Espion007
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What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Mon Dec 15, 2003 9:51 am

I have been to IAD several times and wondered where would be a good place to spot aircraft. I have heard of people spotting from the top of the daily garage. Is it really a good place?
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Lindy
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 12:14 am

Yes. For spotting go to the top of the daily parking garage. If you do search in Civil aviation forum you will find few topics about spotting areas at IAD.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 3:30 am

Are you allowed to take pictures in the terminal at IAD while you are waiting for your connection flight?
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 4:07 am

Yes, you are allowed.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 4:38 am

I confirm - no problems with security while taking shots from inside the terminal  Big grin


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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 7:04 am

you can also shoot 1R arrivals from the new NASM parking lot now. $12 parking fee though.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:23 pm

I plan on going to IAD to do some spotting and perhaps see the new museam a day or so after Xmas. Now since I have a car and money, I am willing to drive and park and pay at the same time while spending til nightfall at Dulles. If anyone interested, give me a holla.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:04 pm

Anyone been in the new Tower at the new museum ? I know it overlooks the short final for 1R but the windows look very tinted ?

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:10 pm

Tower is too far for pictures, but the parking lot is excellent.

Kevin, I'll be there day after X-mass, maybe we can finaly meet.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 8:43 am

Rafal,

Sounds good, it finally I got out and shoot at IAD. Last time I shot at IAD was like 4 years ago. I'll email you and let you know what's going on later this week.

Kevin

PS. I'm gonna try to get Stephen Dobbins, perhaps hopefully some some DC local spotters there and maybe my friend from Lynchburg, VA will be able to be there too.

 
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Tue Dec 23, 2003 4:00 pm

Rafal,

Apparently I dont have your email address. you can email me at at staggerwing777@aol.com on the whereabouts to spot at IAD on Dec. 26.

Kevin
 
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Wed Dec 24, 2003 5:45 am

Im going to go spotting sometime on Christmas on top of one of the daily parking garages.Im worried my camera wont meet up to Airliners.net standards,but all my tests have been done inside,but outside it isnt to good either if i dont hold the camera perfectly still
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Wed Dec 24, 2003 9:15 am

Stas,

Just wait til Friday afternoon and come spotting at IAD with myself, rafal, and probably several other people at the Udvar Hazy parking lot. Now I better get my monies worth paying $12 for parking and hopefully no cops or rent a cops approach me in the parking lot. If they do, I better get a refund or let the patrol pay for me or just go to the museam check it out for 5 minutes and walk back. I've got some tricks to play if that happens. Apparently, you have you pay first before you get into the parking lot. :-(
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Wed Dec 24, 2003 11:10 am

I wish-Im still 14,i dont have a car :-( and i cant go anywhere on weekdays :-( I will be in udvar hazy museum on Saterday after Christmas, I wanna see that Air France concorde up-close. If its the one that landed at dulles in 2000,that ment it was the one i once saw flying over my school back in elementery. Ill do some more spotting that day, I just wish my only camera had a more than 2x zoom.
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Wed Dec 24, 2003 4:26 pm

The new Air and Space museum at IAD is awesome! As far as the tower goes, it provides a good spotting location. The only problem that I had shooting pics was finger prints and reflections on the window. As far as the museum goes, it is really cool. They have a great selection of aircraft.

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Thu Dec 25, 2003 2:20 am

kewl  Smile/happy/getting dizzy The old museum is getting really boring now.Btw,about the tower,what does it overlook and how far are aircraft from the tower?
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Thu Dec 25, 2003 4:43 am

i believe the tower overlooks 360 degrees around you at like 80-100ft high.

Kevin
 
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Fri Dec 26, 2003 8:49 am

Rafal, I should be at the Udvar Hazy Center at 10:30am tomorrow. Probably gonna check out the museam for an hour or two and do some spotting in the lot. I'll probably be with 2 other spotters, too and look out for a black 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport in the lot, with Virginia license plates...see it, it's mine..touch it, you die. j/k. I have my M-16 in the back if I'm on call for military duty status at IAD for sercurity.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Fri Dec 26, 2003 3:19 pm

I was thinking about going to the Museum tomorrow also...but then the after-christmas sales are up and I got some cash as gifts.... Hmmm.... hahahahaha

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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:12 pm

AA777, the after Xmas sale can wait. Tomorrow will be an awesome day at Dulles. Besides, EVERYONE is going back to the mall to exchange/return their Xmas gifts. If you see 3 wierd guys with cameras, that's probably us.

Regards,

Kevin

PS. I noticed you're from Univ. of Maryland. Do you perhaps know a girl name Sarah Pohl? I am not sure what she is majoring but I know she's one of the best violinist I know. I went to high school with her.
 
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RE: What Are Good Spotting Areas At IAD?

Sat Dec 27, 2003 3:34 am

im never shooting from the daily garage with only 2x zoom again...(btw,if any1 noticed sum1 running around level 4 of a garage there wearing red yesterday,it was me Big grin)
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