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Spotting Tips For Anchorage Int. Airport  
User currently offlineRWY-16 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 106 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

Hi

Can anybody give me spotting information for Anchorage International Airport (Alaska)?
What kind of runway system does this airport have and what is the normal approach?

Thanks a lot for your help in advance.

Andi

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User currently offlineJupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 909 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6664 times:

ANC is a great place to take photos as long as the weather is kind.
There are 3 runways 06 L/R, 24 L/R, and I think the other is aligned 14/32. The standard ops are 06R for arrivals and 32 for departures or reversed 14 arrivals and 24L for departures, the other runway is rarely used.
A car is preferable as the distances are quite long between spots but not totally inaccesible by taxi/foot.
The preferred runway for landing aircraft is 14,as both sides that is morning and afternoon shots can be taken. From the terminal area drive north past UPS and FEDEX until you reach the end of this road, turn left and follow this road which eventually passes the end of this runway. Just before you reach the runway there is a small area on the left where you can park from here it is a short walk to the best viewing spots, most of which is elevated and provides good back drops for photos. From here you can get 14 morning arrivals or 32 departures as quite a lot of the flights are heavy freighters they are still quite low. For the afternoon drive further around and you will usually see some cars parked near (but not at) an airport access gate. Park here, cross the road and climb the hill, you should see where you where in the morning and have a good as view as what you had earlier.
For runway 06R I know there is a spot for approach shots but I couldn't find it, we were content with getting the aircraft roll out which we took from opposite ERA Aviation's facility. To get there you need to head towards the city from the terminals, when you get to the airport boundary (a large intersection) turn right and follow this road for a couple of miles. Again you will find a set of traffic lights at a small shopping centre, turn right, this road will lead to both ERA the ANG base and also where Linden are based, turn into where ERA are and explore the area there are only a couple of roads but usually plenty to see, you will find the spot I am talking about, it too is elevated and has a good view of the entire operational area, the only thing you can't see is the approach to 06R !!!
In summer we viewed from 0500 until approx 2300, the weather was pretty good (June), gots lots of freighters, DC6'S of ACE and Northern Air Cargo (about 12 flights a day between them) Hercs of Linden and then the usual U.S domestics. There is also the float planes at Lake Hood a nice way to end the day or take a rest from the big stuff.
It is not an extremely busy airport but is constant and the quality and scenery are great, Oh and look out for the odd moose or two.
If you go to www.anchorageairport.com you will find some aerial photos of the airport.
Have fun.
RL


User currently offlineSoki Air From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

if you wants to help about anchoarge airport
just ask me cause i live there in Anchorage Alaska
And go to my web site you can see some photos in anchorage Airport.

www.sokiair.homestead.com/homepage.html  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1019 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6645 times:

Folks,

Sorry I didn't reply earlier as I seem to be the most recent airliners.net photographer to upload pics from ANC. But I agree with all Jupiter2 has said - he's pretty much spot on.

If traffic is departing 32, the shots are like these:

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Or this, for the position next to 6R where you can still get stuff lining up on 32:
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For traffic landing on 6L, landing pics look like this:

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You can also get to occasional lander on 06L

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And from the ERA car park (instead of the other side behind FS Air Service):

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Enjoy Anchorage - it isn't the busiest but the traffic mix is good, with lots of Asian carriers. If it is prop powered airplanes you are interested in, then Fairbanks in now much more interesting than Anchorage, and I would recommend a visit up there too for anyone with such an interest who has time to spare.

Andy


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6646 times:

This should help



Best spots are:

Behind the FS Air hanger, at south airpark.

Along the PT Worozoff road. That's the one that loops around the end of RWY 14

Anywhere along the road that goes around Lake Hood is good for floatplanes

If you are interested in small airplanes you may want to stop by Merrill Field also. Also it is probably worth it to make a trip out to Palmer.

If you have questions feel free to E-mail me.



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User currently offlineJ.C. Harrist From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6630 times:

Hi everyone. I've been lurking here for a while but have never posted.

I also live in Anchorage and was just out there shooting yesterday. My favorite spot is the the one mentioned previously behind FS Air in South Air Park. There is much construction happening at PANC right now and the roads are torn up and full of detours. Here are general directions:

From the airport, take International Airport road for about 1 mile and turn right on Jewel Lake road. Continue on Jewel Lake around two 90 degree curves to the intersection with Raspberry road. Turn right on Raspberry and just past Kulis Air National Guard Base you turn right into South Air Park. At the T-intersection a short distance away, turn left and follow around a 90 degree right curve and proceed past Lynden Air (look for the Herc's) to the base of the small hill at the end of the road. Park and climb the hill and you will have a great view of the planes landing on runway 06. From the top of the hill you can easily shoot over the fence. Alternatively, you can walk down to the gate and shoot through the hinge gaps. You will have the sun behind you and on clear days (like today) you will have Mt. McKinley, Mt. Susitna (aka Sleeping Lady) and Mt. Foraker as beautiful backdrops for your shots.

Bring insect repellant and sunblock. I nearly fried in 2 hours out there yesterday and the bugs ate me alive.

If you see a red Chevy pickup backed up to the fence with a guy standing on top of the camper shell, that's me. Come on over and I'll be happy to share my platform with you!

Best regards,

J.C.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

Yeah you are right about the contruction on the other side of the airport.....

J.C. When are you usually out there?

You should have been out saturday at midnight. You could have seen Guardian, the medivac service from Fairbanks bring their MU-2 in on one engine.



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User currently offlineJ.C. Harrist From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

Hi L-188,

I'm usually out there on Saturday and Sunday morning to mid-afternoon. I'll occasionally stop by after work on weekdays.

Is this the MU-2 you were referring to?

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/012/sg/cr/B4/N525891.jpg


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6594 times:

Yuppers.....that is Guardian's out of Fairbanks....They are the medivac aircraft for the Fairbanks hospital.


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