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Spot #12: 25th Street NE Hill

Summary:

A gravel road offering a close up view of arrivals and departures on runway 17L and takeoffs on runway 35R. Aircraft taxiing to 17L can be seen close up as well, in addition to aircraft approaching runway 17R to the west.


Pros:

There is a nice view from here, and touchdowns on runway 17L are very close up. Most of the spot is elevated above the fence, and engine spool ups from 17L departures can be heard distinctly.


Cons:

The fence is a green mesh that makes it impossible to take pictures or video through, although it can be avoided by standing on a dirt hill or your car. You may have to park your car at corner of 100 Ave and 25 Street and walk up from there.


Security:

I have not had any experience with security at this location. As with every spot at YYC, don't stay within 10 feet of the fence.

Notes:

When entering the spot, a vehicle with decent ground clearance is recommended to get up the curb. The gate at the top of the hill may be closed, so park there and walk up to the elevated area. A ladder is very useful to have at this spot, especially if you want to get some taxiing shots.


Videos from this location:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEW5_3zcCsg (KLM 777-200ER taxiing and taking off from runway 35R)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MnN36ZGj94 (KLM 777-300ER landing and taking off on runway 17L)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD7PE46xaVM (Royal Air Force A330MRTT landing on runway 17L)


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