Chambéry Savoie Airport Spotting Guide

A hot tip for skiers! There is a little city in the French Alps called Chambéry! And the starting point of those ski adventures in this beautiful landscape is mostly CMF Airport! CMF not only welcomes small bizjets but also biiig aircraft up to the medium-haul-sized Boeing B757-200. As already mentioned, there is also private and business traffic as well as a few helicopter movements. They usually take place as shuttles to the ski resorts. This airport is a perfect stopover on the road journey to Southern France or a lovely daytrip if you stay near Geneva and you have time to go there and make a stop for a few winter charters.

Chambéry Airport CMF / LFLB receives seasonal flights in winter, usually on Saturday and Sunday. The most interesting traffic at CMF is the Russian and English charter, mostly on the weekend days. Ifly, S7 Airlines, Monarch, Titan Airways and Thomson, are just a few of these operators which are to be encountered regularly here! Some interesting business jets are also sometimes coming along, ranging from Yakovlev 42, or Antonov 74 to the classy Legacy.

Written by Remo Garone (Regular visitor during Winter)

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Rating for the winter season only
Airport Information Runways 18 / 36
2’020m (6’627ft)
Asphalt
Terminals Terminal 1
All flights are arriving and departing from this terminal
Spotting Information Ladder Highly recommended
Car Highly recommended
Restrooms At the airport, or at some petrol station
Drinks/Food At the airport, or at some petrol station
Hotels Quality Hotel Le Cervolan Chambery Voglans (mentioned in the map)
Season Saturday and Sunday during Winter
Runway Usage 18 / 36
Used in all directions. Depends on the wind’s direction but is sometimes subject to air traffic contol’s ruling.

Spot #1 – Rectimo Aviation
WHERE Out to Aix-les-Bains or Chambery, follow the signs to the “airport”. On arriving, turn left at the terminal and follow the lane until the Rectimo hangars. There is a fence where you can shot from but a ladder is recommended!
WHAT In the morning, taxi landings, rolling and back-track.
TIME From early morning until around 12:00
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot here, bring with you, what you may need.
FOCAL LENGTH 18-250mm
Spot #2 – Line-up 36
WHERE From spot 1, take the small road bringing you across the field, then the first on the right “chemin de la Thiollière”, continue on this road (the name of the road changes to “Chemin des Bigornes” throughout the course of the road) until you arrived at the end of the runway.  Park your car next to the street.
WHAT Rolling, alignments and back-track for 757 on RWY36, ladder recommended
TIME From 11:00 until 15:30
MISC. Nothing there, bring with you what you need. As mentioned, it is recommendable that you bring a ladder with you.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #3 – Arrivals & Departures both runway
WHERE From spot 2, take the small road “Chemin des Bigornes” until the village, then take the main road called “Route du Bourget” until the roundabout appears. Take on the right and park your car next to a building called INES.
WHAT From here, you can photograph everything even with reasonable focal length. From both runway arrivals or departures
TIME From 14:00 until 16:40-17:00
MISC. Nothing there, bring with you what you need. A ladder is not mandatory, but it can be very helpful at this spot!
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm

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