Aerokid From Belgium, joined Jun 2000, 348 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4533 times:
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.
Johno From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4472 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!
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4439 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.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4410 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.
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
TurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4404 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.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3270 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4377 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.)