is best know for its spotting in the fall and winter. We locals tend to avoid spotting at PHX
in the summer time becuase there are few good hours in a day where the sun angle is good for spotting. Typically early in the morning between 7:00am - 9:00am at Terminal 2 and after 4:00pm - 7:00pm either at Terminal 3 or Terminal 4. These are the optimum time at Phoenix where you will get good aircraft lighting in the summer time but still, as I have mentioned, not as good as fall and winter. Another reason why we avoid summer time spotting is because of the extreme dry heat. You can get burn real quicky, as one of our Denver buddy quickly finds out with his recent visit... LOL..., if you are out in the sun too long.
In general Terminal 3 is good all day long if you like to take taxiing aircraft on the north runway or over the bridge passing Terminal 3. This spotting area is located in the Terminal 3 attached short term parking garage which you can get to via T3
elevator. Below are some of the shots from Terminal 3.
Although at any PHX
Terminals in the summer time between 11:00am - 2:00pm, I would avoid spotting unless you don't mind strong sunlight and top-li aircraft.
Terminal 4 is good after 2:00pm but you will still have strong sunlight until it gets around 4:00pm. Especially with white aircraft you can easily get a blown out image if you don't use exposure compensation. Anytime in the afternoon you can pretty much shoot only to North side otherwise you will be shooting into the sun. You can get access to ths spotting area again via the elevator inside the building which will take you to T4
attached short term parking garage. Here are some images from the Terminal 4 although taken late in the summer.
If you have anymore questions, just posted them here or e-mail me and I do my best to answer them.
Cheers - Jay