Adam1115 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7233 times:
So I was doing a little plane spotting out at DEN. I was driving down a dirt county road, at the end of it there was what I would describe as an access road to some kind of (large) Natural Gas rig. There were no signs or anything, so I drove down this (VERY) short road to park (vs. being on the side of a dirt road.)
My location was 39.881947, -104.621773, you can see how close I was to the actual road.
I could see the perimeter fence, but it was a good distance away. After about 15-20 minutes a security vehicle drove along the dirt road inside the perimeter fence at about 50 MPH and kept on going, didn't even slow down. I assumed he was 'making his rounds'. About 5-10 minutes later he came around again, much faster, I would say 70+ MPH (and on a dirt road) and stopped, looking at me. At this point I assumed he didn't want me there so I told my 4 year old to buckle up (which took a few minutes...) he turned on his yellow flashing lights for a few minutes then turned them off at which point I drove off. (He didn't move).
Now it might be possible that I was on private land (although I'm thinking it was some sort of easement as there were NO signs...) but beyond that, did I break some rule?
Jman40 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7141 times:
You were likely on private property, perhaps owned by the gas company. Not all private property is posted with signs. Of course, the security person could have been a bit less passive-aggressive with you.....
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2046 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6839 times:
YYZ's varies considerably with its enforcement of spotters. Sometimes airport personel will move people away from the fences from inside the facility. Other times the regional police will move people away who are on roads marked with no stopping and other times will ignore them. I have been told a fair bit of it has to do with whatever intel alerts have been received. Fuel is a particular area of sensitivity due to plots to blow up fuels facilities at airports.
Adam1115 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
So if I would moved 100 feet North onto the public road, security wouldn't care?
The other 'spotting place' is a marked no stopping zone, but parking outside of that zone is MUCH closer to the active runway than where I was parked. I suspect I would've gotten the same thing even if parked there outside of the no-stopping zone.
If parked legally on public property do they have a right to run you off...?
Jman40 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6511 times:
Quoting Adam1115 (Reply 3): If parked legally on public property do they have a right to run you off...?
No, and the police shouldn't say anything to you. Public property is just that: public. Unfortunately, there have been too many instances in recent years of authorities ignoring the law in the name of "national security."
Good luck.... I've never flown through DEN, but the place you found looks like a GREAT place to spot!
Tranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6434 times:
Quoting Jman40 (Reply 4): Good luck.... I've never flown through DEN, but the place you found looks like a GREAT place to spot!
I've flown through Denver numerous times, and I've always been amazed at the layout when landing. It's basically out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farmland, prairie and small country roads. The spotting opportunities right up against the runways looks endless.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7411 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6304 times:
The rent-a-cops at DIA used to hassle me all the time. They have no idea what they are talking about and so forth, if they say something to you and your not on DIA land then just ignore them. Cops might come and ask a couple questions, I used to spot a lot up right by the maint building by the Mt. Elbert Parking Lot and then if I am on the North side i usually set up just off 120th.
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Stburke From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5358 times:
I've been in the exact spot before and have had troubles. One security guard got out and we had a friendly shouting conversation about getting too close to the fence and that was about it. You likely didn't do anything wrong,
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 651 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5000 times:
Well, I'd still be careful. I've had a lot of run-ins with the cops at MKE, though I still don't think they have too much of an argument.
I wanted to get some pictures where rwy 7R / 25L crosses over the road. So I parked in a parking lot just down the way, and walked myself up to where the tunnel is, and they got me everytime. I got some pretty cool pics while I WAS there, but they threatened me with more severity, and I don't really wanna push it. I still contest that I was outside of the fence, with space between me and it... Though somebody said that an airport is considered special use land, which puts a certain extent on it's 'public property' status. Though I was STILL outside of this "special use land"....so I'm not getting it.
Adam1115 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4176 times:
Quoting Stburke (Reply 7): I've been in the exact spot before and have had troubles. One security guard got out and we had a friendly shouting conversation about getting too close to the fence and that was about it. You likely didn't do anything wrong,
What is their next 'step' if you ignore them..? My guess is they have no jurisdiction outside of the fence, so do they clal the local sheriffs office..?
Surprise From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 132 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3417 times:
Not sure where you were but on a side note, one of the worlds best places to watch planes was at Stapleton. The east end of the runway right by the chain link fence. On a hot summers night with a cold beer and your lady, sitting on the hood of your car...you could almost reach up and touch the planes as they went over.It led to my 1st kid.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 19 Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3282 times:
At MCI, they pretty much banned any good places. The best place used to be in the post office parking lot right next the 1L/19R but they posted it as no parking. So I parked in the Public Safety parking lot next door. Had my scanner and was watching when two airport security came up. They detained me for about a half an hour (even had a "paddy wagon") show up. They wanted to know who I worked for, my home and work phone numbers and were especially disturbed about my scanner...going so far as to question it's legality. I told them that I wasn't trying to be a smart ass, but I've had an air band scanner since 1972. They eventually let me go.
Back in the mid 1980's, we had a great area to spot at DFW...up a dirt road and in a field. Back in the "good old days", airport security wasn't so anal about spotters, and one did come up to us. He said they would much prefer if we just parked on the inner access road (and told us how to get to it) so that they could see us since some jackholes had been in the field shooting guns at planes. The spot he took us to was considerably closer to the runway...right by the fence. I'm sure that in the post 9/11 days, if you park anywhere but Founders Plaza, they'll raise hell.
F9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
JeffM knows all these rules. He's been in contact all the way up with the brass at DIA. The airport, simply put, owns a TON of land. So much land, that it is impossible for them to patrol / put signs up around all of it.
Be polite, respect the authorities, and I probably wouldn't go back there again. You're looking into the sun anyway...terrible photography conditions. If you want to spot 8/26, I'd go to Imboden.
Here's a guide I put together with a couple of other people:
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1314 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
Quoting Adam1115 (Thread starter): Now it might be possible that I was on private land (although I'm thinking it was some sort of easement as there were NO signs...) but beyond that, did I break some rule?
My advice to you, is the same I have given other misunderstood spotters: Don't assume the airport cops/rent a cops know what spotting is. If you are approached, nicely submit that spotting is a hobby and you are a fan of aviation. If you are nice and respectful, odds are they'll be cool. Just remember, for some reason, there are many morons out there who think blowing up an airplane by any means is a great way to kill a lot of peeps and get on TV. Just be cognizant that your spotting appears much like a terrorist's airport reconnaissance to the uninformed eye...
To be a trespasser in most U.S. States requires you be trespassed from the property. In some States this is satisfied with a sign, in others its a verbal/written from the owner.
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