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User currently offlineFiaz From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1918 times:
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Does anyone know a good place to spot planes at Pearson...YYZ..where it is safe and where i wont get trouble?

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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

Drive up to the Parimeter Fence with a pair of wire cutters and cut the fence open.

The airport authorities don't mind and welcome with open arms plane spotters walking up and down the apron and taxiways. If your really lucky you might be able to do some spotting from the runway.

The security authorities dont mind they will just wave at you and if you ask them nicely as YYZ is such a large airport they might even drive you around the airport to explore the whole apron and see what about to save your poor little feet.

User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

A couple of places that I have found:

1) Right under the landing strip for Runway 24L/R is on Carlingview road. A lot of the heavies use these runways for landing. Just go into the Montana's parking lot, or out behind Aviation World. This is one place where you probably won't be hassled.

2) In the Wendys Parking lot on Airport Rd. This is an ok spot, but with the construction going on right now, it is not the busiest.

3) Fed Ex Hill. If you head down the road by the Fedex facility on Dixie Rd, you willget a great view of Runway 05/23. This is a great spot! Right now however, only planes up to an A320 (size wise) are landing on this runway due to the construction.

The above three spots are accessible by TTC/Missassauga Transit, but you may have to pay an extra fare here & there.

Those are the 3 spots that I have found. There is one down near the GTAA building somewhere, although I have not been down there yet.

Happy spotting!


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Try this link.

Hope it helps.


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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

The good news is that spotting at YYZ has become a lot more friendly as of late. The authorities have backed down considerably in their quest to kick spotters out of certain areas. As was mentioned above, 05/23 is under construction and currently limited to approximately 7,300' so they tend to only send smaller aircraft out there.

Spotting for the 06's/24's isn't as good, but you can try the places mentioned above. The other good news is that the 33's/15's are used more frequently now, and these have great vantage points. For 33L activities, the infield, or then the hills just west of the runway are great. If 15L is being used, then at the north end by the Skycharter hanger is also very nice. You just have to drive around and explore the area a bit, and you will begin to know the places that you like best.

Other than that, get an airport job with ramp access, and the spotting will improve immensely.  Wink

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User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Quoting Cruiser (Reply 2):
Just go into the Montana's parking lot

actually it Arizona, not Montana Big grin both wild though.

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User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Fiaz--Does anyone know a good place to spot planes at Pearson...YYZ..where it is safe and where i wont get trouble?

Hopefully you've 1)been to the city and airport before, within the past few years or so and 2)have ready access to a vehicle as well, particularly if you go during the mid-afternoon or later.

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