Debo318
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Spotting @ ABQ

Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:14 am

Hey everyone. First post @ A.net and just getting into photography. I'm currently in college @ Farmington, NM. Also got a new Kodak Z812 IS and have always wanted to get one on the index. I've been planning to head down to Albuquerque to see what I can get. I've been scoping the airport with Google Earth to see some potential areas. I know that runway 8/26 are the active runways.

My first thought was this empty area on the NW side of the airport. The south side of the road is property of the airport, but the north side isn't (as far as I know). So, tell me initially what you guys think of this spot.

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/6316/spot1yu6.jpg



Another one of the spots I was thinking of is from the USS Bullhead Memorial park. I can view any landings on runway 26 or maybe takoffs from runway 8. Only problem is right across the road is Kirtland AFB. One of my concerns is they might not like me taking pics so close to the base. So my question here, should I really be worried?

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1514/spot2xn5.jpg


Hope I can get some responses. Thanks all.
 
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RE: Spotting @ ABQ

Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:46 am

I have extensive spotting experiance at the Sunport, so I'll lend you a hand:

Quoting Debo318 (Thread starter):
My first thought was this empty area on the NW side of the airport.

I don't know how Sunport Police (who are, BTW, commissioned Peace Officers) will react to this location as I have not used it. That said, it isn't a very good spot for photography as you'll be facing the sun most of the time.

Quoting Debo318 (Thread starter):
Another one of the spots I was thinking of is from the USS Bullhead Memorial park.

This spot is also not one that I've tried, mainly due to its distance from the runway. At this spot you will be facing into the sun as well. If I recall correctly, this land is on Veterans Administration property. They have their own police force, and I don't know their attitude towards spotters.

Now, all hope is not lost. The Sunport has three officially sanctioned spotting locations. The first one is in the terminal, which is of course only accessible to ticketed passengers and airport/airline employees. The second one is at the end of Girard Blvd. To get there, take the Gibson exit off of I-25 and travel east on Gibson. Girard will be the next intersection after Yale. Once on Girard, their should be signs pointing to an Aircraft Viewing Area. This location affords good views of the A and E gates (Southwest, Northwest, Great Lakes, and Mesa)

The spot is marked in yellow on this photo (east side of Girard):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v685/ShyFlyer/Technical%20Screens/Spot1.jpg


The Second Aircraft Viewing Area is a great location for catching arrivals on runway 3. If you have a powerful lens, you will be able to photograph the approaches to 8. To get to this location, take the Sunport exit off of I-25, then exit Sunport at the University Blvd interchange. Go south on University. Once again, you'll see signs pointing towards the Aircraft Viewing Area. Take a left just before getting to the Rental Car area. This will take you past the Eclipse Aviation facilities as well as the General Aviation area and Cargo Center. The viewing area will be on your left hand side, just south of the cargo ramp. Turn left and go up the driveway towards the gate and take an immediate right up the gravel road to the viewing area. In my opinion, this is the better of the two locations.

The spot is marked in yellow on this photo (gate marked in red):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v685/ShyFlyer/Technical%20Screens/Spot2.jpg


Another good source of info:
http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...ternational_Sunport_%28ABQ/KABQ%29
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Debo318
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RE: Spotting @ ABQ

Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:34 am

Thanks a lot FLyer for that info. Just one question about the first spot you listed. Is that parking lot next to it the designated spot? And is it free? Again, I really appreciate the help and that last link. Hopefully I'll go there Sunday and see what I can catch.
 
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RE: Spotting @ ABQ

Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:57 am



Quoting Debo318 (Reply 2):
Is that parking lot next to it the designated spot?

No. The actual viewing spot is right at the point were Girard terminates at an airside access gate. Traveling south on Girard, the viewing area is on your left hand side, along the fence parallel to Runway 17/35.

Quoting Debo318 (Reply 2):
Thanks a lot FLyer for that info.

No problem at all. Glad to help.  Smile
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