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Best "friend Spotter" Airports In The USA  
User currently offlineDcrusafon 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:

Hello,

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...

Brgrds from Spain.

DARIO

[Edited 2006-08-09 11:48:10]

28 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9601 posts, RR: 69
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6109 times:
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Well, lets see. I will throw out some random names, but it might not be the best time of year to vist because of things like heat (Phoenix) or lack of traffic (Jackson)...

LAX - never a hassle on Imperial Hill

SJC - minimal hassle from police, traffic gets boring

SFO - minimal hassle, but I hear it isn't what it used to be in terms of photo ops

PHX - never been hassled there, heat haze might be a problem this time of year

LAS - never hassled, again, heat might be a problem

PDX - a few police run ins, but nothing bad, traffic gets boring

SEA - not many places to spot, lots of police, not worth the hassle in my opinion

YVR - not the US, but a great airport, never a hassle, lots of things to do/see

SLC - not what it used to be, but still good, minimal police, gets boring after a while


User currently offlinePHL27RPhotog From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 77 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
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PHL has minimal hassle lately. We have a few good spots around the airport, depending on which runways they're on.


BillShullPhotography
User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

My best spotting place is LAS. I never get hasseled and I even wave to the cops and airport ops.

Heat will ease up by the middle of Sept but there are still times and places now where heat is not an issue. All my pics on this site where taken during the summer with temps over 100.

Dave


User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6070 times:
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Heres a few more places to check out.IAD,DCA,BWI,FLL and MIA.
Jason Whitebird


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12029 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6041 times:
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IAH and HOU generally good, but August anywhere in the Southern half of the US is going to be very hot with lots of haze.

FLL - good
OPL - good with ramp access if you ask nicely
MIA - OK, but getting poorer.

PHX - very good.



Hey AA, the 1960s called. They want their planes back!
User currently offlineSmAlbany 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 Sad), 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.

Have fun,
Dan


User currently offlineDullesguy 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.



Stephen



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 1):
SLC - not what it used to be, but still good, minimal police, gets boring after a while

Same could be said about ABQ.


User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 5):
IAH and HOU generally good, but August anywhere in the Southern half of the US is going to be very hot with lots of haze.

HOU doesn't offer as much in the range of locations and the constant barrage of WN can get tiresome. Some nice bizjets, though.


User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5870 times:

It kind of started to get back to "normal" but looking back at today's events, it might be changing very quickly. Who knows.

Good luck.

Vasco


User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5813 times:

Thanks for the comments: I will start to make a route...

Lets see what happens after yerterday events...

DARIO


User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5806 times:

I'm in the US, too...

from 16th September - 7th October

Our routing is:
NYC
PHL
LAS
LAX
SAN
PHX
MSP

As kind of photography, I prefer boring sunny sideons Big grin

So any information, links about these airports are very welcome... Meeting would also be nice...

Cheers from Hamburg
Tobi



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User currently offlineMoose135 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:

Tobi,

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.



KC-135 - Passing gas and taking names!
User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5733 times:

ROC , nothing exotic , only heavies are FX A300/310's .


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineMongorat 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...

Matt L


User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5713 times:

Paulianer

I'll be in LAX the first week of October..

What's your schedule??

Dave


User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1062 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

ANC, plenty of spots, lots of variety; anything from DC-6's to 747-400F's to 737-200QC's to C-46's we have everyting, no police and some great views.

User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

My schedule looks like this:

NYC September 16th - 19th
PHL Sept. 20th-21st
LAS Sept. 22nd-24th
LAX Sept. 25th-28th
SAN September 29th-30th
PHX October 1st-3rd
MSP October 4th-6th

Cheers
Tobi



Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2045 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5629 times:

I just returned from a trip to TPA. Several great spotting sites and I didn't see a cop the entire time.


II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineAirForceOne21 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5626 times:

Hey Paulianer I live Near MSP i can try to meet you one of those days.

The best place for good shots is in the parking ramp. Post road is good but it has a 10 ft. high perimeter fence and some blast deflectors that get in the way.

Let me know when the date gets closer

my email is Insanemembrane123@hotmail.com

Thnx

- Josh -


User currently offlineGFKbored 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.

User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

@AirForceOne21
@GFKbored

Do you have any sample images from that locations?

Thank you.

Tobi



Tobias Rose - Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) & (XFW/EDHI) - Canon EOS D60 - ICQ: 235621277 - MSN: Tobias.Rose@gmx.de
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

Whats Memphis (MEM) like for photos or viewing Fedex aircraft ???? Its always been somewhere i have wanted to visit.


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User currently offlineLindy 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:
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Hi All,

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.

Regards,

Edward


25 QANTAS077 : as mentioned already..Anchorage is probably the pick of the bunch along with Miami, excellent traffic, great locations to shoot from, no police hassle
26 Silver1SWA : 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.
27 Post contains images 727LOVER : 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
28 Cschleic : 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
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