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High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 12:31 pm

Today, I took out my binocs and sat in my backyard for 2 hours looking at planes passing over at about 30,000 feet out of DFW over AUS. Here is what I saw:

AA 777
AA 763
AA 757
BA 777
Lufthansa A340
DL 763

It was really fun to identify them at a high altitude. Does anyone else to this. Also, I like the challenge of getting the reg. number off of planes at about 5,000 feet on approach to AUS.
 
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Sun Nov 11, 2001 12:38 pm

Hey, I do that same thing. It's great fun to try and identify the airline. It's even more fun to do it, without the binocs!!!

I alwasy do that when I get the time. I've seen alot of DL737s lately.

Anway, check out this topic, you might be interested:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/596186/

Aloha!!

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 12:41 pm

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.
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 1:15 pm

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. Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 1:48 pm

You know....this is a great idea! There are TONS (and I mean TONS) of planes that fly over here at 35,000ft. Infact today, I saw 7 contrails at one time!

I have binoculars sitting in my closet collecting dust.

I'll use them tommorow and see what flies over here!

Regards.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 2:50 pm

Yes I do high altitude spotting! Big grin 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..

Good post ILS  Big thumbs up
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Sun Nov 11, 2001 3:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:29 am

YOu bet I do,
A lot of times , i am to lazy to do homework, so i grab the binnoculars and head to my front yard. I ussually only sit for about twenty minutes, but I see alot of planes

Heres what I I have seen:

US Airways 737
" " Dash 8
Md-80's
747's
767's
757's

I need more powerful binoculars obviously so I can see the airline  Smile
Adam
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 5:51 am

I did the same today and yesterday:
AF 777
AF 340
AF 744
AF 321
AF 319
Belair 752
Thai 744
....
Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:00 am

I live by LHR and do high altitude spotting.
Airlines I regularly see:
AirFrance
Alitalia
British Airways
Swissair
ElAL
Sabena-did!
United
American
Northwest
Continental
USAirways
World
Saudia
Austrian
AirCanada
Lufthansa
CSAir
Tarom
Delta
KLM
Martinair
Jordandian
British Midland
Lauda(a bit)
Ryanair
Aer Lingus
One Iberia overflight a day
Turkish
and charters:
JMC,Brittania,Air 2000,Airtours etc.

Alex
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:03 am

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!
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:05 am

Livin' near LHR - a dream!!!!!
Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:06 am

From LHR you can also SQ and MH overflights.And for cargo:Cargolux,Gemini,polar air,Atlas Air and some SQ cargo flights.
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 9:42 am

I always sit outside with my binocs and i see in FAR where i live alot of NW DC-9's flying to MSP some A320 and A319's sometimes a 727 and a DC-10 and a 742 coming from Tokyo
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Mon Nov 12, 2001 9:48 am

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!

 Big thumbs up
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Tue Nov 13, 2001 6:20 am

More Airlines flying over or near LHR at altitude:
LTU
Condor
Emirates
Air Mauritius
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Tue Nov 13, 2001 8:43 am

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
 
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Prescott, Arizona - Transcontinental Paradise

Tue Nov 13, 2001 10:08 am

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.
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 6:43 am

JMC1975 is that for flights to Asia mainly?i am hemmed in surrounded by VOR;s near LHR.CPT and KOK the main transcontiental ones.
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:12 am

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.
Nevermind political correctness - Envision using your turn signals!
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:48 am

if you live next to a VOR I'm sure you will see planes flying over you! Smile
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 10:36 am

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!

Continental
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:17 am

Wow, I whipped out the Sony 25x optical camcorder and recorded an NWA A319 for 2 minutes! Its not the best quality but very amazing.... don't try this without a tripod  Big grin

great topic!
...Serge
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:54 am

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.

®en41
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:19 pm

Wow, I see that I am not the only one.  Big thumbs up. Another interesting thing I saw today was an Aeromexico MD-80 at about 35,000 probably out of DFW.
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:44 pm

Basically any aircraft (from small piston singles to 747s) that flies between Sydney and Melbourne will fly over where I live....
Like a seagull on the MCG of life...
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Thu Nov 15, 2001 5:40 am

Anybody know of any high-altitude spotting clubs?
 
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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Thu Nov 22, 2001 8:02 pm

I saw my first DJ B737 high-altitude spotting today, actually I wasn't spotting as such but when I looked up I could see there was red at the front of the aircraft instead of the tail (not QF!) so I grabbed the binocs.. Big grin

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RE: High-Altitiude Spotting

Thu Nov 22, 2001 8:52 pm

We dont get Qantas overflights here  Sad

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