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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2027 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
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I searched but wasn't able to find any information, so please bare with me if I missed something.

I was thinking of making the trek down to IND to do some spotting, I'm getting tired of the standard stuff around here (AZO, SBN, GRR, FWA (well not so much FWA)).

Is there any good spots to get photos at IND, and if so has anyone ever been hassled?


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Thanks for your help!  Big thumbs up

-Charlie

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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1804 times:

I have spent lots of time spotting at IND in the past (most recently, March 2004).

The best place I have found for outdoor spotting is on the top of the parking garage fronting the terminal; you can get great views of approaches to both parallel runways from the top level of the garage. I haven't been hassled, either. In fact, I met an Indianapolis police officer who shared the same passion as I; he was there spotting at the same time I was (he even had his squad car, his wife and kids).

Inside, I recommend the food court seating area (in the shopping area just before the security checkpoint before concourses B and C). I have sat by the large window while eating; this large window overlooks the apron between concourses C and D. You can see plenty of ATA, CO, UA, and US action there.

Happy spotting!

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Perhaps we should try to do a spotting trip to Indy, Charlie! Maybe we can get a small group of IND spotters to join us. It would be great to find someone who knew the sweet spots!

If all goes well, I may even head down there on Sunday...

Drew



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User currently offlineJetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Charlie, I am good friends with Stephen Dobbins and that pic of the UA Express 170 was taken from the FAA tower there. Steve is an ATC student at Purdue so they got to go up in the tower for a class I think, so don't expect to find a spot to get a shot like that.

User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2027 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
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Thanks for the help guys! I'll definately see what I can do, and yes Drew, I'm not driving through FWA without at least waving as I drive by!  Big thumbs up

-Charlie


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

I made a brief appearance at IND last fall. Traffic was very light (a weekday!). I drove the perimeter and I see there is or used to be an airplane viewing park on the west side now barricaded off. All around the lengthly perimeter there are double rows of fencing, some with coiled barbed wire on top much like you'd see at a prison!!! So I spent some time on the parking garage where I only nabbed a couple shots, including Chautauqua's first E170. Thing is, the light is bad for shooting because you are facing south.

bruce



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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2027 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 1707 times:
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Thanks for the input Bruce, I was thinking now of taking the extra driving time and just heading to one of the best airports in the world (because it's a Delta hub!), that being CVG. I just gotta talk Drew into driving there with me now!  Smile

Thanks again for your help.  Big thumbs up

-Charlie


User currently offlinePoRtColuMBus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Quoting Syncmaster (reply 6):
I was thinking now of taking the extra driving time and just heading to one of the best airports in the world (because it's a Delta hub!), that being CVG


Make sure to hit CMH on your way, too.  Big grin


User currently offlineAndrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

CVG? Hale yeah, let's do it. I went down there to meet with A-Star a few months back, there are some nice spots down there!

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What a crime... since I was there on business I had to haul tail back to FWA that day, and didn't get to take advantage of the sun. Lord forgive me for that one.

We could start at FWA, and do IND-CVG-CMH in one day.... could be fun!  Big thumbs up Let me know! And if anyone else wants on in this - sign up, we've not yet set a date. It would be great fun to have a bunch of a.netters do something together!

Drew



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User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Quoting JetJock22 (reply 3):


JetJock-

I'm a pilot and I've always been able to get into the tower... and Charlie's a student. They never really give us problems... Now allowing us up there to chill out for a few hours and fill up some 1gb CF cards - yeah, that may be a challenge!  Big thumbs up

Drew



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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

Me and a few other CMH people are headed down to CVG April 23-24.


Let me know when you guys are heading out here to Columbus, I'll try to get a group together.


User currently offlineDullesguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

Andrew,
This is Stephen, I've tried to contact you by email about meeting up and doing some spotting...give me a shout. sdobbins@purdue.edu




Stephen



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User currently offlineAndrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

Stephen -

I'll send you a message tonight. My e-mail's been acting up lately, sorry about that.

Drew



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