How do I figure out on which runway (and from which direction) planes land, so I know where to go spotting?
At MSP for example I've been taking pictures of FedEx flight 728, an MD-11 which very often comes from the south and lands on runway 17/35. I've gotten great pictures of planes landing on this runway.
(MSP runway map)
But other times when I've waited there, the plane comes from the west and lands on 12R/30L.
How do I know where to go? Flightaware.com tells me WHEN the flight arrives, but not WHERE it will land. Today for example I checked the weather forecast and it said winds from the NW, so I was quite sure the MD-11 would land on 17/35, since it would then go almost directly into the wind. But it landed on 12R/30L anyway.
Because the spotting locations for different runways are quite far apart, I would have to know 30 minutes in advance of the landing which runway will be used.
What is the proper way to do this?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
[Edited 2008-08-30 00:11:13]