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Visiting Teterboro, MDW, DTW And PHX  
User currently offlineVirginia From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Good morning,

Would appriciate some help in this.
I am flying towards EWR on Thursday and i am going to visit Teterboro the next day.Never have been there, going to be my 1st visit.Who can help me out how to get there.
I am staying in the Marriott Airport Hotel.

How is PHX for photography these days, still possible to get close to general aviation ques and weatherwise not too hot! And what about Goodyear.

Also going to visit MDW iso ORD how is that for photography?.

And finally also going to DTW who can give me an update about this airport.

Best Regards


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User currently offlineRes From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Couldnt tell you much except for phoenix is NOT hot. Its very nice now....people always assume that arizona, as a whole, is always hot.

User currently offlineBeefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1124 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 2764 times:

I live in Phoenix, so I'll give you a little help in that area.

First off, It is NOT at all hot right now. In fact, I have been forced to wear a light jacket to school the past 2 days. Its very nice out.

As far as photography, I have always felt that Phoenix is one of the absolute greatest cities in the world for aviation photo opprotunites. Phoenix Sky Harbor International has many many great photo spots that I visit very often. As far as general aviation airports, you have a wide selection.

Goodyear in the SouthWest (Light GA traffic, plus airliner storage)
Glendale in the West (Light GA Traffic)
Deer Valley in the North (Very heavy GA traffic and light business jet traffic)
Scottsdale in the NorthEest (Heavy Business Jet traffic)
Falcon Field in the East (Moderate GA traffic)
Williams Gateway in the SouthEast (Light GA traffic plus the possibility of exotic aircraft)

Tons of great GA Airports encompassing the city on all sides.

In terms of overall photography goodness, I would have to go with Deer Valley. (although I am a little biased since my flight school is there Smile )

It is the 2nd busiest airport in AZ (in terms of takeoffs and landings), with an assortment of business jets to liven it up. Plus, it allows you a maximum of freedom to walk around the ramp. You can get extremely close to any aircraft out there.

Here are some photos from Deer Valley. As you can see, it is great for close up spotting of anything that comes in. (shameless plug: I took the helicopter shot)

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Photo © Tim Lachenmaier

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Photo © AirNikon

This airport allows great photo subjects, plus the ability to get those photos. And, if taking photos isnt your main objective, it has a great restaraunt with an observation deck on top.

Top notch airport. (To get there, Just take 7th street north. 7th street runs directly into the parking lot. You cant miss it.)

Any more questions?

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

There is good spotting at DTW at the large parking structure. If you get to the top, you can walk around, and you have a very good view of the landing and departing traffic. The last time I was there a cop asked me what I was doing, but he had no problems with it, and was very friendly. Also, try driving the perimeter of the airport and find a restraunt or hotel parking lot that is in the app/dep path.

Good LucK!

"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
User currently offlineVirginia From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

Beefmoney KYIPpilot

Thx for the info, we changed plans again.
PHX last i visited it was in 1998 superb shooting only stayed 2 days but now indeed wanted to visit also the other spots.

DTW would be the 1st time prob we will go there but by car and who knows.
if so will post it.



User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
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For MDW there are some good spots. For Runways 31L, 31R, and 31C there is a spot between a Burger King and Oil Express or some lube place on 63rd and Cicero. For Runways 4L and 4R try near this store on 63rd and Central. It's ok but not good in the morning. For the other two it's just that the airport stretches from 55th to 63rd north and south and Cicero and Central going east and west. Each corner has it's own runway where the planes land or takeoff from. it depepds on what runway they use. Some places you can try on the sidewalk not far from the airport to get good photos.

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User currently offlineCarlos Borda From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 538 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

I live nearby TEB. From EWR take the NJ Turnpike North to exit 16W. Pay the toll ($1) and proceed onto Route 3 west. Proceed on Route 3 west for about a 1/2 mile and start looking for the big sign that says Route 17 north. Take Route 17 north to the 4th traffic light and make a right turn. TEB will be at the end of that road over the railroad tracks. With no bad traffic you can make it to TEB from EWR in about 25 minutes. Just so you know TEB has never been the same again since 9/11 when it comes to spotting activities. Back in the day spotting was very easy to do around here and there were never hassles, but now since 9/11 the authorities have closed off many of the spotting areas completely and have added security to every entrance to the hangers/terminals. TEB used to be a very popular destination in the summer for the British biz spotters, the guys who log reg's.


Virginia writes:

>>I am flying towards EWR on Thursday and i am going to visit Teterboro the next day.Never have been there, going to be my 1st visit.Who can help me out how to get there.<<

User currently offlineVIRGINIA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2685 times:


Thanks for your reply, did not visit TEB due bad weather upon arrival.
Me and Damaris and little daughter decided to fly towards ORD immediately.
Now flying on Monday to Austin and then on Wednesday problaby to
LAX for3 days.

Thanks anyway

Greetings Virginia

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