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Have You Ever Seen Spotters From Up In The Air?  
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Almost everytime I fly I always look for spotters from up in the air (either taking off or landing) but I never seen any. During the times I've landed in LGA, for instance, I figure I'd see at least one or two but nope. But of course, I see a bunch of them on the drive from the airport. Weird eh? Is it just me?

Have you been able to spot the spotters?


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Landing at YVR on Friday morning, I spotted one guy (presumably a spotter) being patted down by police near the threshold of 08L.

User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Mirrodie was taking off on a flight from LGA a few weeks ago, and I was going to sit on my rock across Flushing Bay.

He took some shots clearly of the rock, and I was going to videotape his departure, but alas, I was violently ill and couldn't leave the house.



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Flying into YVR last year I as well saw a row of spotters. Not to sure which runway it was though.

User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Landing at PDX two days ago on Alaska, there were a lot of people and small children at what I guess is an observation area along the highway that runs parallel with the PDX runways...it was kinda cool watching them watch us!

SJCguy  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Actually I recall seeing the spotters at the old spotting location at DTW before it was closed. Back in 86 when I was still a little kid I flew an Eastern DC-9 from ATL to DTW and we landed on 22L back in those days 21R. There was a place between Goddard Road and the North Service drive near the threshold of 22L where you could watch planes land at 50-100 feet over your head. I saw several spotters as we passed over to land.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5511 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Only once at Newark 4 years ago. I was in a 737 of CO inbound from MSP, and there were a group of people looking up at us right before the runway!

Continental


User currently offlineNW D9S From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

I saw at least five on the ravel parking lot on Lee Rd. when landing on runway 27 at IAH.

User currently offlineJetRanger2000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

SJCGuy,

The "highway" your talking about is Marine Drive. That is a good place to spot far as know. Never went out there because I'm afraid someone could pull a B757300 on me.


User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 795 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2421 times:

When I flew into MCO a few weeks ago, I saw a whole line of spotters at the end of one of the runways in a big dirt parking lot. I drove past them about 1/2 hour later and they were still there. It looked like a good spotting location.

pgh234


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 2409 times:

Of course. I see very often during short final at FRA a bunch of spotters at the rwy18 spotting point.

Patrick


User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

I saw some spotters near the cargo building at LAX when I was arriving in a DL 764 (N840MH) from ATL on October 27, 2001. A few days later, this turned up on Airliners.net.


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So I guess they saw me too!  Smile


User currently offlineIwantaBBJ From Switzerland, joined Jun 2002, 775 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2367 times:
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Once I landed on Miamis 09L I do remember plenty of spotters there at the holes, and about an hour later I was one of them  Smile

IwantaBBJ


User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

I have seen them at LAX on approach to runway 24R. Sydney I have seen them many times. I have also seen plenty during approaches into Kai Tak airport. not hard to spot spotters at these airports!

User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Today while landing at LGB I saw from my seat on the 757 as we flew over the last few houses, a cat run in fear and a dog barking up at us.


I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I figure that Hong Kong spotters are some of the easiest to see from the air... even though I didn't see any when I landed at HKG.  Sad


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2254 times:


The day Concorde was at Stuttgart airport (STR), I saw thousands of spotters from the air at the airport. I'm serious !
I was on a scenic flight on a Germania B737-700 and all those spotters were around the airport area.
When we approach the holding point before take-off the pilot even joked, that they were all there because of our 737-700 ! Hehe, it was nice to see that many people around the airport.


User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Turning onto the runway at Shannon a few years back on an Aer Lingus A330-200 (EI-DUB, I believe), I saw a good sized group of spotters on the other side of the fence. Part of me was a little jealous since I've never been able to get that close to a large aircraft with engines running - never mind powering up for t-o! But upon reflection, they may have been jealous of me....


rapo


User currently offlineBmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Hi,
Last night landing at EMA on bmibaby (WW5790) from Dublin about 1929 I saw a bloke with a camera hogging the boundry fence and he took a photo of us (hopefully that will show up here in the next few days) so I got my own back and erm took one of him lol see what comes out when I get them developed. Departing DUB there was a few people watching us, at the boundry fense where I had been all day long  Smile

Most times Ive flown there has been spotters around somewhere and i'm getting used of being watched  Smile

Markus x


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