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User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 295 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

Hello Everyone,

I'll be doing some business in Calgary in a few weeks and was curious if anyone could provide some great spotting locations around the airport. Do the local authorities permit spotting around the airfield? Thanks!


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User currently offlinesaintex From Canada, joined Apr 2009, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4719 times:

Spotting is allowed, even encouraged, at YYC. The 'official' Edward H. LaBorde viewing area is to the W. of runway 34 threshold off McKnight Boulevard. You can't miss it, although it's only good for photography from about 2pm on.

There are two other spots, one at the 28 threshold off McCall Way which is difficult (but not impossible) for photos due to a double fence and is only good until about midday; the other round by the Viking hangar in McTavish court, E. of R34 and therefore excellent in the morning.

In addition you can park in the cargo near the fire station, although this is not a recognised spot and you could get moved on although it's never happened to me. This is about the only place for a southerly flow (16/10) that I know of and is far from satisfactory. Best to check the wind before setting out. Be prepared to see a lot of Westjet 737s    .

There are probably other locations reachable on foot (looong walks) but I'm too lazy to have explored. You can get some limited shots from the sidewalk at each end of the terminal too.

User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4663 times:

Quoting saintex (Reply 1):

Thank you so much for the information! I am looking forward to seeing what YYC has to offer.

User currently offlinealevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 1231 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4566 times:

Go to www.contrailsphotography.com . They have a spotting guide for Calgary. Very spotter/photog friendly, there are plenty of us around too. You can check out the flickr group Calgary Airport for more of the usual suspects.

Improvise, adapt, overcome.
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