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Great 'Close Up' Plane Spotting Airports?  
User currently offlineFXMax From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2009, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13942 times:

I am looking for feedback on great plane spotting airports where large aircraft can be observed close up, such as Princess Juliana (SXM) - St. Maarten or Toncontin International (TGU) - Hondurus. Unfortunately these airports are too far away for me.

I am based in the UAE, but frequently travel to Australia, New Zealand, the EU and Southern Africa. I am happy to travel to most places, but the Americas are a bit far.

The best I have encountered so far is Ardmore (AMZ) in Auckland NZ, but this airport handles predominantly general aviation.

Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Max

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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2934 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13935 times:

It depends what aircraft types you are looking for, but Manchester (UK) should be high up your list of places to visit, and easily accessible via Emirates. We enjoy some excellent close views of aircraft. If only we had some UAE weather!

Darren



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User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13872 times:



Quoting Dazbo5 (Reply 1):
It depends what aircraft types you are looking for, but Manchester (UK) should be high up your list of places to visit,

Don't forget LHR. If it's the large ones you want to see close up, Myrtle Avenue won't disappoint.


User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13851 times:

You can get pretty close to planes in ZRH, viewing terrace on dock E (see http://www.zurich-airport.com/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-211/ ) or other spotting points (see http://www.planepics.org/en/spot_zrh.html ). Don't know if the places are photographer-friendly, though, as I am not one myself  Smile.


WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineARMEDnPISSED From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13844 times:

LAX, that grass spot that every plane landing on runway 24R flies over. Also, you can get like the best burgers ever from the In N Out right next to it.

[Edited 2009-08-13 01:05:32]

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13800 times:

AMS - excellent free viewing-deck
DUS - excellent paid viewing-deck, both main Terminal and Railway-station



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineGrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13795 times:

SYD isnt bad. At the fence near the beach, your only about 15m from the wingtip of taxiing A380s
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/ph...1sRgCIfU87aiq7Keew&feat=directlink


User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13756 times:

What about a classic spotter destination: FRA!
Near highway A5 you are close to the action (if the wind is blowing from the west)

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fabio Lorenzato - Piti Spotter Club


Due to all these alliances and the fact, that the air base has been closed, traffice became a little bit boring compared to previous times but nevertheless.

Photo positions can be seen here: http://www.rmas.de/Fotopunkte/Fotopunkte.htm

Happy spottings!


User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 857 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13734 times:

Even Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, perhaps lacking in heavies
but standing on the beach you cannot miss anything!

www.freewebs.com/gcrr

cheers



from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13718 times:



Quoting FXMax (Thread starter):
I am looking for feedback on great plane spotting airports where large aircraft can be observed close up,

Ever tried these:

1. The petrol station parking lot diagonlly adjacent to Dubai Flower centre to observe upclose landings/takeoffs
2. Al Twar area near Emirates road near the factory
3. The food court at the terminal 1 departure areas of DXB


User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13718 times:



Quoting Grozzy (Reply 6):

I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!

November I will be there.


User currently offlineAmbanmba From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13681 times:

If you go to AU/NZ a lot, then WLG has some great spotting locations. While the number of airlines and types of aircraft are not so varied, the high winds make it interesting to watch the operations.

Check out Moa Point Road on Google Maps.

-ambanmba



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User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1171 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13642 times:

My favorite spot is CDG. There's an area near the IBIS Hotel at T3. Next to the parking lot there's a little grassy area that gives great views. THe Pullmann Hotel is in the background. Alledgely photography is not permitted however I'v never encountered any problems and have seen other people taking photos too.

Frankfurt has a nice viewing deck in T2 as well.



A330 man.
User currently offlineFXMax From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2009, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13617 times:

Thanks for the input, all very interesting options. I will look into them.

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 9):
Ever tried these:

1. The petrol station parking lot diagonlly adjacent to Dubai Flower centre to observe upclose landings/takeoffs
2. Al Twar area near Emirates road near the factory
3. The food court at the terminal 1 departure areas of DXB

Thanks for the tips here for DXB

Quoting Acelanzarote (Reply 8):

Very informative and interesting website

Thanks & Rgds
Max


User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1818 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13581 times:

As stated above, MAN has to be one of the best! There is a pub right at the end of rwy 23R and its fantastic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me5tWG0y_04

Edited to add this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBGAOyTHfhM&feature=related

I think its better!

[Edited 2009-08-13 03:01:47]


Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1818 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13456 times:

Nothing like plugging my local airport! This is the other runway at MAN! Also a great view!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iUAvRsMc3A&NR=1&feature=fvwp



Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 971 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13413 times:

MAN has loads of good areas for spotting, I found an excellent video of a PK B77W: video

I think AMS also has some great close up locations, I have recently seen a lot of close up shots, also AMS has its viewing deck which is very good for photos.



seemyseems
User currently offlinePetera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13391 times:
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Don't forget the viewing decks at NRT and HND!

User currently offlineCALPSAFltSkeds From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 2726 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13230 times:

SAN:
Laurel Travel Center parking garage for arrivals. The terrain slopes down and the aircraft are maybe 100 feet overhead as they approach the displaced threshold of RW 27. You can see a lot from Balboa Park as well - near the Aerospace Museum is closest.
Parking lot at southeast end of RW 27 for aircraft preparing for takeoff and start of takeoff roll. It's a private lot, but you can walk onto it.
Liberty Station for takeoffs. Ace Hardware parking lot is empty and 0.4 miles from the west end of RW 27 and on the centerline.


User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1612 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 13092 times:



Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 18):
SAN:
Laurel Travel Center parking garage for arrivals. The terrain slopes down and the aircraft are maybe 100 feet overhead as they approach the displaced threshold of RW 27. You can see a lot from Balboa Park as well - near the Aerospace Museum is closest.
Parking lot at southeast end of RW 27 for aircraft preparing for takeoff and start of takeoff roll. It's a private lot, but you can walk onto it.
Liberty Station for takeoffs. Ace Hardware parking lot is empty and 0.4 miles from the west end of RW 27 and on the centerline

Plus you've got North Island across the bay and downtown right next to you. Plus ships and trains. The whole gambit at your feet. SAN kicks butt!



Uncle SAN at your service!
User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 13086 times:



A nice shot from today's little trip to Myrtle Ave.


User currently offlineAdam42185 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 13035 times:

Castle Island* at in Boston is right off the end of 4L and 4R which is great when planes are arriving on those runways.

*Castle Island is not actually and island, quite easy to get to by car

[Edited 2009-08-13 09:06:56]

User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 12926 times:



Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 19):
Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 18):
SAN:
Laurel Travel Center parking garage for arrivals. The terrain slopes down and the aircraft are maybe 100 feet overhead as they approach the displaced threshold of RW 27. You can see a lot from Balboa Park as well - near the Aerospace Museum is closest.
Parking lot at southeast end of RW 27 for aircraft preparing for takeoff and start of takeoff roll. It's a private lot, but you can walk onto it.
Liberty Station for takeoffs. Ace Hardware parking lot is empty and 0.4 miles from the west end of RW 27 and on the centerline

Plus you've got North Island across the bay and downtown right next to you. Plus ships and trains. The whole gambit at your feet. SAN kicks butt!



As a former frequent visitor to San Diego (until my close friend moved to Orlando), I have been to all the spots listed...GREAT spotting areas!

I find Phoenix is also a great place to spot, and have used 24th street as a GREAT location for both runways, with runway 7L/25R being the favorite. Just make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water!
http://www.visitingphx.com/

Locally in YYC (CAlgary, Alberta, Canada), there are a number of good locations, as depicted here:
http://www.contrailsphotography.com/spottingyyc.html
...my favorite is the parking lot off of McKnight Blvd, for landings on runway 34. In good weather, you can walk the fence to be right under the approach to 34... The second is a smaller parking lot off McCall Way near runway 26.



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User currently offlinePetera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 12872 times:
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Don't forget the Limo parking lot at SAN with the US Coast Guard and their HH60's right behind you!

 Big grin


User currently offlineAwschucksflyer From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 12627 times:

I'd have to say YOW. I was there yesterday and a multitude of planes taxied past me within a few feet! Mostly Air Canada and Westjet planes. Tons of fun.

25 Post contains images Planesarecool : Gatwick has a nice spot next to the taxiway parallel to the runway, but it's pretty tricky to get to even with a car. The fence is around 70m from the
26 Post contains links ZKEOJ : Have you been at the car park especially for spotters at AKL? This is a great place, and most of the times you have planes landing from there (e.g.,
27 Petera380 : Where is this spot and how do you get there? Thanks,
28 Post contains links and images PWM2TXLHopper : Berlin TXL is the one of the best I've been to! The terminal is shaped like a 360 degree donut, and you can go up on the roof for two Euro's and have
29 Bennett123 : You could try the Spectator area at Birmingham.
30 Post contains links and images Lexy : The world's busiest airport ATL is a good place. Especially if you are on the south garage!!! If you go there, you better have a permit though or else
31 Post contains links and images Viper911 : I find CFU an awesome airport to spot in, plus its not that far away from you, a short hope to Greece and you're there The bridge down there is an ama
32 Bennett123 : Actually Malta is not bad. They is a small spectator area, but photos from outside, (southern perimeter).
33 Vasu : Me too... very interested in this one! Seriously recommended!
34 TN486 : At the end of runway 34 at MEL, awesome!!
35 Cross757 : If you are interested in spots in the U.S., from recent experience I would say ASE. The terrain surrounding the airport is very dramatic, and requires
36 Post contains links and images Falstaff : That is a good one. I always have seen lots of spotters there. LEJ is a nice place to spot. They don't have a large amount of movements from there, b
37 Aircellist : Stand at the entrance of the taxi/limo parking section, or, even better, on the little mound on the other side of the access road at YUL when aircraft
38 Post contains images Cross757 : Okay, so I finally figured out how to upload my pictures. I apologize in advance because I don't have a zoom lens for my humble little digital camera.
39 KBUF : You can get some great views of planes arriving and departing BUF where Flying Tigers Restaurant once stood.
40 Beefstew25 : FLL is great. The aircraft viewing area has a speaker tuned into ATC. When I am down there I always plan on eating my lunch there. Not a good amount o
41 Alevik : Level 4 and up on the terminal 4 parking garage at KPHX.
42 Macsid : I know AMS has been mentioned already in this thread, but I 'd like to add two things about it: 1. It is spotter-friendly, having a number of designat
43 Post contains links and images MacSid : Just to support my earlier post, here's a classic AMS pic taken from the spotter site by 36L/18R View Large View MediumPhoto © Martin Boschhuizen - A
44 LifelinerOne : It is indeed. You need to have a permit, which is issued by the local authorities. I've been to CDG twice this year, and both times I was asked for t
45 Jalap : To be real close to the planes then CDG is the best! Good spots are scattered around the airport, many of them bring you so close to the planes that y
46 FXMax : Wow, Thanks to everyone for the replies. I will certainly start planning a few trips to get some great live spotting in. Much appreciated, Max
47 Nssd70 : Who do you contact at Atlanta to get a permit? Doug
48 Cschleic : For Long Beach, is the observation deck open at all...is it part of the restaurant? And if it is open, any good for views/photos? Thanks for any infor
49 Post contains links and images BuyantUkhaa : Try FNC, a spectacular airport (and great holiday destination), you're really close at the observation deck, but also on the road opposite: And of cou
50 Post contains links and images Jetmatt777 : I loved the garage. I contacted the Security Division, but they forwarded my stuff to the Airport Operations Division. I got my permit in about 1-2 d
51 Post contains links and images Aussie18 : Sydney has an awesome location to get some up close heavy action. 2 of the type of angle you can get View Large View MediumPhoto © Mark H View La
52 727LOVER : Planeview Park at LGA and Gravelly point at DCA. Both, they fly quite low/ And though, they were not using this runway when I was there, HOU 1940s ter
53 CLT787 : It may be pretty far, but CLT's Carolinas Aviation Museum is a great place to take pictures up-close. They line up just in front of the runway! Plus,
54 727LOVER : WOW!....you know what? I came back into this thread to say the very same thing. I was just there last week, and I had forgotten how close that runway
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