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STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sat Apr 08, 2000 7:27 pm

I fly to St Louis regularly on business but this time I'll be staying over a weekend. Are there any places around the airport you'd recommend for spotting? I will have a car that weekend. Thanks.

 
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sun Apr 09, 2000 1:37 am

I also fly through STL very frequently and there is a parking lot specifically for plane watching on the west side of the airport and is located directly in-between the runways and you will have a excellent view of the entire airport from this point. It is on a hill kinda and it is located very close to runways. On the other side of the airport there is not spot specifically for spotting, but there are a few roads that allow you to get very close to taxiways and runways. This is a great spot to get shots of the busy lineups for eparture looking straight down the taxiways.
Hope this helps.
James
 
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sun Apr 09, 2000 3:16 am

As TrnsWrld said, there is a parking lot on the west side of the airport, to get there you take I-70 West to Lindbergh Blvd. Turn right on Lindbergh (coming from the airport--->North maybe), then continue for about a mile or so, it'll be past the Henry VIII hotel on the left hand side of the road at the stop-light.

Hope this helps.

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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sun Apr 09, 2000 4:50 am

I used to live in STL. There is a parking area on the west end of the airport on the raod heading north just at the end of the runway, it is on the left. Plus, a little more hard to find, there is a hill on the northeast side of the airport. It has been a while since I've lived there ao its difficult to give sirections, but it gives you an "upper" view of the runways and is right next to the perimeter of the airport. (near the corporate jet hangers). Hope this info helps somewhat.
 
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sun Apr 09, 2000 12:33 pm

Don't forget the 94th Aero Squadron on the east side of 30R if you want to have a few beers.(bring your wallet)
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Sun Apr 09, 2000 2:14 pm

I'm also a former STL-area resident. My favorite place when the 12s are active is Bridgeton Station Rd. There's a wide paved shoulder on the west side of the road where parking is allowed and you can even get out and climb up the noise abatement mounds between Lindbergh and Bridgeton Station. It's not as crowded as the spotter's lot and is much better for shooting approaches on 12R.

To get there from the spotter's lot at Lindbergh and Missouri Bottom Rd, turn left (north) on Lindbergh until you get to the first stop light (usually flashing yellow) in front of Bill Thomas Camper Sales. Turn right. You will immediately reach a T-intersection. Turn right and follow the curve around until you see the wide shoulder on the right.

A word of caution. Do not park on the east (airport) side of the road. The Airport Police will ask you to leave. Also, up until TW 800 the police didn't care if you walked up to the fence so long as you were parked on the shoulder across the street. Since July of '96 they've been chasing people away. Since they usually drive by only once or twice an hour, you can probably get off a few quick shots of 12R departures.

If this is an ANG weekend you're in for a treat if 12R is active. When the F-15s run up you'll be close enough to feel your car windows vibrate.

If the 30s are active, dip into your life savings and buy a beer at the 94th. The patio there is great for 30R activity and it's located right next door to Midcoast Aviation. (STL's biggest FBO) The Lears and Gulfstreams will taxi right in front of you.

Hope this helps.
 
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Mon Apr 10, 2000 7:16 am

Is there an age cap for the bar, like do you have to be over 21 to enter ? Or can anyone come in?
Matt
 
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Twa747100

Mon Apr 10, 2000 7:45 am

Matt,

They'll be more than happy to serve you a Coke. I used to go there all the time before I turned 21. (ten years ago, ouch!) My experience has been as long as you buy something, you can stay all day if you want.
 
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Mon Apr 10, 2000 8:01 am

Exnonrev: I was there about the same time you were (double ouch)! Louis
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RE: STL: Seeking Spotting Advise

Mon Apr 10, 2000 1:20 pm

I fly ATR's in and out of STL so I've got the skinny on some great spots...

If they are landing on 12L/R: Lindbergh Ave (Rt. 64) and Fee Fee Road. There is a purpose built area here for plane watching that looks actually down on the airport between the parrallels. Great spotting.

If they are landing 30L/R: A little more difficult. From the watching spot described above proceed left on Lindbergh, right on McDonnell and follow the contour of the airport around to the opposite end. there are wide shoulders on which to stop below the approach lights. There is also a resturaunt (94th Aero squadron I think... looks like a french chateau) with a bar that has a great view. It will be on your right.

In the airport... try the extreme ends... either the east most end of the east terminal or the west most end of the A terminal. A hike but usually worth it.

Happy spotting.