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Photos At YYZ, YOW, YUL, YQB

Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:54 am

Hi guys!

I'll be in Canada from Sept. 28 - Oct. 10 starting at Toronto and then touring around Ontario and Quebec by car to end up again in Toronto. This won't be a spotting holiday but while I'm there I'd like to take the opportunity to take some shots at the major airports.
I'd be happy for any hints you could give me as to where and when to take some nice shots at the listed airports in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Since I won't be able to spend hours at the airport could you please tell me the most "effective" times to take photos!?
Apart from the major airports I'd of course also be grateful for any other aviation photo opportunities you can recommend me.

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Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:18 am

If you are going to visit the Niagra falls, pass by Hamilton (YHM) on your way there/back. They got a great museum and quite a few 727's sitting around. If you want more info, just shout!
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Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:02 am

For YYZ there are lots of great spots. At 23 you'll be at Wendy's. You could either be in the parking lot area, or there is this great parking garage you can go on top of. At 05, you just park where ever you wish on the side of Dixie Road. If you want details on how to get there, just ask. There are also runways 24/06 L and R ; and 33/15 L and R.

Are you going to be in YYZ on September 29th? If you're interested in meeting somewhere I could try and be there that day (if you're there). I could always use tips from the professionals in person (you are, right?).  Smile

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Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:21 am

Hey Thierry:

There are two great museums in Ottawa too - one of them having regular flying displays.

I just went through YUL and there's a great spot on the top floor of the car park. Aircraft fly by just a hundred yards or so away, just slightly above eye level. Unfortunately, I didn't discover it until it was time to catch my connecting flight, so no pic's.  Sad

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Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:29 am

This site has spotting guides on many Canadian airports, including 3/4 that you mention.

http://www.contrailsphotography.com/spotting.html

Specifically for Ottawa:

http://www.contrailsphotography.com/spottingyow.html

One major thing to note about location #1 is the shipping container. Sadly, it's gone. To shoot from this great spot you will need a ladder. The rest of the guide appears accurate. Spots 1,2,3,5 are by far the most popular.

Traffic in Ottawa is heaviest in the morning (6am - 10am) and evening (4pm - 8pm). Just have a look at the Ottawa FIDS for the evidence.

http://ottawa-airport.ca/FlightInformation/arrivals-e.php
http://ottawa-airport.ca/FlightInformation/departures-e.php
 
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Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:31 am

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 2):
At 05, you just park where ever you wish on the side of Dixie Road.

 Wow! Excellent way of getting a ticket. There is NO parking on Dixie. Sidestreets, yes.
 
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Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:36 am

Welcome to Canada! Hope you enjoy your visit. I am not sure when I can go YYZ, it depends on weather and I do mostly on some weekends.
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RE: Photos At YYZ, YOW, YUL, YQB

Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:48 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 1):
If you are going to visit the Niagra falls, pass by Hamilton (YHM) on your way there/back. They got a great museum and quite a few 727's sitting around.

Thanks Jurgen; I might check that out. According to the shots here on A.net it seems like a nice place.

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 2):
For YYZ there are lots of great spots.

Thanks Johnathan!
What would be the best times to catch some interesting traffic?

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 2):
Are you going to be in YYZ on September 29th? If you're interested in meeting somewhere I could try and be there that day (if you're there). I could always use tips from the professionals in person (you are, right?).

I'll still be in Toronto on the 29th but don't know if I'll be doing some spotting; as I said it's not an official spotting holiday trip so spending time at the airport is not a priority (this time  Wink). Professional!? Well, depends on the area you're talking about...  Wink

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 3):
I just went through YUL and there's a great spot on the top floor of the car park.

Thanks Bill!

Quoting AC888YOW (Reply 4):
This site has spotting guides on many Canadian airports, including 3/4 that you mention.

Many thanks for the links AC888YOW; most useful!

Quoting Visityyj (Reply 5):
Excellent way of getting a ticket. There is NO parking on Dixie. Sidestreets, yes.

Thanks for the hint!  Wink

Quoting Scotland1979 (Reply 6):
Welcome to Canada! Hope you enjoy your visit. I am not sure when I can go YYZ, it depends on weather and I do mostly on some weekends.

Well, I hope the weather will be sunny for my 2 weeks up there; with all the crap weather I had to cope with in the European region this summer I think I do deserve some compensation.

Does any of you guys know a good spot where I could see some waterplanes? Especially interested in Beavers and Twin Otter's.  Smile

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Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:56 am

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 7):
Does any of you guys know a good spot where I could see some waterplanes? Especially interested in Beavers and Twin Otter's.

Wrong part of the country really. The floatplane activity is mainly in the North and Northwest, but there may be one or two down at Toronto Island (CYTZ). Kenora Ontario is about the closest big float base, but it's a very long way from Toronto  Sad
 
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:38 am

Quoting Visityyj (Reply 8):
Kenora Ontario is about the closest big float base, but it's a very long way from Toronto

That's no problem; I'll be driving all around the Eastern part of Canada; from Toronto up to Quebec and then continuing to Gaspé and for the back route I'll be doing the Western side of the St Laurent. So I'm pretty flexible.  Wink

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Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:53 am

Unfortunately, Kenora is in the opposite direction - West.
 
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Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:47 am

Quoting Visityyj (Reply 8):
Wrong part of the country really. The floatplane activity is mainly in the North and Northwest

Hurray Northwestern Ontario! Too bad you won't be going up in that direction. If you were I'd suggest stopping in at Atikokan Aero.  Wink They've got the most beautiful aircraft in all of Northwestern Ontario.  thumbsup 

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Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:30 am

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 7):
What would be the best times to catch some interesting traffic?

Well, most of the European flights come in between 12:00 and 18:00, like AF, AZ, BA, OS, OA, MP, KLM, etc. :P Sorry, can't be more precise.

Hopefully you'll get to see at least one of AC's 77W and 77L.

If you do have time go spotting on Sept 29th and want to meet up, just send me a PM or e-mail through my profile.

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Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:31 pm

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 12):
Hopefully you'll get to see at least one of AC's 77W and 77L.

I'll be arriving with one from FRA!  Smile

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Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:51 am

Hi Thierry,

You could have a look at the following link for YUL photography.

http://aviation.beadventure.ca/interest.php

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Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:50 pm

Quoting Lanpie (Reply 14):
You could have a look at the following link for YUL photography.

Thanks Pierre! Much appreciated!

I've also found 4 different sites which offer trips in waterplanes:
http://www.hydravion.info/index.html
http://www.hydravioncanada.com/
http://www.quebec-aventure.com/fr/offreete/hydravion
http://www.hydravionsdelacapitale.com/index.php

Any recommendations concerning those?

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Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:48 am

Hi again Thierry,

Whatever company you finally choose, I remember a place to go (or even to spend a night) for making nice seaplanes photos (if you are lucky with the weather and the quantity of planes present): It's called a "pourvoirie" at lake Saint Anne where is based "Air Melançon" http://www.airmelancon.com/
On a lucky day, you may find there on the docks planes like Otter, twin Otter or Beaver. Try to fly a Beaver, it will be an incredible souvenir (something different than a F70... Smile especially if you have the opportunity to practice "Glassy water" landings  Smile)!

Enjoy your holiday there.
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Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:19 pm

Quoting Coninpa (Reply 16):
On a lucky day, you may find there on the docks planes like Otter, twin Otter or Beaver. Try to fly a Beaver, it will be an incredible souvenir (something different than a F70... especially if you have the opportunity to practice "Glassy water" landings )!

Thanks for the hint Patrick; I'll see if it suits my planning. No clue what a "Glassy water" landing might be though but it sounds like fun!  Wink

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Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:43 pm

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 17):
No clue what a "Glassy water" landing might be though but it sounds like fun!

It's when the water is perfectly still and "mirror" like, they are harder to judge height then when having a ripple or waves on the lake.

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Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:46 pm

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 18):
It's when the water is perfectly still and "mirror" like, they are harder to judge height then when having a ripple or waves on the lake.

Thanks for the enlightment, Cal!  Smile

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Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:13 pm

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 18):
they are harder to judge height

 checkmark  In such case, you cannot make a standard approach as it is not possible to "guess" when you will touchdown. If you touch as usual, the calm water could suck the floats and you could retrieve yourself upside down  Sad The technique to avoid this is to descend along ground references like top of trees. Then continue descending with nose-up + engine power to touch down at an average of 100 feet/min, having a regular look aside to the ground reference. When the float will gently touch the water, you will feel that suction. Immediately pull the control full forward... And you'll deserve an extra-Leffe Big grin

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:57 pm

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 11):
Hurray Northwestern Ontario! Too bad you won't be going up in that direction. If you were I'd suggest stopping in at Atikokan Aero. They've got the most beautiful aircraft in all of Northwestern Ontario.

UNTRUE! Surely you mean Wabakimi Air in Armstrong.
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