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User currently offlineairplane09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8407 times:

I am going to chicago soon and I need to know where I can spot for the Big Jets near the runway
This is my first post
Thanks

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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8381 times:

Hi ,
Most known place is the O'Hare Aeropsace center near Lawrence/ Mannheim intersection at Scott St (USG parking lot). All traffic at rwy 28. Usually all cargo , sometimes european aircrafts. Pretty nice view of all traffic inbound and outbound of ORD.
Allstate / Target area - arrivals at rwy 22R / 27R. Since rwy 27R was open runway 22R is mostly used when we got S winds ( with rwy 14R).
York Rd (west) at rwy 10. All heavies , including european arriving there.
Irving Park/ Seymour - rwy 04R arrivals , 22L departures - mostly smaller a/c's - domestic flights.
There are more places with higher risk of police supervision...
Enjoy!

[Edited 2010-11-05 16:55:55]


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User currently offlinebistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8368 times:

Here's a Google Map I made for ORD. It's publically editable too: http://bit.ly/aqes7r


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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8330 times:

Quoting bistro1200 (Reply 2):
Here's a Google Map
I made for ORD. It's publically editable too: http://bit.ly/aqes7r

Nice job with this map. I add some spots that I like. I think you know them.
I didn't mark hills on York rd at 10 because in last days there is a higher activity of police/security. We , members of ORD airport watch are familiar for security/police so in case of catch on hills or other strange places (like USPS parking lot at cargo) we can explain our situation...
Best regards , Gabriel



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8306 times:

Quoting gabik001 (Reply 3):
because in last days there is a higher activity of police/security

Wasn't there a thread on here about 3 months ago that said ORD was setting up a linup with llocal spotters that would include area police departments?



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8295 times:
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The link seems broken but you guys probably covered all the spots. The program is called Airport Watch and was started with the Bensenville police department and the Aviation world store.

User currently offlineAirplane09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

Thanks everyone for the tips
I can't wait to go to chicago now!


User currently offlinebistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8289 times:

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 5):
The link seems broken but you guys probably covered all the spots. The program is called Airport Watch and was started with the Bensenville police department and the Aviation world store.

I just clicked the link and it's still good. It has to be the original link though, not the "quoted" link. Here it is again: http://bit.ly/aqes7r

I am also a founding member of the airport watch thru Aviation World. So far I have never been confronted with police questioning, but have heard plenty that have been. MAKE SURE you are on public property... side street to the west or a sidewalk near a street.



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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8276 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
Quoting gabik001 (Reply 3):
because in last days there is a higher activity of police/security

Wasn't there a thread on here about 3 months ago that said ORD was setting up a linup with llocal spotters that would include area police departments?

Right , but about two weeks ago I saw four peoples in three cars that left their cars just at York Rd (they didn't even trying to find a place to left their cars off York Rd) and run on west side hills to see aircrafts landing. They wasn't local spotters... In about 5 minutes three police cars arrived and they ask them to leave area. I was staying on Beeline and police didn't ask me what I am doing here. Next day one police car show up 3 times during my spotting time. Some people don't know how to use a brain...



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8262 times:
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The hills are not meant to have many people up there. Otherwise police come very quick. I have been there several times but police have come only once. Be careful.

User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8235 times:

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 9):
The hills are not meant to have many people up there. Otherwise police come very quick. I have been there several times but police have come only once. Be careful.

Best way to climb there is not be seen by anybody. When you sitting there try to not be visible from York rd or from perimeter road behind airport fence. Right now they mowe grass and bushes and top of the hill is clear...
BTW it is not normal that someone is jumping and waving in place like this.



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8205 times:
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I usually sit down when I'm on the hill and nobody can see me. When the police came I was with someone else who kept getting up and therefore someone saw him and called the cops. You can climb up from the side so that there's less chance of someone seeing you climb. The things we do for our hobby!

User currently offlineairplane09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8162 times:

Quoting bistro1200 (Reply 2):

Thanks For the Input
Did you do that map?


User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8080 times:
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I am not sure how to edit the map but add this location as well.

42.005192,-87.930636

Good for runway 32R departures and quite low key. It is a truck turnaround circle. Not too much traffic takes off on 32R but some days they have all European departures take off from it and also Air Force One always uses this runway.

Examples of shots from this location:


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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8063 times:

Hey Ivan , I aready mark this location. It is at the end of Mt Prospect Rd right?
I remember that spot when there was no airport gates only abandoned building with truck docks , some trees and auto bodyshop. I climb on that building couple of times and enjoyed beautiful view of airport with Chicago skyline in background. I got some pictures I have never published.
Here are some examples from that times:

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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8058 times:
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No I am talking about at the end of Old Higgins Road. You have to enter from York road.

User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8021 times:

Oooh , I know what you mean. This road was connected with Mt Prospect Rd before they buil new airport gates near UA service hangars.
I already edited it for you.
Best regards , Gabriel



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7950 times:

So, where is this beauty from? This is rwy 10, I'm guessing.


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7949 times:

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! And this one?.....................



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7943 times:
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Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 17):
So, where is this beauty from? This is rwy 10, I'm guessing.

Yes, the 767 is landing on 10. It is shot from the hills which we talked about above. The second one is landing on 27R and is shot from the north side at the end of Wolf rd. That spot is marked on the map as well.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7928 times:

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 19):
The second one is landing on 27R

AAAAHHHHH...so that's the new runway, thats why I didn't recognize it.



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User currently offlineKMCIFAN From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7909 times:

Hello guys, I too am going to ORD in 3 weeks. I was wondering if they are not using 28/27L to land. Would they be using 10 for takeoffs as well? The United picture above looks like the 777 and 744 are heading for 10. It seems like if they are using 10 that the USG parking lot/Scott street would be good for runway 10 takeoffs.



Thanks


User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2591 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7898 times:
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Runway 10 is rarely used for takeoffs and if it is it will be something heavy. I've seen them use runway 10 but it is not very common. Otherwise yes the USG parking lot is not bad to get the head on takeoff shot.Gabriel was at the right place at the right time I would say  

User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7860 times:

We were together with Frank Robitaile on the hills that day.
Last days rwy 10 /28 was used for departures. We had 180 wind so the same runway was used once as 10 once as 28 (eg. two departures from 10 , three from 28 , one from 10 etc) . I was trying to get N542UA on saturday and was waiting at York Rd for 28 departure but take off was from 10... I didn't make it. I couldn't be on the other side when heard on radio "United 17 runway 10 clear to take off ".



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User currently offlineKMCIFAN From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7848 times:

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 22):
Quoting gabik001 (Reply 23):

Ok, thanks guys.  


25 727LOVER : Don't they make a hard right after lifting off runway 10? Would the USG still be good? Can't wait to get back to ORD. When does the next runway open/c
26 airplane09 : What is the USO in terminal 2?
27 gabik001 : Usually they banking left or flying with runway heading. USG parking lot is good . I got some pics of saturday early morning cargo series deparure. I
28 sovietjet : It's really gonna suck once they have all these parallel runways going...
29 airplane09 : What do you mean?
30 gabik001 : Try to imagine six parallel runways and construction site to build them... They got three ready and half of next runway (it will be 28C) is complete.
31 sovietjet : I mean it's gonna suck from a spotting and photography point of view. For photography you basically have the same possible angles(relative to sun, sk
32 727LOVER : Well right now, doesn't everything heavy and international and cargo land on 28? Would that change? I'm not sure I agree. OK, you'ld only have 3 or 4
33 gabik001 : Well , depends on wind strenght if 28 is also using for departures you can expect heavy cargo can land on 27L. Europeans usually using 27L with some
34 Post contains images 727LOVER : Now see, that is different from when I was up there. All heavies were landing on 28 except some UA 747 and AA,UA 777. You're a local so I'll trust yo
35 aserafyn : Can somebody suggest spotting locations for RW27L? Tomorrow I will try to catch some New United's planes.
36 gabik001 : First of all track them using flightaware. Just put the reg number for search (instead of flight #). If you'll find departure airport you can calcula
37 Post contains images aserafyn : Thanks for quick reply, I do this flightaware tracking almost every time i go spotting. I did tracked yesterday N773UA from MUC, but i took pic from m
38 gabik001 : If you want to get ONLY this a/c just set up scanner (if you have) for three frequencies of chicago approach (three runways , one of them is a 133.625
39 aserafyn : Today was a day of havies landing on RW28, I saw you leaving, Gabriel, did you catch United Express(Colgan Air) dash8-q402? I did catch everything I w
40 Post contains images gabik001 : Oh yeah that was a day! I catch XA-FPP from I-294 on touch down , but mainly I was there to finally take A6-EHJ. I saw you walking around with monopo
41 Post contains images aserafyn : Ha-ha , wrong!, that wasn't me) I was in Chicago Bulls jacket, in RAV4 How do you track those cargo jets, couse they are kinda pop-up flights. If the
42 Post contains images gabik001 : Oh! So you were behind me against the building. They pop-up two, three hours before depature so enough time to get the spot. Use ftytecomm to track th
43 aserafyn : Flight aware isn't good for tracking European flights. I know that today BA is sending G-STBC, and flightaware shows as it is B77L. P.S. N53442 in new
44 aserafyn : Hey look whats heading our way (ADB2178), is there any chance to know when he will be leaving ORD? UPD: Whats the best way to reach you, stay in touch
45 gabik001 : I sent you an info. In flightaware lookup for any A124 movement.
46 aserafyn : Got it, i already looked for any A124 movement, but i'll wait till the flight arrives, wanna catch it upon departure.... Its UR-82029.[Edited 2010-12
47 gabik001 : Looks like arrival will be at 11pm so we can expect departure after 3am. She's gonna stay at north cargo (like other ADB flights years ago). Minutes a
48 Post contains links and images 727LOVER : Where would this place be? View Large View MediumPhoto © Je89 W.
49 aserafyn : Maybe that picture was taken from United's Terminal?
50 sovietjet : Either the terminal or just from the window of a plane lined up for departure from 04L
51 gabik001 : How was your guys adventure with Ruslan? I was at arrival at 11pm on 28. Took some shots in the dark and gone home. I was not alone. There was two oth
52 aserafyn : Didn't catch it, tried to go as near as possible to Cargo Area, but still could not see. Gabriel, show as your pics , please.
53 Post contains links and images sovietjet : An-124 took off on 32L with a 3 hour delay. Some pics of it on the south cargo ramp:
54 MidEx216 : I have a few shots taken from some pretty tight spots to get to. The fence by rwy 4R/22L by the cargo area isn't bad when the winds are right. Also, t
55 sovietjet : Can you mark these locations on google maps?
56 Post contains links and images gabik001 : Ivan , how you get there? My shots Dark , difficult light cond. (actually no light) and dark lens... I didn't postprocess images , only simply clicks.
57 Post contains links aserafyn : Nice Shots! I have added two more places to spot from to that map, for RW10 and RW27L. Also I can add a place where i took this picture (RW14R) http:/
58 MidEx216 : The places are already marked on the map, one by Irving Park Drive, and the other just west of Lake O'Hare. They both say there are fences in the way
59 gabik001 : I also add some places. I was circling around south cargo to see A124 but never been at the spot near Delta cargo...
60 sovietjet : Gabriel, the An-124 ramp shots aren't mine
61 gabik001 : That's what I thought... Did someone from you guys take a shot of UAE203 diverted from JFK? Arrived yesterday at 1.30 pm , departed today at 10.37 am
62 aserafyn : I have some thoughts why Emirates chosen to fly to ORD, instead of any other city where they have bases. Rumors going around) By the way, did you know
63 gabik001 : Also Jade Cargo from august (rumor) and AirBridge Cargo from march... But Jade Cargo propably will share with World so they will use WOA B744 aircraft
64 gabik001 : About Jade Cargo... Just arrived on 14R before 5pm as JAE7441 a/c B-2441 B744 from ANC. ETD 8.20pm to AMS. So look like no rumor. I hope that will sto
65 airfinair : Great thread! I haven't been spotting at ORD as much as I'd like lately. I used to go out at least weekly, but now I'd be lucky to get over there ever
66 aserafyn : Hey there, Has anyone taken a picture of Continental 757, today?
67 gabik001 : Me not. I was only at the morning (9am) to get TAI587 at departure , and later about 10.40am ATE6802 MD83 on arrival. Also yesterday morning and today
68 aserafyn : I was there today also, but missed CO 757, instead seen a lot of Continental Express in new United livery. In addition all the Europeans) Have seen fr
69 gabik001 : It was ater 12pm or before? After 12pm pattern changed and landings were at 10 and 4R. I didn't talk with him yet so if this was at 10 I assume he has
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