ANITIX87
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PHL Spotting Advice

Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:32 am

Hi, all.

I'm heading out to PHL on Saturday afternoon, and I am planning on going to Hog Island Road. The winds are forecast from the west, which means 27s.

I am wondering which runway the long-haul stuff will land on. I know 27L is the longest runway, but 27R looks to have many more landing skidmarks. I thought, however, that at airports with parallel runways the trend is to land on the outer-most one. Any tips on general practice at PHL?

Also, what type does LH use from FRA and MUC? I know AF is an A333 and BA is a 772, but I can't find info on LH flights.

Also, is there a lot of parking on the side of the road or will I have to be on the grass? Along the same lines, can I cross Hog Island Road or should I stay on the south side away from the perimeter fence? How is police presence? Am I likely to get bothered? If so, will they ask me to leave or just check on what I'm doing?

Lastly, what focal length should I use? I have everything from 28mm to 800mmm but I don't really want to carry it all since it gets quite heavy. Any recommendations?

If anyone can point me to the PHL spotting page, I'd also greatly appreciate it. I can't seem to find it anymore.

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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:04 am

PHLairline.com good luck, Have a nice trip!
 
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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:36 am



Quoting Hernan (Reply 1):
PHLairline.com good luck, Have a nice trip!

Thanks, Hernan! I hope it'll be a good day. Weather looks good, at least.

Anyone have info on equipment for the AF and LH flights, and if there's anything special scheduled for Saturday? (Or any big cargo stuff?)


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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:34 am

when I was there in March it was an A330 for AF and a A340 for LH
 
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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:10 pm

ANITIX87 -

PHL is one of the airports that are the exception to the usual landing on the outer parallel.

All of the arrivals that land on the 27s will land on 27R.
 
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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:27 pm



Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 4):
All of the arrivals that land on the 27s will land on 27R.

Thanks, GoBoeing!

Looking forward to getting some good shots, although I will admittedly probably get sick of US CRJs and ERJs.

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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:29 pm



Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 4):
PHL is one of the airports that are the exception to the usual landing on the outer parallel.

All of the arrivals that land on the 27s will land on 27R.

Why does the opposite apply when using the 9's? Always wondered.
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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:22 pm

I do have some video of arrivals and departures off the 9s as well as arrivals onto 27R.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXJoF43BdAM Arrivals (9R) and departures (9L)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_fP55dHbT8 Arrivals (27R)

PHLAirline.com is a great location for all that information - remember the key is to always stay on the river side of Hog Island Road. Police will bother you if you are on the same side of the road as the fence.
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RE: PHL Spotting Advice

Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:18 am

Hi, again.

Thanks to everyone for the great, great information. It really made for a really good day of spotting! Met some fellow a.netters and saw some good traffic, including a DC-8 and the New Mexico Southwest bird.

Here's a link to some (read: quite a few) images, which I hope to upload very soon!

http://www.tisdigital.com/phlspotting.html

Thanks again!

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