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User currently offlineDigital-cavu From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 142 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Every once in a while, I have a terrific spotting experience. This has been one of the best.

I knew I was headed to ATL on business, so I wrote a request to the security manager and ops manager at ATL and requested permission to spot in the public areas of the airport. I got a very quick response, indicating they would be more than willing to give me permission. Two days later, I had my letter.

Wow.

Three days after that, I'm on top of the South Parking Garage, and had been for about 3 hours, when a nice Atlanta Policeman stopped by and said I couldn't photograph at the airport. Gave me the standard "...since 9-11" routine. I showed him my letter, he (presumably) checked its authenticity and check my ID, and said "have fun." I didn't see the man or anybody else for that matter, for the rest of the day.

I guess the lesson to learn is: preparation is the key. Get permission. Alert them you are going to be there. I can't thank the ATL authorities enough for being completely responsive and willing to let me be a thorn in their foot for a few hours.

If you're interested and headed to ATL, the contact info for Ops and Security is on the ATL airport site.

Regards,

Del


United States Navy submarine sailor turned aviation photography geek.
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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Quoting Digital-cavu (Thread starter):
Get permission. Alert them you are going to be there.

It works wonders....yet so many here believe they can roam free around an airport because they "think" it is public property....


User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

If you don't get permission.. or forget, you can go just inside the northside baggage claim, and just inside the sliding doors is an Atlanta Police Station on your left. Go talk to them and they can hook you up.

When I was in ATL a few days ago, I just swung by there, told them that I would like to go up on the parking garage and make pictures for a while. They said that would be fine, and while I was up there, the cops went by in the cruiser and didn't stop to talk to me once.

-Adam


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

How good are the views from that Parking Garage? Is regspotting possible from there?

Thanks
Frederic


User currently offlineDigital-cavu From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

On the day I was there, I was on the takeoff side of the field (traffic passing from left to right). Reg spotting for those aircraft departing the field would have been difficult, as some aircraft get airborne quickly and are fairly high by the time they pass by. Now, the landing traffic routinely waited the cross the parallel runway and once they got clearance taxied right in front of me. So reg spotting is definitely possible for those aircraft.

Regards,

Del



United States Navy submarine sailor turned aviation photography geek.
User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

Is reg spotting the practice of catching airplane registrations (I am guessing the name is self-explanatory)? Anyway, what exactly do you put in a letter to the airport ops and who do you send it to (i.e. airport director)? Spotting at my home airport in recent years has become a game of dodging the police. A letter to ops might better my chances, I have nothing to lose!

Tim



Two A-4's, left ten o'clock level continue left turn!
User currently offlineDigital-cavu From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Tim, my initial email was to the director of airport security and the director of operations. I simply stated my hope to take pictures, and asked their permission for a specific date. That's it.

If your airport doesn't have a web site where these poeple's contact info is listed, just call airport operations and start asking who you should write your letter/email to. I believe they're much happier to respond to requests than to respond to the worried reports of concerned citizens.

Regards,

Del



United States Navy submarine sailor turned aviation photography geek.
User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

Dell, that sounds like it worked quite well. I'll have to try that with STL. Who knows maybe my airport will become friendly again.

Tim



Two A-4's, left ten o'clock level continue left turn!
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