. Also, you will have to go over the A2 motorway which is not favourable traffic wise.
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:05 am

Ok, thanks again guys,

AMS is in, and I think it will be via EIN. That will take one day I think. Paris is not possible and Toulouse is too far, unless Easy jet flys there from Brussels.

Would Dusseldorf be a better place than AMS a second day to see exotic visitors (for me that is)? Another spot I woul like to log would be Wizz, do they fly to AMS or EIN?

Lyndon

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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:05 am

Wizz fly to EIN these days.

DUS has nice "exotic" visitors too. Obviously Europeans may not get excited from a string of LH narrowbodies and regionals, but you coming from the States will probably think differently. On top of that there are more Russian planes flying there. At AMS all Russian planes have been replaced by Boeings (Pulkovo) and Airbusses (Aeroflot). However, after around 3 o'clock DUS does get rather quiet... and then there is the added bonus of the German Autobahn!
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RE: Spotting In Europe. Where For A Short Trip?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:48 am

While DUS isn't as busy as it used to be it's still a good place to see and photograph a good range of mid-European carriers. The two excellent terraces (one on the terminal and the other at the train station) make for some great shots until early afternoon, by which time things generally start to get slow and repetitive. Russian aircraft are still daily visitors to DUS, with Aeroflot, Sibir and Pulkovo all appearing frequently with Tu-154s. There are also regular freight flights by An-124s. Turkish charter traffic is brisk too, although scaled down somewhat in winter.

In summary, it's a great place to get perfect portraits of some of Europe's smaller airliners; as well as a few bigger ones.

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