BigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1543 times:
There are almost no views now from NW 36th St. I'm presuming you mean the old Customs area up the road alongside Signature. That's now gone as has most of the views of the Signature ramp behind a concrete and glass wall.
The only legitimate spotting area is in the Cargo Center. From NW 36th make a left alongside UPS (Milam Dairy Rd I think!) and go across the end of the runway then make a left into the Cargo Area (NW 25th St). I think it's the 2nd or third light on Milam Dairy Rd. This will take you into the cargo area. On your left you will see the photo holes in the fence. Park in the little side street and walk back.
The alternate non-approved location is over by Eldorado furniture. This puts you close to 9R/27L and you can also see things landing on the other side of the airport, but they are difficult to read off!
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1572 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
The lot you are referring to is closed. There are concrete barricades blocking the entrance to the parking lot. The photo holes are still in the fence, but no one is allowed in the area even if you are on foot.
The photo holes at runways 12/9L is the only real "hassle free" spot. El Dorado is a sensitive area. Sometimes you are allowed to stay, sometimes not.
If the winds necessitate traffic landing to the east, you are generally screwed. Go to FLL instead.