Co LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
I like High Altitude spotting. Its great. I can see mostly Delta traffic over us, and after that its mostly local airline stuff at lower altitudes or departures from MSY. The rare planes I've seen in our area are the Atlas Air 747, Continental 737's, Northwest 757-200, etc. I use a telescope.
H. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
I love it too. I live in New york and I could get planes as low as 1,000 feet to all the way up to ~20,000 feet. High Altitude spotting always give you an excitment of the unknown, airlines that you don't know and model that you never think of.
VapourTrails From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
Yes I do high altitude spotting! It's fun even though most of the time it is Qantas.. I would ideally like a telescope because I can just make out the aircraft type with binoculars but definately not the reg.
High altitude spotting is a totally different experience than seeing the aircraft on the ground at an airport ..apart from the obvious of course..
The noise from high altitude aircraft flying overhead is quite unique. Nearly every time I look up there are one or more aircraft, I need to work out the time of day when there are lots & when I have the time to spare as well..
YKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
I run for my binocs anytime I see one flying over since there aren't many that do here. When I visited poland last year I could indentify all sorts of planes with my crappy 10x50 binocs. Its pretty fun too. Im gonna try using my 5" telescope at 45x and see how that works.
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 975 times:
I live by LHR and do high altitude spotting.
Airlines I regularly see:
One Iberia overflight a day
JMC,Brittania,Air 2000,Airtours etc.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2897 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 970 times:
I remember, it was a clear sunny day, when I couldn't believe my eyes, so I took my binoculars, and indeed: In a real high altitude, I saw one of those Belugas!
I used to work for Swissport Stuttgart Operations. Cargolux Luxemburg Operations seemed to use the same station frequency, we could often hear those Cargolux aircraft talking to their local operations. Once, we heard a voice on the radio "Cargolux operations, this is Cargolux xxx we're just passing Stuttgart, eta Luxemburg 12:20". My colleague (who is a spotter as well) took his binoculars, and we could really see this particular Cargolux 744 through our office window! He seized the occasion and asked the Cargolux Captain for his registration. That captain was a little confused about Swissport Stuttgart talking to him, but then he told us that it's LX-LCV. That is what I call effective high-altitude spotting!
Boeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 922 times:
I used to really be into it. Being in Traverse City Michigan, we see most all the International traffic from DTW-Japan, Japan-DTW, Europe-ORD, Europe-STL,Europe-MEX, Europe-DFW, Europe-IAH, and all kinds of Canadien and US domestic stuff.
I still look now with my binoculars. I used to use my telescope, boy, if they have condensation, they are easy to spot, and you can really get a close up!
Sdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 860 times:
IT's THE BEST PART!!!
I live NW of IAD and on Saturday I saw -
A widebody trijet - MD-11 or DC-10
A 4 Engine widebody (747)
and at least 2 or 3 330's or 777
Also, I wanna buy a hi power lens device to get in close on these planes. Any tips? What products do you guys use? I have a semi decent pair of binoculars already but they are not powerful enough. Backyard spotting is the best.
Also, I see departing traffic from IAD, especialyl in the evening over my house. BMI, LH, BA, UA .. all the major players
Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3234 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 854 times:
When I lived in Prescott, Arizona, I enjoyed taking out my telescope and watching all the transcontinental traffic to and from Southern California. Prescott is near the Drake VOR, which is a common transcontinental route.
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 811 times:
High altitude spotting is challenge I rarely accept. I did see a weather balloon, once. I have to replace my 10x50 binoculors.
I live btwn two approachs to Pearson, so, I see not only the operator, but, the equipment. Binocs wouldn't allow me to see reg.#, tho. Perhaps a telescope would.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 784 times:
All the time, here at MSP, there are tons! I have seen United Airlines 747-400s heading west, and many Qantas! I couldn't believe it, Qantas!? After that, I was really into it, and I spotted ANA, and just yesterday, a Lufthansa A340!
Ren41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 770 times:
Yesterday, because of the crash in NYC JFK was closed and a lot of planes were diverted to BOS. I was sitting in my backyard which is under the path of departing planes, and I saw a SQ 744, BA 744, JAL 744, AZ MD-11, DL MD-11 fly right over my head at a pretty low altitude!!! I was in heaven because BOS never gets any Asian carriers, except for Korean,which left a few years ago.