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Honolulu/Maui Spotting Advice And Tips Needed!

Thu Oct 10, 2002 5:09 am

An update on this old thread....was in Oahu last week and didn't even attempt to photograph from the perimeter. The security gate is still installed on Lagoon Drive. Tried some take-off shots from Sand Island but they were too far away even with a D60 and a 100-400mm lens...also they immediately turn south after take-off in to the sun !!!
However, on departure to LAX, I went down to the gate early and asked a security guard if it was OK to take pictures - sure he said, no problem as long as its not for commercial use. I spent 2 hours happily graphing thru the glass of the central pier with no hassle from security. Morning is good as the sun shines nicely on anything going down the cul-de-sac between the central and west piers. Runway shots were in to sun later on although early shots could get side on sun as they turned off the runway. Aircraft were landing from the west and B717's, B737's turned off just short of the central pier. All heavies (767 and larger) seem to use the runway out to sea though so you have to get those taxiing.
Thought the update may be of interest to some.
 
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RE: Honolulu/Maui Spotting Advice And Tips Needed!

Thu Oct 10, 2002 5:24 am

lets see the shots  Smile
 
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RE: Honolulu/Maui Spotting Advice And Tips Needed!

Fri Oct 11, 2002 12:55 pm

If it was Kona winds, you could get good landing shots BUT the sun faces you!

At the terminal, dosen't it say "NO PHOTOS ALLOWED"???

Before 9-11, you can shoot some cool takeoff shots on the other side of the runway!


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RE: Honolulu/Maui Spotting Advice And Tips Needed!

Sat Oct 12, 2002 10:21 pm

At the Security comb it says "No Photos" but there are no additional signs once you get beyond this point - virtually every airport I know has No Photography signs at security for obvious reasons.
The security guard at the gate seemed surprised I even asked if it was OK to take pictures as if there wasn't even an issue with it.
Wish Lagood Drive was still an option ;-(((
 
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RE: Honolulu/Maui Spotting Advice And Tips Needed!

Tue Oct 15, 2002 12:56 am

There are some great places to shoot photos at OGG. You can get within about 20/30 yards of the thresold of runway 20 and also pretty close to rwy 2, which is usually the favorable rwy for landing. I can't remeber the names of the roads that take you to rwy 20 thresold, but it's easily found if you drive around and know the airport layout. That place is also right by the beach if you want to do some swimming. It's definitely a much better airport for photography than HNL because it's less of hassle, the wind is usually howling which makes for excellent crabbed landing shots, and Maui still gets regular, dc-10s, 1011s, 777, 75/76 and lots of cool corporate jets too. Good luck.

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