Airplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3251 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!
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3229 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...
SUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3178 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.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6844 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3152 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...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Air Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3136 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.
Darius From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3080 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.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3080 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."
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3057 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.
Timbabwe From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3035 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.
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3025 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.
USAirways A319 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2986 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.)
JmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
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.
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2954 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!