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Linz - Blue Danube Airport / Hoersching

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Blue Danube Airport Linz
Location Hoersching, Austria
IATA code LNZ
ICAO code LOWL
Airport type Mixed-Use Commercial
Website http://www.linz-airport.com
Overview map vffl airport overview
Communications
Tower 118.800
Ground
Clearance 129.125
Approach 119.750
ATIS 128.125

The Blue Danube Airport, termed after the river Danube, or Flughafen Linz is located in Hörsching, about 15 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital city of Upper Austria, Linz. The airport is equipped with an asphalt runway ( 3000 x 60m / 9843 x 197ft ) with the magnetic heading 09/27 and a parallel grass runway (660 x 45m). On runway 29 an ILS with Cat IIIb is installed, heading 09 an ILS with Cat II. There a two taxiways to the commercial area (F & G). The apron has a size of 70.000 m² or 12 parking positions for medium size aircraft, all heading west/east. On the east end of the apron there is a special parking area for ultra large size aircraft, like Boeing 747, Boeing C-17, Antonov An-124 and An-225. There are no restrictions for aircraft landing. Official opening hours are 0430 - 2200 UTC (0500 - 2200 UTC on weekend) and a maximum of four cargo aircraft movements between 2200 and 0430 UTC on working days.

The airfield in Hoersching was established in 1938, in 1955 the civil airport authority was founded. On the south side there is Austrian Air Force Base Hoersching-Vogler (LOXL). The north side of the airport is used for commercial aviation. Runway 09/27 is used by military und commercial aircraft.


Official Spotting Locations

A) Dachterrasse / visitors terrace

Free visitors terrace on the roof of airport terminal. The new platform offers a great view over the whole apron. Because back light the terrace is only approved for night shots (Attention: there are some vibrations due to steel construction) or by bad weather.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: at night and bad weather conditions (no back-light)

Other Spotting Locations

A-2) apron east end

Park your car at the airport terminal and go first towards the "Charterparkplatz 1" then right into the small street along the airport fence. After the small airport building and a mechanic door you can pictures of aircraft on the apron, but you'll need a two- or three-step-ladder. Lenses: 50 - 300mm. Optimum time for pictures: from sunrise until 0900 UTC.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: sunrise up to 0900UTC
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large
  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large

A-3) apron view UPS

Walk alongside the airport terminal and the UPS hall towards the hangar. There is a short airport fence, where you can watch aircraft (e.g. Lockheed L-188, Fokker 27) standing on the western parking positions.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~100mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: shortly before sunset
  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large

B) Taxiway F

Park your car at the airport terminal and go first towards the "Charterparkplatz 1" then right into the small street along the airport fence. After about 150m there is a emergency entry door and a boom where you can take pictures, but you'll need a two- or three-step-ladder.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~35mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: sunrise up to 0900UTC
  • PlanePictures.net sample photo: large
  • PlanePictures.net sample photo: large

B-2) Crossing Taxiway F / Runway 09/27 east end

Park your car at the airport terminal and go first towards the "Charterparkplatz 1" then right into the small street along the airport fence. After about 150m you pass an emergency entry door and a boom and walk to the end of the track (you'll need a two- or three-step-ladder)

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~35mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: sunrise up to 0900UTC
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large

C) Taxiway G

Drive with the car from the airport terminal towards Hoersching or Wels. You'll pass the airport cargo center and the airport tank farm, then left towards the logistic center "Schenker". Before the right hand bend of the road park your car at the small street alongside the airport fence, but before the "door 27"!

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: 1330 - 1700UTC
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large

C-2) Taxiway G parking area 2

At the southern fence at the "Charterparkplatz 2" you can take picturs shortly before sunset from aircraft taxing Twy G.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: shortly before sunset

D) Approach Runway 09

Drive with the car from the airport terminal towards Hoersching. Before you came to the roundabout, park your car in the field path on the right side.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: 0800 - 1400UTC
  • PlanePictures.net sample photo: large
  • Airliners.net sample photo: medium large

E) "Lager"

Drive with the car from the airport terminal to Hoersching. At the village square of Hoersching left into a smaller street, then again left. There you'll come to a level crossing, after 150m park your car in front of the door at the airport fence. This position is also good for shots of Lockheed C-130 Hercules standing on the military apron.

  • Recommended focal lengths: ~75mm +
  • Optimum time for spotting: 0930 - 1400UTC

Movements

For actual movements at Linz Airport please visit the LOWL-SPOTTING.com-Movement-List

Spotter news for Linz-Airport

  • since November 2006 Lockheed L-188 Electra are no longer based at the airport!

Regular Traffic

Scheduled services

  • Austrian Arrows (Tyrolean Airways): CRJ200, Dash 8-300/400
  • Eurowings: BAe 146-200/300
  • Lufthansa: Airbus A319, A320, Boeing 737-300/500
  • Lufthansa CityLine: BAe RJ85, CRJ100/200/700
  • Ryanair: Boeing 737-800

Charter services

  • Austrian: Airbus A320, A321
  • Air Berlin: Boeing 737-800
  • Dubrovnik Airline: MD83
  • Freebird Airlines: Airbus A320
  • Karthago Airlines: Boeing 737-300
  • Lauda Air: Airbus A320, Boeing 737-700/800, Boeing 767-300ER
  • MNG Airlines: Boeing 737-400, McDonnell Douglas MD-82
  • Nouvelair: Airbus A320
  • Niki (Flyniki): Airbus A320, A321
  • Pegasus Airlines: Boeing 737-800
  • SunExpress: Boeing 737-800
  • StyrianSpirit: CRJ 200/700
  • Tunisair: Boeing 737-500/600

Cargo services

  • Amerer Air: Fokker 27

Other special traffic

  • Union Linz: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

Following aircraft sometimes visit Linz Airport:

  • Air Malta: Airbus A319, Boeing 737-300
  • Alitalia: Airbus A321
  • Antonov Airlines: Antonov An-124
  • Arcus Air: Dornier 228
  • Flying Bulls: Douglas DC-6B, Mitchell B-25J
  • Eurofly: Airbus A320
  • VolgaDnepr Cargo: Antonov An-124
  • Welcome Air: Dornier 328-100/300
  • WindJet: Airbus A320

Military traffic

  • Aerospatiale Alouette III: Austrian Air Force
  • AugustaBell AB214: Austrian Air Force
  • Boeing AH-64 "Apache": United States Army (not often)
  • Lockheed C-130 Hercules: Austrian Air Force
  • Northrop F-5 "Tiger": Austrian Air Force
  • Pilatus PC-6: Austrian Air Force
  • Pilatus PC-7: Austrian Air Force
  • Saab 105: Austrian Air Force
  • Saab J35 "Draken/Dragon": Austrian Air Force
  • Sikorsky S-70 "Blackhawk": Austrian Air Force, United States Army (not often)

Locations to Avoid

There are some driving restrictions on small streets around the airport. Please keep all doors at the airport fence free for emergency cases.

Don't destroy any plants on fields or meadows.

Please note that the use of airband scanners in Austria is illegal.

Facilities and Transportation

At the airport terminal there is a self serving restaurant (1000 to 1800 UTC), two bistros (0500 - 2200 UTC), a bank, a EC-cashpoint (EC-bancomat) and a newspaper-store (0600 - 1800 UTC).

cheap accommodation

arrive by car

  • From Vienna: Motorway A1 direction Salzburg - leave the Motorway at the Exit Ansfelden and follow the road signs. The Airport is roughly 8km from the Autobahn exit.
  • From Salzburg/Graz: Motorway A1 direction Vienna - leave the Motorway at the Exit Traun, and follow the road signs. The airport is located about 8km away from the exit.
  • From Munich/Nuremberg/Passau: Motorway A25 direction Knoten Haid/motorway A1 - leave the Motorway at the Exit Wels-Ost, and follow the road signs. The airport is located about 10km away from the exit.
  • From Prague/Berlin: Motorway A7 direction Knoten Linz/motorway A1 - leave the Motorway at the Exit Salzburger Straße, and follow the road signs. The airport is located about 10km away from the exit.

arrive by bus

A bus leaving main train station every 60 minutes between 0500 and 1800 UTC for Klagenfurt airport. No bus traffic on Sunday. Additionally there is an extra Ryanair-shuttle bus one time a day according to Ryanair arrival time. € 2,20 oneway / € 4,40 return.

Weather conditions

Most of the time the wind blows from the west or north-west. Depending on wind strength aircraft land on Rwy 27 and start with back-track on Rwy 27. In autumn there is some fog around the airport in the morning.

Meeting enthusiasts

There is a group of about 15 spotters, called "Linz Airport Report Team". If there is any special movement, you`ll find this guys taking photos at the airport fence or at night at the visitors terrace.

Besides the local spotters there is also a airport society club (VFFL - Verein der Freunde des Flughafens Linz). vffl.at

Links about Linz