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User currently offlineChiefnwa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

I am heading out to TPA to spot on Saturday morning.
I have a Sony A200 with a 55-200mm.
So here are my questions.

Where can I spot for landings on 36L?
Will my lens be long enough for use from the long a short term garages?
When is the best time to go in the morning (most arrivals and departures)?
I heard you can spot from an icehouse by the Delta Hanger, is that still possible?
Where can I get good landing pictures for planes landing on 18L?
Other than general aviation and Gulfstream does anything else usually land on 36R?

Any more tips you can give me will be greatly appreciated.


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User currently offlineN440ER From Poland, joined Jan 2006, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4184 times:

Hey there,

I guess I'll try to answer your questions as directly as possible.

You can spot landings on 36L from Cypress Point Park (western end of cypress street - afternoon only spot) - really no morning spots for 36L.

200 mm will be a little short for the parking garages, but if there is no heat haze and you have enough resolution you'll be fine. I would give it a try.

Go to the short term parking garage at sunrise and catch the morning departure rush, which is followed by some arrivals. If the skies are clear, the sunrise time period is very nice.

Yes, the spot by the delta hangar should still be available. Just have to find something to stand on so you can reach over the fence.

For 18L arrivals, try a warehouse (I think it's furniture) on the northern side of Hillsborough Ave, on the western side of the approach. It's just a big parking lot, and the planes sort of jump out from behind the warehouse, so be ready! That is an afternoon spot. I have never shot that runway in the morning.

And nothing but GA and Gulfstream lands on 36R, that's for sure.

I might be out there on Saturday morning as well, haven't shot from the garage in a long long time, so see you there maybe!

Take care,

-Maciek Majewski

"You know, back in my day, sex was safe and flying was dangerous." - Gallup
User currently offlineChiefNWA From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

I'll be heading out around 8-9am. Hopefully they'll be departing on the 36's so I can get some departure shots from the Economy Garage and maybe from the long/short term.

User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Quoting ChiefNWA (Reply 2):
Hopefully they'll be departing on the 36's

I'd be hoping for 18s, if they're 36s in the morning you'll loose half the morning traffic (everything at air sides A and C) to a back lit sky.


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