nworlnsbearcub
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Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:12 am

As a relatively new-ish person to Austin and an avid aviation fan, I am curious to know if there are any good, high-quality spots to actually see the activity at Bergstrom ? I was also curious to know when the most activity takes place during the day/week.

I have utilised Bergstrom as a passenger, and I have to say...I agree with the 'Best Of' list recently posted. Austin's airport is EXCELLENT!

Michael
Austin, TX


p.s. reposted in hobby, as I figured this should be here! Maybe ?
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Longhornmaniac
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:21 am

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Thread starter):
As a relatively new-ish person to Austin and an avid aviation fan, I am curious to know if there are any good, high-quality spots to actually see the activity at Bergstrom ? I was also curious to know when the most activity takes place during the day/week.

I have utilised Bergstrom as a passenger, and I have to say...I agree with the 'Best Of' list recently posted. Austin's airport is EXCELLENT!

Michael
Austin, TX

Hey Michael,

I recall chatting with you a while ago, when you first got to Austin. I know of two good spots, neither of which will get you in any sort of trouble. One is in a cemetery just north of 17R. Awesome place to spot. The other is the "official spotting area," located on the east side, adjacent to 17L, by the TxDot Pooling Board building, on Golf Course Rd.

Here are some pictures from the cemetery, taken by me, so they're not very good.  Smile Accessed from 183, take the immediate left after clearing the 71 interchange. It will backtrack north for about 50 yards, then cut over, paralleling the airport fence.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/AUS.jpg

Spot 1 (shown on map, not actually in cemetery, if you'd rather not go in there. I've been in there when people come in to pay respects, I moved my car, and turned my scanner off, as opposed to really quiet like I normally have it, and they did not have the slightest problem with me being there)...

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/DSC00981.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/DSC01023.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/AUSSpotting10-11-06057.jpg

Spot 2 (past a line of trees, that can get in your way from spot 1, inside the cemetery. PLENTY of room nowhere near graves. Everything to the right of the dirt driveway is unused.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/DSC01640.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/DSC01561.jpg

The East Side location. Take the 71 exit for Golf Course Rd (just after you come down the overpass that goes over the main entrance to the airport (Presidential Blvd.)

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/AUS2.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/DSC02218.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/Longhornmaniac8/AUSSpotting10-11-06078cropped.jpg

Also, check out Spotters Wiki for more info!

Hope this helps. Let me know if you want a spotting companion!

Cheers,
Cameron
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Cameron
 
atct
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:33 am

Also check out

http://www.houstonspotters.net on the forums. Theyre are some Austin people on their as well. (or people now here in Houston that know AUS well.)

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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:40 am

Longhornmaniac pretty much summed it up very well - thanks.

Let me know if any of you would like to meet up sometime to spot.




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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:40 am

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Thread starter):

I have utilised Bergstrom as a passenger, and I have to say...I agree with the 'Best Of' list recently posted. Austin's airport is EXCELLENT!

Well Thank YOU we appreciate That !!!!!!!
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nworlnsbearcub
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:22 am

Quoting AustinAirport (Reply 4):

AND, I will be using it again next March on my way to New England. I've never flown JetBlue, but will be then. I'm very excited. Most likely will be flying into Boston(never been), and back from JFK....


I was just bragging to a friend how excellent our airport is.


Michael
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nworlnsbearcub
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:46 pm

Finally took advantage of the great viewing area! I would love to do the 183 side, but I am scared to do that!


Very slow day... at the time anyway.... (around 2-ish)





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I uploaded too small, but you can make it out...

Michael
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nworlnsbearcub
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:48 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
Here are some pictures from the cemetery, taken by me, so they're not very good.   Accessed from 183, take the immediate left after clearing the 71 interchange. It will backtrack north for about 50 yards, then cut over, paralleling the airport fence.

By the way.... doesn't it CLEARLY state that we can't enter that area ???

I certainly would if I didn't feel like I was intruding, but ever since 9/11 I take no chances!

I'd love to try it...


Here is a link to a LARGER size.... I don't want to overwhelm A.net.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2047/1734202335_9c7f275ed7_b.jpg


Michael
Austin, TX

[Edited 2007-10-24 15:49:28]

[Edited 2007-10-24 16:01:32]
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Longhornmaniac
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:08 am

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 7):
I certainly would if I didn't feel like I was intruding, but ever since 9/11 I take no chances!

I'd love to try it...

Definitely not. It's not inside any restricted areas. I mean it is still an active cemetery, so why would it be restricted in any way? That cemetery is actually the only reason why 17R is not a CAT III ILS. The cemetery is in the way of the approach lighting that would be needed.

But I've never had ANY problems in there. I, like you, was skeptical at first, but the only time I've EVER had anybody in there was some people visiting the graves. Once. And they did not give the SLIGHTEST indication that I was not welcome. Simple courtesy like moving your car off the path, and smiling, and turning off whatever scanner you may have is the way to go.

Seriously, I'd check it out. Also, you should come out to the AUS spotting club.

website

They meet Sunday mornings, when 17R is closed because of churches off the approach ends. This means that all traffic is using 17L, which makes for a busy morning. From about 8-11:30, including the FX MD-10 from ELP about 9:30.

Cheers,
Cameron
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nworlnsbearcub
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:54 pm

Very good to know about the Yahoo Group. I joined. Also, I am glad to have the dl on the fenced area. I was all set to go tomorrow morning, but I had to switch shifts with a coworker, and now I will be opening at work. Damn. I was all excited about going down there.

Does anyone know the most active time of the week at AUS ? Any particular day/time ?


Here are the pics I took that day last week.

http://gallery.mac.com/michaelduvic#100025&bgcolor=black


Michael
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Longhornmaniac
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:35 pm

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 9):
Does anyone know the most active time of the week at AUS ? Any particular day/time ?

Aside from Sunday mornings where everything is condensed onto one runway, I find the afternoons to be enjoyable, from about 2-5. If you go to ABIAs Website , you can see all the arrivals and departures.

Cheers,
Cameron
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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:10 am



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
One is in a cemetery just north of 17R. Awesome place to spot.

I went there for the first time today. Right after I arrived, a lady pulled in and stopped to observe a grave. About f5-10 minutes after she left, an airport security vehicle doing a perimeter check drove by really slow. Then, the guy turned around, stopped, and sat there facing my friend and I for about another 5 minutes, until another secuirty truck pulled up behind him. They talked for a little bit, and then an airport patrol car came up the driveway. My friend and I walked towards him, and he asked us what we were doing. We said we were taking pictures of the planes. He said that that wasn't generally allowed, then asked for our ID's. I also showed him some pictures on my camera that I had taken. He radioed in our info, did a check on my license plate no., and after a wait for verification from the station, said we were free to go. Wondering if he still meant what he said about photography, I asked "what do you prefer we do?" He said, "let me ask these guys." He then proceeded to ask the airport security guys on the other side of the fence what they thought. When he came back he said to us "ya'll can stay here, and take all the pictures you want. We just have to check up on things like this. Have a nice day." I thanked him, saying I understood their concerns, and went back to spotting.

So I guess that answers our questions about Greenwood Cemetery. It's watched closely, but generally a valid place to spot. I really liked it too! I just hope that if I am ever checked out again, things will go that well. And Wow! FedEx was worth all the trouble when it came screaming over!

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RE: Austin, Texas Plane Watching...

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:44 am

Skywatch,

That is fantastic news. Ironically enough, for the first and only time, I was asked to leave by an airport police officer around Thanksgiving. I haven't been back since. They told me unequivocally I couldn't spot inside the cemetery. Then I asked if the paved area just outside the cemetery. One officer said that was fine, and the other said it wasn't. So they went with the latter. I was tempted to call the Greenwood Cemetery and get some sort of notice in writing that it was ok for me to go there.

I love spotting there, but don't want to cause trouble. Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Cameron
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