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==Locations to Avoid==
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===The VOR===
A great location, especially when arrivals are from the south. While law enforcement has never bothered me there, the potential to be hassled is likely fairly high.
Located on Byrum Drive.
==Regular Traffic==
==Regular Traffic==

Revision as of 20:58, 3 September 2015

Continent: North America Country: United States Region: North Carolina

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the nations 6th busiest airport and was a former hub of US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in 2013 to create the world’s largest airline. CLT is located west of the metropolitan city of Charlotte, North Carolina and is the largest airport in the United States without nonstop service to Asia.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Airport type Commercial
Overview map Google Maps
Ground 121.8 (180-359), 121.9 (000-179)
Approach 120.05, 120.5, 124.00, 128.32, 134.75
Departure120.05, 120.5, 124.00, 128.32, 134.75
ATIS 121.15, 132.1

Spotting Locations

US Airways Boeing 767-201(ER) landing on 18R at Charlotte (CLT)

City of Charlotte Airport Overlook

Probably the best all-around location for spotters. Located on the west side of the airport, near the threshold of 18C. Large parking lot, with benches and picnic tables. Good up close views, a great area for families and no hassles from police. Will sometimes be closed during elevated terror threat levels. It is not scheduled to close as the 3rd runway begins to operate later this year.

Located on Old Dowd Road. Open from 8:30am until 10:30pm. Light best from 1pm onwards especially if taking photos of 36L departures that mostly rotate way before the viewing area.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

For a nominal $5 entry fee (lower fees for students and seniors), you can use the photo stand near the threshold of 18L. Westward facing, this is an excellent location in the morning when the sun is at your back albeit a little small.

Located at the north side of airport. Just follow the signs. A great museum with a large variety of aircraft to see, and it's always good to support the museum by purchasing a gift from the shop.

If navigating from the Overview spot (see above) it's much easier to head out onto the Billy Graham Expressway to avoid going round in loops on the airport perimeter and then follow the signs round.

Other Spotting Locations

Old Dowd Road Fitness Trail

This meandering trail can get you some good "through the fence" views at various points around the west side. However, there is NO PARKING, so be prepared to park your car either at the overlook or some other legal spot. Police will generally leave photographers alone, but no guarantees.

Wilson Air

The GA ramp is right next to 36R and there is a break in a fence gate which offers some close in shots from just below the runway. Unfortunately, airport police will harass you if you take pictures from there (happened to me twice) though you are perfectly legal in that spot.

Locations to Avoid


A great location, especially when arrivals are from the south. While law enforcement has never bothered me there, the potential to be hassled is likely fairly high.

Located on Byrum Drive.

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Regular Traffic

The majority of the US Airways fleet: A319, A320, A321, A330, B737, B757, ERJ-145, E170, E190, Dash-8. Air Candada Jazz CRJ100/CRJ200. Airtran B717. AA MD-88. Delta DC-9, A319. Lufthansa A330 (winter), A340 (summer). Continental B737. Continental Express ERJ-145. Fedex and UPS Airbus. United A319/A320. Numerous coroporate aircraft and ANG C-130s.

Facilities and Transportation