Ptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3878 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1950 times:
Traffic is quite busy and interesting in my opinon. On the SW there's a public park outside a shopping mall in Florya from which you can photograph aircraft on final for several of the runways in the afternoon. It's not bad, and too public and shrubby to get into problems. Hope that gets you started.
The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad (Salvador Dali)
The park Steve refers to is a more commercial area. It's indeed not so good, and I was asked not to use my camera there by security people.
A healthy walk east from here is the Yesilkoy railway station - the train is one way of getting here if you're staying in central Istanbul. Across the road from the railway station is the Air (Force) Museum.