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Topic: IAD Spotting
Username: xcoaster1
Posted 2012-11-12 09:25:13 and read 5542 times.

OK, headed to IAD in December for a bit of spotting. I know the locations listed but my main objective is to catch the Ethiopian 787 and other intl heavies.

My main concern is where to spot in the early morning, I am unsure if the Udvar-Hazy parking lot is open for the early morning arrivals and where the best location would be to catch these (ETH, SAA, etc.).

Any advice would help. Planning on being there Dec. 6-7.

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: mlevert
Posted 2012-11-14 04:57:54 and read 5542 times.

Udvar-Hazy doesn't open until 10am, so if the landing is earlier than that you won't be able to spot from there. If it is landing on 1R there is a spot to park on the side of the road on the runway centerline, which would only allow you to get a belly shot really. If it is landing on 19L then you will want to go to the top of daily parking lot 1. You will have the best spotting opportunity from there.

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: NPeterman
Posted 2012-11-14 06:37:21 and read 5542 times.

If its landing 1R before 10AM the photo would be beyond backlit anyway

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: dcaviation
Posted 2012-11-14 14:07:55 and read 5542 times.

Quoting mlevert (Reply 1):
Udvar-Hazy doesn't open until 10am, so if the landing is earlier than that you won't be able to spot from there. If it is landing on 1R there is a spot to park on the side of the road on the runway centerline, which would only allow you to get a belly shot really. If it is landing on 19L then you will want to go to the top of daily parking lot 1. You will have the best spotting opportunity from there.

You can't park there. There are no parking signs everywhere, so please don't do it. Thats for one.
Second of all, Ethiopian always lands on runway 01C or 19C so you best spot would be top of daily parking garage number 2 (not 1, number D1 is good for late afternoons only).

Quoting xcoaster1 (Thread starter):
OK, headed to IAD in December for a bit of spotting. I know the locations listed but my main objective is to catch the Ethiopian 787 and other intl heavies.

Read the guide at washbaltspotters.net and you will know where to go. We've listed all the locations and times for each location as well. If you read it you would know that UH parking lot is no-no in the morning.

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: xcoaster1
Posted 2012-11-17 21:00:44 and read 5542 times.

talk about an attack .. it was a simple question regarding early morning arrivals, the "times listed" are only for best lighting for those who are taking photos, which i do not, i do use a video camera however.

thanks for the attack, i think i'll do this on my own next time.

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: NPeterman
Posted 2012-11-18 16:17:59 and read 5542 times.

So... you asked for information, people gave you information on where you could best capture the movements you want to see without law-enforcement difficulties, and you characterize it as an attack, and say you'd rather do it on your own next time?

I'll admit that I'm confused, we should all be so lucky as to get detailed responses when we post requests such as these...

I'm sorry if the tone isn't quite what you would have liked, but anymore people often feel the need to protect what few spotting locations we do have left. At least 2 of the people who have responded to you are Dulles regulars who would stand a lot to lose if something were to be spoiled with the Airport Authorities. We assumed that you, like most members on this site, would be interested in getting the most well lit, high quality imagery possible while there, a logical conclusion. While Udvar Hazy would not be the best place for that, personally I would be more than happy to direct to a place that would be ideal, and is not in the guide that was posted. You want to catch the ET 787, and frankly I would like nothing more than to help you make that happen.

If you are truly interested in figuring it out, feel free to contact me.

Good luck out there!

N Peterman

[Edited 2012-11-18 16:29:57]

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: ANITIX87
Posted 2012-11-18 17:02:48 and read 5542 times.

Quoting xcoaster1 (Reply 4):
thanks for the attack, i think i'll do this on my own next time.

People were giving you advice. They were telling you that, in the morning, your shot will be backlit based on where you want to go. Then other members gave you other recommendations. Everyone was trying to help you get a decent shot and help you avoid getting in trouble with the spots you shouldn't use. How is any of that an attack!?

Is this what you prefer?


TIS

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: dcaviation
Posted 2012-11-19 13:03:51 and read 5542 times.

Maybe because I didn't attach smiley face to my post he thought that I'm attacking him?  Smile
I wasn't attacking anybody. I was just giving him some advice.

[Edited 2012-11-19 13:05:48]

Topic: RE: IAD Spotting
Username: hrtsfldhomeboy
Posted 2012-11-19 19:29:26 and read 5542 times.

Not required, but it might save you some trouble later in the day if you go inside and ask a law enforcement officer to ring up Airport Ops for you. MWAA Airport Ops at IAD like it when Plane Spotters notify them before you start shooting, especially from airport garages.


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