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Spotters At SJC?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:12 am

I've been spotting a few times at SJC now and just wanted to solicit input. I usually park at the SJSU parking lot to watch pretty much everything land, and even walk from the parking lot along the fence to stand right under the approach for 30L (which is fun).

Is there any equivalent spot to watch takeoffs on the other side of the field? The observation deck is all right, but it's a bit far and the plane isn't done rotating by the time it gets blocked by the terminal.

Also, if there's a better spot to catch inbound landings (the problem with the SJSU lot is the fence near gen.av. and the BRIGHT lights), I'd love to hear about it.

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RE: Spotters At SJC?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:30 am

I've been looking at some places to spot for a while, I have some ideas, but I will check them out first....probably in the next 2-3 weeks....

of course, I can just stand in my bedroom and watch the planes fly over my house as they turn 180 degrees and head south... biggrin 
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RE: Spotters At SJC?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:02 pm

The top of the parking garage is ok when they're taking off to the north. I've only been there once and no hassles, but don't know about others' experiences.
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RE: Spotters At SJC?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:04 pm

I'm not aware of any rules or regs against this...there very well could be, but I'm simply not aware of any...

...but I always though the employee parking lot was an excellent spot for spotting. The long term parking lot is adjacent to the employee lot so it really all the same. You can easily walk into the lots. I know there are cameras supposedly monitoring the lots but I'm not aware of anything against spotting in there. I have seen a few shots on this website that appear to be taken from that or a similar spot.
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