BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
As a spotter, I lke to know what is coming, and when. It would also help to knowflight numbers for tracking purposes.
The other day I was spotting at LGA on my dock. The planes were landing over me on Rwy 31, and ther wasn't anythign too exciting coming in. I decided ot leave, and JUST as I left, a DL767 came in, then an ATA757, then an AA757, then an Airbus, and then another AA757.
JUst my luck, I sit on the dock for close ot an hour and see only one heavy, and then jsut as I leave, 4 heavies come in during the next 10 minutes!
I undertand that cab drivers have access to a listing of every arrival to an airport in order for them to know what kind of plane is landing, and at what airline, so they know where to pick up people.
I was wondering if there was anyplace online that I can go to so I can learn the airline, flight number, type of plane, etc, for EVERY arrival and departure going out of La Guardia Airport (JFK wouldn't hurt either).
Bhmal From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
You could get on www.travelocity.com and check the inbound flights from larger destinations. Like do a search on flights from ATL-LGA beginning at 10am and then move on to ORD-LGA, MDW-LGA, etc.
Another thing is a handheld scanner. You can get the airport frequencies off any sectional chart or airport facility directory book. The latter is probably better. You can buy the airport facility directory at most any GA FBO for $5 or so. Then you can tune in LGA's approach and tower freqs thus knowing what's out there within 20-30 miles or so before you ever see anything.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'll be glad to help.
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2765 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
Check www.flightarrivals.com. You can sort arrivals by airport, and it will give the next few hours worth of inbound or outbound flights. It's not a full all day schedule, but it does give ETA, aircraft type, flight number, etc.
Bhmal, Bigphilnyc probably has a scanner already. Looking at the number of posts he has about spotting at LGA, I don't know how he couldn't. But maybe I'm wrong, because you can hear planes 30 minutes away, so those heavies would have been in range.
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
I don't have a scanner actually.
I just came back in from doing some early morning filming. They changed runways on me, SOBs! lol. They were landing on 31 (which is best for me), and then switched arrivals to 4 and departed on 13 (so I still had SOME action, but it's not as fun).
I jsut go down there and catch stuff by chance. The only specific planes that I was able to target were ATA 757s and the DL727 (not there anymore).
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6958 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
Next time you're in the terminal check at the desk where they have all the tourist brochures and ground-transport info. Maybe they'll have the Port Authority timetable that comes out every couple months giving complete schedules for LGA-JFK-EWR. Including cargo, supposedly.