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A List Of Photo Friendly Airports...  
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1599 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

Just post the airport(s) NEAR YOU that are Photo-friendly and the ones that ARE NOT Photo-friendly in general. Include SHORT descriptions if possible (ie one or two lines). Please only post information on your local airport as this can maximise the authenticity of the current situation. Updates can also be posted if an authorities stance changes. However if we dont happen to have any locals form say Tokyo Haneda or Beijing for instance then people who were there recently can maybe enlighten us on the situations there. The aim of this maybe is to inform anyone who may be traveling to the destination to have the latest information on the authorities stance on us photographers and also to keep all the individual updates we often get in one post.

Try to keep it in the following format:


Dublin Airprort, Ireland (DUB) - No restrictions whatsoever outside the perimeter fence
Weston Aerodrome (General Aviation), Dublin, Ireland - Once you stay within the viewing/picnic area provided then there will be no hassle. The area is really close to the action so there should be no need to stray away from it

I hope idea will be of some use anyway


48 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

Amsterdam Schiphol - No problems ever. Noone


Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

Zurich (ZRH): absolutely no problems at all.
Geneva (GVA): the same
Munich (MUC): again the same


dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6279 times:

Brussels (BRU)
Ostend (?OST?)


User currently offlineJon01 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

Manchester UK

-never had any problems
-lots of good vantage points (if you have a car)
-runway system that is spotter friendly
-north side has the official areas, south side unofficial, just stick to the footpaths.


User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

La Guardia in NYC is very photo-friendly, as long as you don't go to that one area directly behind Runway 4, which is a private area anyway, it's all good.

Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

BRS - never had one problem, even been inside airport grounds and spoken to some employees.

FZO - Never any problems again, but i've heard its not allowed within the airfield (I have reason to believe that is BS as a couple of friends work there and get taken on ramp tours etc.).


User currently offlineMDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6210 times:

CLT - Charlotte, North Carolina: Reopened observation area overlooking Runway 18R in April. Also there is a small aviation muesum on the other side of the airport with good vantage points as well. Also, you can pull off to the side of the road behind 18R for approach shots. I have done this several times and have not been bothered once.

Michael L

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

GVA-no problems and several excellent spots
LHR-ditto and unlike other major airports(CDG etc)its hard to mioss the action
LGW-good too but you need to like walking if the 9s are in use
LTN-1 very good spot for taxiway shots although the 'London Luton Airport' sign is a pain not big prob.

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4280 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6197 times:

IAH- Probably the photo friendliest major airport in the US.........so far.....There are 2 major observation areas. For touchdown and approach shots the observation area adjacent runway 27 offers unparalleled spotting and photography. The big birds scream right over your head as many of my approach and touchdown pics indicate. If you are more into rotation shots, well IAH has you covered in that area as well. The observation area just off of runway 15R/L on the west side of the field offers some stunning photo opportunities, again check out some of my work. Recently Joe Pries , Ben Wang, Jay Davis and others were here for a convention and during their off time managed to grab a few knockout shots from this area as well. Photography from the car parks of C and A/B is also allowed and can offer some nice views.

A new area that I have been taking advantage as of late is the Marriott Hotel car park. Some of my most recent uploads, namely the 2 shots of the COEX ATRs and the Fedex 'DC-10 'wave' shot were taken from this vantage point. As this is private property I try not to abuse the privilege of using this area for my work and so far have had no problems.

HOU- I am not certain as I have yet to any serious photography out there since 9/11. I'll have to get out there when time permits.


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2368 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 6151 times:

HNL-the worst airport to take photos.
Other airports in Hawaii- Confused

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6109 times:

FLL: Not bad at all, If your from out of town rent a pickup not a car and put a ladder in the back. Just keep all ladders 10 feet from the fence. You can also shoot fot the top of the parking garage, But you need 300mm or more. You can shot a 763 at about 280mm.

MIA: Some days good most days bad. Unless you know somebody.

User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 791 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6073 times:

BWI and DCA are both spotter friendly; however, the caveat is that they are only friendly if the winds are right.

For BWI, if the wind is from the north-ish and runway 33 is in use, you can get great shots from the observation park at the approach of 33 in the afternoon. There is also an indoor observation area in the terminal that is accessible by the general public without a ticket. Views of the runways are ok but you will mostly be looking at the B/C gates (I think).

For DCA, if winds are from the south-ish and runway 19 is in use, you can shoot from Gravely Point in the afternoon. You can also spot from the terminal without a ticket.

At both airports:

- there have been cases of people being questioned and even turned away while spotting inside the terminals... even in the "observation" areas! Does not make sense but it has happened.

- shooting through the glass is possible but not ideal.

- if the winds are from the other directions there are no spots where you can stay comfortably, relax and shoot/spot.


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6057 times:

JFK, EWR, and LFGA are all friendly. No problems for me. US Airways windows are usually dirty.

MCO (I go there a lot, I have relatives) Very friendly and no problems. Windows are usually clean. Somebody did recently talk about how his film was taken away before a shot of a Frontier plane.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6065 times:

Sorry, that could be LGA and the dirty windows are at LGA.
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 7451 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

Safety Dude, JFK & EWR are friendly??????????????!!!????????????????????!??????!  Wow!
This is not what I've been hearing on this forum!!!

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
User currently offlineJarek From Poland, joined May 2001, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

WAW is no problem.


User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

Phoenix (PHX)
Stay on top of the Terminal 3 parking garage, or just north of the Terminal 2 parking garage - and you'll have no problems whatsoever. Looking forward to the winter 'shooting' season!

Cactus Wings Photography, Phoenix
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5965 times:

What's this about film being taken in front of a frontier plane at MCO????

User currently offlineLugonza_2001 From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5921 times:

This is a great topic!!!

MAD Airport is friendly, altough there are not many spots for pictures, need to go outside airport facilities.

Regards to all


User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 988 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

BCN too, no problem outside the fence, you have a lot of different spotting places.
I was very surprised in LGW, what a terrace...without glass, good view... and I took some photos in the rail station, very good view of approaches!



User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

(GRZ) Graz Thalerhof, Austria

There is an observation deck for terminal shots.
And you can be right at the runway (both sides) for approach or
takeoff pics.


When I joined A.net it was still free, haha ;).
User currently offlineJFKTowerfan From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5910 times:

CVG has a nice public parking area that over looks the whole airport.

BDL also has public parking right at the end/beginning of 6/24. Also plenty of public parking area on the approach to 24 and 33.

C'mon Man
User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5905 times:

San Diego (SAN/KSAN) A decent viewing area at the approach end of RWY 27, (Corner of Harbor Drive and Laurel St. Across from U.S. Coast Guard Station.) From here you can get decent taxi/hold shots and approach shots. The actual touchdown point is too far to the west to take photos of. No issues with photography unless you are on of the idiots who likes to climb up on the fence. No photography available from inside the terminal itself unless you are a ticketed passenger.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

MHT is very good to us spotters. The observation deck has great opportunities if you are interested in shots taxiing in/out.

BOS is horrendous; spotting/photography is not allowed unless you are at the airport for a "reason" (these being flying in/out or picking up/dropping off someone).


25 AKE0404AR : Generally speaking, I would say all airport except the ones in the US are "spotter friendly" You can go to pretty much every European airport w/o gett
26 KaiTakFan : Sydney Airport is pretty good! However its rather humurous to see a few blokes grab their latters and throw them on the ground very quickly so airport
27 Post contains images BDLGUY : BUF - The Flying Tiger Restaurant on Aero Road near the airport. Have been there 4 times without any problems PVD - Commerce Way (off Airport Road) ne
28 Flpuck6 : My .02cents: BOS It's an iffy situation. On one hand, there is Jeff's experience. On the other hand, I met someone 2 weeks ago, who has recently moved
29 Post contains links Jarek : PVD - yes. With the exception of not-friendly police. See http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/55683/6/ Jarek
30 CactusA319 : ORD is.... oh wait, that was 15 years ago. Never mind.
31 Bapilot2b : MAN - Great official areas, no restrictions around the perimiter fence, great vantage points. LHR - No trouble on most of my visits, although around t
32 Post contains images PRM : For those who want to make the trip..... ACC - No problems...except interested/curious locals. OUA - Ditto; One day a guy asked what i was doing and t
33 747Forever : Just got back from Perth, Australia and there's a pretty good spot there next to the international terminal, if you walk up to the terminal from the c
34 Planedoctor : SLC: Very friendly so far CLE: Friendly so far DTW: Not so friendly- police always ask questions, although they usually let you keep shooting TOL: Not
35 Tsentsan : 747Forever - its better over at Domestic side where we can walk down to the touchdown point... you need around 50mm for a side on shot...
36 Crank : YUL is very photo friendly.
37 Beefmoney : PHX, absolutely no problems when I spot there, which is quite frequently. I am usually on top of the Terminal 4 or 3 garage (the 2nd to top level, its
38 Bruce : I think airliners.net should start a "spotters" section with directions and summaries of each airport's viewing areas. Maybe I should post this in the
39 Aviasian : Can anyone describe what Athens' new airport is like for photography? Thanks in advance! KC Sim Bangkok
40 747Forever : Hey Bruce, that sounds like a great idea, the one problem i have as an aviation photographer is finding out all the best places to take photos from, w
41 Jcs17 : DFW-On one of the airport's access roads in the southeast corner of the airport there is an observation point called "Founders Place". It is only seco
42 Bruce : To Jcs17, i think you were just at the wrong time. I was there back in June in the same spot and shot pics for 4 hours, uploading many here. I was not
43 Post contains images Jcs17 : Bruce-- Its actually kinda funny, I lived there for 5 years, before going off to Dallas for college this year (and my Dad planned a move to Dallas aft
44 Jhooper : I've never had a problem at IAH or DFW. I agree with the ATL post; most of their rent-a-cops (and real cops for that matter too) are just plain rude.
45 Post contains images EGFF : Cardiff (CWL) - No problems at all, although you do get watched! Bristol (BRS) - Walked straight across the tarmac taking pics, not a problem ... also
46 Donder10 : Bruce, top idea
47 Post contains links QANTAS_767 : There is a website for Sydney Airport Spotting. http://www.acay.com.au/~willt/yssy/ QANTAS_767
48 Flyboeingjets : I spotted all summer long off the ATL South Parking Garage without any trouble at all.
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