Plane Spotting – Where To Go For Plane Spotting Worldwide

by Kerwin McKenzie

 

Plane Spotting

 
 

It’s no secret that I love airplanes; always have. As a kid I remember going to the neighbor hood airport at Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston Jamaica and watching places through the fence. Many years later, I’m still watching planes through the fence :-).

 

So I thought that I should create an area on the site so you can share your plane spotting areas with each other.

 


 

Tools

 

Before you go though, you need some tools. I’ve made a list for you:

Camera

 

FlightRadar24 App

 

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Mapping Application

 

There are several mapping applications and directions Apps out there. I do live to use Google Maps though. You will need this for directions so you can figure out how to get to the locations.

 

Mobile Phone Camera

 

Of course you have to take photos. I use a Samsung Galaxy S9+ and sometimes my iPad Pro when I run out of power and hard drive space.

 

Tripod

 

It’s good to get a small portable tripod. The one I use is this one that I got on Amazon. It looks good for mobile phones, but not sure about DSLRs. Still testing it though.

 


 

That’s all the equipment you’ll need. This area will be constantly updated so check back often. Here we go.

 

Houston-Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX USA (IAH)

 

Overview: There are two main places from which to view airplanes that are located outside the airport. There’s also one other inside the airport.

 

 

The Parking Garage at Terminal D

Here you can see landings and takeoffs and airplanes arriving at Terminal D. These are the international heavies. Use the FlightAware App to determine the timings.

Address: Top Floor Terminal D Parking Garage

How To Get There: Follow the airport signs for Terminal D parking. This is a paid Parking Garage. You can do off airport parking though and then go to Terminal E and take the elevator up to the top floor.

 


 

Lee Road

Here you can see takeoffs and landings  depending on the winds and the runway being used. Of course this is always subject to change. Use the FlightAware App to determine the timings.

Address: 1160 Lee Rd, Humble, TX 77338, USA

How To Get There: Use Google Maps for directions. Take US 59 to the Greens road Exit and then turn right on Lee Road, follow until you get to the runway. Or Take US 59 to the Will Clayton Exit, then make a U turn and then turn right on Lee Road.

 


 
You can see some plane spotting photos I I took here.

 

Rankin Road

Here you can see takeoffs.

Address: 2037 Rankin Rd, Houston, TX 77032, USA

How To Get There: Use Google Maps for directions.

 


 

London-City International Airport, United Kingdom (LCY)

 

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Overview: London City Airport sits in the heart of London. The takeoffs are amazing and so are the landings as they come in low over the city. There are a few neat places from which to watch airplanes.
 

End Of The Runway

Here you can see landings in the p.m. as I’m told they switch to this runway at 3p. Of course this is always subject to change right. Use the FlightAware App to determine the timings.

Address: At the end of the runway near Woolwich Manor Way.

How To Get There: Take the DLR to Gallions Reach and then walk to the end of the runway. You may also take the 474 to the Bascule Bridge (Stop J) and then walk under the roadway to the end of the runway.

 


 

London-Heathrow International Airport, United Kingdom (LHR)

 

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Overview: Heathrow has a few places to go to see the planes. I’ve just visited Myrtle Avenue and its so amazing.
 

Myrtle Avenue

Here you can see landings in the p.m. as I’m told they switch to this runway at 3p. Of course this is always subject to change right. Use the FlightAware App to determine the timings.

Address: 32 Myrtle Ave, Feltham TW14 9QU

How To Get There: Take the Piccadilly Line to Hatton Cross. Once outside turn right, cross the road, turn right again and walk down to Myrtle Avenue; its two fields down on the left.

 


 
 

Los Angeles, CA USA (LAX)

Overview: This is perhaps one of the best places to plane spot. Like Myrtle Avenue in London, you get to see the planes come right overhead. The noise is deafening, but loved by all.
 

In-N-Out Burger

Here you can see landings on runway 27R.

Address: In-N-Out Burger, 9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

How To Get There: You can walk from the airport, it takes about 18 minutes. Use Google Maps and be careful and stick to the sidewalks. Or you can take a cab or shared ride.

 

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