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Spotting At SBN And AZO  
User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2015 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
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Anyone know of any good spots to do this from? Thanks in Advance!  Smile

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User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

SBN = South Bend / Indiana
AZO = Kalamazoo / Michigan

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User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

I used to live 20 miles from SBN. It was frustrating, because there isn't anything interesting to shoot!

But seriously, they have a really nice observation area in the main terminal (upstairs) with big windows and live ATC broadcast over a loudspeaker. From that vantage point you, are literally right above the DL connection gates, with UA Express and USAirways Express to your left. Beyond that is a decent view of runway 27/9...but for photography, you'll need at least 300mm to get any action shots from it.

Outside, there are a few dirt lots at the west side of the airport (at the end of 27 / threshold of 9). If the winds are right and they take off to the east, aircraft will taxi right in front of these dirt lots. The terrain is slightly hilly at this location, which means that if you move around a bit you can find a hill that will give you a clear view above the fence.

Right after 9/11, I contacted them about photography rules, and they said it was fine just as long as you contact security first to tell them what you're doing. I never did that though, and I never had any probelms.

Anyway, I like shooting big stuff, and there is very little of it at SBN. UPS flies a daily 757 in there, but I'm not sure what time it comes and goes. Knowing UPS, probably under the cover of darkness! FedEx brings in a 727, and Airborne Express brings in a DC-9. There are occasionally 737 charters (for Notre Dame football games), but other than that, everything else is props and RJ's.


User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2015 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2432 times:
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I know exactly what you mean about there being nothing interesting to shoot, the same old thing every time, BAe146's, ERJ's, and CRJ's. Thanks for your help, I'll try and catch that UPS 757!

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