Spot #7: Viewing Area Near Shell Aerocentre

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Summary:
A small area with a picnic table with a good view of all movements on runway 35L, runway 29 arrivals in the far distance, and rotations/climb outs from runway 17R departures. Aircraft parked on Apron VI are visible too.


Pros:

Spool-up sounds from departing aircraft on runway 35L can be heard distinctly, especially if there are no aircraft on the west side of 35L/17R with their engines running. Aircraft taxiing on taxiway Alpha are very close up. There is a lone picnic table that makes for a nice place to stand to take images, as well as two empty planters that offer some elevation.


Cons:

Sounds from business jets on Apron VI can be annoying, and rotations from aircraft departing 35L cannot be seen due to the unused customs building. If there's a lot of aircraft parked on the adjacent ramp, it becomes hard to see arriving and departing aircraft.


Security:

None, this is a public viewing area and there are several picnic tables around. Do not stand, park, or set up a ladder within 10 feet of the fence.


Notes:

There is a free parking lot adjacent to the location.


Videos from this location:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNwmAMbk_zM (British Airways 787-8 landing on 35L)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVa85mt0AxA (Canadian North 737-300 taking off from 35L)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0h4uKvLUVM (Montage of aircraft engine spool ups)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j_yFGS9xws (Kelowna Flightcraft DC-10 taxi past on Alpha and takeoff from 35L)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Vpap91nmk (Bombardier CS100 taxiing off Apron VI and taking off 35L)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkpEyvWYiQE (2 Air Canada 787s spooling up on 35L)


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