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05-22-2019, 03:20 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers

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There’s a large community of plane spotting photographers around the world who camp out at airports to photograph airplanes arriving and departing. A major airport in Canada has decided to serve its local photographers by creating dedicated holes in its fences for camera lenses to poke through.



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Nice!

(I'm wondering how long it will take before a few wayward petal hoods and lens caps end up on the ground on the wrong side of the fence. )
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That's great, a friend of mine is always taking photos of planes at the airport.
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So now we are thankful for small mercies. Not many remember that once there were no fences at all.

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Good initiative!. It would be nice to see something like that at race circuits.
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Las Vegas airport has a similar viewing area, and if I recall correctly, some holes for cameras to look through. You can also situate yourself on the approach path (at a McDonalds, if you need some sustenance) for some great close-up underbelly shots.

Nothing I know of, though, compares with the position you can take at Washington, DC's national airport - on the north end of the approach. You are only a few hundred feet below the jets as they come in.
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Nothing I know of, though, compares with the position you can take at Washington, DC's national airport - on the north end of the approach. You are only a few hundred feet below the jets as they come in.
Down at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, on the west end of the runways along 44th street, there is an area you can pull off into where the planes come in overhead.
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This is about as close as I want to get to an aircraft on approach it an American Airlines Bombardier CL-600 on short final to our local airport. Shot at about 200' directly below the aircraft with a K-3 and 55-300PLM! We are able to get directly off the approach end of the runway for shots here.

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Our airport in Vancouver built a park at the end of one of the runways, with a picnic area, kids play ground and big globe with all the destinations from YVR.

Larry Berg Flight Path Park | YVR

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49mm filter threads fit in between chain links, which is why I will always have a spot for my F 80-200 in the bag
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What a helpful idea. They may need to rethink the hole size for some of you though

https://i1.wp.com/pixelpluck.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/sigma-200-500mm-lens.jpg

Our nearest airport is Manchester and they do have viewing areas but AFAIK not made any holes, yet! I do not envy the people that live in the houses at the end of one runway. Aircraft seem to be so low on landing passing the rooftops by an insane distance then crossing the road just before the runway end. Should imagine that there would also be a good deal of noise from aircraft positioned for take of on the same runway.
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/incoming/gallery/worlds-biggest-pass...ne-a380-781980

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This is my hometown, I'll have to go and see how well it works someday!
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In munich the visitor center is safely away from everything, let alone the runway.

EDIT: Just found out they built two hills for the plane spotters north and south of the airport. So, no need to cut holes into the fence for the Bigma, which you have to bring around.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
Nice!

(I'm wondering how long it will take before a few wayward petal hoods and lens caps end up on the ground on the wrong side of the fence. )
That happened to me (lens cap) at Casa Grande National Monument (Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (U.S. National Park Service))!

Fortunately, a nice ranger went inside the fence to retrieve it. Doubt the average airport would be so accommodating!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Our airport in Vancouver built a park at the end of one of the runways, with a picnic area, kids play ground and big globe with all the destinations from YVR.

Larry Berg Flight Path Park | YVR

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Nice way to wipe out a bunch of people with an engine failure on final or climb out. Never mind I just looked at the link and the park seems to be offset from the flight path.
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