Chris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 47 Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9787 times:
I was thinking, i keep seeing all these great pics from all these great places, and i wonder what is everyone's favourite spot in the world. Either personnal faveourite or the best in terms of viewing places!!!
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Iluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9527 times:
Stateside, DFW has one of the best places (Founder's Plaza) to view aircraft but there is one HUGE problem... NOTHING TO LOOK AT!!!! Unless you like seeing ten MD-80/90s to every CRJ. There is an OCCAISIONAL heavy (few and far between).
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FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3084 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9459 times:
Several airports in Japan offer excellent viewing--including active runways--from observation decks right in the terminal, and are therefore very welcoming to airplane enthusiasts. I particularly enjoyed NRT, FUK, and OKA for this reason.
JAXFLYI From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9338 times:
As far as airports ive been to id have to say TPA offers some of the best veiws of movements ive seen.Top of the main parking deck offers 360 degree view of most gates and all runways,you might not see too many exotics but a fairly busy airport with good weather year round,Just one of the best designed airports in my opinion.
VC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9145 times:
Although LGA has only boring narrow-bodies, the park at the end of one of the runways which is open to the general public (I think it is called Planeview Park) is one of the best spots to watch aircraft approaching and landing. It is a few minutes from my office and you can usually find me eating lunch there in the summer.
Heinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8800 times:
In terms of variety, DXB is excellent, but photography is difficult. Outside of the terminal building you will have to find off-airport locations to shoot on approach. Angles are kind of steep, if you look at the photos on airliners.net. On or near the airport premises signs and/or security personnel will tell you that photography is prohibited. From inside Terminal 1 you can take some decent photos through heavily tinted windows. Not advisable if you shoot Kodachrome. Reg spotting is fine from inside Terminal 1's midfield terminal. To check DXB's movements, have a look at this:
It includes freighters + the variety is quite extreme !
Sharjah is super if you have applied for a permit (AED 350.00 = ca. USD 100.00 per day). If you sneek around the fence from the outside, security will not like it and pick you up.
Heathrow is excellent if you like the complete picture and position yourself in the approach area. Only 2 runways are in use, one for landings, one for take-offs. So except for a few minutes around 3pm when they change runways and you have to run from one to the other, you can log and photograph EVERYTHING all day long.
CDG is very nice in terms of variety and nice places, although some have disappeared within the last 2 years. Concorde is gone but exotic African stuff still abounds.
DUS may become a little boring after a while (expecially if you are a resident), but the photographic possibilities are superb. Same goes for MAN. For someone who hasn't been there before, both will be quite an experience, especially during the summer holidays.
Other favorites of mine:
HKG (viewing + photography)
AEP (viewing + photography)
AMS (viewing + photography)
ORY (viewing + photography from the park south of the airport)
ZRH (viewing + photography)
FRA (viewing + photography)
GEY (wonderful scenery, but way off the path...)
LPB (stunning background scenery , few movements)
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8737 times:
"Pe@rson: DUS lacks heavies and is comparatively boring."
I know DUS lacks heavies - but who cares? Instead of widebodies, it offers a number of nice smaller aircraft, which, in my view, is more exciting. To a German living in DUS, it might be "comparatively boring," but to others it is enjoyable and worthwhile.
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