Dcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6166 times:
I'm planning to go for one week (9 days) to the US in September (week of the 18thSep) for some spotting and I would like to know which are the best airport in terms of traffic, spotting places, weather and specially airport where do may don't have problems with the police.
I have sometimes read post here in a.net about problems with the autorities and I don't want to have problems as my english (BTW) is not very performant
Are there holidays during this week (18th Sep)? I'm asking that as I'm planning to go with ID tickets...
SmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6014 times:
My favorite so far is DCA. Plenty of traffic (no heavies though ), great spotting location at gravelly point. I've only been there a couple of times but there was never a hassle with the police. Actually, last time I was there there was a cop parked in the lot just watching.
Dullesguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5986 times:
I can vouch for DCA/BWI/IAD as great places for some spotting and each having distinct differences in traffic ... IAD for heavies/BWI for cool charters and heavies/DCA for flat out great locations at Gravelly point and the Marina. But one that hasn't been mentioned yet is MSP which on the parking garage seems to be a great spot and plenty of traffic..although its all mainly NWA but hey its still fun in my opinion. I've never been on the garages but when i connected i spent time in the observation room which offerred great views.
BNA seems to be hassle free and offers some great spots from what I see, I've never been there so maybee the locals there can help you out. Not the best in terms of Intl. traffic but it stays pretty busy.
"..the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2240 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
Before visiting NYC, be sure to check out http://nycaviation.com/
We have spotting maps and tips for the local airports, and post a note on the forum - most weekends you will find one of us out spotting.
Mongorat From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 165 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5730 times:
KSAN is very spotter friendly, the downside is there is not a huge variety of traffic. Mornings you'll get a couple of Delta & Hawaiian heavies, Air Canada, AeroMex, Jet Blue, and Frontier. Evenings a couple of FedEx heavies and maybe another cargo carrier if you're lucky. Other than that a constant stream of Southwest, Alaska, United, and American traffic...oh yeah, and lots of commuters...
GFKbored From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5556 times:
Hey, Tobi, I hope I can catch you in MSP but as for spotting advice I always go to the Fort Snelling National Historic site and there is a fence right next to the runway. As for security I had a sheriff deputy drive right past me twice and a National Gaurd pilot was using the area to spot at the same time; in the winter they even plow right up to the fence. The problem with that runway is that the heaviest thing you will see are 757's from either NWA or CO, also there is a rather small window of opportunity to shoot them as there are large trees on either side of you.
Lindy Field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3103 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5467 times:
I recommend Spotters Wiki as a way to find spotting information about some of the airports you might be planning to visit. I'm sure the airliner spotting community would also appreciate any updates you might be able to add about your home airports.
: as mentioned already..Anchorage is probably the pick of the bunch along with Miami, excellent traffic, great locations to shoot from, no police hassle
: Hey, message me when it gets closer to your SAN visit. I'm off on the 29th, but I'm working on the 30th so I'll be at the airport.
: A lot of you keep saying "boring traffic" or whatever. Remember, he's from Europe, so a WN 733 or B6 A320 would be oooooolala for him. A few months ag
: I've never been hassled at PDX, on the garage or Marine Drive, either. Traffic isn't as much as some other places, but it has great viewing spots alon