View Full Version : JFK this weekend

2006-02-28, 11:33 AM
Hey Guys,

If the weather permits I'll be visiting JFK again this Saturday. Anybody is planning on coming to JFK on Saturday?


2006-02-28, 02:24 PM
I plan on getting out there for at least a few hours in the afternoon, and maybe the morning, too. (Josh, are you up for it?)

2006-02-28, 02:32 PM
No, I'm not around this weekend, so find another chauffeur. :)

2006-02-28, 04:36 PM
I'll be there from around 7am till 6pm. Hoping to catch Thai A340.


"Aspires to be the ATIS voice" - This text is hilarious :)

2006-02-28, 11:15 PM
Rafal there's a good chance I'll be out this weekend, I'll let you know as we get closer. Brian if I go out and you need a ride I can pick you up. Again I'm not sure what time I'll be out.

2006-03-01, 01:34 AM
might go if I am not snowboarding.....but not early like last time!

Sierra Charlie
2006-03-01, 04:20 AM
So if I have well understood, Thai 340 leaves at about 7AM ? Wow... Here in Paris it leaves at 1PM (but in 744...). If I join you this Week end I'm not sure being at the airport at 7AM...


2006-03-01, 08:03 AM
Hey guys,

looks like we might have a nice turnout afterall! For what it's worth, I'm coming up with Rafal....will be my first time spotting at JFK (don't laugh at me, haha)! :)

-Omar S.

2006-03-01, 05:36 PM
Rafal there's a good chance I'll be out this weekend, I'll let you know as we get closer. Brian if I go out and you need a ride I can pick you up. Again I'm not sure what time I'll be out.

I may actually take you up on that...we'll keep in touch and chat on Friday to make plans. Thanks.

So if I have well understood, Thai 340 leaves at about 7AM ? Wow... Here in Paris it leaves at 1PM (but in 744...). If I join you this Week end I'm not sure being at the airport at 7AM...


Thai's A345 usually arrives between 6am and 7am and departs between 11am and 12pm. Things have changed since I saw it last (apparently it's on a reduced schedule, too), so I need someone to fill in all the details.

Hey guys,

....will be my first time spotting at JFK (don't laugh at me, haha)! :)

Newbie! :-p


Steven Holzinger
2006-03-01, 06:43 PM
I'm going home this weekend...so Kennedy is out of the question for me. HOWEVER, I do plan on going spotting at Dulles on March 11 or 12 (in conjunction with a trip to VA Beach and spotting F-14s, F-15s, F/A-18s, and F-22s) and would love to find out the best places to spot!

2006-03-01, 07:23 PM
Thai's A345 usually arrives between 6am and 7am and departs between 11am and 12pm. Things have changed since I saw it last (apparently it's on a reduced schedule, too), so I need someone to fill in all the details.

Check the NATSAT.... Oh wait a minute... :)

Rafal and Omar, unfortunately I won't be able to meet up with you guys this Saturday, but don't forget that Brian and I will be at BWI two weekends later on Saturday the 18th. Our flight gets in around 9:30am, and we don't leave until after dark. If either of you are able to meet up that day, give me a call on my cell phone during the day and we'll coordinate. 917-660-7871.

2006-03-01, 08:13 PM
So if I have well understood, Thai 340 leaves at about 7AM ? Wow... Here in Paris it leaves at 1PM (but in 744...). If I join you this Week end I'm not sure being at the airport at 7AM...


On Saturday, TG#790 departs BKK at 105am arrives JFK 600am sameday. TG#791 departs JFK at 1105am and arrives BKK 405pm +1. The sked is xTFS (no flightso n Tue/Fri/Sun)


2006-03-01, 10:17 PM
Looks like I should be free this weekend too, so I should be able to join the crowd. Gotta go charge some batteries!

Sierra Charlie
2006-03-02, 10:14 PM
Hello guys !

I'll maybe be with you on saturday ? But I wonder, looking at the weather forecast, if it wasn't better to go out on sunday more than on saturday ?

Raph ;)

2006-03-03, 07:34 AM
Bonjour Raphael,

we're going to stick with Saturday....weather is pretty much the same both days and keep in mind that a few of us (including me) have already made plans to drive up for the day from D.C., so changing would really be inconvinient. Anyway, I hope you can make it out on Saturday....I look forward to meeting you! :)

-Omar S.

P.S.: Just a reminder to all those who are coming out - DRESS WARMLY OR YOU WILL FREEZE. :P

2006-03-03, 08:24 AM
I might be able to make it out for Saturday Afternoon, but I will probably be out all day Sunday.


2006-03-03, 05:29 PM
I think that Phil and I are going to try and make it out on Sunday. The weather looks more promising (read: not as windy or freezing cold).

Hope to see some of you out there!


Sierra Charlie
2006-03-03, 05:32 PM
Hey hey...

Fine I decided to be with you tomorrow !!! I'll try to join Tom Alfano this evening !!! See you tomorrow ;)


2006-03-03, 06:46 PM
Hey Mel,

the weather (read: wind and cold, haha) really doesn't look that much improved from Saturday to Sunday, so if you guys have got time tomorrow, it would be great if you would drop in on us! I'd really like to meet you and Phil! :D

-Omar S.

2006-03-03, 06:59 PM
Omar I'll def be out on Sat, right after I get some sleep, lol. I have Rafal's cell phone number so I'll call him to see where you guys are. I won't be out at 6AM with you though. Getting up today at 3:45 to fly home was early enough.

2006-03-03, 08:24 PM
Getting up today at 3:45 to fly home was early enough.

Haha, that does sound bad Tommy.....however, I'll be feeling you pain in a few hours, seeing that Rafal is making me get out of bed at 1:45AM, AAAAAHHHH! :shock:

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow man! :)

-Omar S.

Sierra Charlie
2006-03-04, 09:37 PM
Hey !!!

I've finally get back home... :)

First I want to thank all of you, and especially Tom who drove me around the airport with Phil, Melanie and Brian ! As you could see I didn't speak a lot and I'm sorry :( I don't feel confortable when I speak in English and maybe you've felt it (And I'm about to become an Air Traffic Controller ah ah ! :D). Whatever... I was glad to notice that this evening it was easier to unerstand you than in the morning ! :)

I had a great day and it really was a pleasure to meet you ! I hope see you again around LGA that time ! :)

Some pics will be uploaded soon ;)


2006-03-05, 12:24 AM
It was a great day today! We had quite a crowd - Phil & Melanie, Tommy, Brian, Senga(!) plus Rafal, Blendi and Omar from BWI and our new friend from Paris, Raphael. Yes it was cold, we had a couple of Port PD cops stop by (they said they had gotten "lots" of calls, but it looked like they were shopping at Costco and just happened to see us) but it was a good day of spotting.

The highlight had to be the AA757 with winglets (and if you were within 10 miles of Costco, you could have heard Tommy yelling "WINGLETS! WINGLETS!")

When it got too dark to shoot, Phil, Mel, Brian, Tommy & I went to Dave & Buster's for dinner and games.

Yes it was a long day, but a whole lot of fun! Hope to do it again soon.

2006-03-05, 01:39 AM
My thoughts exactly Moose! Really was great day all around, a bit windy and cold but JFK again had some nice surprises like the AA 757 with winglets and the 767 from Alitalia. Rafal, Omar, and Blendi it was great seeing your guys and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon in March!

2006-03-05, 01:22 PM
It was great getting out again and meeting up with Rafal, Blendi again and finally getting to meet Omar! Nice to meet Raphael from France as well. If I ever do move back to the DC,VA, MD metro area its always good to know there are some great guys down there to shoot with!

BTW after the rest of us left the Costco parking lot I notices the Cops pulling into where we were. I also noticed another one going into the BK parking lots where the other guys went.
Looks like we left just in time.
The Boston Market/Air Tahiti shot had to have been the most amazing part of the day. I'll let someone else share this story!


2006-03-05, 01:46 PM
Some pics from our day out.

Take notice Phil has his arm around someone from France!!! This is huge development for U.S/French relations!

2006-03-05, 01:50 PM
We had a blast too, despite the cold! Thanks to Phil being so generous with his camera (and the planes he let me catch), I should have a decent amount of shots to share with you guys by this evening....and another round of uploads to be patient about.

It was great to meet so many of the site members, too. I'm glad to be able to put faces and personalities behind the screennames.

Check back soon for our photos! :mrgreen:

2006-03-05, 02:42 PM
I'll second everything - had a great time! Couldnt've asked for a clearer (or colder) day. It's always fun to just go and hang out for the day with the regulars and meet up with the guys from DC as well...or maybe that's just because they come more prepared than we do!

Also looking forward to meeting up with you again within the next month, Raph. :)

Hey, Tommy, why don't you show everybody your shots of the Alitalia MD11 or the Emirates and Thai A345 departures? ;)


2006-03-05, 05:11 PM
Nice shots Tommy, Of course I new you would choose the one shot where I look the worst! :)
I cant take a decent groupshot to save my life LOL
I didn't notice the UAL old, new colros 757.. Nice catch.
Aren't they are kind of old to be having that car? I bet their breaklights don't work.


For some reaons Brian always looks to take pix of me :lol:



2006-03-05, 08:23 PM
I've edited several photos! I was very excited about my 2nd day of spotting, and I'm pleased with the results. Also, as mentioned in a different thread by Brian, I got my beloved Pink Song (though it was arriving LGA and we were at Costco....we even went on a wild goose chase trying to catch the departure, but thanks to ****ty traffic, we turned back around :()

Again, any and all feedback is MUCH appreciated!

Here is one of my favorite shots (not airplanes) of the day:

Caught this in between the stupid phone wires!

Phil let me get these MD-11s...one of my favorite aircraft types:



I took so many shots yesterday (considering I don't even have my own camera yet) I didn't even REMEMBER taking this one...even as Phil, Tommy AND Brian all tried to convince me I did:

Another American:

A couple more red tails to add to my collection:



Jet Blue's "I <3 Blue" <---I'm a big dork and think that's adorable:

and......duh duh duh dummmm! I think this is guaranteed Anet:

Last but not least...my boyfriend...some of you might know him ;)

and me, as my boyfriend! :mrgreen:

2006-03-05, 09:48 PM
Great shot Melanie! keep up up the good work! CLEAN AND CRISP!


2006-03-05, 10:10 PM
Awesome shots guys. Looks like you had some great weather up here on Saturday. Love that AA winglet shot. I got some shots at BWI and stopped by PHL on the way to get the burned-out UPS DC-8. Was great to finally get SlamDunk One!



2006-03-05, 10:52 PM
Hi Guys,

Despite half of the stuff were no show we also had a blast at JFK. Here is my share of shots from yesterday:










Sierra Charlie
2006-03-05, 11:49 PM
But who's that guy behind his hair ? ah ah !!! Nice shots for all of you ! :) I've really appreciate the South African 340 and the 757W AA ! (Well your Pink Song is maye a bit grainy Mel but you succeed in all the other ones ;))

Well Actually I use to make 1280*xxx photos and I've seen that everybody has send them in 1024*xxx. Do you agree if I send some of mine in 1280*xxx because I'm lazy to resize them lool :D

Something like that :

Let me know ! :D


2006-03-06, 10:51 AM
Nice pix everyone. I'm looking forward to the next group gathering.


2006-03-06, 10:52 AM

2006-03-06, 11:44 AM
Great shots guys. So wish I was out with you.

THen Sunday I went Snowboarding again. AWESOME.

BUt looking for a touch of warmer wx before I shooot with y'all abain!

March comes in like a lion....

2006-03-06, 01:44 PM
Just wanted to add a few of my shots from Saturday...





I just love this little guy:

I'm not sure I really like this color scheme - the blue & stripes look nice, but that painted-silver looks really off to me:


I know the guys from DC like the profile shots, but here is why I love shooting from Burger King:


Yes it was cold:

But Phil, just what were you eating at BK?
:D :D :D

2006-03-06, 01:54 PM
Just wanted to add, nice shooting by everyone. And let it be know that those Icelandair shots were taken under the watchful eyes of 2 Port PD officers. They had just rolled up and asked what we were doing, and for ID as the plane came by. They waited patiently until we were done shooting before collecting our IDs. Thanks, guys!

I wonder what the folks in Boston Market thought when we all rushed out to get the Air Tahiti shots?

And Tommy, what are those funny things on the wing of that AA 757?

2006-03-06, 03:04 PM
And Tommy, what are those funny things on the wing of that AA 757?


2006-03-06, 03:33 PM
Where is that picture of us standing in the line (shooting JetBlue?) that Phil took? I would love to see it :)


2006-03-06, 03:59 PM
He's a lazy ass and hasn't put his pics up yet. ;)

It came out great though....and I'm sure he'll post it tonight.

2006-03-06, 03:59 PM
Yes I have been waiting for it too!
Thats why I wanted to get a shot of it msyelf :)
Phil ,Post it

2006-03-06, 04:02 PM
He's a lazy ass and hasn't put his pics up yet. ;)

It came out great though....and I'm sure he'll post it tonight.

2006-03-06, 04:28 PM
YEA "NYPD" is ALWAYS the last one....
Saves the best for last

2006-03-06, 09:02 PM
damm i gottaa join u guys oneday =)

2006-03-06, 11:09 PM
IMs or PMs from about 7 different people "Phil, where's the group shot?" lol


Some others of mine from the day:



2006-03-06, 11:15 PM
Hey, what are those things on the wings of that American 757?


Sierra Charlie
2006-03-06, 11:32 PM
Winglets !!!! :p

Does anybody can tell me if I can post some pics in 1280*xxx ?
Thanks a lot ;)


2006-03-06, 11:38 PM
Raph, post them if you'd like. :)

2006-03-06, 11:44 PM
Nic shots Phil :)
lots of lens there

2006-03-06, 11:53 PM
Denim pants gang :)


Sierra Charlie
2006-03-07, 01:05 AM
So here we are Phil ! ;)

MoonShot ! (Do you have the registration ?)

Howard Beach in the morning (The only one I think is almost good on my laptop):

Before sunset, near the BK :

What we can see on the wings of this 757 ?

And to finish :

I've a lot of more but I am not really sure about the quality because I'm on a laptop...

Good night all ;)


2006-03-07, 01:25 AM
Wow. That 777 moonshot is super cool! I really love everything about that Raph!

Iberia A340-600
2006-03-07, 10:02 AM
Sierra Charlie, I am pretty sure the reg of the 777-300ER is JA731A.

Looks like you guys had a good time and you guys took some aweseome shots! I hope to join you guys one day!

Sierra Charlie
2006-03-07, 07:39 PM
Thank you for the registration !!!


2006-03-08, 02:38 PM
Here you go Raph,
Iberia is correct.
My Acars picked it up while we were out shooting.
Lucky for you :)

ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: JA731A [B777-381 (ER)]
Message label: Q0 Block id: 0 Msg no: S27A
Flight id: NH0010 [Tokyo, Narita, Japan-New York - John F. Kennedy, NY, USA] [All-Nippon Airways]
----------------------------------------------------------[ 04/03/2006 09:17 ]-


2006-03-08, 06:26 PM
Hey guys,

I haven't gotten a chance to post much of anything since SAturday, but I've got a few minutes right now, so let's do it! First off, I've gotta say that I had an awesome time spotting and hanging out with you guys and I must thank each and every one of you for braving the bitter cold so that you could keep us company - Senga, Brian, Phil, Mel, John, Tommy and Raphael. If you guys hadn't showed up, Rafal would have still been sleeping in the car when the Iceair 75F came in and if that had been the
case, you would not have wanted to be in the car for the drive back to D.C., hahaha. Special thanks to Blendi and Rafal for taking me with you guys....hopefully I will be able to come along next time! I've uploaded some shots that I thought I'd share with y'all...enjoy!









Again, thanks to everybody for making this insane trip as worthwhile as it ended up being....and until the next time, chop-chop people! :D

-Omar S.

Sierra Charlie
2006-06-05, 12:47 PM
Hi everybody !!!

Well I finally finished my webpage about my two spotting days in New York.
I give you the URL to go to see my pics ! One more time, thanks everybody to have welcome me like this ;)

Leave me a comment if you want to ;)

JFK 04/03/2006 (http://airsnaps.free.fr/aircaptures/photos/nyjfk0306/index.php)
LGA 11/03/2006 (http://airsnaps.free.fr/aircaptures/photos/nylga0306/index.php)


2006-06-05, 05:50 PM
Great shots Raph!!!

Hope to have you here again soon.