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Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 12:36 am

My local airport is London Gatwick and it has many good viewing areas.

*Car Parks
*Viewing Area
*End Of The Runway
*Railway Bridge

From these area's I can get some pretty good views and photos.

I was wondering what your local airport is, what viewing areas there are and what kind of photos you can get from those areas (please enclose photos if possible). Thanks

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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 3:31 am

SAN- It is about 1 mile from downtown San Diego. Places to spot are the five story parking garage a few hundred yards from the runway that is directly under the landing path, a viewing area on Harbor Drive right next to the taxiway, houses on the hill in Old Town that overlooks the airport, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot if you are military personnel, Point Loma to see takeoffs, And almost any large skyscraper in Downtown!

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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 3:59 am

YYC in Calgary, Alberta has several good vantage points that are "away" from the terminal....or give you a good look at the terminal operations from the ramp area.

You can sit at the end of the air cargo terminal access road and watch the "main" and "cross" runway action. I even had a pilot wave at me one day when I was shooting his aircraft with my telephoto lens.

The aircraft usually taxi past you at this location and are about 100 feet from your spot when they do so. Alternatively, I drive into the parking lot in front of Canadian Air Cargo where you can look directly at the terminal from about 500 feet and watch all the ramp action at about 6-8 different gates.

There are "no stopping" and "no parking" signs everywhere in both areas, but you will usually see about 2-10 cars at each place with spotters. I have never been asked once to leave by the police who monitor the airport.
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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 10:53 am

At HPN (White Plains, NY) there's a viewing deck, and I think they actually broadcast the ATC in there as well- I've never been in there, but it seems like it would be a good place to go and spot...
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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 12:45 pm

Here at MEX, there's a foot bridge that crosses the very busy Circuito Interior, which runs along the eastern edge of the airport. From here you can see over the fence onto the taxiway leading to the runway threshold. Great place to take pics.

Also, if you have to spend the night at the airport because of an early flight, try to get a room at the Marriott hotel across the street with a room facing the airport. From the upper floors you have a commanding view of the entire terminal and airfield (if the smog isn't too bad).

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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 12:55 pm


Anyone who has ever been to YYZ and tried to find a good place to spot, knows that the best place is at teh top of Terminal 1. Well in a few years this amazing spot will be demolished and replaced with a new terminal, leaving almost no where for people who like to take pictures and watch airplanes to go. Other then T1 there are maybe 2 or three other spots near runways that people can legally go. This interesting story popped up on the CBC website last week and I think that it applies to this topic.....please look up the URL below.....


NOW is the time for anyone who is the least bit concerned about this issue to get busy and start phoning and writing your local MP and to the GTAA. It is a disgrace that there is no provision being made in the "new" terminal for a proper observation area for the general public. Many airports in Europe have this kind of facility and make money off of it as well. The GTAA is known for its ability to milk every cent they can out of concessions inside the terminal, so there is no logical reason why they would not want to do the same thing on a rooftop observation area as well. Please mention also in your letters that parking areas adjacent to the end of runways would also be required for aviation photographers and spotters.

Every phone call and letter will help to bring this issue to the forefront. Now is the time to act!

visit the GTAA at http://GTAA.com
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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 1:23 pm

Denver Intl... with a good off road vechile, you can get so close to aircraft it begins to get somewhat scary.
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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 1:41 pm

Adelaide International Airport South Australia

Very small in terms of international flights but well catered for the aviation enthusiest.

One veiwing mound parallel to the runway about 300 metres from it.
A veiwing parking lot on the side of the main road near the end of the runway.
And the final but best one is a mound built facing the end of the runway, great for watching A340's lumbering LOW overhead.
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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 4:26 pm

At POS, Piarco International, the terminal has a Waving Gallery which overlooks the western ramp area. A finger pier bocks the view of the eastern ramp but that can be seen from the public carparks. Both are great places to spot planes but the flagpoles in the vicinity of the Waving Gallery obstruct the view from a photographic perspective. I have never attempted to film planes from either point.

The access road runs to the west of the airport and directly under the approach; the adjacent canefields and road verges thus make good spotting areas. No Parking signs line the road, however. Along the eastern end of the runway the road runs south and parallel to it; the tall fence is a problem for pictures but I once filmed an AN-124 taking off from there.

With a new terminal due to open later this year I do not know what sort of view would be had from the waving gallery there.

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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 4:36 pm

Singapore Changi Airport.The spots available:

Terminal 1 Viewing Gallery
Terminal 2 Viewing Gallery
Certain apartment blocks near the airport
Changi Coast Road
Airline House offices

That's about it I guess.

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RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 7:43 pm

I live in Perth, Australia.
At Perth International the following are the best viewing spots.

- The BBQ /playground area next to the international terminal in the morning.
- Glassford Rd in Kewdale (parrallel to Tonkin Hwy) for approaches to rwy 03.
- The 'aircraft observation deck' between the domestic terminals for departures off 03 in the pm.
- QF domestic terminal.
- The fence at the car park of Helicopters Australia for rwy 21 in the pm (please don't litter etc this area as some people seem to do).
- The international terminal viewing deck

RE: Viewing Areas At Your Local Airport

Mon Jun 19, 2000 9:41 pm

Best viewing areas at PIR are off N. Airport Road--perpendicular to and nearly touches runway 7, the most used rwy...Mesaba's Saabs will nearly take the roof of your car off...

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