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The Best Airport For Plane Spotting  
User currently offlineUSAirBWI From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

What airport, in your opinion, has the best areas for plane spotting. In each airport, where is that spot.

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User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

I like Pittsburgh for Plane Spotting. I've only been to 4 different airports though. Pittsburgh has about 3 good spots. One is ressurection cemetary(rwy32-14). Another good one is that you get off at the next exit after the airport exit. This is Runway 10L-28R! They usually take off at that spot, if not they land on the other side of the runway!



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

The one without fences around the entire perimeter, where you get ramp access without problem, where there is noone telling you that you are too close to the runway. It's also visited by all possible aricraft, from all the airlines of the world. It always has good weather, and the sun in the right position. I can't remember the name because I always wake up wanting to go spotting...

Staffan  Nuts


User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

SHARJAH in the UAE. You can get full access to the ramp for US$60.

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

I live in AMS so I say AMS.
You can stand at R/W 01L at Mc Donalds there. They have made it as a spotarea there. It's really nice when there is heavy crosswinds cause you really get a good look at the crabangle when they are on final.



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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6590 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

CGK, Jakarta Intl.
Venture into the small lanes next to the runway fence (2 runways), and you'll find a man hole in the fence... then the only thing separating you and the aircraft is just a drainage ditch !

You get 732s that you can't find anywhere else but SIN (which is not very spotter friendly), heaps (too many) of Garuda, Fokkers of Merpati... and some of the usual Intl visitors...

Mandala499



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User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

AMS Schiphol Airport almost totally surrounded by drainage ditches, so very less fences. Many runways, busy. Dramatic and typical Dutch cloudy skies. In autumn, winter, spring and sometimes in summer you have to cloth yourself well due to the windy sea climate.

User currently offlineA340-500 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

It is. Singapore is cool because I always see airplanes land and Take-off at the TV lounge in T2. Big thumbs up
A340-500


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

BWI has a nice public observation viewing park just less then a mile from RWY 33L. Best to go in the afternoon when the sun is behind ya.

Kevin/DCA


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

SUDDEn, that's 27 and 22 (plus arrivals at 24 in the distance).
Closest McD to 01L is a good 5 minutes away by car  Smile/happy/getting dizzy and unofficial (very nice place to see the planes coming over the A4 motorway).

One thing I don't like too much about AMS is the way in which ATC keeps changing the active runways every few minutes  Nuts



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User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

I recently had a stopover in Brussels and thought that was a good airport for spotting....


virgin744



User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

There is a pretty cool spotting area at AUS.

User currently offlineDarius From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Me too, I like AMS. Like mentioned above, the McD at 27-09 is great, but also the road parallel to 01L/19R, the parking space next to 06/24, and also the road crossing the extended centerline of 24, where you can stand between the approach lights.
Another great spot is the quiet road crossing the extended centerline of 01L. If you climb in the approach lights here (I guess that is actually forbidden), you can get some great shots.
Sudden, are you a load master for KLM? I have worked for KLM as a baggage medewerker (?) for 2,5 years. I worked about everywhere, in the C,D,E and F-pier.


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Brussel?!?!?!? I have been there once and I didn't like it at all. I haven't been alongside the runways though. Just in the terminal and near the fences at the apron.

I like Amsterdam better. Dusseldorf is also very good. Especcially the railwaystation. BTW the spottersites at DUS are open again. At AMS they haven't opened yet.

Someone mentioned ramp acces at Sharjah, that is impossible for now. To quote the director general (Dr. Ghanem Al-Hajri):
"Owing to stringent security considerations, we regret to inform you that no ramp access will be permitted for photography purposes for an indefinite period of time."



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User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

AUS is small and it sucks. My vote goes to Miami.

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Petertenthije: I agree, the terminal isn't very good for spotting, the top floors of the parkinghouses can be good sometimes. And along side runway 07R-25L (both for takeoff and landing) is very good. The end of runway 25R can be good if there is a real heavy aircraft taking of or if you have a long enough lense.

Staffan



User currently offlineTimbabwe From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

My vote goes for SAN

Very intesting approach...I haven't found a much better place than the Windsock, great little bar/restaurant with GREAT views of incoming and departing aircraft. No more than 50 Ft from the runway. Not many heavies though. Also some great spots in Balboa park to watch incoming aircraft.

Timbabwe


User currently offlineGibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Zurich, Switzerland is great! You have dozens of excellent locations to choose from. On top of fingerdock Terminal B, near the runways, and many more. As I am not a die-hard spotter, I do not know of the insider spots. If you want more information on Zurich, contact Gerardo, he's the guy to ask.

gibberish


User currently offlineUSAirBWI From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

So i guess AMS would be the favorite?

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Heathrow

User currently offlineUSAirways A319 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Until the expansion about 10 years ago, I would of said ROC, but there was approximately 12 to 15 years ago a secluded road that lead just short to the runway (having not been to that spot since the late 80's, I'm not sure if that road is accessible anymore, especially in this day and age.)

User currently offlineJmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

USAirBWI:
I suppose by way of your user name, that you are from Baltimore. When I visited BWI airport, I really didnt explore much through all the concourses but rather stayed in concourse "D" Usairways land. I really liked the spot down beyond the escalatators near the commuter terminal, that area was dead and you could, then , spot for hours, a great get away spot. I suppose those days are temporarally gone, unless of course you have a ticket. If you are from BWI, go check out the spot I am referrering to, on your next trip.
Happy flying.
JMH


User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

All time favourite was Kai Tak Airport, but of course that is irrelevant now. But my favourite has either got to be Sydney Kingsford Smith, Or Los Angeles International. LAX just has so many great spots to shoot from, and such a great variety!! Sydney just seems to be much more enjoyable then LAX. I love both equally! many thanks to the guys down there that have helped me experience SYD for what it is! Also Tokyo Narita can be pretty enjoyable as well!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Christchurch is good it is just the lack of airlines, if more airlines flew into CHC then it would be better.

User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

SFO & LAX.

Michael SFO
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


25 Bobcat : Gravelly Point, on the north end of the runway has a nice-sized parking area. You can seen the entire airport. If planes come in from the north for a
26 Teva : PPT !!! Light is wonderful. And if you are lucky, you will see an AF 744 or an HAwaian DC10 swimming in Tahiti lagoon. Nana....
27 Brian_ga : I tell you I loved LHR Queens building before they closed so much of it off.
28 Contrails : Unless things have changed as a result of 9/11/01, HNL is great for spotting. MIA is also good, as you usually have a wide assortment of aircraft base
29 Post contains images SUDDEN : Jwenting..... yes your correct. My misstake. I know where that unofficial area is.
30 USAirBWI : Yes, I know about that spot. It's a great place. In fact, I saw my first DC-10 from there (Ghana Airways). I was referring to other airports since I d
31 EGGD : Well, i have visited many airports, to just go and watch aircraft come in and out it would have to be LHR, just because of the variety and that you ge
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