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Worlds Best Spotting Airport?  
User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Which airport in the world offers the best opportunity for spotting? Looking for the best location to watch from, with the biggest variety of airlines/airplanes?
I have some time off next month and am looking to go on a spotting trip!

Thankx!



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User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

From your profile your hobbies are: Flying, flying, flying......

Fly to AMS, lots of great spotting opportunities.
Fly to BRU, approach near Steenokkerzeel is great.
Fly to FRA, great obs-deck, wonderful departures on 18.
Fly to ZRH, lots of airlines.
Fly to GVA, lots of executives.
Fly to NGO, before the new airport opens.
Fly to LHR, and hope for good weather.
Fly to MAN, wonderfully spotting, lots of airlines.
Fly to PMI, lots of charters.
Fly to etcetera, etcetera........

Fly to any airport you've never been to and have a great time Big grin

Peter


User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

No doubt about it - LHR; Which has over 90 airlines operating there and a take off and landing every minute, and the weather is OK at the moment.

LHR340



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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1855 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Montreal-Dorval Airport is up there as one of the best airports for spotting, but it's not as busy as other larger hubs.

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2714 times:



In terms of scenery and location, I would say that SXM, St.Maartin
would come close. You cant beat, Babes, Beaches and Boeings...LOL



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6613 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

You cant beat, Babes, Beaches and Boeings

What if you are a gay Airbus fan? Big grin



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User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Then you would have to go to IBIZA  Big thumbs up

Peter


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
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For variety of aircraft and airlines, Heathrow leads the pack, airlines from every corner of the world cram into LHR minute after minute. For the best spotting location, i would say AMS or ZRH.

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User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7278 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2398 times:

JFK LAX MIA SYD are my top.


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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1392 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2389 times:

LAX for spotting and variety, JFK for variety. LAX has several local spots to watch from that are great mainly Imperial Hill.


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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

If you spill seed over being with babes and airplanes, Sint Maartin (SXM) is THE place. Widebodies (not the babes, the airplanes) flying 20-30 feet over your head whilst you are so in awe, you forget the camera. Not famous for maximum frequency or variety; famous for spotting.

If you don't want to weed through the zillion photos from SXM on this site, go to: www.sunsetbeachbar.com
click: click here to skip intro
click: picture gallery
click: airplane gallery

Have fun...jack



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User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

SXM.....the beach, ocean, babes, BOEINGS......Thats my #1

ORD, i have some GREAT spotting areas here, wide variety of airlines/aircraft. From RJ's to 747's....even the AN-124 has been here a few times this summer.

LHR, look at all those damn airlines and 747/777. If LHR had spots like i have found here at ORD then i wouldnt hesitate to say LHR is the best in the world.

If HNK was still back at Kai Tak then that would have to be #1.....sad to see it gone.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8366 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Cleveland used to be cool, then the RJs invaded and the city closed the outside deck....


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User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

!!!!!!ZRH!!!!!

Zurich Airport

LAX is not bad for varieties, i guess im used to it here.


User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

My favorite is HNL. Back in the pre-9/11 days, when the terminal was open for anyone, there was excellent spotting as the terminal is all open. Also, my aunt works at UA in HNL and would take me around the tarmac and into the planes. It wasn't even restricted to UA a/c, but any Star Alliance a/c.

HNL gets my vote, as it is really where my spotting hobby began. Just my $0.02!

Kris



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

America woudl be great....if Security wasn't so tight on spotters.
I'm not a spotter, but AMS and SXM seem cool. Is Maho Beach open for spotting still?
And don't forget the cool (non-alcoholic drinks for me) on the beach.
-UN



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User currently offlineLuisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Go to FARO (LPFR), south portugal, perhaps the airport with more fotos on airliners.net... great airport.. we receive everything from everywhere, on the doorstep of europe... this is a key airport for all traffic going to africa, northern europe, mediterranean, etc. just cool!

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