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How Close Can You Get To The Runway?  
User currently offlineAerokid From Belgium, joined Jun 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

Hi guys,

I was just wondering how close you can get to the runway at your local airport. Here in Ostend (Belgium) I can get as close as 20 m (about 60 ft) to the runway. This spot is situated about 500 m (1500 ft) from the runway treshold and really great for taking pictures, the fence is only 5 ft high. It is sooooooooo cool to see a B747 taking off from there, or a B707: ear damage guaranteed!      

At our national airport of Brussels, things have become worse over the past few years. They constructed a double 8 ft high fence a couple of meters apart from each other (those with the white and red bars, you can see it on some pictures on airliners.net), making it very difficult to take a decent picture of an aircraft on the ground.   At this moment, they are working on walls of soil to reflect the noise so in a while there will be even less viewing opportunities.

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User currently offlineJohno From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6056 times:

within 30 metres of runway 13/31 at Manila International by visiting a public park. This runway is used mainly by domestic and general aviation. In my younger days (1976) at LHR I could cycle through the security gate at the PanAm hangar (long gone) and sit alongside 10R/28L (now 09/27L I believe) at a distance of about 70m. Phew! those really WERE the days!  

User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

At SJC you can get really close to 30L on the South end. Great place for pics, only thing is you're practically standing on the road, got to be careful there.


User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

At YYC you can get about 100 meters from the main taxiway and about 300 meters from a secondary runway.

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6023 times:

At San Diego a major street intersection is about 30m from the runway (but there are fences so you cannot see it) and at a few viewing areas one can get from 20 to 100 metres away from it and even closer to the taxiways.

Aaron G.

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

From the satellite parking area you can get about 200m from the threshold of Rnwy 15R at Boston. However this runway is usually only used during the summer, and usually only about once every one or two weeks.


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User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

At Lambert STL, a street runs from North to South just at the western end of the airport. I observe the planes from there, and I estimate it is about 100 to 200 ft from the runway, probably about the closest you can get at STL. The street is not Linbergh, it is further east than Linbergh Blvd.

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

LAX, Sepulveda Ave. passes under the runways.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5980 times:

at aeroparque jorge newbury you can get about 20 meters from the runway and there is only a 4 foot tall fence around it. also, you are about 5 minutes away from the heart of downtown buenos aires!

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5974 times:

i dunno the exact distance, but you can get right next to the runway at SYD....it is a really good site for plane spotting!!!!!!!

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (15 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

The access road to POS passes directly under the approach to runway 10, with the approach navigation lights to the west of it. It is awesome to drive directly under the planes as they make short finals! The runway in this area is adjacent to the BWIA hangars.

Further east, the road runs parallel to the runway for a considerable distance; the road-runway distance is about 50m. The perimeter fence is very high - about 8 feet or 2.5m - so picture-taking is a bit difficult but not impossible. I have photographed AN-124 rotating at that point. It is just that the area is a bit deserted so one has to be careful. The eastern end of the runway is also visible from the road. (Runway 29 refers to the East-West direction.)


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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (15 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5958 times:

In Zurich you have several places where you can get quite close to the runway, perhaps 100 meters or even closer.

User currently offlineSkipp From Taiwan, joined May 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

Dear Aerokid,

I live in Sydney, Australia. my closest airport is Mascot or better known as 'Kingsford Smith'.

I can stand against the perimeter fence next to runway 16R-34L and when the planes are taxying out to prepare for take-off, the wing of the plane actually goes over your head !

Amazing stuff hey !



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