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Official Places For Spotting In USA  
User currently offlinePaco2k8 From Chile, joined Feb 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

Hi All...

I was wondering if there exist such a thing like "official places for spotting". The thing is, i would like to go to USA and make some spotting, i hear about the "holes" in miami... So the question is.. if exist some other place like this one.. were you can stay without been kicked out by the police. Im planning to go Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas.

Thanks to all!!

Francisco

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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6057 times:

For New York, I don't know of any "official" spotting locations, however I do recommend that you visit the www.nycaviation.com site and take a look at their excellent spotting maps.

User currently offlineDlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 547 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6039 times:
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Aircraft spotting in the US is regarded as "suspicious behavior" by law enforcement agencies. Very few official spotting locations exist, other than airshows and museums, where you are expected to photograph aircraft.

With that said, I know that BFI has some good semi-official spotting areas. See: BFI/SpotterGuide_BFI.pdf" target=_blank>http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/USA/BFI/SpotterGuide_BFI.pdf

LAS (west side) and BWI (east side) both have spotting areas that are officially sanctioned.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6031 times:
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There's an official spotting location at MKE, on the north side of the field.

You should also check out Spotters Wiki.

Quoting Dlednicer (Reply 2):
Aircraft spotting in the US is regarded as "suspicious behavior" by law enforcement agencies.

Yes, this is unfortunately the case.

Airport management needs to realize that their airport either has a spotting area....or their airport is a spotting area. It's their choice, really.

It's amazing to me that they are too shortsighted to realize that having a dedicated spotting area can result in less work for them than having to police the entire grounds and go after every aviation enthusiast with a camera.

2H4



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User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

Check out Imperial Hill for LAX. Also, the In N Out serves as a good place to spot for LAX, while enjoying a delicious double double animal style, with a lemonup.


Boilerup! Go Purdue!
User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6564 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5913 times:

OFFICIAL spotting areas that I know of, not makeshift ones:I have what I believe ts about the % rate of you being bothered, but a local ca be more specfic.

LGA-planeview park, runway 4 arrivals and departures
DCA-gravelly point, the inside of the historic terminal works okay too
BWI-alond Dorsey road-(its on the SOUTH side actually
IAD- well you can go into the museum and watch from the tower-for photography, outside by the street-I've done it with no problems
MIA-the holes-now I've heard of cops bothering people but after you show them the sign that reads "Photography Only Alowed In This Area"-the usualy leave
FLL- vieing park is on the west side, no more holes-east side up on the top floor of (which one?) parking deck
IAH- viewing area is on the east side
HOU-museum on west side
LAX-imperial hill
DFW-just opened a brand new viewing area on the northwest side
MKE-on the north side, but I hearing this runway is not used all that often, and the taxi shots would be difficult anyway
CLT-2 official areas, west side and east side at the museum

That's the ones that I know about.


Now the following are not OFFICIAL but they are definately good: you just have to make some phone calls:

ATL-the Rennasaince Hotel
Bothe North and South parking decks-I'm hearing that you need to make calls.
IAH-all the garages-make phone calls first-they were very polite to me
IAD-garages-make phone calls, they were very polite to me
TPA-garages or raytheon-make phone calls, police may pull up at Raytheon, but if you've made the phone calls, you'll be fine
LGA-central terminal at the top of each escalators I'd try but ONLY if you are just wacthing, not photography


HOPE THIS HELPS



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5832 times:

I have never had a problem in the viewing area out here at LAS. In fact a few times while spotting in different locations around LAS I have had the police tell me that they prefer 'our type' to stay to the viewing area.

When we are standing out there with your ladders the police hardly come thru and then it's only looking for transient people who might be wanted. I tell people..you can do just about anything out here BUT do not light an open fire and leave your umbrellas at home! LOL. The constant stream of arrivals is like one every 45 seconds...we usually draw straws to see who has to leave and run to get us all lunch. That person usually misses something good!!!

Unfortunately the runway is closed right now for a few more weeks but after that a visit to LAS might just be what you are looking for..

Read this page and you'll see a little bit of what we do..

http://visitinglas.com/?page_id=755

Look thru the galleries and you'll see plenty of pictures taken from the viewing area. Not many places in the world where you can stand all day and shoot a landing A/C directly side-on from a 200 ft!! (737s and a320s are at 110mm)

And in the winter we do it from 8 a.m. til dark. We never lose the light(except when Whitebird is with us!!) due to runway direction. The 25's are perfect and the winter sun tracks east to west at a low sun angle behind us!!

Dave
LAS


User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5801 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
Airport management needs to realize that their airport either has a spotting area....or their airport is a spotting area. It's their choice, really.

Hahah so true!

For an abundance of info on IAH, you should check out houstonspotters.net.

And depending on what time of year you're thinking about coming, you might want to consider a few days at OSH for EAA Airventure: airventure.org


User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5698 times:
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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

BNA has the Observation Lot off of Vultee Blvd. There are also a couple other places, but this is the main spot to go to.


Nashville, Tennessee KBNA
User currently offlineSFO2SVO From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

AUS - Family Viewing Area - see AUS/KAUS)" target=_blank>http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...m_International_Airport_(AUS/KAUS)

SJC - open air terrace in old terminal C - now past security (requires ticket)



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