DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2449 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?
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4936 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2444 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!
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.
Bistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2304 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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