JetSetterWill
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Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:45 am

Hello,

I've just signed up! I'm going to be gonig plane spotting for the very first time (on my lonesome too) on Saturday 26th Sept at Madrid Airport.

Was wondering if anyone can give any tips on where to position myself best?

Cheers v much,
Will.
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:43 pm

Will you have a car? If not, take the metro train one (or possibly two) stops up to the town of Barajas. Exit the station to the left, walk down the bank, over the roundabout and you'll see a footpath leading up to a mound overlooking the taxiway. 80% of MAD's traffic will pass by this spot, irrespective of runway use. This spot is good pretty much good all day, although you'll find yourself shooting in slightly different directions during the day to make the most of the sun's position. Just be careful the sign doesn't intrude into the frame! Heavies can be tricky but there's a higher mound, set further back, which you can't fail to see.

There are other nice spots but without a car they are a long walk away!

Example shots of mine from the Barajas mound...


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Hope this helps.

Karl
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:24 pm

As Karl said, you definitely need a car to reach the other spots. How many days you going for and is there anything you're after in particular? MAD does see quite a varied amount of heavy international traffic but some of it isn't daily and there's also the time of day issue. If you're on a day trip I'd say stick to the mound. Are you staying longer than a day, if so, which hotel you at?
Ones to look out for would be the Cubana IL96, the Mexicana A330, Pullmantur B747s and not forgetting the DC8 of Cygnus, almost daily. All good stuff for the beginner spotter!! Good luck.
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:04 pm

Spencer,

Unfortunately the Cygnus DC-8s don't move often, or at least the last three trips I've done to MAD (last year) they haven't.

The Cubana Il-96 is nice - I caught it on a Monday afternoon and I believe it's thrice-weekly, so perhaps Wed and Fri/Sat too?

As Spencer says, a lot of goodies to look out for, many of which don't appear at other European airports. LAN 767-300s/A340s (difficult to catch if they're using the 33s from the mound), Aerosur 747-300, Pullmantur 747-400s (I remember the 200s/300s in old colours but these have now gone), Avianca 767s/A330s, TAM, Mexicana and Air China A330s, Aeromexico 767s/777s, etc.

European traffic is pretty brisk too, with most major carriers featuring. Iberia heavies can prove difficult if the 33s are in use, but at the mound you're right beside the IB short-haul ramp so getting IB's retro and Madrid 2016 jets should be easy enough.

If you do fancy the walk to the 33 approach expect pictures like this...


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Any further info needed, just shout.

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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:31 pm

The Cygnus was amost daily Karl back in May, landing between 1100 and 1300 from the Canaries I believe.
Possible reason for you not seeing her move was the engine refit?
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:17 pm

Karl,

would 70mm be too large for shooting 744s at this spot?

Alex
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:27 pm

Alex,

Yes, 70mm is too much, however ideally for anything larger than a A330-200 the larger mound set back from the opposite side of the road is better. Less obstructions and higher elevation.

Karl
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:23 pm

Thanks v much for the tips Karl and Spencer! I don't have a car, and I'm only there for a day, so I'm going to take up your suggestion and find the mound(s) then base myself there.

Very excited.

Will.
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:47 am

I'll be at the mound most of Saturday, its been windy the last few days here in Madrid (even caught a cold) so bring some kind of windbreaker. Its 25 C* but I still managed to get sick...

You have a pretty good 180* view from the mound. For some shots you only need 50mm, for others you can use 400mm+ (heathaze being "Ok").

Sam,
 
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RE: Plane Spotting @ Madrid Airport 26th Sept 2009

Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:16 pm

Thanks for the tip on the weather mate, hope to see you there tomorrow  Smile

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