Guide to spotting at Bristol Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, UK, Websites, Western Europe | Posted on 23-05-2013

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Bristol AirportSimon Fewkes from the new Bristol Airport Spotting website recently got in touch to see if I could let people know about his webiste. In return, he’s agreed to give us an overview of where to spot aircraft at Bristol Airport. Here goes…

Bristol airport has a few spotting locations to spot and photograph both landing and departing aircraft, some of these spots are official and non-official. Aircraft that can be seen here include easyJet A319s and A320s, Ryanair 737-800s, Thomas Cook A320s, Thomson 757 and 737s, Air France ATR42, KLM Fokker 100 and Fokker 70, Aer Lingus ATR72, Helvetic Fokker 100 plus other visitors at various times of the year.

Spot 1: Winters Lane

This is possibly the best location to spot aircraft, it can provide great views of aircraft on the apron, taxiing and taking off, unfortunately its not great for photography as the fence can get in the way but a set of step ladders can solve this issue, if you get closer to the end of runway 9 the fence is much lower, during the summer it can become busy here and ice cream vans are available to serve the spotters.

Spot 2: Winters Lane by Golf Course

This spot is good for watching aircraft as they land on runway 27 and taxi back to the terminal as they will pass right in front of you, also departing aircraft on runway 9 will taxi past you to take off, this spot isn’t good for photography as the fence will get in the way and is too high for step ladders. Both spot 1 and 2 can be accessed by turning into Downside Road, go along this road until you see a red phone box and a sign saying “Tall Pines Golf Club and Lodges”. Turn left there into ‘Cooks Bridle Path’. This is a tight lane so be careful for oncoming traffic and regular tractor activity.

Continue up that lane, past the golf course on your right, down another little hill and back up the other side. You will then come to a bend where you will find the airport perimeter fence, and the main taxiway.

Spot 3: Felton Common

This location is great when runway 27 is being used for landings, arriving aircraft are very low above you and can provide great photos and video opportunities, and this location is to the east of the A38 and can be accessed through the village of Felton which is just past the airport heading towards Bristol on the right.

For further information on all of these locations, with photos, videos and maps visit www.bristolairportspotting.co.uk

MallorcAviation.net – a great airline photographic site

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, Spain, Websites, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2012

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Air Berlin at Palma. ToniMarimon

MallorcAviation.net is a great photographic site covering aircraft movements at Palma de Mallorca, in Spain’s Balearic Islands.

I came across the site after working with Toni Marimon recently. He runs the site with some other people, and they have been working hard at adding the collection of Pedro de la Cruz, who has literally thousands of negatives dating back to the 1960s.

Palma has been a very popular and busy holiday airport since the 1960s. It has always been frequented by the various charter and low cost airlines from around Europe. So you can see many great pictures from days and airlines gone by on the site.

It’s also available in English and Spanish.

Check out the site here: http://mallorcaviation.net/

Runway Rooms?

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Spotting Hotels, USA, Websites | Posted on 17-08-2012

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Singapore A380 9V-SKA seen from London Heathrow Holiday Inn Ariel hotel

A nice article has appeared in Australia’s The Age newspaper on the subject of Runway Rooms, or hotels with good views of the action at airports.

The article is written by Katrina Lobley, but I had the honour of providing some insight to her on the subject, which is naturally close to my heart and the topic of this blog.

In the piece, some of the best hotels from around the world are described, from Atlanta’s Renaissance Concourse to DFW’s Grand Hyatt airport hotel; St. Maarten’s Sonesta Resort to Dubai’s Sheraton Deira. These are some of my favourite places to spend the night.

You can read the article here: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/runway-rooms-20120816-24b2o.html

Which airport hotels do you love?

Read my guide to Heathrow Spotting Hotels here.

 

Stavanger Airport now has live cameras!

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, Norway, Spotting News, Websites, Western Europe | Posted on 10-08-2012

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Stavanger Airport WebcamIf you’re sat at home or in an office somewhere and dreaming of being sat at an airport, watching the aircraft come and go, then I’ve got a new site for you to bookmark.

Stavanger Airport in Norway now has a page with two webcams, looking both directions down the main runway, showing all of the comings and goings. It is run by Aftenbladet.no.

From giving it a go, I can say that the live streaming is very fast.

The site also shows a live ATC map centred on Stavanger, taken from the excellent FlightRadar24 site. Below this, there’s an arrivals and departures board from the airport, showing what movements are due.

You can view the Stavanger Airport webcams here: http://www.aftenbladet.no/webkamera/flyplassen/

FlyGrip smartphone solution available now – Review

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, Websites | Posted on 17-07-2012

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I had the pleasure of reviewing a new product this week which is now on sale at all InMotion Entertainment stores in airports across the USA.

The device looks like a small clip, and attaches to the back of the phone. It can then be used to attach the phone to your hand without you having to grip it, and giving you the chance to easily type a text, e-mail, or bring up your boarding pass whilst dragging your luggage through the airport.

FlyGrip is a new solution for those with smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone, to help with using it on the move and whilst travelling.

FlyGrip

Additionally, the FlyGrip can be used to prop up your phone allowing you to watch videos, read e-mails, or play games whilst it rests on your seatback tray, for example.

Naturally, in addition to smartphones, the FlyGrip can be used on MP3 players and small tablets. The example I tried wouldn’t be of much use with larger tablets, such as the iPad, however there are three sizes available so the larger ones may be more suitable.

The FlyGrip comes in a variety of colours, from subtle to the loud, and comes with full instructions and protective wipes and pads for the device.

FlyGrip Product Range

It is priced from $29.95. You can find out more and order here: http://www.flygrip.com/

Global Aviation Resource’s Magazine

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Book Reviews, Websites | Posted on 29-05-2012

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Global Aviation MagazineGlobal Aviation Resource is a fantastic, well, aviation resource! Its team and contributors have been producing great blog posts and articles for a long time, and they also run The Hangar, which is a place for aviation enthusiasts and pilots to hang out and chat (think Facebook for avgeeks).

Recently they launched their Global Aviation Magazine, which went out for the first few issues as a free PDF to download from their website.

It has a mix of civil, military and historic aviation articles with some stunning photography. It can easily rival any magazine you can buy in the newsagent, and it’s nice to see a startup do so well.

Now they’ve teamed up with Magazine Cloner Ltd to provide digital distribution of the magazine across web download, and devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android.

I’ve given it a go on my iPhone (since I don’t have an iPad yet), and it’s great for reading on journeys or when I have a spare few minutes. It’s probably more suited to the larger screens of iPad, but nevertheless it’s handy and portable. It also looks great on your TV screen.

I have to confess I won the photo competition in Issue 7, so I’m extra happy. But regardless, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re an aviation fan!

You can read more and get a copy here: http://www.pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=1077&title=Global+Aviation+Magazine 

Sydney Airport loves spotters!

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Australasia, Australia, Websites | Posted on 25-01-2012

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Creative Commons ShareAlike license (CC-SA)Grant from the Plane Crazy Down Under Podcast brought my attention to a great page on the website of Sydney Airport which is aimed at spotters and enthusiasts who want to know more about its history and where to watch aircraft.

The page, which you can visit here, gives a history of the airport. It includes pictures from key moments, such as the first Boeing 747 arriving, and the recent 787 Dreamliner visit.

It then goes on to give you technical details about the airfield (elevations, runways, identifiers etc), and a list of the best places to go and watch aircraft. If you’re new to the hobby, it even tells you what aircraft registrations are, so that you can start spotting!

I’m mightily impressed at this. Sydney is a fantastic place to spot at, with variety, good weather and great spotting locations. Having this information on their website to encourage the hobby only makes things better!

Here’s the link: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/corporate/community-environment-and-planning/aviation-community.aspx

Airport Spotting on Airplane Geeks ‘Across the Pond’

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Websites | Posted on 21-09-2011

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This week I had the privilege of speaking to Pieter Johnson for his ‘Across the Pond’ segment on the popular Airplane Geeks Podcast, on episode 165.

Pieter spoke to me about spotting in Europe, in particular the best places, and pitfalls, and my favourite airports. He also mentioned the new book I have coming out soon – Airport Spotting Guides Europe 2012. This is a complete re-work of 2008′s edition, so is perfect for your spotting travels in Europe! If you listen to the podcast, you can enter a competition to win a copy of the new book (before 1st October)!

We’ll hopefully be following this up with segments about spotting in the USA, and the Far East/Australasia over the next month or so.

Thanks Pieter for this. You can listen to the podcast here: http://www.airplanegeeks.com/2011/09/20/episode-165-sennheiser-knows-noise/ 

 

 

Ten Best Airport Bars

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Websites | Posted on 21-07-2011

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For those of you who like a drink whilst in an airport terminal, either waiting for a flight or simply watching the action, why not have a read of the this post on The Sky Steward which lists their ten best airport bars worldwide.

http://www.dearskysteward.com/twittersplit.html?http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/07/21/the-ten-best-airport-bars-in-the-world/

Latest Airliner World magazine

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Book Reviews, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Websites | Posted on 13-07-2011

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The August 2011 copy of Airliner World has arrived through my door and features an article I wrote on Genair.

This was one of the earliest commuter feeder airlines in existence. It was founded out of three smaller airlines – Casair, Eastern Airways and Genair. It then went on to become British Caledonian Commuter Services, operating flights from all over the UK into London Gatwick airport.

Sadly the airline didn’t last long. Only Eastern Airways remains in any form today, although it’s very much a different airline.

I’m pretty pleased with how this article came out. I hope you enjoy it if you read it (you can buy a copy here http://www.airlinerworld.com/).

Other articles of note in the magazine include a full Paris Air Show review, TAP Portugal, and a feature on Hong Kong’s Chep Lap Kok airport.