The Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport (PAD/EDLP) is the 20th busiest airport in Germany and located 20km south-west of Paderborn (NRW). This small airport consists of a small terminal, a GAT, a few hangars and one runway (06/24). Paderborn is a typical „holiday airport“ people use to fly down south; for example to Mallorca or Antalya. There are regular charter flights in the summer connecting Paderborn to Kos and Heraklion as well for example. In addition, Lufthansa also offers connecting flights to Munich.
Despite of all these flights there’s not much traffic in Paderborn; only 694.000 passengers were counted 2019! At the moment (September 2020) there are just a very few airlines flying to (seasonal) destinations in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Egypt and Greece. Sometimes the Paderborn airport is visited by aircraft on behalf of the Royal Air Force, cargo or football charters. Luckily you can monitor the apron 24/7 via webcam, so you won’t miss any highlight (except maintenance guests as they are parking out of the camera’s sight) – the webcam can be found HERE.
For more information, you can use the WDR teletext, as well as the NRW-Aviation- Forum (https://www.nrwluftfahrt.de).
Written by Severin Hackenberger and the PAD-Spotter group: Matthias Buchheim, Moritz Klöckner, Tim-Patrick Müller and Hendrik Schmitz. Last Update: November 2020
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|Terminals||One for all passenger (and military) flights|
|Ladder||We recommend a small ladder step for the fence options (spot #4b and #6b). Ladders are forbidden at spot #3 and #5, NEVER use one there.
Also, please always just use a small ladder step at the airport fence as the authorities do NOT tolerate big ladders with 4-5 steps there!
|Car/Public Transport||Depends on where you are coming from. Spot 3, 4, 5 and 6 are walking distance from the terminal, but spots 1, 2, 7 and 8 require a 30-40 min walk.|
|Restrooms||Public restrooms are only to be found in the terminal.|
|Drinks/Food||There is a restaurant called “Panolo” in the QUAX-Hangar. The next supermarket is located in Büren, and a small bakery is close-by.|
|Hotels||In the proximity of the airport is a small hotel called “Airport Hotel Paderborn”.|
|Season||There isn’t much traffic at Paderborn Airport, neither in the Summer nor in the Winter, which is why you can’t really determine main- or off-season, like one would find in Salzburg or Innsbruck.|
|06/24||Used in both directions. The prefered runway Usage is 24 however.|
|Spot #1 – Striepen – 24 Arrivals
|WHERE||Take the “Alter Hellweg” road from the airport to the north-east, leave the roundabout at the third exit, leading to L776. Just before crossing the arrival lights you should see a small meadow and a small street on your left. Follow this street to the fence, then turn either right or left – depends on the light situation. By the roadside you are actually not allowed to stop with your car, parking is forbidden here as well!|
|WHAT||This spot is good for pictures of planes landing on Runway 24.|
|TIME||Light is good all day here as you can easily switch sides by crossing the runway axis by foot.|
|MISC.||There are no foods/drinks at this spot. Closest would be the terminal. No ladder needed, but may be useful in the evening as you can walk some steps south along the fence, so to be sure you can still shoot the plane, rather take a small ladder step with you.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Depends on where exactly you stand, but 70 – 300mm covers everything
A320 in the evening for example = 150mm
|Spot #2 – Bicycle path – 24 Arrivals
|WHERE||Park your car at spot #3/the QUAX hangar and then walk back to the roundabout east of this facility from where you can just easily walk up north by foot on the little bicycle path along “Alter Hellweg”. This spot is located on this footpath just before the junction of the “Alter Hellweg” with the “Striepen” street. You can recognize that you are right by looking around. To your left there should still be a field while to the front/northeast there should be a little forest coming up. You can also just look at the spot, which we marked exactly on the map.|
|WHAT||This spot is good for pictures of planes landing on Runway 24.|
|TIME||Lighting situation at this position is alright from morning till around 4pm.|
|MISC.||There are no foods/drinks at this spot. Closest would be the terminal. A small ladder step is needed and a long footpath to get here as parking is prohibited at the gate/spot directly.|
A310 = 235mm
|Spot #3 – Panolo Terrace All runway movements
|WHERE||This spot is easily accessible by foot. Leaving the terminal building and looking left (north-east), you’ll see a relatively high parking garage. Going, until you’re reaching the first parking spaces on your left. Looking to north you can see a relatively high building on which “QUAX” can be read. Just go to this hangar and take the elevator or stairs next to the big room which is covered by big panes. Just go to the 2nd floor and then go out to the terrace. Now you can chose your spot which you like the most – unfortunately the terrace is protected by glass panes, just next to the emergency stairs is a little free room, where I took my poctures through.
+++ Closed since spring 2020 due to Corona pandemic as of NOV 2020. Rather always check in advance on their website if it is open again, no one knows when that will happen +++
|WHAT||All planes which are landing, taxiing or starting can be seen from here.|
|TIME||From the early morning hours until 4 o’clock. In the winter months the whole day.|
|MISC.||The indoor part of terrace is a restaurant (called Panolo), where you can find toilets and food or drinks – of course.
You can shoot thru the little gap in the northern part of the terrace, but ladders are not tolerated here at all! It is forbidden to use a ladder up here.
A330 on taxiway in front = 40mm / A320 on runway = 180mm
|Spot #4 – Carpark – All runway + nearby taxiways + parking apron movements
|WHERE||This spot is located between the passenger terminal and the QUAX hangar. Arriving by car, I suggest using the free QUAX-parking north of spot 2 or the official airport carpark just next to the garage and which is free for the first 60 minutes (as of NOV 2020). Then you have the choice:
|WHAT||Planes parking right in front of you on the apron. Also, any plane movement hast to move past the parking garage, no matter if it is starting or landing. Thanks to the big parking area you can choose your position freely and thus vary the angle easily.|
|TIME||Regarding the parked planes, it really depends on the angle they are standing in, but normally you can shoot the northern and southern side, so it works all day somehow – as long as nothing blocks your sight. Airplanes on the runway should be fine from morning until early afternoon.|
|MISC.||You’ll find food/drinks and restroom in the terminal directly next to you. On summerdays you have heathaze here on the runway.
A small ladder step is needed for option b/the fence. In addition, the view from the bottom at option b is often just good into the parked aircraft in front as they or ground equipment normally blocks your sight onto the taxi-/runway.
A310 on runway = 215mm / B737 on the apron in front (nightshot) = 150mm
Option a – the garage:
Option b – the fence:
|Spot #5- Towerfence – All runway + Tower apron movements
|WHERE||This spot is exactly between the tower and the terminal. Just exit the terminal and keep right. Again, if you’re arriving by car, I suggest Airport Parking as it is free the first 60 minutes (as of NOV 2020).|
|WHAT||This spot is limited to planes parked directly in front of the tower and the nearby taxiways. Aircraft movements on the runway are spotable as well.|
|TIME||The lighting depends on the parking position, so it’s hard to give some general information here, but the spot is better in the morning hours. The runway, as from everywhere, from morning until mid-afternoon.|
|MISC.||A ladder is not tolerated at this spot at all! The usage of a ladder is strictly prohibited, you have to shoot thru the mesh, which is quite finely woven unluckily.
Restrooms and food can be found inside the terminal.
Saab340 = 95mm / ATR72 on runway = ~300mm
|Spot #6 – Clubhaus – All runway + nearby taxiways + main apron movements
|WHERE||Follow the airport road from the tower, down the little hill. On the right side you should find the GAT and in 300m you`ll get to an intersection. Turn right and follow the small road to the gate. On the right side you should find some parking spaces, where you can leave your car. Watch out for reserved parking though. Then you have the choice between…
|WHAT||You can see literally everything from the Clubhaus. You can even see the apron from here, which makes this spot a real allrounder.|
|TIME||Planes on the runway are well lit until 4 p.m., on the apron from 2 p.m. ‘till sunset.|
|MISC.||Bring a small ladder step as you will need a small step for the fence option. Please clean up after yourself and take trash with you, as this terrace is property of „Luftsportverein Geseke e. V.“ Keep in mind, there are no shops or restrooms here. In the summer time, you might find heat flickering, especially on the apron.|
A330 turning to stands = 210mm / RAF A330 on runway with spray = 330mm / A320 from the fence = 35mm
Option a – the terrace:
Option b – the fence:
|Spot #8 – L637 – 06 Arrivals
|WHERE||This position is easy to reach, it is right next to L637. Follow the “Alter Hellweg” road in south-west direction. You’ll get to a roundabout where you should take the second exit. Leave the following roundabout at the first exit, and follow the highway until you reach the runway lights. Now you can leave your car on the right side of the road (see overview pictures below) and position yourself as you want depending on the light (either on the morning or evening side) and your favourite angle.|
|WHAT||All planes landing on 06 are good from here. Starting planes from 24 are often pretty high, which is why I recommend this spot for planes coming onto 06 only.|
|TIME||This position is actually useable all day as you can easily switch sides with the light by just crossing the runway axis by foot. However, the northern/evening side is only usable from February to mid-November, due lighting. Otherwise you will have to move sides roughly in the afternoon around 16 o’clock.|
|MISC.||Watch out so you don’t get hit by a car, DO NOT walk onto the field – not even a bit. This is private property and not tolerated, only causes big problems!
No ladder needed and no public restrooms or any infrastructure around. Next would be the McDonald’s/Rewe in Steinhausen.
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-300mm, but exact focal lenght depends on where you exactly stand…
B738 = ~120mm