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Spotting At PHL  
User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 857 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

On August 19th, I am flying FL from FLL-PHL on the early morning n/s flight (8:00-10:40a) and returning later in the evening through ATL (7:40p-12:41a).

I plan to do some spotting at Philadelphia and wanted to know from local area spotters or people who have frequented the airport, which is the best place to go. I have a simply point-and-click Fuji Digital Camera, so I figure the best course of action will be staying inside the terminal and shooting through glass. I had a nice shot of a DL 732 last time I was there in June.

Anyway, do you need to go through a security check for each of the individual concourses - or can you go from terminal to terminal? I'd really love to get a nice shot of a US 332, as well as shots of the AF, BA and LH flights when they get in mid-afternoon.

Any help is appreciated.....DAN

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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Since you're flying on FL, you will be at Terminal D.

One can get from the D gates to any of the other terminal gates EXCEPT E & F without going through security again.

FYI, most of the PHL spotters actually do most of their stuff along Hog Island Road, which is a perimeter road that runs along the southern end of the airport property. One will need a car to get to Hog Island Road, although one can utilize SEPTA bus Route 108 (which will only stop at UPS' facilities) but the bus will only stop at designated stops and only goes by Runway 9R.

To get to Hog Island Road from PHL, follow signs to Route 291 EAST. Once on 291, turn right at the Island Ave. traffic light (there's an Exxon station on your left).

Follow Island Ave. until it makes a bend to the left which becomes Enterprise Ave.; there is a STOP sign at the bend.

Follow Enterprise Ave. to the next STOP sign, and turn right onto Fort Mifflin Road; you will see several biz jets and an occasional charter planes parked near this intersection.

Continue along Fort Mifflin Road and you will pass through a tunnel. Once out of the tunnel and after passing an intersection on your left, you will be on Hog Island Road and will see planes usually landing.

Police issues have been a hit-or-miss as of late; it was worse a year or two ago. Usually if one parks on the OPPOSITE side of ther road with respect to where the airport fence is, you shouldn't have a problem. If you park alongside the AOA fence, a passing cop may ask you not to park there even though there are not signs posted.

Some have also spotted from any of the adjacent parking garages.

Here's another web-sitesite that might give you more PHL-related information, it was created by another Philly A.netter.

http://www.phlairline.com/



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1244 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

http://home.comcast.net/~kanagie/airports/phl.html

Paul is working on this, still not finished. But it's lookin good.


User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

I've got a few good shots "shooting through glass" in terminal A-West...the newest of the terminals. Between A East and West you should get an upclose look at:

AA's Super 80's and 757's (what else do they fly here?)
AF's A330
US's A330, 767, and A319EOW (perhaps some A321's and various others)
LH's A340 (are they still bringing the 744 in or is that over?)
BA's 777's

Can't say I've ever seen an Air Jamaica or USA3000 plane on the ground there.

If you have time before your flight, go to the top of any of the long term parking garages and enjoy the view! Happy spotting!



You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Ed,

We have that same (but unmarked) aerial photo still posted in the office. Unfortuately, it predates Terminal A-West & F; note the demolition of the old hangars west of Terminal A-East.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineRunway27right From United States of America, joined May 2004, 131 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

I actually drew (or is that drawn) in Terminal F just moments ago.
Remember, this is just a guide to photos-spotting spots outside the terminal.

I've drawn in RW26 and the runway itself may look slightly different from up above.

Like was stated earlier, it's still a work in progress.


Paul



Keeping PHL Spotting Alive Daily!
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Quoting Cha747 (Reply 3):
Between A East and West you should get an upclose look at:

AA's Super 80's and 757's (what else do they fly here?)
AF's A330
US's A330, 767, and A319EOW (perhaps some A321's and various others)
LH's A340 (are they still bringing the 744 in or is that over?)
BA's 777's

Can't say I've ever seen an Air Jamaica or USA3000 plane on the ground there.

LH is still flying the 744; at least on Saturdays & Sundays. On other days, they may alternate between the 744 & the A340.

AA's mostly Super 80s & a couple of American Connection ERJs. The occasional AA 757s out of PHL are only used for Carribean flights.

According to the latest PHL timetable booklet that came out earlier this month, there is only one r/t JM flight listed; JM 44 arrives from MBJ at 9:50 AM, JM 45 departs at 5:00 PM. They're the only non-US A321 that comes into PHL.

U5 does have a couple of A320 flights on Fridays (to/from FLL & PUJ).



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 1):
One can get from the D gates to any of the other terminal gates EXCEPT E & F without going through security again.

Actually, you can get to F without going through security. Just take the bus shuttle at the entrance of C (C-16 maybe?).

-SOAC



Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 7):
Actually, you can get to F without going through security. Just take the bus shuttle at the entrance of C (C-16 maybe?).

Do they a 2nd check for Boarding Passes before one boards the Shuttle bus? I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that the bus was only for connecting passengers (mainly on US).



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
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