I have extensive spotting experiance at the Sunport, so I'll lend you a hand:
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.
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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):
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):
Another good source of info:
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