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Most Spotter Friendly Airport?  
User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 4 months ago) and read 3718 times:

what is the most spotter friendly airport in the world?? i am at MAN and think that we are quite spotter freindly.

Aaron  sly 


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User currently offlineB741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months ago) and read 3711 times:

IMHO, LAX because you can go to the restaurant or TBIT food court for full panoramic views of the airport. All arrivals can be seen by walking on roadway.


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User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Well I've never had encounters with cops at SJC so I can say they are extremely spotter friendly I get a few brushes of cops at AUS but they are just wondering why I keep using binoculars and a camera... Also DFW is spotter friendly at founders plaza but most the pilots arent they just keep staring away from the people... So yeah... 3 major places I usually spot at SJC has the best IMO.


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User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2479 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

Don't know if it's the most, but definitely one of - ZRH

User currently offlineBA747YYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Miami, was a good one i saw, and lots of large aircraft, but there is that renissance hoel at heathrow which must be amazing, and if runway 23 is up fedex hill at YYZ is pretty good, with extra security though i would stay away from US airports.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

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User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

MFE is spotter friendly, especially at the overflow parking lot


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User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

AMS is pretty spotter friendly, too


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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

How about LHR, I don't ever *touching wood* get bothered by the authorities, and there's lot of viewing opertunities.

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User currently offlineSJUboeingGirl From Puerto Rico, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

SJU is also spotter friendly  Smile


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User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Quoting Azza40 (Thread starter):
i am at MAN and think that we are quite spotter freindly

I am at MAN too but everytime I try to make conversation with somebody they seem scared of talking to people  irked 

I am off to MAN right now so wish me luck, Cya  Smile



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User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Quoting BradWray (Reply 10):
I am at MAN too but everytime I try to make conversation with somebody they seem scared of talking to people

I am off to MAN right now so wish me luck, Cya

i was there yesterday for the antonov124. we went to pretty much all the possible veiwing places around the airport.

and yes, good luck with talking to people, how come they run away from you and not me?  conehead 

Aaron  sly 



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User currently offlineMANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

Quoting BradWray (Reply 10):
I am at MAN too but everytime I try to make conversation with somebody they seem scared of talking to people

I think MAN is very friendly, you just have get to know the guys up there and you'll be fine. I work at the airport so come and say hi if your ever in t2! I don't bite!!

Matt Big grin


User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Quoting MANmatt (Reply 12):
I think MAN is very friendly, you just have get to know the guys up there and you'll be fine. I work at the airport so come and say hi if your ever in t2! I don't bite!!

cool, but how would we know who you are?

Aaron  sly 



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User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

Quoting Azza40 (Reply 13):
cool, but how would we know who you are?

The one with the smallest & worst camera ;(

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Bradley!  Smile



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User currently offlineMANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Quoting Azza40 (Reply 13):
cool, but how would we know who you are?

I work for SAS on KL check in, there's only one other guy currently working with me, so ain't that hard lol! I also do W5 and TCX check in too. otherwise, im usually around the usual airport spotting locations when something interesting is due in!


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

In the states LAX and LAS I would think. Both get you right up close to the action and the police don't feel the need to harass you for no reason.

User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3462 times:

Quoting MANmatt (Reply 15):
I work for SAS on KL check in, there's only one other guy currently working with me, so ain't that hard lol! I also do W5 and TCX check in too. otherwise, im usually around the usual airport spotting locations when something interesting is due in!

ill say hi sometimes when i am in or around the terminals, i go inside the terminals a lot, so it is likley i will bump into you sometime.

Aaron  sly 



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3442 times:
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All of New Zealands airports are user friendly.

In Australia, I found OOL is so far the best friendly airport


User currently offlineN911ME From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

MKE has a nice observation area at the threshold of 19R with an FM broadcast of the approach frequency.

User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

I think LHR has to be by far the best spotting airport! You cant bloody stand on the sidewalk without being shooed off!

With that being said, YYZ is extremely spotter-friendly.

But, when you think about it, this topic is kinda misleading because there is surely some hick farm in south-western US that has not been used for a few years and you can basically walk on the runway, so those ones would be the most spotter-friendly!  wink 

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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

Quoting BA747YYZ (Reply 4):
stay away from US airports.

Yes but places like LAX which kind of promote spotting at places like Imperial Hill with the benches and free binoculars looking at the airport. Also In and Out cops never bother you.... other places I would say to remain away.


User currently offlineSATMFECRPTEXAS From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

I would agree with the MFE overflow parking lot. I got a great picture of the sun setting over an American MD-80. (My wife erased it!!!!!!!!!!!) Good close ups of TWA, Northwest Airlink, Allegiant and some charters out of gate 3. You could sometimes get a nice close up of a Continental 757 at gate 1 at night. My wife and children went on a trip in June and after they pushed back and turned, My 3 year old looked out the window and could see me waving no more than 75 to 100 feet away. I went there for years until I moved last July.

Now I have found some great places in SAT. My backyard is one of them. They are low enough after take-off that my wife can read the names of the airlines on the sides of the plane. (She does not know much about aircraft either.)

My brother took me to Lee Rd. at IAH last summer also. It was great.

MSP has an observation deck. You pretty much only get a view of the runway on the northside. It is nice when it is not crowded. It gets pretty warm in the summer.

DFW has places all over. Grapevine Mills Mall is nice, your wife can shop and you can spot.


User currently offlineCaptainjon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3363 times:

How is DCA? I was in the washington area recently, there is a park that faces the airport, so a lot of planes departing, and lot of people had lawn chairs watching the aircraft. when i was there though, the airport seemed to shut down for about 20 minutes, a chopper came, circled the airport twice and then traffic resumed. wished i had a radio on me..

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3363 times:

GVA- ZRH---extremely spotter firendly

French airports---spotters hell...you can't even take a pic inside of the airport!



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25 Spottingpete93 : I would have to agree with GVA and ZRH - the Swiss are soooo friendly to spotters and the ZRH airport tour which stops at the intersection of two of t
26 Jetpixx : MIA is very spotter friendly. The airlines are very diverse, the action is nearly non-stop and the area to the NW of the airport with the holes in the
27 Post contains images FoxXray : i think AMS is probably one (or the) of the greatest airport for spotters... ZRH is pretty cool too
28 Post contains images Azza40 : dont you get any bother off police or anyone at AMS then? Aaron
29 Post contains images Aero145 : I'd say LHR. It's the only airport outside Iceland that I have tried to spot. My RKV is also pretty good, no runway is blocked, it's very easy to spot
30 Swissgabe : ZRH SXM SBH HND NRT KIX ITM KUL LAX CPT JNB GVA BSL Observation Facilities at BKK?
31 Post contains images Azza40 : i've heard that the police come and stop you from taking photos at SXM. but that seems nonsense when i see all the great shots made for on a.net here
32 Post contains images MH017 : My two favourite European airports: AMS ZRH Asia: KUL BKI USA: MIA LAX
33 8B775ZQ : SXM. Can't get any closer than that.
34 Post contains images ATLAaron : The Bomber Group restaurant at CLE is a fantastic place to eat, drink and spot. You can build fires on the roof in their fire pits. I deeply miss it.
35 Swissgabe : Only if you hang around the fences where they have signes which say you shouldn't be in this area. The beach is fine and police doesn't care at all.
36 Post contains images GrinddalSK340 : Hi everybody im new in here hmm well as im based at CPH I kinda like spotting here, although there isnt any places to spot other than Flyvergrillen an
37 AGD : I would think about Zurich and Amsterdam first. Both have awesome spotting location and facilities. LHR is quite nice too, mainly for its traffic. I f
38 Post contains images FoxXray : nope i had no problem : AMS = Spotter Paradise
39 Spottingpete93 : When I was there in 2004 there were signs for "observation deck" with a pair of binoculars on, so I followed the directions and stumbled across an in
40 Waukewan : LAX is one of the best in the US
41 Post contains images Aircanada333 : YUL is also one of the best...not that much traffic but a lot of friendly spotters. Ben
42 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Also, add YYT to the list Purpose built observation deck there Lee
43 Post contains images Scoliodon : DFW is pretty good. There's Grapevine mall for the inbound-from the north and there's always Founder's Plaza. My house there was right under the final
44 Post contains links Levent : Still there, in Terminal 1 (the older part) one floor above the check-in area. It's at the southern end of the terminal buildings overlooking gates w
45 Thatplaneguy : There are no viewing opportunities at LHR, not official ones anyway. There are plenty around the perimeter, but you can be asked to move from most of
46 AlitaliaMD11 : MAD and BCN are spotter friendly. Both airports have numerous spots to spot from and I have never been bothered while spotting at both airports.
47 AsstChiefMark : I've never had a problem at MSP. Whether I'm parked on top of the parking ramps or hanging out on Post Road or 28th Avenue South, I've never been both
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