|Quoting Bruce (Thread starter):|
Does anyone have tips or info about the conditions for photography at the main airport in Indianapolis? I have not been there in 8 years. I think there is a new mid-field terminal and parking deck which looks like it would be ok from the satellite view, but is it open? Is the old observation lot still closed?
I live about 60 miles west of Indy; first of all, the old terminal that was there when you were there 8 yrs ago has been closed for a few yrs now. All of the big parking lots between the old terminal and I-465 are completely empty; that whole east side of the airport where the old terminal was is still there, but the whole place is empty, and I'm sure, not accessible to the public.
The new terminal (and the new control tower) are indeed in mid-field; there is unlimited parking there also.
There is a perimeter road around the north side of the airport, and it used to have an empty parking lot where I used to go to a lot and watch the planes; now they have built a building on it;
The access to the new terminal is very good, and is right off of I-70; the long term parking is very good, very safe, and they have shuttles which take you to the terminal all the time; if you park your car in any of the parking lots, be absolutely sure to write down the lot number, plus the row and number your car is in; otherwise it can be an "all day" walk-about trying to find your vehicle ! I'm not sure if there are any spotting opportunities from the parking lots.
When you drive to the terminal to drop someone off or pick them up, you can only do just that; then you must make a big circle following the signs, and there is a "cell phone lot" (which is free), where you can wait; I haven't tried it yet, but it's very possible it may offer a decent vantage point for shooting take offs and landings, as I'm pretty sure it has no fences around it. Actually, you can make a big circle all the way around the airport on perimeter roads, and it's quite possible you may find a vantage point worth shooting from.
The thing about Indianapolis airport is, you are unlikely to see anything bigger than a 737, or something of similar size; Fed Ex has a big operation on the south east side of the airport, but you seldom see them landing and taking off except in the late evening and early morning, (when I'm seldom there).
If you live in Birmingham, you might think about Louisville; it's only about 5 - 6 hr drive from Birmingham, and UPS has a huge hub at the west end of the airport; I haven't been there since about '96, or '97, but at that time there was a road that ran parallel to the main runway, (very close, btw, and no fence between them
I used to spend several hours at a time, sitting on the side of that road in a 75 ft car carrier, watching UPS 747's come and go; they usually "broke ground" when they were about even with where I was parked, but unfortunately I never had a camera with me then; it would have been an unbelievable vantage point for photography. There should be a way to contact someone in Louisville to ask if that road is still there and if it is still "un-fenced".
The airline traffic into and out of the Louisville airport approaches right over I-65, but like Indy, most of the airliners are 737 size or there about.
The one thing I neglected to mention about the Indy airport, is the new terminal; it's probably worth the drive up, by it's self; fabulous, fabulous building / "structure"; HUGE.......very modern, (with a LONG walk from in-bound gate to baggage claim )
I go to Indianapolis to visit the Apple Store occasionally, so the next trip, if I have the time, I'll do some "driving around" and check the place out, and see if I can come up with some decent spotting locations. I may even run across a friendly Policeman and find some info that way; (I'm pretty "tight" with our county sheriff, so maybe I'll get him to give me a "letter of introduction" ?)
Again, if you have any questions, feel free to IM
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