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Spotting In HNL?  
User currently offlineBA777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

(Appologies if this thread is in the wrong section)

I will be in Honolulu later this month and was wondering if anyone knows of good places to spot? I was told by a friend that you can spot in the terminal itself? And one of the blogs was talking about getting a "spotters permit" of sorts from the airport???

Also, wondering what is the best day/time for spotting? I would like to see the the heavies that HNL has to offer.

Any help would be appreciated!


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User currently offlinergreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Sand Island state park seems like it would be a pretty good spot - at least for landings from that side.

I've also watched from Keehi Lagoon State Park, and it was an okay spot - super close to the airport - in fact just down the street from the Airport Enterprise RAC location.


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

Here's a great fan site. Check out the left side of the site where it goes into detail about spotting at HNL.

http://hnlrarebirds.blogspot.com/



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User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

I was at HNL once . I was used to spotting Lagoon Drive (good view of Reef runway but early morning or late afternoon because is located nort of runway) and some landings on both rwy's 4R and 4L . Also good view of water runway (along Lagoon drive) . Good place is a Sand Island mentioned above so you can get heavies on departure (I got some KC-135's and C-5's) . I was also a while on a parking lot on some street near Kamaka Air facility.
I remeber that if you have boarding pass walkways between concourses are open air so you can find good place for taking pictures during waiting for your flight.



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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3851 times:
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The end of Lagoon Drive would be your best bet for photography, just be careful of the airport security and sheriffs (apply for a pass if staying in Honolulu for a longer period of time). Otherwise, be discreet and put your camera away when not shooting.


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The position of the sun for Reef Runway movements will not be in your favor this time of year, unfortunately.

Quoting rgreenftm (Reply 1):
Sand Island state park seems like it would be a pretty good spot
Quoting gabik001 (Reply 3):
Good place is a Sand Island

Not the greatest spot, quite interesting to note that two of the three replies mentioned it! It's not the safest place to bring your valuables, so exercise caution when shooting from there.

Aloha, and have fun!


User currently offlineBA777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 4):
The end of Lagoon Drive would be your best bet for photography, just be careful of the airport security and sheriffs (apply for a pass if staying in Honolulu for a longer period of time).

Thanks... How exactly do you apply for a pass? To be honest, I've never heard of a spotters pass before?

I will be in Hawaii for a week, so I'd like to spot at least twice.. not sure if that's worth it then?



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