Fulton County Brown Field

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Fulton County Airport - Brown Field
Location Atlanta, Georgia
IATA code FTY
ICAO code KFTY
Airport type Public
Website http://www.flightcentral.net/kfty/
Overview map Google Maps
Communications
Tower 118.45
Ground 121.7
Clearance 121.7
Approach 121.0
Departure121.0
ATIS 120.175
Departure122.95

Fulton County Brown Field is a regional General Aviation airport located in the Fulton Industrial region of Atlanta. The airport acts a reliever for the busier GA airports in the region such as Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and Cobb County McCollum Field. Fulton County is a relatively sleepy airport, typically only seeing a handful of aircraft operations per hour. Spotting locations are available to catch the occasional interesting movement at FTY.

Official Spotting Locations

Hilltop Viewing Area

Located directly adjacent to the 1950's style terminal and former air traffic control tower is a small viewing area. A couple of benches, a picnic table, and a small playground overlook the airport's main ramp. The entire terminal area is typically deserted, so park wherever you please in the large parking lot at the end of Aviation Circle. Don't be scared off by the dozens of police vehicles, Fulton County parks their out of service police cruisers and public service vehicles in the vast empty parking lot at the airport. For photography, the light is best in the early morning. 100-300mm of focal length should be plenty, a 400mm lens may open up more options for taking shots of parked aircraft on the ramp.

  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large
  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large

Other Spotting Locations

Aero Drive Hangars

Just before the end of Aero Drive a hangar parking lot provides the only decent viewing area to catch aircraft movements on the field. The lot only overlooks Runway 26, but this runway is the primary calm-wind runway for the airport. The parking lot is directly adjacent to the ramp and has only a chest-high fence (no ladders required). The barbed wire topping the fence has been tied back by frequent visitors, so it shouldn't get in the way. Light is best in the early morning. 100-300mm of focal length is sufficient for most traffic taxiing and on Runway 26, 400mm is necessary for smaller aircraft operating on 26.

  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large
  • JetPhotos.net sample photo: large

Regular Traffic

FTY has no scheduled traffic. The majority of traffic at FTY is local or transient light GA aircraft. Various business jets and on-demand cargo carriers visit FTY on an infrequent basis. Hawker-Beechcraft maintains a sales and repair center at FTY, so King Airs and BeechJets are common.

Facilities and Transportation

No public transit is available at FTY. FBO restroom and refreshment facilities are available if needed. As with most spotting in the Atlanta area, access is best by automobile.