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Most Popular Spotters Area?  
User currently offlineB-787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 273 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

I'm here at Clutters Park at LAX and it is almost midnight, but there are quite a few people. I'm just wondering what is the most popular spotters area in the United States and the world?


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User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2799 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

LAX's In 'N' Out Burger has to be one of the more famous ones - closely followed by Maho Beach in SXM.


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User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

San Francisco Bayfront Park should probably be on the list, although it's not in the same league as In 'N' Out Burger and those kind of places.

User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6199 times:

I like Gravelly Point at DCA. It is fun to sit there for both arrivals and departures.

User currently offlineRgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

Not sure this is classified as one of the most popular ones, but there is a great park next to the north approach at SEA that is great - adjacent to Employee parking lot. The land holds a Seattle City Water tower/tank, but the land is open to anyone as an open area, and it even has parking for a dozen or so vehicles.

User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9109 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6081 times:



Quoting B-787 (Thread starter):
I'm just wondering what is the most popular spotters area in the United States and the world?

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

In random order:

Schiphol
Sint Maarten
Los Angeles
New York (JFK, LGA, EWR)
Washington (DCA, IAD)
Frankfurt
Heathrow
Miami



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6439 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5725 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 6):
New York (JFK, LGA, EWR)

The spotting area at EWR is just as good as the one at MCO!  banghead 



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5712 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 6):
In random order:

Hmmm including a few of the most spotter UN friendly airports in the US....



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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5705 times:



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 7):
The spotting area at EWR is just as good as the one at MCO! banghead

EWR runs a spotters prison too?



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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5697 times:

I have been partial although you have to pay for the privilege, The Renaissance Hotel at LHR.

Quoting C767P (Reply 3):
I like Gravelly Point at DCA. It is fun to sit there for both arrivals and departures.

I would have to say that of the ones I have visited this one would rank high up on my list. The Wendy's parking lot at YYZ is good for spotting arrivals and the road that parallels 33L at YYZ also has my vote.



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5671 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 8):
Hmmm including a few of the most spotter UN friendly airports in the US....

I've been to all but MIA and LAX and had no real problems. EWR could have been more spotter friendly for sure, but not terrible either. LGA is great if you don't mind not seeing wide bodies, and JFK is also very good if you got a car. Been to Washington last month and, despite iffy weather, had a great time.



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User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5633 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 8):
Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 6):
In random order:

Hmmm including a few of the most spotter UN friendly airports in the US....

Yes, and those are not really spotting places, but airports. AMS is the size of a decent city, but every spotter in the world knows Polderbaan.

It would be helpful if there was a list, or better yet GPS placemark collection of spotter places.


User currently offlineJHCRJ700 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

DCA is great. You never see anything big. But, seeing those maddogs thunder out is great.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5425 times:

ZRH is very open to spotters and photographers.
FRA has a nice viewing deck (shame it's against the sun) and they are fairly open the us enthusiasts - especially with the detailed arrivals information citing type and registration which is available to the public.
AMS is amzing, photographers heaven you could say.
MAN has a good attitude towards enthusiasts.
BHX isn't too bad, although the viewing area could be better.


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User currently offlineKPHXFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 413 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5397 times:



Quoting Borism (Reply 12):
It would be helpful if there was a list, or better yet GPS placemark collection of spotter places.

Ohh, but there is,  Smile

http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

I've used this on my spotting trips to PHX and LAX. a really good resource, IMO.


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3958 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

Let's not forget li'l ol' Houston.

IAH- Has a official viewing area (Lee Rd), in addition to several other off airport venues (just give security a ring first). In addition to the "off airport" locations, spotting is allowed from 3 of IAH's 5 terminals, again give security a heads up that you are up there.

HOU- Hobby has 2 official "off airport" observation parks. Although, I have yet to participate, every 3rd Saturday, the ramp at the 1940 Museum opens up to the public for the increasingly popular "Wings & Wheels" event. Check out the numerous photos of this event in A.Net's DB for some samples. Granted, you'll see a huge selection of WN's fleet, but if you are a General Aviation buff, HOU has more than it's share, as well as an occasional visit from a B-17 and other warbirds.

Thomas



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
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For my money I would have to say the Avis lot @ YVR

User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5188 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 10):

I have been partial although you have to pay for the privilege, The Renaissance Hotel at LHR.

I'm with you there. Many times I've made an excuse to get an upper floor runway view room when on business in London.

Spotting not 200 yards from one of the busiest runways in the world (27R / 09L) with a completely unobscured view at the perfect height. Haven't been for a few years, but you used to be able to undo a screw or two and pull the windows nearly full open.


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

CLT has an airport overview park where you see spotters, plus it's very popular with the general public!

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7542 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4700 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 10):
I have been partial although you have to pay for the privilege, The Renaissance Hotel at LHR.

Great for spotting but not so good for photography as it is on the north side oif the airport looking into the sun (when it shines). But a significant advantage of the Renaissance (that offers special weekend deals to enthusiasts guaranteeing a top floor room with rumway view) is that it is good for either arrivals or departures on 27R and many arrivals on 09L. (There are no departures on 09L.)

The photographers will either be on the open space at the end of Myrtle Avenue ('A' on the map in the link below) when aircraft are landing on 27L or in the field adjacent to Stanwell Moor Road ('D' on the map) if aircraft are landing on 09R. A per

LHR" target=_blank>http://www.plane-mad.com/guides.php?guide=LHR

Then scroll down to 'United Kingdom' and click on 'London Heathrow Airport'.


User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4290 times:

If you hang out in downtown Anchorage during the summer near where they have the weekend open air market you can see everything from 747's to twin engine otters, and of course lots of 737's.


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User currently offlineFlylku From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 809 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4225 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 10):
I have been partial although you have to pay for the privilege, The Renaissance Hotel at LHR.

On business I have had rooms 384 and 386 on separate occasions in the Holiday Inn Ariel which is the circular hotel just down the road. These two rooms have a view that is abeam the numbers on 27 Right and you are eyeball level with the flight crew; loads of fun.


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User currently offlineCaetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 909 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Has anyone ever stayed at the Renaissance (IIRC that's the one) at ATL? It's been a few years but I have driven up there for the weekend before to watch planes. I'm not a photographer, I just like to watch, so I don't know what shooting is like from there, but the view of at least half of the airport was great.

I checked the wiki mentioned above, but I didn't see any info on spotting at CHS. There isn't really much to see, but I would LOVE to get a closer look at the Dreamlifter coming and going. I have seen it on approach and on climbout but never on the ground. And apparently in a couple of years I will be able to see fresh new 787s in the area.  Smile



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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2561 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3757 times:



Quoting Caetravlr (Reply 23):
Has anyone ever stayed at the Renaissance (IIRC that's the one) at ATL?

That was our crew hotel for a while when I flew for America West. It was a great spotters hotel if you got a room on the airport side. They normally put us on the north side per our contract for quiet rooms, but I often asked for one overlooking the airport. I only got it about half the time - they are popular rooms. I don't know if the hotel can guarantee you one on that side when you make reservations - you'd have to ask them when you call.

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25 Brilondon : You can by reserving a plane spotter break on weekends or by paying a premium for the rooms.
26 Isitsafenow : So does LaGuardia. Its call Rikers Island.............. safe
27 WCS : I think this property offers Aviation Enthusiast from time to time, directly via its booking engine/site. These are rooms on upper floor, airport sid
28 Gmonney : I am surprised that no one has said LAS, i had a blast there, although the traffic wasn't so great, but coming from YYZ there was a lot of variety tha
29 ElBandGeek : Despite the lack of variety these days, the neighborhood around MDW is still a great place to go and get some good up close shots. It used to be bette
30 SESGDL : MSP is one of the most spotter friendly airports in the US: -Post Road (parking area for spotters) -Dog Park located between the 12/30s with great vie
31 LASoctoberB6 : And me!! I know, I know, I'm not that important, it's okay..
32 Post contains links LASoctoberB6 : http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...ternational_Airport_%28LAS/KLAS%29 This needs to be changed where it says: "You will see just about every commo
33 MrSkyGuy : LAX being my home airport (and one I fly through very frequently), I've got to admit that Clutters Park (call it Imperial Hill.. Clutter was *not* a f
34 Cmk10 : The roof of the Terminal 4 parking garage at PHX is a good one. I've gone up there to smoke cigars (and consume the occasional illicit beer) and I've
35 DesertJets : ABQ has two official viewing areas. The north one is off of Girard right next to the WN side of the terminal. You can watch much of the ramp activity
36 YVRLTN : YVR in general! This is indeed a great spot, but you can also park unrestricted on Templeton on the approach to 26R, further along mid way along 26R/
37 Seb146 : I finally got to do that one last May! It was so much fun. That is the whole fun, for me. Not knowing what comes next. No one has mentioned PDX, yet.
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