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Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford Airport – Spotting Guide
- last modified on September 8, 2022
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (IATA: GRR, ICAO: KGRR). located southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan, handelds around 3 mio passengery annually. It is a focus city for Allegiant Air.
|Terminal||There is one terminal with two concourses|
|Runway||The airport has three runways, but 08R/26L is the busiest one.|
|Geralton-Mount Magnet Rd – 21 Arrivals|
|WHERE||The location is the official viewing area of the airport. Take MI Route 6 to the Broadmoor AVE SE exit (#15). Then, you want to take Patterson AVE to the end of Kraft AVE North, the park is on the right. One will need a vehicle to get to this location. There is a fence, but the park is situated on a hill. Typically, we stand on top of the picnic tables when photographing and that is sufficient.|
|WHAT||From the park, one can see all ops on 8R/26L (The main runway). Since the park is quite long, it does not matter the direction of traffic. Also, taxiways A and D are visible. 8L/26R is not visible, and is only used for small props. 35/17 is also not visible, but the majority of traffic use 26L/8R.|
|TIME||Backlighting is never a problem at GRR, but heat haze can be. We typically go only in November or December. Even in January or February, the heat haze can be bad.|
|MISC.||There are bathrooms, over 100 parking spaces, drinking fountains and a shaded area, but no restaurants are nearby. GRR is one of the last remaining airports with a designated spotting area. Police patrol the area, but they won’t bother you.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||All pictures can be achieved with 400mm. An A320 or 737 needs about 100 to 200 mm, while a Phenom or a Citation needs about 400 mm.|
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