Getting up close to the action is made all the more special when you find a great spotting location which allows you to log, photograph and enjoy your hobby. It’s even better when the mix of aircraft traffic is busy and interesting.
Here are the world’s 10 coolest spotting locations
Imperial Hill Los Angeles International
If you can cope with the heat and sunshine, Imperial Hill is a fantastic place to watch and photograph aircraft movements at LAX from the south side. There are benches to sit on and the elevated position gives an unobstructed view.
Funchal Spotting Hill
Funchal Airport in Madeira is a unique airport with a runway built partly on stilts. What’s more, crosswind conditions make approaches spectacular to watch. This location on a hill overlooking the runway gives you a unique perspective.
The beach at the end of Phuket’s runway is the perfect place to relax in the sun and maybe swim in the sea. It’s also awesome for getting up close to airliners from around the world just before they touch down. The sunlight and blue skies make great photographs.
Zurich Observation Deck
Situated on Pier B, it’s refreshing to spot from a busy international airport where an observation deck is provided close to the action. Here at Zurich you’ve got all the amenities you need close by, and good views of aircraft all around.
Myrtle Avenue London Heathrow
Founders Plaza Dallas Ft Worth
Log American Airlines aircraft, and those from some other interesting carriers, all days long at this outdoor viewing park near the busy Dallas Ft Worth. Photographs are possible.
Dubai Premier Inn
The new Premier Inn hotel at Dubai International Airport is a welcome spotting location at the airport which typically sees a good mix of aircraft from all around the world. From its rooftop terrace you can photograph aircraft on the ground while enjoying some sun.
Hong Kong Viewing Deck
The large outdoor viewing area at Hong Kong’s airport is one of the coolest spotting locations thanks to the airport’s busy and varied traffic.
Amsterdam Schiphol’s Polderbaan
Passengers may hate the long taxi times to and from the Polderbaan runway at Amsterdam Schiphol, but spotters can position themselves at the official viewing locations here for some spectacular photographs.
Osaka Itami Sky View Park
Situated on the opposite side of the airport to the passenger terminal, the Sky View Park is a garden-like structure with various levels allowing photography above the fence of aircraft on the main 14R/32L runway. It is an excellent spot in good weather, and free to use.
Which are the coolest locations you know? Leave a comment below!