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Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:16 am

Hello, I was wondering which US city that is close to Toronto (CYYZ) that I can visit for spotting. I wanna spot somewhere that is not too far as I will be driving there, I don't think I can go and come back the same day so I am willing to spend a day or two there. I am planing this for my birthday which is next month. I would like to go to airport that sees a lots of heavies.

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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:23 am

Toronto's in a very strange position when it comes to access to the Americas. First closest city which comes to my mind is Detroit but that's a ways away, or Buffalo, NY, but they don't have much in the way of variety.

YYZ-DTW by car is about 4 hours.
YYZ- Buffalo airport is about 2hrs15min. (both according to Mapquest)
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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
YYZ-DTW by car is about 4 hours.
YYZ- Buffalo airport is about 2hrs15min. (both according to Mapquest)

I don't mind doing DTW. I know it is better than Buffalo for sure. Does DTW see a lots of 747?
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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:30 pm

Quoting kl692 (Reply 2):
Does DTW see a lots of 747?

You can always check Flightaware to see what is scheduled...

http://flightaware.com/live/airport/KDTW
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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:28 am

Quoting kl692 (Reply 2):
Does DTW see a lots of 747

When I was in DTW there were a lot of DL 747s. Not much else for heavies, though.
 
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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:23 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
YYZ-DTW by car is about 4 hours.

Last time I was spotting at DTW (about 5 years ago), I was told by a police officer to bugger off and find something else to do. I guess he didn't like the idea of a guy standing alone, parked on the road beside the airport taking pictures. I explained to him, it's my hobby, but he said he doesn't want me there....


... so I just left. Well, just be careful. DTW is an interesting place to spot. I certainly like it, though you don't get the variety you get in YYZ. I would say fly to New York City. You have JFK and EWR.

ORD is also an awesome place to spot... a short flight away from YYZ
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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:36 am

Quoting vio (Reply 5):
I would say fly to New York City. You have JFK and EWR.

I am thinking about killing 3 birds with one stone here.

JFK, EWR and LGA, all within driving distance of each other. as it stands right now. Flight and hotel will cost me $450 but it will be in October as that is when I can take my vacation. Flying in and out the next day. Is there best days to be there. cause I was thinking about spending a weekend there.

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RE: Airport Close To Toronto For Spotting.

Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:44 pm

Just a warning - EWR is NOT spotter friendly. It's not impossible, but if you're out in plain view, don't count on lasting very long. The last time I was booted, an Elizabeth PD officer said "you're not taking pictures of airplanes in my town" and immediately yelled at me to leave before I had the chance to say anything. This was from a public area, which was somewhat out of sight.
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