Worldwide Single Spotting Locations

This report covers worldwide spotting locations from different airports. We didn´t have enough infos for a complete guide but we wanna share the photo position that we have visited with you. New positions will be added from time to time so check back regularly.

Currently we offer spots for:

1. Dallas Forth Worth, US – DFW/KDFW
2. New York La Guardia, US – LGA/KLGA
3. Tampa Intl. Airport, US – TPA/KTPA
4. Chicago Midway, US – MDW/KMDW
5. London City, UK – LCY/EGLC
6. Alicante, Spain – ALC/LEAL
7. Cairns, Australia – CNS/YBCS
8. Ayers Rock, Australia – AYQ/YAYE
9. King Country “Boeing Field”, US – BFI/KBFI

#1 – Dallas Forth Worth, Texas – Founders Plaza
WHERE This is the official spotting location for DFW airport, situated on the north side of the airport and next to RWY 18R approach. There are many directions to get there so please use a GPS.
By public transport: use the shuttle bus from the terminals to the north remote parking and walk for approximate 5 minutes along the N Airfield Drive to the Plaza. But keep in mind there is no sidewalk!
WHAT A great location for the 18R arrivals, which is one of the busiest runways and usually most intercont. flghts arrive here as well as the cargo operators.. 18L, which is used for the departures, is possible but there can be a lot of heat haze! Parts of the UPS ramp are in sight too.
TIME Great from afternoon until sunset.
MISC. There are benches and shadow to relax. Hotels and Restaurants are 2 kilometers away. Just follow the Mustand Dr. westwards.
FOCAL LENGTH Boeing 737-800 = 170mm, ERJ145 = 230mm, Boeing 777-200 = 110mm


#2 – New York La Guardia – Hermon A. Macneil Park
WHERE The spot is located at the Hermon A Macneil Park situated in the northern corner of Queens. Park your car for free at the Poppenhusen Ave next to the park entrance and walk along the water for a few minutes. You can already see the planes arriving.
WHAT All runway 22 arrivals.
TIME Good light from morning until noon.
MISC. There are some benches to relax. Bring everything you need with you.
FOCAL LENGTH Huge lense is needed! + 400mm for a regional jet, 350mm for a 737/A320
Tampa Intl. Airport, Florida – Terminal Roof Top Parking Garage
WHERE It´s pretty easy to find this location. Start at the check in and use the elevator to get to the most upper floor to the top parking level.
WHAT The view from this spot is a little bit limited due to the airside terminal buildings. But therefore you get a wide variety of different photo angles. You can take pictures of the two main runways on the east and west side of the airport. Furthermore you can take photos of aircrafts taxiing and rolling to their parking position.
TIME You can photograph in both directions so you can use this location all day long. BUT in the summer there is a lot of heat haze. Furthermore the APUs and the general heat on the ground is an issue, even in the winter.
MISC. I can recommend this spot if you have some time left whilst waiting for the flight at the terminal or have a stop over because its a pretty short hump to get on the parking garage.
When I was there security was on the garage too but they were not interested in what I am doing. Its a known photo location.
FOCAL LENGTH At least 300mm for 737 on runway.
#4 – Chicago Midway, Illinois – Terminal ramp
WHERE The spot is easy to find. Its on the opposite side of the entrance to the Southwest check-in on a sidewalk. Walk to the position where the fireplug is so you won´t have the lightpoles within your frame.
WHAT Perfect for all 22L movements, arrivals and departures/line up. MDW is dominated by Southwest airlines so it can get pretty boring.
TIME From sunrise until afternoon.
MISC. Everything you need within the terminals. I suffered no issues with security during my stay.
FOCAL LENGTH Usually the 737 is the usual aircraft and you need 200mm for it on the runway/threshold.
#5 – London City Airport, UK – Parking
WHERE If you get out of the terminal, turn left and walk a few minutes under the covered boardwalk along the parking/dock. It ends on the half way to the parking. This is your place to be with a great view of the runway.
WHAT As you are in the middle of the runway you get all movements from this position. If the plane is still on the ground, parts of the wheels are cutted off at some positions on the run- and taxiway due to the grass (see Cityjet Avro Photo).
TIME In the winter good for the whole day. Summer backlit during early morning and late afternoon.
MISC. Restrooms and snacks within the terminals. Due to the planned expansion of the apron and terminal, this spot may history soon.
FOCAL LENGTH 120-250mm for the standard traffic. 300 mm for very small biz jets only.
#6 – Alicante, Spain
WHERE If you come from the termainals merge highway N-332 to Alacant | Alicante until motorway intersection ‘Santa Pola’ and exit N-332 in direction to Santa Pola and Cartagena. Follow N-332s street course for 1,7km end exit N-332 at El Altet (Norte)/CV-849/Elx/Elche but bear left and go straight for 550m until a roundabout appears. Take first exit (Avinguda Sant Francesc). Follow street course for 1.3km (CV-849) until the next roundabout appears. Take first exit again and follow the street. A small plaza will be visible after 20m. Park your car here.
WHAT All runway operations of runway 10/28
TIME From noon to sunset
MISC. Heat haze can be a problem on hot days. A supermarket is not far from this point.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_07.png #7 – Cairns, The mountain, Australia
WHERE From the airport, exit it by taking the “Airport Ave” road. Then, turn on the right onto “Captain Cook Hwy”. You will cross a river and you will have to turn on the left onto “Aeroglen Dr” to finally take the first again on your left which is a small path where you can park your car under a tree. (That was the easiest part to reached the spot :D)

Second step is, to climb the mountain under a humid and hot weather condition. Please refer to the map, the trek has been mentioned for you by the BLUE line.

WHAT Arrivals runway 33 and departures runway 33 + 15.
TIME From 1300 to sunset.
MISC. Heat haze can be a problem on hot days and theirs nothing around this spot so bring with you what you need. (the first shop is pretty far away as well from the spot). Be careful of snakes during hot seasons !!
FOCAL LENGTH 18mm (overview picture of the airport) until a 500mm as you are pretty far away from the aircraft.
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_08.png #8 – Ayers Rock, Australia
WHERE Drive to Ayers Rock airport and the spot will be located next to the terminal on the left side next to the General Aviation ramp.
WHAT Only parking and taxiing aircraft on the General Aviation ramp.
TIME Mostly all the day but try to avoid end of afternoon.
MISC. Heat haze can be a problem on hot days and you are shooting throw fences. You can get some foods/drinks inside the terminal. Be careful of snakes !!
FOCAL LENGTH 18mm (overview picture of the ramp) until a 300mm is enough
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_09.png #9 – King Country “Boeing Field”
WHERE Follow the signs from the airport to The Museum of Flight.
WHAT The only spot allows pictures of approaches 31L early afternoon by taxi or a fence hole of parking. We need to step back to the static aircraft to be slightly above or providing a ladder.
TIME Afternoon.
MISC. Bring with you what you need.
FOCAL LENGTH 50-300mm

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