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Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

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Continent: North America Country: United States Region: New Hampshire

Porsmouth International Airport at Pease
Location Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Airport type Mixed-Use Public
Overview map Google Maps
Tower 128.4
Ground 120.95
Clearance 120.95
Approach 125.05
ATIS 132.05

The Portsmouth International Airport at Pease is a regional airport located just outside of Portsmouth, NH. Although the airport once offered service from Allegiant, Skybus, and PanAm III, there is currently no commercial service to the airport. Pease sees frequent military traffic, as it retains its military capacity as a New Hampshire Air National Guard base. Pease is also home to a corporate charter company utilizing Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, and sees frequent transient traffic from both civil and military users.

Official Spotting Locations

Other Spotting Locations

Grafton Drive Dirt Lot

The dirt lot off of Grafton Drive, just Northeast of the approach end of Runway 34 is the most popular aircraft viewing area at Pease. While this location is not officially designated for spotting, it is not uncommon to see a half dozen vehicles parked watching aircraft. Aircraft landing are slightly backlit in this location, but taxiing aircraft can be photographed in the early morning or late afternoon sunlight.

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Port City FBO Parking Lot

The parking lot for the Port City Air FBO is separated from the ramp by only a fence. Some parked aircraft may be visible through this fence, as well as other fences around the Northeast side of the airport ramp.

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Arboretum Drive and Short Street

Short Street is (much as its name implies) a small access road that runs to the airport perimeter fence. This is the only location for spotting on the Northwest side of the airport. Sunlight does not favor photography at this location, but it offers a clear overview of the entire airport, as the airport is on an incline, sloping up to this location.

Pease Golf Course

The Pease Golf Course is directly adjacent to the approach end of Runway 34. This location has the best afternoon lighting of anywhere on the airport, and appears to be the most popular location on the airport for many spotters who upload to online photography websites. The golf course parking lot offers nice side views of approaching aircraft. On the golf course access road, there is also a gravel parking underneath the approach path of Rwy 34.

Google Map

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Peverly Brook Access Rd

On the West side of the airport, there is a short airport access road situated to the East of McIntyre Rd. Click on the Google Map link below. You are right by the airport perimeter fence, which you will have to shoot through or over. This location offers great lighting in the afternoon and evening of aircraft landing on runway 16.

Google Map

Regular Traffic

Pease has no scheduled airline service. Military aircraft and military charters are the biggest users of Pease currently. Pease competes with the Bangor International Airport as a stopover location for transatlantic charters, but sees far less frequent visitors. MD-11s and 737s occasionally stop at Pease for fuel. International military aircraft will often stop at Pease for fuel, joining the regular Air National Guard KC-135 traffic. Alpha Flying Service, a corporate charter company, is also based at Pease, flying a fleet of 30+ Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. These small aircraft appear tiny on the huge ex-military airport, but they do fly frequently. About once a month, an AN-124 will stop at Pease. Allegiant and Frontier occasionally fly a service to or from Orlando to Pease.

Facilities and Transportation

Pease has a small FBO building and an international terminal building, both of which lie dormant for the majority of the day. The terminal at Pease only opens for charter aircraft to clear customs since Allegiant Airlines left the airport in 2008. There is no public transportation at Pease, all spotting must be done by automobile or bicycle.