A little more spotting | Munich (not the airport though), May 9, 2020

Hey again!

It’s not really been a long time since the last spotting topic (just a bit more than 24h to be precise), but I motivated myself for another trip today. This time, I didn’t visit Munich Airport though. Instead, I took my bike for a 2 hour ride to the southern edge of the city of Munich (roughly 30kms one way) with a 1 hour break in the woods next to the Harlaching Hospital which is the home base for “Christoph 1”, the oldest operating rescue helicopter base in Germany which was established 50 years ago in 1970. For that reason, D-HYAL, one of the Airbus H145 helicopters of ADAC Luftrettung, received a special livery showing of quite a few 50s on its fuselage. (The German speakers here can read more about the history as well as some numbers about the helicopters that are spread out throughout Germany here: https://luftrettung.adac.de/50-jahre-luftrettung/)

When I arrived at the station, the helicopter was sitting on its pad right in front of the hangar after one flight it had already performed that day.

While it admittedly is a bit weird to say it that way when talking about a rescue helicopter which only operates when a person somewhere is in trouble, I was quite lucky with my arrival time since it didn’t even take 15 minutes after my arrival until the helicopter departed for another mission south of Munich. Being there for the first time, it was a bit difficult to figure out how it would depart so I positioned myself in a not really favorable position for pics that aren’t backlit, but some shots still worked well. Might fix that during another visit to the station some day 😉

While checking FR24 regularly to see when to expect it back from its mission, I checked out the surroundings a bit to find a good spot to spot the landing. While the landing itself (of course) was in the shaddow, the shots of the approach turned out quite nicely:

Another bonus closeup to show the 50 years stickers even better:

It might not be the best quality since I took the video using my phone, I also recorded the landing to give you a little additional impression of the surroundings:

After waiting if it would depart for another mission for quite some time I decided to start the 1 hour ride back. Funnily, about halfway home the helicopter overtook me on its next mission. This time it was actually going to a rather remote place about 5-10 kilometers away from my home. While I could think that was bad luck, I would have never made it to that place in time to spot it there without the 60km ride 😉

I hope you liked this very short topic once again. Let’s see what the next few weeks will bring :)

My Equipment:

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (99% of pics)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (for the 1% of the cases where I need a wide angle lens)

You can follow me on twitter and Instagram to get more shots on a daily basis. Also, keep your eyes open on Flightradar24 where you might see some of my recent shots.



My spotting topics on the IFC (sorted by years since this is slowly getting endless)


Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end


Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340
Another Sunny Spotting Day in Fall
Spotting with a Female closer than 5 miles, so definitely click even though she’s in none of the Pics!!!
Day and Night Shots at Munich
Deicing and more
Condor’s new colors and a big chopper
Stunning Condensations and a Royal 747
Azimuth Superjet and more for the last topic in a decade


Birthday Spotting
The Final EXPO A380
Special Cargos in the Evening
Zurich’s Airline Traffic during the WEF week
Air Force One Ramp Tour
Air Force One arriving in Zurich
Heavy Contrasts for Air Malta’s Retro Jet
First two days of SiKo - Kuwait A340, Russia Il96
Amazing Security Conference Perspectives feat. Kuwait’s A340 and more
Etihad’s Choose China Livery
Security Conference Final
Trying A New Position for Condor‘s and United‘s New Liveries
Last specials prior to the Corona break
First spotting trip after the Corona restrictions with some cargo specials

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Look, something new to quote again! You’ll end up in a burnout very soon I fear…
@Marc you’re welcome 😉
@Nathan time to visit this place again


These are so crisp 🤤 great job as usual Moritz.


Guess it’s time to quote the topic once again 🤪 I mean, at least it’s short this time haha

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That helicopter looks too good for me not to rate this thread a 10/10, so 4/10. :P


Oh my 😍😍😍

These are beautiful Moritz

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That’s a cool looking helicopter, and these top-of-the-line photos make it look all the better. Great job as always, @Moritz!

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EMS Helicopter: *leaves on an emergency mission to help someone who’s very hurt
@Moritz: “Lets go, haven’t even been here 15 minutes, I’ll snap some departure shots”

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Ewwww a helicopter

jk good pictures

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It’s clearly their own fault when they put a special livery on it 🤪 Did they really think I would not spot that?!


That’s a rather special topic. Not something you see that often (somewhat fortunately) from up close. Thanks for sharing!

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That was a really cool and nice topic. thank you for sharing with the community😍

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Awesome pictures! Never thought I’d enjoy looking at pictures of helicopters. Amazing once again.

I’m a big fan of your spotting pictures btw keep them coming :D

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I’ll have to see what I can come up with in the next weeks, I guess repeating the same aircraft again and again won’t be that entertaining 👀

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That livery is nice with the “50” stickers on it

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