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Spotting At BUF And IAG?  
User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 864 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I've done some searching for this topic but the threads I've found are all 2+ years old.

Can anyone provide updates on spotting at BUF and/or IAG airports? Where are the best locations for photos? Is it worth a 3-hour drive for a day of spotting, or will i just be asked to leave? Is it even worth a side trip over to IAG?

any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Chris


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Funny you should ask. I ventured ver to BUF saturday to see if I could get a shot of the HA 767 the Raiders chartered.I see that the Medivac place looked real nice! I haven't been to BUF in over 18 months because I was threatened with arrest @ the restaurant in Feb 06.
I was considering writing the Medivac place to see if they are friendly towards photogs.



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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

the Medivac place is the old restaurant, correct? i've seen the photos from there and it looks like the best spot. would love to be able to get in there for some photos. please let me know if you find anything out!

chris



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Yes,it is . The light is only good til like 10 or 11 am. As far as IAG,I kinda doubt it.


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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4118 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

BUF is a tough place to spot and take pictures. If you are ground side the places are limited and you have to be on the lookout for the Nazi's er... security. Airside it is a different animal. If rwy 5 is the primary there are good opportunities for landing shots, but if rwy 23 is the primary the planes tend to land quite a ways u the runway. These observations are from airside of course. IAG may be worth going if you know of any thing in particular that you want but it is not great if you are just going on a whim.


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2478 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 4):
BUF is a tough place to spot and take pictures. If you are ground side the places are limited and you have to be on the lookout for the Nazi's er... security

Hence my almost being arrested Feb 06 for being @ a spot I have been going to for years. Hell,I remember when families would picnic on the lawn there !!!!!!



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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

so i ask........would it be worth contacting NFTA beforehand?


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2427 times:



Quoting Chrisjake (Reply 6):
so i ask........would it be worth contacting NFTA beforehand?

Good luck with that....they never received the complaint I filed with them (sure they didn't).....



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User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

It's now posted at Flying Tigers/Mercy Flight...you can be there. They don't have a problem with it as long as you pick up after yourself. I've been there 100+ times in 2008 and haven't been heckled once.


Granted, I wear my SIDA badge whenever I'm there, even though it's nowheres close to being a SIDA area it gives me peace of mind that they know I'm just another wackjob at BUF  Wink

And IAG...don't bother. Not worth it.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2330 times:



Quoting Skoker (Reply 8):
It's now posted at Flying Tigers/Mercy Flight...you can be there. They don't have a problem with it as long as you pick up after yourself. I've been there 100+ times in 2008 and haven't been heckled once.

That's good to hear for a change. That's the way it should be. I was threatened with a Trespassing charge back in Feb 06 for minding my own business waiting for a AM 73G.



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User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

Ha, I just noticed that we all missed a beer tent this past weekend.

Damn.


http://mercyflight.org/NEWSLETTER/Grand%20Opening.pdf


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Yeah,I passed thru there trying to find the HA 76. I sure hope the Mercy Flight place is photog-friendly...the restaurant always was....


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User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Like I said, now that there's an official tenant in the building, it's a different story than before when the whole place was abandoned.

I've only seen the police there once...and that was leading a couple away after they decided that it'd be a good idea to have a bonfire (non-arson) there. I stopped over when a Song 757 diverted at about 9:30PM on a Friday and the cops were just getting there right before I arrived.

Needless to say, I turned around and went to Denny's instead.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2261 times:



Quoting Skoker (Reply 12):
Like I said, now that there's an official tenant in the building, it's a different story than before when the whole place was abandoned.

That makes sense. That building looked like it had its fair share of vandals.Just another example of some people ruining it for everybody.



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