Phileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2744 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?
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2291 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2732 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.
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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