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Getting Onto Tower To Shoot, How? Permit?  
User currently offlinePhileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 308 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

how do photographers get onto the tower to snap a few shots. is it like official where they apply for a specific time and background checks or just a quick security scan and a press pass or permit to help open the golden doors? if so how do i get a press pass?

[Edited 2008-01-21 15:42:14]

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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2380 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

I suspect most work in those towers - I know someone in such a situation at a major airport. I doubt many towers will allow "civilians" in anymore. I think JFK used to have a program where you could get tower tours, but I don't think that's been done in years.

I have taken shots from the old tower at FRG, but that's part of the American Airpower Museum now, no longer in use as an active ATC tower, and I've developed a relationship with the museum.


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User currently offlineHangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2899 times:

I was looking at the old tower at PHL today and wondering what it would take to get up there.

It's probably worth a picture itself. Pure 1950s.



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

All about who you know nowadays....you'll have a hard time trying to get up, even with press credentials. Especially if it's some no-name company or supersmall paper.

Maybe try at some smallish airports before.



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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

I don't work there but I have a good friend that does, so it pays to be in the know:


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Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
Maybe try at some smallish airports before.

You'll have just as hard of a time there as the bigger ones if Aus is anything to go by.

Quoting Phileet92 (Thread starter):
if so how do i get a press pass?

Once again, here in AUS a press pass will do no good, as they haven't obtained a security clearance.


User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2787 times:



Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
Maybe try at some smallish airports before.

Depending on who is managing the airport, you may or may not even get through the front gate with a camera. I had an encounter at a non-controlled airport where they (the management company) were very hesitant to allow me to photograph aircraft on the ramp, except for those owned by the management company. A lot of small airports (and private strips) are part of the AOPA airport watch program and unless you have the "in" with someone there you probably have a difficult time getting access.



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