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Best Viewing Spot At PHX  
User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

June 6-11 i will be at the phoenician in scottsdale with my family and on the 7th i'm going to the airport to pick up a friend and was thinking about going a little early and watching some planes but i don't know the area very well. So where is the best place to sit and watch planes?

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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

T3 or T4 garage... Any level, but I believe 6-9 are the best for viewing. In the T3 garage you can get great views of DL/NW/FL etc, and of course US and WN traffic going over the bridge. At the T4 garage, you can see plenty of WN and US ramp action and good views of landings on 26.

If the traffic is going the other way, using 8 to land and 7L to takeoff, then T3 is preferable. Have fun, I haven't been around since January! PHX is always one of my favorite airports, as a passenger, spotter, photographer and former US employee!  Smile



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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1062 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2800 times:



Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):
phoenician in scottsdale with my family

NICE PLACE!!!!

As San747 said T3 or T4 is the best, depends on which runway they are on. I would go to both, that way you can also get some cool pictures of the planes that are at the gates. BTW around 4-5 is when the BA 747 arrives, last I checked it was 440 but that could have changed.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2799 times:
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I agree with the above, bring your camera too!

Have a great time, PHX is one of if not my favorite aiport in the US for spotting.

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User currently offlinePITops From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

You could always go up on A hill in Tempe. Aircraft fly right over head on approach. Not as close as the terminal garages but still a neat spot up there.


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User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2784 times:



Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 2):
BTW around 4-5 is when the BA 747 arrives, last I checked it was 440 but that could have changed.

I wish i could be there for that but i will be picking up my friend around 11am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
I agree with the above, bring your camera too!

i'm going to try and borrow my friend's DSLR to take some better pictures, right now i just use my casio EX-750 point and shoot and it's not the best.

Quoting PITops (Reply 4):
You could always go up on A hill in Tempe. Aircraft fly right over head on approach. Not as close as the terminal garages but still a neat spot up there.

Is there any specific place i should go?

Quoting San747 (Reply 1):
T3 or T4 garage...

Do i need to pay for entrance?


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2780 times:



Quoting DL767captain (Reply 5):

Do i need to pay for entrance?

I've never been in there with a car, but I'm pretty sure you do... :/



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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1062 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2776 times:



Quoting DL767captain (Reply 5):
Do i need to pay for entrance?

When I go there with friends its usually a dollar for about an hour and thats at both T3 and T4


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

There is a parking lot just across the street from the boundary fence on the north side, I forgot how to get there though, it's been almost 6 years since I was last there.


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User currently offlineBistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Remember when shooting in PHX that the sun is very intense, and that shadows are hard and dark. Best to shoot from the south of the subject, either from the parking garage for runway 26, or from area 1 below for the south complex.

Two of my favorite places:

1) North tip of 40th street south of the "river"...

2) East Air Lane, north of runway 26...

[Edited 2008-06-15 21:20:38]


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