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Worst Spotting Day/adventure You Ever Had..

Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:52 pm

As the title says, what is for you the "worst" you experienced while spotting or the "worst" spotting trip you ever had!

I had a lot to do the last few month at university and in December I finally had an afternoon off again and of course I planned to get some nice shots. The weather was perfect that day, and I had to decide whether to go to CGN or DUS, and because there was nothing special planned to arrive in CGN I decided to go to DUS as there is a lot more frequent "standard" traffic than CGN.
As I was on the interstate I spotted a 742 on the approach to CGN. I decided to continue going to DUS because by the time I would have arrived in CGN it would long be at an parking place not accessible from any public spot...
Finally I arrived at DUS and it suddenly got fogged up so much I coudln't even see the rwy anymore  hissyfit 
Downhearted I went home again without having taken a single usable shot!
And to make things worst, at home I found out that it was not a 742 landing in CGN it was a 741 (diversion from somewhere...) And to make it even more worse I later on was told that there was also an AWACS doing some touch and gos in a nice light without any fog during the time I was in DUS  faint 

That is my story, now it is your turn  Wink

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Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:11 pm

LGW's only a 20 minute train ride away, but when I paid the stupidly high fare it really was a wasted journey. The weather here at home is beautiful. The sunlight couldn't be better. I've heard there's fog in the area but that seems totally absurd.

I hop on the next train, nice weather until about two miles into the journey. Out comes the train from a tunnel and all I see is low cloud, fog, drizzle. Nevertheless I continued onto LGW only to find that 08 is in use, so everything taking off is in the cloud before it comes over your head.

Another instance at ESH. I made the mistake of being dropped off there while my friend goes into the town. I knew it was awful weather, but I still went down there. Got out the car, went round to the apron, and the only thing noteworthy was a Cessna Caravan. For the next two hours I stand in the bitterly cold wind and rain with not a single movement. In the whole day there were just two.

The things we do for aviation  Yeah sure

Good to see a thread like this, something different from the norm!

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Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:32 pm

Hi,

Had too many bad spotting days to write about all of them, so just two examples  Wink:

1) I can remember a spotting trip to Venice (VCE) last summer. The flights were cheap and the weather forecast was nice. During the entire flight we had great weather and short before landing it became really foggy. When we left the aircraft it was rainforest clime, hot and high humidity. Nevertheless we tried to take some pictures. Have to emphasize the word try here because we had to walk miles until we found some kind of spotting position. A really bad one but at least some pictures were possible. Suddenly the fog disappeared and we thought that it'd become a great spotting day (the NATO AWACS 707 in special c/s was on the apron). It didn't last more than 10 minutes until some Italian ramp worker saw us and spoke in his phone. Another 10 minutes later the airport police came and told us that we have to leave the spot ?.
We had to go and as there was no other spot we walked about 3km in the rainforest clime to some kind of camping ground (still wonder who wants to spend his holiday on a camping ground which is surrounded by the runway on the one side and the highway on the other side ???. We spend the remaining time we had in Venice on this campsite and to be honest, I was happy when we departed from Venice.
To save money we booked the return flight from Venice to Berlin Schönefeld and then Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Nuremberg. The arrival was on time and we had about 3 hours to change the airport in Berlin which was more than enough time because we were already checked in for the flights from Tegel and it takes about 1 hour to get from SXF to TXL only.
Everything worked alright. We took the train from SXF to Berlin main station and decided to eat something because we had plenty of time. To continue our journey we had to take a bus. There was a bus with a TXL in big letters on display panel and we were sure that it was the right bus. After a ride of about 30 minutes we recognized that we took the bus in the opposite direction and when boarding for our flight began we were at the other end of the city ??. We left the bus and although we were sure that it was to late for our flight we ran on the street when we saw a taxi. The driver brought us to the airport as fast as possible (fortunately there were no police controls) and in the end we caught our flight.

2) Last summer I've been to Paris for the air show. Weather was quite nice the days before I went to Paris and even when I was there it was only partly cloudy. I spend a day in CDG and went to LBG on the second day. There were some huge, dark clouds but also sun. Suddenly it started to rain cats and dogs and I was miles away from any shelter. I was soaked to the skin but I was happy that my camera equipment survived. I decided that it's not worth staying in LBG because the clouds did not seem to disappear and my clothes were awfully wet and it was quite cold. I took the next bus to the railway station in Le Bourget but after 20 minutes I found myself on some kind of car park far away from the railway station. I took the wrong bus (again  Yeah sure). I took the next bus back to LBG and took another bus to the railway station. While we were in a traffic jam for more than 1 hour the sun came out and the A380 and other nice planes from the airshow were flying in sight of the bus. I took the wrong train, bought the wrong ticket and finally I was in CDG again. I dried my shoes in one of CDG's bathrooms and after everything was more or less dry again I went to the Lufthansa check in. The self-check-in machines of course didn't work so that I had queue up. After 2 hours of waiting (1) I could finally check in. I hurried to MCD to buy something to eat and went to the satellite then. There wasn't much time left before my departure but when I was at the gate the staff announced a delay of 2 hours for my flight. In the end we had more than 3 hours delay because we missed our slot and 2 minutes before 11 pm (the airport closes at 11pm) we finally landed in DUS.

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Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:44 pm

Mine tend to all be very similar.

- Arrive at small, out-of-the-way airport

- Find airplane that is interesting, rare, unusual, or all of the above

- Realize I possess neither the equipment nor talent to produce any worthwhile photos

- Curse

- Promise myself to, one day, get a decent camera and learn to use it

- Repeat process


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Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:46 pm

Worst (and it wasn't too bad) was at Savannah GA in 1993. Because I didn't have my binoculars with me I was looking through the fence with my camera with 400mm lens attached. Unfortunately this was on the same side of the field as the ANG base and they had some visiting aircraft that were en route to the breaking up Yugoslavia and so tensions were probably a bit higher than they'd otherwise be. Anyway this military vehicle appeared and the driver asked what I was doing then I had to go and see the base intelligence officer (who had spent some time at Lakenheath and was used to these weirdos on the other side of the fence who look at planes) and had a quick interview about what I was upto. The upshot was that I was asked to "voluntarily surrender" the film in my camera that only had photos of Fort Pulaski and a boat trip I'd been on. I wasn't really willing to discover what involuntarily surrendering the film involved.
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Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:12 pm

Worst day was Manchester in March 2004. It was about 4 degrees centigrade; and I got to MAN and realised I had forgotten my jacket. I was wearing just a t-shirt on top; and absolutely froze! I was shivering all the way home even though I had my car heater on full!

I did get 24 photos from that day accepted though, so it wasn't all bad Big grin
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Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:34 pm

I can't remember the date, but there was one day I went out to to ABQ the weather was really nasty. Light rain, low clouds, poor visibility (just above the minimums for the ILS approaches). I would have had an excellent opportunity to photograph an NKC-135 departing runway 26, had it not gone into the clouds just as it got to my position.  Sad
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Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:54 pm

What about having a 777 on your local airport (runway 1940 meters long)?
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I took this pic with a cheap camera I had to buy because this very special day I forgot my camera!!!

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Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:12 pm

During my last trip in Indonesia I took a bus from Solo to the town of Ambarawa to find a P-51 Mustang that was supposedly in a railway museum. Devote a whole day to take a photo of one Mustang? Well, yes and no, it's often more about the journey than about the destination for me - although in this case, the journey was quite uncomfortable.

The museum at an old Dutch railway station was easily found, close to the town's bus station, and the old steam engines and turntable entertained me for a few minutes. But there was no sign of a P-51, so I talked to the old guy who was selling the tickets. I know an handful of Indonesian words including 'terbang', airplane, and by imitating a plane with my arms I think I made pretty clear what I wanted. But he had absolutely no clue.

Some people back in Holland had told me this P-51 was actually in a museum in the city of Semarang, perhaps 25 km away on the coast, so I asked the guy 'Semarang? Terbang Mustang in Semarang?' and of course he nodded. So I jumped on a bus to Semarang, where, to make a long story short, I didn't find it either. I did find a beautifully preserved Mil Mi-4 at a military police station, but unfortunately, the guard refused to let me take a picture of it. (Did he want a bribe? I didn't think of that).

I found a hotel and an internet cafe and found out, thanks to unsurpassed Marco Pennings of scramble.nl, that the P-51 was really supposed to be in Ambarawa, but not in the railway museum. Ambarawa was on the road to my next destination, so I decided to try again after checking out Semarang's old town the next morning (advertised as a 'tropical Amsterdam', but really a dilapidated and stinking dump - dear people of Indonesia, clean up your country).

However, I took a wrong city bus and ended up near the Mi-4 again, which I took as a sign that I must take a picture of it despite the opposition, so using my best infantry tactics I crawled to a bush within the police station grounds and got a backlit picture of the chopper - a.net was understanding enough to accept it 

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When I finally got back to Ambarawa I immediately saw the Mustang in a little park between the bus station and the railway museum - it was quite incredible that I had overlooked it the previous day.

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Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:16 pm

I once had a couple of days planned in Vegas while on holiday in the US.

I arrived there late in the evening, saw ramps full of biz jets from the hotel and got up early the next morning to have a look round the biz areas and there was lots to see, although there didn't seem to be too many movements for such a busy airport, but it was early. After a couple of hours I went back to the hotel for some breakfast before I went to find a good position to take some shots, only to see on TV that the camera wouldn't be used that day - this was September 11, 2001.

I was due to fly out from LAS on September 12th and go on to Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington but was stuck where I was for five days and didn't take another shot on the trip.
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:01 am

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Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:13 am

Bad spotting days?!

In Gothenburg, pretty much every spotting-day is a bad spotting-day.
So my list would be rather long. Can't separate them from eachother anymore, actually!
That's why I stopped going to the airports around here.


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Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:22 am

Ditto for 2H4's post. Except my local airport is too small and spotting is out of the question. I once asked one of the managers if it was permissable and he looked confused, and asked why anyone would want to take pictures of planes. So I drive 90 miles to IAH in a truck that gets 14 mpg.
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:19 pm

This thread is heart-rending!

I've nothing as horrifying to contribute, though I did once go al the way to Amsterdam from North London only for it to be rained off... and it was 3 days before the Kaagbaan spot closed. So I walked all the way there, drenched, and got a couple of bad, blurry shots in the dark cloudy light and then walked back again.

V. disappointing!  Smile

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Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:27 pm

My worst spotting experience? MAN on Tuesday.....

Joking aside, most of my bad experiences come from MAN. With 23L/05R being shut between 12:00 and 15:00, anything with a scheduled departure/arrival time of, say, 11:50 is going to give you trouble if it's not spot on time. Also, my luck standing beside the new runway in the evenings waiting for something tasty to arrive/depart has never been good. Every time I stand in that spot the plane I want evades me!

I suppose my very worst must have been SZG in Jan 2006. I went for five days and got thick fog on every single one. We couldn't even see the hotel next door!!

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RE: Worst Spotting Day/adventure You Ever Had..

Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:58 pm

Hehe this is a nice thread...
There are many bad ones, but lately there was this one only a couple of weeks back..
There had been an interesting B757 on ad-hoc for Air Finland the previous day, which I missed. When I went to the airport, I saw the B757 standing on the apron, unreachable by camera. My hopes went up. I tried to see if there was any movement around it, but nothing. I tried to see if any info would be available by cell-phone from the net, but there was a glitch in the pages, so nothing could be seen. OK, no worries, I still had my radio. Until the battery went dead... Now my schedules started to press me, and I decided to leave the spot (good for departure-pics) to shoot a cargo A300 before I go home, and call a friend to ask for verification that there was no info available of the B757. But my friend's work-line was busy. OK another friend. But he was in a place where he couldn't check the computer immediately. Well anyways, I go and get the A300 (sitting on the other side of the airport) and leaving for home, my friend calls me. Well, it was about to leave at that very moment!!! Oh my God, I rush back to the original place, the plane has disappeared from the stand, and is nowhere to be seen!!!! S***, I left the place just in time to miss it!
Man, was I pissed off then, and immediately decided to invest on new gear to make monitoring easier!
Later, I learnt that the plane actually hadn't left, but was towed away to wait for slot/de-icing, and finally left totally outside my "window of opportunity" for spotting that day...
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:39 pm

In Warsaw there is a tradition...whenever something interesting comes in, that's when the storm or some other weather condition arrives.

I remember in June when we were getting an L1011 from Globejet operating charters to the Mediterranean. Was supposed to come in at around 7 am one morning, weather was nice, so I drove out early to catch the arrival. I arrive and find out from Jan Ostrowski that the arrival is now scheduled for around 10 am. Great...no point in going home now, so I go and shoot some departures, and what happens? It comes in one hour early. The turnaround time is supposed to be around 2 hours, so I make my way back to a departure spot on the other side of the airport. It is already about 30 minutes late when it pushes, and weather starts moving in. Storms and rain showers on the western side of the airport, and as the L1011 holds short of 29, winds just reverse all of a sudden. Planes start using 15 for departure, and the L1011 just holds for about 15 minutes. meanwhile, we start seeing this literal wall of water moving in from the west. It reaches us quickly and there we are, getting soaked in cold rain and high wind. Finally the tower clears it off 29, and as it departs, the sun pops out of the clouds, leaving a rainy-looking, but incredibly sharp and sunny picture.

Good end result and it was worth it, but as far as spotting days go, haven't yet had one that's much more aggravating than that. One of those planes that just doesn't want to be photographed.

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Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:47 pm

Definitely not a spotting trip but a photography trip instead. Got up at 300am to goto Nellis in 2005, drove 5 hours, F-15 goes down in the desert around the time I arrive, event was canceled for the day, drove 5 hours back home immediately.
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:02 pm

Let me add some background, I'm 14, and don't have access to the airport that much, maybe once a month someone might take me for 15-20 minutes.

This time, my aunt offers to take me for a few hours, I'm very excited about that, so an hour before she comes to pick me up, I wake up look outside, and see a dull, overcast, low ceiling. Disappointed, I get dressed and get all my equipment, scanner, and reg logbook together. 15 minutes before she picks me up, I see in the direction toward the airport a large break in the clouds, like it would be sunny the rest of the day, I get my stuff and wait outside for her so I can leave ASAP, well, the sun stayed out long enough, that right when I got to the airport, another cloud bank was rolling in, I hear on my scanner "American 567 cleared for takeoff 35L", I get out of the car, turn my camera on, and now the cloud bank has overtaken the entire airport, I see the AA MD82, start climbing, I start snapping away, and I'm satisfied for the moment as I looked on the LCD and saw a decent picture, also some got some FAA flights, and JPATS (Justice Prisoner and ALien Transport System, a.k.a. ConAir) flights.

When I download the pics to my PC, I see blurry, dark, shots one after the other. It seems the only time someone will take me to the airport is on dull, overcast days.  Sad

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Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:03 pm

My grandparents came to visit us while we were living in Jamaica, and we took them to Montego Bay for the day. Now, this just happened to be during that happy time when a BA Concorde (in Landor livery!) showed up at MBJ every week, and sure enough, this was one of the days. So, after picking up all the beach stuff, we all piled into the car and headed round to the airport fence for the appointed time, and waited for her to get her shapely ass off the stand.

And waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Now, I was fine with that. My little brother was fine with that. Dad was fine with that. Grandad was totally fine with that (he had to have been one of the coolest grandads you could wish for). Even Mum was fine with that - she grew up watching the prototype flying around. Grandma? Whine, whine, whine. Whine whine. It quickly became apparent that the situation was growing intolerable and, sure enough, Grandma won.

"We'll just go off and look at [some stupid garden or other nearby] - there's no sign of any movement anyway, we'll be back before it goes." Sure we will. I knew there was no way on earth Dad would let me, a scrawny white kid, hang around there on my own, so didn't even try.

Not ten minutes later (which isn't very far on those roads), and - naturally - under a full canopy of trees, we heard the earth-shattering roar we'd been waiting for.

Even after driving myself to LHR every Saturday, most Sundays and quite a few weekdays for the last six months of Concorde operations, I never forgave my grandmother for that.
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:10 pm

Firstly, my very worst day was when I witnessed the Ramstein crash in 1988 at the age of 12. Until that day I loved military jets and fighters but I completely lost my taste for them after that disastrous day. Even today they still give me the creeps. On the bright side, after a year I found something new and far more interesting to spot: Airliners!

So in 1989 my dad and I started spotting in Brussels and wanted to try a trip to Amsterdam. I was looking forward to doing that very much and during the christmas holiday the weather was quite ok, the forecasts were good as well so my dad and I drove to AMS for a day's spotting. When we got up, very very early in the morning the weather was misty. Quite normal for the time of year so off we went, spirit high. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived in AMS weather was still misty and too dark for photography. So we waited and waited, hoping for the weather to clear. Noon came, still misty and dark. Afternoon... still misty and dark. And that was it then.

Although I did try to shoot some slides it was the worst spotting trip I ever did. To give you an idea, here's one of the best shots I made that day: PIA 747 AP-BAT

Despite the weather, I was not bored at all that day, we saw many planes that never ever visited Brussels and the lack of succes making photos in fact made me more hungry to do it again. In better conditions. That day possibly made me a real spotter!
 
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Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:07 pm



Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 18):
If I could ride my bike the 4 miles to the airport, plus riding from spot to spot, I would every sunny day, but I can't do 10+ miles in a day.

That's exactly what me and my best mate back in the days did when we were 15-16: riding 21km (13 miles) to and from the airport (total ride for the day: 26 miles) to the airport.
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Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:54 pm

I think the most irritating thing that ever happened to me is that back when NW 97 (BDL to AMS) first started back in July, I wanted to get a photo of it taking off from runway 24 at BDL. I was there on Space and Aviation day (I had seen the flight come in, but I really wanted to get it taking off in the evening light). I waited... waited... waited... turns out the flight was delayed for tech reasons. That's OK, I can wait. I check the flight status on my phone and keep listening to the radio... hours pas... finally, I hear the OK for pushback and taxi. Great.

I'm now trying to avoid the police as the hills around rwy 24 are patrolled fairly well and you will get a ticket if you stop with your car for an appreciable length of time. So I was trying to stop, get out, get the picture, and run. So I was listening... listening... listening for the taxi instructions on the ground radio and never hear it. I'm driving around the perimeter road, killing time... as I'm turning around to go back towards my spotting area, I hear "Northwest 98 you are cleared for takeoff." I gun it and drive down the road as fast as I could only to see it had already started its takeoff roll and was off the ground by the time I got there. Real bummer.

I eventually got the shot I was angling for two months later so in the end it wasn't a big deal. It was just annoying at the time.
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:00 am

My worst was in May 2007 at YYZ. I was watching arrivals come in on runway 23 at Wendy's. The weather was beautiful..........but we only had a plane taking off or landing minimum every 15 mins. This lasted for like 2 hours.    Seriously, WTF??? I've never experienced this at YYZ before. Then every other time I'm at YYZ, the LH plane never comes to the runway I'm at. I've seen them take off from where I'm at but never land.    I wanna see the A346 fly over me.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:22 am



Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 23):
but we only had a plane taking off or landing minimum every 15 mins.

Don't come to OKC then, I normally wait 20-30 minutes in between departures, and about 15-25 minutes between arrivals. At rush hour times (Dep rush 6-7AM) departures are about 10 minutes between, then the arrival rush at noon with arrivals are about 5 minutes inbetween for about an hour then the mid-day dep rush at 3-4PM where deps are 10 minutes between, at 8-9PM is the nighttime arrival rush.

Most spotters wouldn't last long here.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:30 am



Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 24):
Most spotters wouldn't last long here.

It gets like that sometimes at BDL. Sometimes it's OK to not be in a rush.
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:28 am



Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 18):
If I could ride my bike the 4 miles to the airport, plus riding from spot to spot, I would every sunny day, but I can't do 10+ miles in a day.

10 miles in a day should be a doddle, or don't you have a very well geared bike? I'll go out and do that (since I was about your age) in well under an hour, and that's over some pretty nasty hills here in the South West of England.

I think by far my worst spotting trip was one that I never actually made, but boy did I regret it. I had a choice of days on which my mother would drive me to MAH in Spain for a few hours, whilst she catches up on reading some books and I get to turn pink standing in the sun watching planes. Well, I chose the Friday over the Saturday, during which the most exciting thing I saw was a Monarch A300 (I found my old spotting logs the other day from 5-10 years ago, when I was a geeky kid!), and so on the Saturday myself and family, plus some friends over on the Island go out for a meal in Cala en Porter, a town situated under the approach path to runway 01L, some 5 miles West of the threshold. Well that evening saw two MyTravel DC10-10s, pass me overhead, the sole Monarch DC-10 and a couple of their A300s, an unidentified Tristar, several IB B727s operating flights normally undertaken by the A320 and a whole bunch of B767s - then just to thoroughly take the pi$$, the last light of the evening showed the familiar winglets of an MD-11 banking out over the sea to make it's approach  grumpy 

The UK schools were back on the following Monday after summer holidays, so the airport was more the scene of an organised airlift back to Blighty after everyone's few weeks of sun... boy did I wish I'd gone on the Saturday instead!


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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 26):
10 miles in a day should be a doddle, or don't you have a very well geared bike? I'll go out and do that (since I was about your age) in well under an hour, and that's over some pretty nasty hills here in the South West of England.

I think I could do it, but I'm not the best biker, I get tired very easy, must be all this sitting around on A.net. I have a nice bike, 21 gears IIRC, if I could get my dad to allow me to go, I don't think I'd ever be at home (except to edit, of course). I might be allowed to do it if there were sidewalks down those three streets, they are some very busy ones, and I don't think my dad would let me take the risk.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:47 am

Had an excellent miss the other day at IAH... I watched the last of the international departures head out and figured that was a good time to call it lunch. I drove down to Sonic (a drive in fast food chain for the non-U.S. here) and contemplated sitting there and eating, or head to the park at Lee Rd. where you can watch arrivals on 27 as they pass over the scope.

I figured I'd rather see what's coming, so I drive to Lee Rd. and as soon as I turn down the road, a CI Cargo 747 makes a low swoop over the fence and touches down on the marker. Even better, the car in front of me hit the brakes so hard the tires smoked. It was a reminder of the famous Iberia A310 photo on here.

I did eventually get a shot of the CI cargo as it approached the BAX terminal, but nothing compared to what I couldn't catch on digital media. I still blame the tater tots I was wolfing down at the moment. LOL  Smile
 
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Quoting Metroliner (Reply 13):
This thread is heart-rending!

I've nothing as horrifying to contribute, though I did once go al the way to Amsterdam from North London only for it to be rained off... and it was 3 days before the Kaagbaan spot closed. So I walked all the way there, drenched, and got a couple of bad, blurry shots in the dark cloudy light and then walked back again.

V. disappointing! Smile

Toni

I had the opposite, spent a nice day out taking photographs - only to get absolutely burnt to a crisp in the sun. Only the wrists though - since I'm careful enough in the sun. So it was agony for the rest of the week.  Sad Itchy too - really, really itchy!!

Unfortunately, my camera is in Nikon surgery at the moment, so no photography for me at all.  Sad
 
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:41 am

-"BATTERY LOW"
This while at an airport away from my home city.
-Shooting planes at ISO800-1200 because I forgot to adjust my ISO settings from when I was taking pictures the night before and they come out all grainy.
-Somebody tattling on the police on me while shooting away.
-Losing one of my shoes in a pile of mud while running frantically to get a special airplane departure.
Had to use my ladder to get myself back into the mud to fetch out my shoe.
-$150 dollar speeding ticket for attempting to outrun a 757. And then it turns out the plane is delayed for departure.. Angry
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:58 am



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 22):
I'm now trying to avoid the police as the hills around rwy 24 are patrolled fairly well and you will get a ticket if you stop with your car for an appreciable length of time.

From my experience, once caught, no matter how long you were there, you'll get a ticket.

Pulling off the road for a minute at BDL . . . $35
Listening to the cop explain that a pilot, while trying to land his plane, spotted me and reported to the tower . . . priceless.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:03 am

Those stories of over-zealous policing make me realise how glad I am that our country doesn't react like that. Sure, there are a few people who are a bit insecure (oh, that person might photograph me), but by and large - the Police seem to leave us alone.

It's actually a good thing, because any one of us - if we noticed something really bizarre or untoward would probably report it right away.
 
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Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:44 am

Visited MAN in Summer '04 and it was overcast / rainy for two days. Did manage to get some shooting though, and socially it was great fun.

At SOU it is pretty much compulsory to shoot with company, unless you have a very good book or a fetish for Q400s, or have gone there for something specific. I lost count of the amount of times I'd pop up there on a Saturday afternoon after a long break, then remember that nothing happens til about 3. Literally nothing.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:21 pm



Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 27):
I think I could do it, but I'm not the best biker, I get tired very easy, must be all this sitting around on A.net. I have a nice bike, 21 gears IIRC, if I could get my dad to allow me to go, I don't think I'd ever be at home (except to edit, of course). I might be allowed to do it if there were sidewalks down those three streets, they are some very busy ones, and I don't think my dad would let me take the risk.

That makes perfect sense then if there are no pavements, I know it's supposedly illegal to cycle on them here in the UK, but as a kid you really do not want to be out on the road - there's just too many dangers which can see you go under the wheels at any moment if you make a mistake.

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 31):
-$150 dollar speeding ticket for attempting to outrun a 757.

Ouch, friends here in the UK got a similar fine for racing an intercity train where the tracks run beside the motorway for miles - you have to be doing 110 to keep up and they got caught red handed one night!


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Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:31 pm

I can't really say I've had a bad spotting trip. HOWEVER, there are days I didn't come out and missed some great things...Dave is probably ROTFL right now...  Smile

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:02 pm

I hate to mention some of my disasters but here's a few and the precautions I take.

i) Going to Germany in May. I love Germany but not when it's raining! Equally, when I went to Amsterdam in May 2003, the weather was rather unkind. Needless to say, I only travel aboard when the forecast is looking favourable and try to go to cities where there are other activities to do should the weather fail, e.g. shopping, sight-seeing.

Equally the sun can prove debilitating and I've suffered from 'sun-stroke' and dehydration and worse. I always cover up, use sun block and take water or soda. So after April, you won't see me until late August!

ii) Not moving location in advance or not anticipating. We've all done it or not second guessed ATC. The favourite party trick at LHR, especially with VIP flights is to allow them land out of sequence on the 'take-off' runway. A few have been caught out like this.

iii) Not changing ISO settings. I've made errors here and now I always religiously check the camera setting before the first frame.

iv) Batteries. I haven't suffered from battery failure but I always take a spare.

v) No card. Again, always take a spare.

I imagine the moral of the story is to plan in advance and have a back up solution.

[Edited 2008-02-18 13:07:22]
 
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Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:27 am

Sunday just gone but it wasnt my worst day, fellow photog Stuart Lawson's worst day more like and im sure he cant quite manage to write it hurts too much!

firstly he finds out that his canon 100-400 L IS is a dud and its not worth another photograph!

secondly his driveshaft on his car went, a long ol tow from LHR to walsall.

All in all and expensive day plus he had to endure the whole day watching me banging off shot after shot - now thats painful!

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Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:42 am

After the 2007 Avalon airshow I was at Melbourne airport for a couple of days and when the USAF fighters left Avalon to head home, they had to turn back to Melbourne when the tanker developed a fault and could not refuel them.

It was nearly lunch time and the airport had gone quiet for a while so I thought it was safe to get lunch without missing much and that was when the USAF jets landed.

I did manage to get one on the ground.


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Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:40 pm

I was in Zurich yesterday. I was sitting at the approach and nothing came for 30 minutes. So I said screw this I'm changing runways. I get the other runway, and little do I know is that I just missed HZ-AFAS, the privat MD-11 in perfect lighting. I didn't notice it was sitting down at the maintenance (beacause of the sun) until they started towing it into a hangar which also meant my chances of getting a good pic is gone...

I've had plenty of bad situations:
- Useless trips
- Missing action
- Screwing up shots when I was at LAX
- Bad Weather (for photography, not even for bad weather action)
- etc.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:18 am



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 35):
That makes perfect sense then if there are no pavements, I know it's supposedly illegal to cycle on them here in the UK, but as a kid you really do not want to be out on the road - there's just too many dangers which can see you go under the wheels at any moment if you make a mistake.

I MIGHT be allowed to do it if my older brother tagged along with me, but why not take his car since he can drive legally? I have to pay him by :
a) 3-5 bucks depending on the length of time
b) his chores for the day
c) Extra big A$$ snowcone in the summer (32oz. which he eats 1/4 of it then tosses it to the yard)

If I don't have money I'm screwed with doing his chores.

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 31):
Shooting planes at ISO800-1200 because I forgot to adjust my ISO settings from when I was taking pictures the night before and they come out all grainy.

If I could count the number of times I've done that, also same situation with white balance for me.

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 31):
-$150 dollar speeding ticket for attempting to outrun a 757. And then it turns out the plane is delayed for departure..

Almost...Luckily my bro has a radar detector...hehe. I would've been doing months worth of chores to pay that back.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 25):
Sometimes it's OK to not be in a rush.

HAH...I'll take nonstop action over dead silence and tumbleweeds any day, which OK has plenty of.  Wink
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