spencer
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IST Spotting

Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:59 pm

Hi all. Just wondering how the spotting is at IST and whether I'd be likely to encounter any problems down there, ie. with the authorities? How are the spots, too?
TIA
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RE: IST Spotting

Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:44 pm

Hi Spence,

Traffic is quite busy and interesting in my opinon. On the SW there's a public park outside a shopping mall in Florya from which you can photograph aircraft on final for several of the runways in the afternoon. It's not bad, and too public and shrubby to get into problems. Hope that gets you started.

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RE: IST Spotting

Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:32 pm

IST is a fantastic airport and gets a wide variety of traffic. However, Turkey is a fairly conservative country, so I would advise discretion at all times.

For landings from the South. Personally, I found the park too awkward to get great angles and moved to the wasteland area:
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For landings from the North, the famous bridge is best:
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I spent the best part of a day and a half on the bridge and had no problems at all. A few odd looks from locals, but felt perfectly safe.

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RE: IST Spotting

Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:58 pm

I agree with Steve... what I referred to as the public park is what he refers to as the wasteland. You can see on that satellite image how it is on the approach for three runways.

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The park Steve refers to is a more commercial area. It's indeed not so good, and I was asked not to use my camera there by security people.

A healthy walk east from here is the Yesilkoy railway station - the train is one way of getting here if you're staying in central Istanbul. Across the road from the railway station is the Air (Force) Museum.

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RE: IST Spotting

Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:39 am

Just for comparison - these are the views from the public park area from the footpath along the coast.


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RE: IST Spotting

Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:11 pm

Thank you all very very much.
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RE: IST Spotting

Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:17 pm

Are the TDZ and Vr points doable at all?
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