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    Help with Plane spotting in NYC

    Hi Everyone,

    Just registered with NYC Aviation, My name is Tony Blackwell from the UK near London Heathrow area.
    Heathrow being my local airport, my view i have from where i live covers the RWY09 approach pattern over our famous landmark Windsor Castle as well as
    RWY27 departures. My interest and Spotting covers over 37 years. Started when i ws a young lad. I mainly collect Reg/Tail numbers, and do some Photography occasionally.

    I will be visiting your wonderful city in Feb 2013, iam looking forward to my trip.

    I was wondering if any NYC spotters would like to meet up, so we can discuss this wonderful hobby that we have. As some good tips/advice would be hugely appreciated.

    I will in NYC from the evening of the7th Feb to late evening of the 11th Feb, would be happy to share any fuel cost as I will not have a car on this trip.

    It would be great to meet the NYC spotters, if anyone i available around that time.
    I must remember to bring a warm coat with me !!!!

    Thank you & kind regards

    Tony : Near EGLL Heathrow United Kingdom

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    Hi Tony welcome to the site I have marked my calendar so if I can be in town then we'll be in touch. I had a layover in EGLL last summer on my way to Germany and loved the traffic I saw there. Definitely bring your coat, if you end up at the Howard Beach location in February you'll be glad you did

    see the maps on the site for the spotting locations

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    Hi,

    Many thanks for your reply. I Will also wear a warm hat & gloves, i think !!!.
    Hope you and some fellow spotters will be able to meet up.

    Kind regards

    Tony

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    Welcome to the site, Tony.

    I am sure if the weather is nice that weekend some of us will be out for sure and would be more than happy to do some spotting with you as well
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    Hi again,

    On my trip i will be staying in the Brooklyn area, as it seems fairly central for most of the NYC airports. Look forward to hopefully meeting with NYC enthusiast / spotters.

    Regards

    Tony

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    Welcome to NYC spotting. I am a retiree and have plenty of time. Unfortunately I have no auto so I take public transportation. Hopefully, the Intrepid Museum will re-open by Jan. and we could go to see my beloved Concorde on the pier. I tried to visit her yesterday but was still closed; she looks good from the street and sustained no damage from the storm. I am a big Concorde lover since 1977. Let me know. Cheers!

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    Welcome to the site Tony! if any case as well you should make a visit to Planeview park at La Guardia Airport in Queens if runway 4 is in use. Fun spot!
    Sergio has been a huge Delta Air Lines fan since 1992!!

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    Welcome to the site Tony! if any case as well you should make a visit to Planeview park at La Guardia Airport in Queens if runway 4 is in use. Fun spot!

    Here are the spotting guides though
    http://www.nycaviation.com/spotting-guides/
    Sergio has been a huge Delta Air Lines fan since 1992!!

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    Thank you from Hercules (Tony)

    Hi,

    That is very useful info, I do plan to go to La Guardia, at some point on my trip. Hopefully some sunny days as well.


    Regards

    Tony

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    Great link, Sergio.

    Welcome to the site Tony. Got your note.
    Yes, being layers of clothing. tshirt, long sleeve t-shirt, sweater, warm coat. gloves, hat, scarf. jeans AND long johns or thermal underwear beneath. chapstick and face moisturizer.

    Sometimes spotting in February is SADISTIC due to the dry cold. Way too cold especially since you are close to the water.

    As the date looms closer, I'll know if I can commit to coming out to spot.

    Are you also planning to see the city?
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    and that has made all the difference......yet...
    I have a feeling a handle of people are going to be very interested in what I post in the near future.

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    Hi,

    Thank you for even more good advice !!!
    I will be doing some sight seeing in the city as well. Probably afternoons after spotting !

    Thanks to everyone who have been helping with good advice.

    Huge regards

    Tony

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    Hi,

    Just been doing a bit more research for my trip in Feb, i noticed there is a park called Idlewild Park, is this good viewing point ? and do NYC spotters use this park.
    Also does it have any facilities food places / visitors center etc. Or near by restaurants/ cafes.
    From google maps looks like i might try this spot. Wearing my full winter clothing of course !!!!

    Regards

    Tony UK

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    The "Mounds" is the closest you'll get to Idlewild Park, unless you have a boat(it's marshland). Also, you wouldn't want to be there anyway as it is directly under the flightpath of 22L approaches. Closest facilities would be Popeye's chicken and Burger King. Further down the road is a McDonald's and a Wendy's, as well as the Panera Bread that many of us patronize(and spot from when the 31's are in use)

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    If you go to the Panera lot for 31 ops, you'll have plenty of options in regards to facilities. At the mounds for 22 ops, you're on your own.
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    Hi,

    Thanks again for the good advice.

    Do you get reasonable views from Panera Lot, and views from the food places that have been mentioned ? being that i collect registrations as well as some photography if the opportunity arrives.
    My optics (spotting scope) this being my smaller one is around 11 inches long, ranges from 11 x mag to 33 x mag with a (50 mm front lens). This the one that i will more than on my trip. as well as some small zoom binoculars. Being a bit more discreet.
    My larger scope is slightly obvious being around 1 & 1/2 foot long 25 x mag to 75 x mag with a (90 mm front lens.) Might bring this one, but will decide nearer the time. Not had any problems in eastern & western Europe with the bigger scope !

    As a precaution I will carry my Passport and Driving licence with me at all times. Which is what i do on most of my overseas trips.

    Regards

    Tony UK

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