Charlotte Douglas International Airport
|Continent: North America||Country: United States||Region: North Carolina|
|Charlotte Douglas International Airport|
|Location||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Overview map||Google Maps|
|Ground||121.8 (180-359), 121.9 (000-179)|
|Approach||120.05, 120.5, 124.00, 128.32, 134.75|
|Departure||120.05, 120.5, 124.00, 128.32, 134.75|
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 18R. Large parking lot, with benches. Good up close views, a great area for families and no hassles from police. Will sometimes be closed during elevated terror threat levels. Scheduled to be closed in 2006 as airport expands to the west.
Located on Old Dowd Road. Open from dawn until 10pm. 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, you can use the photo stand near the threshold of 18L. Westward facing, this is an excelent location in the morning when the sun is at your back.
Located at the north side of airport. Just follow the signs.
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.
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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