jmhLUV2fly
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The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:15 am

I did perform a search of this topic and did find a topic on this, however, was not able to pull up info,do to issues with my computer....But non the less;

I am heading out to Seattle next week for a week of vacation and we will be staying at the
La Quinta Inn & Suites on 188th street (near SEA). First question, from this hotel is there a good view of arriving and departing traffic and is there a location I can walk to from hotel to have a better view of airport operation, perferably a designated spot, but Ive learned that even designated spots can attract the law. Any suggestions of places to go and more importantly where not to go...
Thanks for any info..

JMH-Pensacola, Florida
 
wedgetail737
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:26 am

My favorite spot to spot aircraft is on the north side of the airport, directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center. There is an employees lot just west of the area.

It's basically a grassy park with a large concrete tank in the middle of it.

And, yes, this location does have a tendency to attract law enforcement.
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:28 am

BTW, unfortunately, the weather here is transitioning to cooler, maybe wetter weather starting in the next day or so. We've had some pretty nice weather up here.
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:36 am

Yeah, I have been checking weather.com and it looks pretty wet for next week, but if only I could have looked in that crystal ball back in May when I planned the trip and I would have planned it this week. Oh well, Ill break out the rain gear and watch what mother nature allows....for the most part we will be doing other things, Boing plant, Mariners game, down town etc... but when were hanging out at the hotel, I certainly will take in some spoting action, or will try to...

JMH
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:30 pm

If the weather is going to be cloudy, usually arrivals will come from the north landing south. If there a no clouds and little winds, the arrivals will typically be from the south to the north (the side your hotel is on). I would agree with Wedgetail737 that the best spot is in the grassy park area near the Boeing stores and Port of Seattle Employee parking lot, that is if the landing pattern is to the south. Hope that helps.

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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:46 pm



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
My favorite spot to spot aircraft is on the north side of the airport, directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center. There is an employees lot just west of the area.

It's basically a grassy park with a large concrete tank in the middle of it.

And, yes, this location does have a tendency to attract law enforcement.

Never had the law enforcement folks give me a hard time at that park, even when I've had my camera and 300 mm lens.

As for the south side, if you haven't got transportation and just want to walk, head over to 188th St and you can't help but see arrivals or departures (depending on the winds) since the runway crosses 188th on a bridge. Now if you are standing around on the sidewalk there, you may get a visit from the port security folks. Maybe try hanging out in the parking lot of the little diner on the corner of 188th and Pacific Highway. They probably won't come out and hassle you.
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:25 pm

The grassy park area I have been questioned by PoS guys. They just ask what's up and move on. I agree with ER757, if you are walking and at the South end, 188th is a great place.
Unfortunately there is not truly a designated spotters area around SEA-TAC. Though I have heard rumors there is going to be. Let's hope.

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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:32 pm



Quoting 3DoorsDown (Reply 6):
Unfortunately there is not truly a designated spotters area around SEA-TAC. Though I have heard rumors there is going to be. Let's hope

Yeah, ever since they closed Viewpoint Park to build the 3rd runway, it's been hit or miss as far as spotting opportunities.Not sure if a new Viewpoint Park will happen or not. The area where the Port of Seattle construction offices are now would be a great place, but I think it's inside the perimeter of the airport property, so that wouldn't work.
Another decent place on the south side is the church at the corner of 8th Ave S and 192nd St.
They have a large field on the east side and it's up on somewhat of a hill so you get a good view of the airport. It's private property though and depending on who's there, they may come see what you're doing or ask you to leave. One time when I was there taking photos, a lady came out of the building and asked me for ID and wrote down my license plate #.........
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:29 pm



Quoting ER757 (Reply 5):
Never had the law enforcement folks give me a hard time at that park, even when I've had my camera and 300 mm lens.

Yeah...don't hold a portable scanner with binoculars around your neck and a decent zoom lens. They will come out and ask you a few questions. I learned that hard way.

Anyway, that location is probably one of the best spots, especially during the summer, if the winds are out of the South.

On the other hand, during the Winter, that location can be pretty windy and cold. There's nothing between you and the Puget Sound.

As for the Boeing tour...I don't know if they are having that tour since the IAM is on strike. I strongly suggest you look into it before you waste your gas money on your trip to Everett.
 
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RE: The Place To Spot At SEA.

Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:58 pm



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
It's basically a grassy park with a large concrete tank in the middle of it.

And, yes, this location does have a tendency to attract law enforcement.

 checkmark  The Port of Seattle Police officer's favorite hang-out spot. Be careful around there.

Another GREAT place to spot, It's gonna cost money... but you should consider renting out a room at the DoubleTree Sea-Tac Airport Hotel (188th and Hwy 99/Pacific Hwy South). Ask to stay in the tower on one of the top floors facing the airport. That's a great place to spot without harassment.
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