Spotting at Birmingham Airport 07/07/17 Part 1

Back at it again with another spotting trip, this time from Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB)! All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 700D and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, which is proving to be a very nice lens.

This thread features shots from Car Park 5, by the threshold of Runway 33. It’s a long stay car park, so fees are quite expensive. I was dropped off there, and headed to the designated viewing area, kitted out with some benches and a small shelter. The next batch of photos, from a different area, will be posted in a different thread :)

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-JSK arriving from Madrid Barajas as IBS36VM

Vueling Airbus A320-214 EC-LLM departing to Alicante-Elche as VLG1395

Emirates Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EGN departing to Dubai as UAE42

Flybe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-JECO departing to Nantes Atlantique as BEE491B

Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA wearing the “Egypt, where it all begins” livery, departing to Tenerife-South as TCX68CP

Flybe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-JECK arriving from Amsterdam Schiphol as BEE6NG

KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ-190STD (ERJ-190-100) PH-EZM arriving from Amsterdam Schiphol as KLM85H

Private. Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A/200 D-IMAU. Don’t bother searching the registration, there is practically nothing on the internet about this plane!

Lufthansa Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUH departing to Frankfurt am Main as DLH3HP

Vueling Airbus A320-232(WL) EC-MFK arriving from Tenerife-South as VLG7428

Flybe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-JEDV ready to depart to Inverness as BEE5BP while BMI regional Embraer ERJ-145EP G-CKAF arrives from Göteborg Landvetter as BMR1442

Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 D-AIBE taxiing for departure to Munich as DLH5KV

Brussels Airlines Embraer ERJ-145EP G-RJXI, operated by Flybe, taxiing for departure to Brussels Zaventem as BEL69C

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-9F2(ER) TC-JYH departing to Istanbul Atatürk as THY1968

Flybe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-PRPJ arriving from Ireland West Airport Knock as BEE3MT

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-FZP arriving from Verona Villafranca as RYR7XC

Aer Lingus Regional ATR 72-600 (72-212A) EI-FAU, operated by Stobart Air, arriving from Dublin as STK264B

A smokey touchdown from Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAG, arriving from Venice Marco Polo as MON12TA

KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ-190STD (ERJ-190-100) PH-EZM departing to Amsterdam Schiphol as KLM26R

Brussels Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-ECOI, operated by Flybe, arriving from Guernsey as BEE3EJ

Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA) Antonov An-12BK UR-CGV arriving from Göteborg Landvetter as UKL4016

Flybe Embraer ERJ-195LR (ERJ-190-200 LR) G-FBEL departing to Paris Charles de Gaulle as BEE6LY

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-JSK departing to Madrid Barajas as IBS3635

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-EVK arriving from Lanzarote as RYR51VZ

BMI regional Embraer ERJ-145EP G-CKAF departing to Graz as BMR1405

Vueling Airbus A320-232(WL) EC-MFK departing to Tenerife-South as VLG7429

Emirates Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPQ arriving from Dubai as UAE39 with Nic Belardinelli ( onboard!

Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-211 G-TCDZ arriving from Palma de Mallorca as TCX84NT

TUI Airlines UK Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-FDZB arriving from Ibiza as TOM9FM

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAF arriving from Faro as MON403J

Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA) Antonov An-12BK UR-CGV departing to Doncaster Sheffield as UKL4017

Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-211(WL) arriving from Mahon Menorca as TCX54TW

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-FZP taxiing for departure to Malaga Costa Del Sol as RYR8W

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAG departing to Nice Côte d’Azur as MON499

Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 737-82K(WL) EZ-A019 arriving from Ashgabat as TUA426

Lufthansa Airbus A320-211 D-AIPZ arriving from Frankfurt am Main as DLH954

Monarch’s only non Airbus aircraft, Boeing 737-82R(WL) G-ZBAV, arriving from Barcelona El Prat as MON963N

And that’s all from Part 1! Part 2 will feature shots from the Elmdon car park on the West side of Runway 15/33. What was your favourite catch from this collection??

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Thanks for reading :)


The Lufty A-320 looks so cool!


As always your photos are incredible! My favorite is either the Monarch touching down with the tire smoke or the Emirates 777.
Do you edit any of the photos or are they all as taken from the camera?

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Your photos are up there with @cleipelt and @Adrien. Some of the best ok the forum! Wish I could get photos that good!

Love that TUI 737!


These shots are incredible! :)

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These are just slightly edited JPG files. I have cropped and straightened them, and for some, changed lighting and colours. Nothing to a professional standard. However, I do take JPEG and RAW at the same time, and for the RAW files, I edit them with Lightroom. It takes a lot of time so I do a few at a time when I remember! So far, I have edited about 30 RAW files and I’m ready to try for professional sites such as, that require a very high standard!!


What is the view like from CP5? I went a few weeks back to the country park at the bottom of RNY15, it was great for departing aircraft!

@Will_A @ThomasR Thank you for the compliments, much appreciated :)


Great pictures @Aircraft19

Just checked out your insta, which is awesome aswell xD

Car Park 5 has a great view for approach, touchdown and close up taxi shots. That is, if you’re tall or stand on your car. There are some benches that I stood on most of the time, because the fence is quite high and the wire is coated with thick plastic, so it’s quite difficult to take shots through the fence.

If you have a lens with good autofocus, it can be done. But you will have to precisely aim your camera between the gaps. Can be rather tricky. I do like the spot, but it can be a challenge to get good photos.

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Ahh BHX. The memory of pushing back from gate 7, around 90 mins behind a few years back, to see the planespotters directly opposite. That sticks in my mind for some reason (I don’t fly much, ok?)

You are certainly my favourite spotter here. You always hit the balance between colour and a raw, real image (which is what we get bc of the weather :). Great work


Always flown from good ol’ Birmingham, and always flown out of Gate 44 until the 22nd, Emirates shot themselves in the foot with prices and limitations. Anyways, go there on the 22nd, 8:20 in the morning for the Qatar 788 takeoff - I’LL BE ON IT!

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Nice photos and great setup you have. I use the 70-200 f/4 sometimes too.

I made some editing so a few of your photos since some of them looked soft and had very little contrast (but I assume they’re unedited) and they look a little better now.

Editing photos that are only 100-200KB is not easy at all but I did what I could with them.

Sweet shots again!


Awesome pictures, keep it up! :)


Hahaha, that’s a good memory to have! Thanks very much mate :) Highly appreciate comments like yours! Same to you @Adrien, cheers mate!

I’m still yet to fly from BHX, what’s the overall experience like? I would love to catch your flight, but unfortunately, I am in the middle of moving country, so I don’t have many spare days! I’ll contact some other BHX spotters I know and see if any of them can catch you :)

It’s a great lens isn’t it! I have only just started using it, before I was using the f2.8L version which is my dad’s. Changes aren’t too noticeable, apart from the weight.

Thanks for editing some of them. You are right, I think crop was the only changes I made to those three! I particularly like the Ryanair edit, it may seem simplest out of the three but it’s my favourite. Well done! When posting on social media, I edit when needed. I wasn’t gonna go through and edit all of these at once.

Thanks for the kind comments as well :)

Completely agree with you on the f/2.8. I used it for the first time a few days ago when I did a photoshoot for some show/concert. Would’ve used the f/4 but since it was indoor having the f/2.8 was a must. I didn’t notice any difference with quality although I might’ve if I used it outdoors. It’s a lot larger and heavier than any other lens I’ve used other than a 100-400 but the f/4 is definitely my go to lens for all around mobile photography whenever I get my hands on it.

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@Aircraft19 I recommend you to add a watermark just to make sure that no one steals your amazing pics

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