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YYZ's "FedEx Hill"; Going, Going, Gone  
User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

I stopped by the FedEx Hill spotting spot this afternoon, and was shocked to see that it is rapidly disappearing. I knew that it had been fenced off but not that it was being destroyed. A back hoe is digging it up and filling a continuous stream of dump trucks. The area where we used to sit or stand has been levelled, and they are working their way towards Derry Road.

At the rate things are changing it won't be long before all the good spots are taken away from us.

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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1083 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5541 times:
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it's a sin I tell you. I only just found that place!  Sad At least we still have the road if we bring chairs.


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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5506 times:

FedEx hill? Why was it baptized that way? Do share!

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User currently offlineBA777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

Quoting Adriaticus (Reply 2):
FedEx hill? Why was it baptized that way? Do share!

Simple! It's location! It was right across the 'street' from the large Fedex facility here..

They came right next to the fence so with even a small zoom camera, you could get sweet shots of DC-10's, A300's, 722's etc. Not to mention the fact that you were situated right in front of the most used runway at Pearson Airport! (5/23).

A lot of great YYZ pics were taken from that hill. It's a shame it's gone now  Sad



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User currently offlineRickYHM From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5265 times:

Does anyone know what is going in there?

User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1434 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

FedEx Hill:

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It was one of the best places to spot at YYZ. With nice action shots of landings and takeoffs as well as opportunities to get aircraft as they taxiied by. It will be dearly missed by myself and spotters all over the world who have had the pleasure of spotting from there.

A collection of shots from FedEx Hill...

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Cheers,
Kaz



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User currently offlineMartinairyyz From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

Quoting RickYHM (Reply 4):
Does anyone know what is going in there?

The rumour is that a UPS facility will be built there...... it is a real shame, but it was a huge space of empty land right at YYZ.... logical to be eventually bought up!



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User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

that sucks big time. So now whats the best place to catch the 05/23 action? I sometimes go to the parking lots off of Airport rd, but its not the best. I wonder what will happen once 05R/23L starts to be built.

KrisYYZ


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5167 times:

Quoting KrisYYZ (Reply 7):
that sucks big time. So now whats the best place to catch the 05/23 action? I sometimes go to the parking lots off of Airport rd, but its not the best.

Good ole' Wendy's! Also, Dixie road is great for 05 action. Many a summer evening you will see folks with their children, etc, on the side of the road enjoying those beautiful approaches.

Quoting KrisYYZ (Reply 7):
I wonder what will happen once 05R/23L starts to be built.

Actually, it's only going to be a 23L t/o rwy, as the old Canadian hangar is too close to the threshold for there to be t/o's from 05R. Still, it will relieve some traffic.

Cheers,
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User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Not being a spotter, I don't know, but has anybody been to the Brittania Rd. extension that goes right in front of the big Infield CARA kitchens? I would have figured it would be rather popular as it has a fence between it and 33L/15R at the south end by Mike taxiway, M1 and M3 high speed exits, but due to the grading of the ground, the top of the 8-10 ft fence would actually be at your feet/ankles. Granted, the GTAA ramp nazi's would most likely harrass anyone there as it is technically airport property.
Looking at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:TorontoPearsonArptAerial.jpg
It actually looks like this location would be half the distance that FEDEX hill was to 23/5.

As already stated, 23/5 is always more in use, however due to noise abbatement procedures, the 33 rwys are used alot on Saturday mornings to keep the noise down for all the NIMBY's to enjoy thier weekend morning coffee and shit.

Just a thought.


User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1434 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4978 times:

Quoting ReidYYZ (Reply 9):
Not being a spotter, I don't know, but has anybody been to the Brittania Rd. extension that goes right in front of the big Infield CARA kitchens?

Photos from that location:

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Unfortunately this location only works if it's cloudy as the prime afternoon international traffic will mostly be backlit.
We're lucky at YYZ to have several great spotting locations such as Courtney Park Dr. for 33L/15R, Wendy's on Airport Rd. for 23, Arizona's on Carling view for 24R/24L etc...

Cheers,
Kaz



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User currently offlineSquad55 From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4943 times:

I am 96% sure, UPS is not building a facility there. The next UPS facility to be built will be a new Calgary gateway / hub facility.

User currently offlineAIRCANL1011 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 262 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4918 times:

The elevation on Fedex Hill was one of its greatest attributes. You were above the fence line and had a clear view right across to the terminals. Even if you are able to sit on the road now, you will not get that great elevation.

Its a real shame that the GTAA would never consider an aviation viewing park like at other airports. (Manchester comes to mind). With all the aviation freaks in the YYZ area it is almost surprising that they do not accommodate us in anyway.

FEDEX HILL - RIP  tombstone 



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User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4895 times:

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 10):
Unfortunately this location only works if it's cloudy as the prime afternoon international traffic will mostly be backlit.
We're lucky at YYZ to have several great spotting locations such as Courtney Park Dr. for 33L/15R, Wendy's on Airport Rd. for 23, Arizona's on Carling view for 24R/24L etc...

true, but nothing compares to the view you used to get on Silver Dart Drive, at the foot of 24R (before they made it impossible to stop there).

Sigh.


User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

Quoting AIRCANL1011 (Reply 12):
Its a real shame that the GTAA would never consider an aviation viewing park like at other airports. (Manchester comes to mind). With all the aviation freaks in the YYZ area it is almost surprising that they do not accommodate us in anyway.

Maybe they will when they finish building and paying off that $4.1 billion terminal.
If we were willing to pay for it though then they might one day consider it.



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User currently offlineYOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 10):
Unfortunately this location only works if it's cloudy as the prime afternoon international traffic will mostly be backlit.
We're lucky at YYZ to have several great spotting locations such as Courtney Park Dr. for 33L/15R, Wendy's on Airport Rd. for 23, Arizona's on Carling view for 24R/24L etc...

T1 old's parking garage was the best...nothing will ever top it. It's such a shame there isn't an observation lounge inside of T3 or T1-New. Without FedEx, some of the best views nowadays (except for photography through glass) are from nearby hotels/rooms. It pays to not live in Toronto.  Wink


User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

I meant to post a similar thread yesterday, as I had stopped by on a lunch-time break.

I spoke with the foreman of the contracting company who is moving the dirt. He HONESTLY has NO idea who is going in there. He pointed me over to an engineer, who also indicated that he was unable to tell me, as they have signed confidentiality agreements saying they won't say who it is..

(He also covered up paperwork he had in his hand.. LOL)

As for hte dirt.. the mound we stood on is now gone.. further back, towards Derry road, is still there.. The big mound of dirt we could see when looking back towards Derry (The biiiiig mound of dirt parallel to Derry) is next to be moved.

The contractor indicated that it would take roughly a month to move all the dirt, and they'd be moving approximately 8,000 truckloads of dirt..

Just to consol everyone, he told me that the dirt WE stood on is pefect for applications such as sod-laying, etc. So that soil is going to be used for something good.

The dirt further back parallel to Derry is crap, and will be hauled off to land-fill.

1011yyz.



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User currently offlineRyGuy From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

I found the best spot for spotting in the world, I am sure everyone knows this one but still I LOVE IT!
It is right where that Air France airplane crashed Behind RWY24L and RWY24R I say you can also see very well from there Runways 33R and 33L aswell as pretty much all of them! I love it there!

THanks,

RyGuy



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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

Is there anywhere near to 'Fedex Hill' where similar shots can be taken?It's a shame I never made it over before it went Sad.Alas.

User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4650 times:

Quoting RyGuy (Reply 17):
found the best spot for spotting in the world, I am sure everyone knows this one but still I LOVE IT!
It is right where that Air France airplane crashed Behind RWY24L and RWY24R I say you can also see very well from there Runways 33R and 33L as well as pretty much all of them! I love it there!

That is quite old and not to mention "ILLEGAL" if caught stopped there. Every week fines are being distributed to any who stop. There are signs on the fence EVERY 15 Meters saying NO STOPPING! ... same with the highway before 24L/R. I think everyone needs to get over the fact that given the events of the past and what not, Toronto looked pretty bad given how close civilians could get to departing/arriving aircraft. My spotting pal and I however have another little spot which ... oh, is how do we say requires some good cover to not get detected Smile But anyways, i think you all need to get over it. After all, YYZ, ETC ETC, is not meant to be a 24/7 airshow ... as much as I would love that, those who are not familiar with the aviation hobby world, do not want strangers coming near their planes on takeoff or landing or at all? They are not going to take people who want to watch planes... into consideration over a land settlement which would range in the near millions.  Wink

Quoting Olympus69 (Thread starter):
At the rate things are changing it won't be long before all the good spots are taken away from us.

if only they cared


User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Quoting RyGuy (Reply 17):
I found the best spot for spotting in the world, I am sure everyone knows this one but still I LOVE IT!
It is right where that Air France airplane crashed Behind RWY24L and RWY24R I say you can also see very well from there Runways 33R and 33L aswell as pretty much all of them! I love it there!

I can assure you, that once the police discover where you are, you will be asked to leave, and they will patrol the hell out of that area..

Anywhere east of Britannia on Convair Drive, you will most CERTAINLY be asked to leave..

If you get to spend more than 10 minutes there, I'd be surprised..

1011yyz



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User currently offlineRyGuy From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 20):
If you get to spend more than 10 minutes there, I'd be surprised..

When I was there filming for a school project i spent a good 30-40 minutes there.
Boy I was in Heaven!



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User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4478 times:

Quoting RyGuy (Reply 21):
When I was there filming for a school project i spent a good 30-40 minutes there.
Boy I was in Heaven!

Then you were in very very good luck that day my friend  Smile

And yeah, it's a nice place.. Not really good for photography though.. too many fences in the way, and you're shooting at an awkward angle to the sun during the prime-aircraft hours.. (330-8pm)

1011yyz



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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 22):
Then you were in very very good luck that day my friend

I guess I'm gonna have to take my sweet ass time driving through  Wink


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

It's a shame that the wonderful viewing is now gone. Now we'll have to go somewhere else to go spotting.

If it's still possible to get on the road maybe if you have a very high vehicle you could just climb on top of it. I wonder if it would work.....

R.I.P Fed Ex hill  tombstone 



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25 Post contains images Olympus69 : I just found out what's going in there - a Holiday Inn Express. It's going to have a rooftop observation deck, open to everyone for a nominal fee, not
26 RickYHM : I have learned tonight that UPS will be announcing shortly that they will be moving one of the fights from YYZ back to YHM around the middle of June.
27 Post contains images Irobertson :
28 Lnglive1011yyz : HAHAHA What you need is one person driving, with you hanging outta the window with your camera (if you have one!) HAHAHA. It worked for AirbusfanYYZ
29 Post contains images AirbusfanYYZ : Yeah I was driving and Malcolm got one shot from the 401. The rest of the AF358 shots were from a secret location. Might have to start using that spo
30 Bmacleod : So now where is the best airport viewing spot that won't attract police patrols??
31 Post contains images AvroArrow : Guess I'll have to start borrowing my Dad's motorhome for YYZ spotting runs, throw a couple of chairs on the roof and have an afternoon of fairly good
32 YOW : Are there any Torontonians on here that are members of the YYZ Airport Watch program? With such a membership do you get recognized as being given bett
33 Post contains images Skidmarks : Sad to see "The Hill" going. I'm glad I experienced it before it's demise. I trust the YYZ crowd will have some new and exciting locations sorted out
34 Post contains images AirbusfanYYZ : Yes many YYZ a.netters are indeed part of the YYZ Airport Watch Program including myself. Yes thanks to the good work of the organizers at YYZ airpor
35 Post contains images KaiGywer : I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned the irony of a UPS building possibly being built on FedEx hill
36 Post contains images Lnglive1011yyz : I'm part of the YYZ Airport Watch, and like Kaz has already mentioned, we do have the jackets and caps that make us easily identifiable. Being part o
37 Olympus69 : I'm a member, but I joined too late to get a jacket - they were out of my size. However, we will be picking up our T-shirts this weekend. As LH101 st
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