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Malta Photography

Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:45 pm


Just wondering if the spots at MLA are any good in December? There appears to be a decent one opposite the terminal for the afternoon, but I was wondering if steps are needed or whether there's enough elevation to see over the fence? Also, how close is this spot (i.e. what focal length will I need for, say an A320)?

How about the mornings? Looking at the sun's angle it isn't good for the terminal side of the runway that time of year but it looks like some taxiways and the shorter cross-runway will catch good light early in the day. Does anything use the cross-runway?

Finally, how is the traffic? I'm not expecting it to be busy but something interesting to shoot every now-and-then would be nice.

Thanks for any help.

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RE: Malta Photography

Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi Karl,

The main spot you are referring to is the 'spotter's wall', a kind of platform, so no stairs are needed.
I used 85 mm for an A2320, 170 mm for a Falcon 900, and 270 mm for a King Air. It's a nice spot.

I think there is a spot on the NE side too, but I haven't used it.

I found this spot on the 05 end of the cross runway.

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Departing MLA Airshow traffic used it in 2008, but generally it's little used I think.

The traffic is generally a bit slow and unexciting, but there are likely to be some smaller airliner types from North Africa, and there's always a chance of nice stuff on ferry flights.

It seems that Harbour Air Malta has suspended DHC-3 floatplane operations from Valletta's Grand Harbour unfortunately.

Hopefully Charles orf Malcolm will drop in to help you further.


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RE: Malta Photography

Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:47 pm

Thanks Peter. Of course looking through online images you see weird and wonderful cargo and military stuff, but in reality I suppose these are quite infrequent? Does LH Technik provide any decent movements?

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RE: Malta Photography

Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:16 pm


Check out the following site for MLA. The movement alerts section provides expected arrival times for unusual visitors. Please bear in mind MLA is quiet the majority of the time, so don't expect wall to wall movements. If you have any further questions, please ask.


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