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Perth Airport

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Continent: Oceania Country: Australia Region: Western Australia
Perth Airport
Location Perth, Western Australia
IATA code PER
ICAO code YPPH
Airport type Commercial
Website http://www.perthairport.net.au
Overview map AirServices Australia
Communications
Tower 120.5
Ground 121.7
Clearance 118.55, 132.95
Approach 123.7
Departure118.7
ATIS 113.7, 272, 123.8


Official Spotting Locations

International Terminal Observation Deck

Link: Services and Facilities - Perth Airport

A large, enclosed public observation deck is available on Level 3 of the International Terminal (T1) in the landside area. Entry is free, and facilities are fully accessible for mobility impaired persons.

Access to the deck is via either the marked stairs or lift from Level 2, opposite F1rst Duty Free at the Western end of the terminal.

Pay per use binoculars are provided, as well as full departure and arrivals information screens. Toilets, vending machines, water fountain and seating is also available.

The tinting on the glass can make photography from this location difficult.

Other Spotting Locations

Location map

A full spotting location map, including notes is maintained at: maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=115322843136562483125.000471c571037ad8fd546

International Terminal - BBQ area

Located to the back of the terminal near the security gate entrance, this will give you a great view of the International apron, and taxiway movements around the area.

RWY 03

This is located on an undeveloped plot of land at the Western end of Reid Road, where it becomes Fawcett Crescent. The plot has a spacious sand hill approx. 10m in height, with 30 degree embankments that can be climbed up by the average person.

Some people have been known to use 4WD vehicles to get up this location, but this is strongly discouraged by airport staff.

50mm+ lenses recommended here, will give you some good front and shots. Good cameras and long lenses can occasionally get you some taxiway movement.

Parking is easy and along the road.

RWY 03 Threshold

There is an unsealed but heavily used gravel road which leads to hear at the end of Reid Road/Fawcett Crescent. Underbelly shots are a speciality here as they start to climb.

Remember to stay visible and don't get too close to the fence/gate.

Domestic car park

This is one of the few locations that can be accessed with little walking, and by public transport.

Located at the Western End of Terminal 3, This is a good spot to get pics of metal parked on the Domestic apron around T3. Also can capture the occasional mail freighter parked in this area as well.

Fence will be an issue, so don't get too close to it (specially if you intend to use a step ladder).

Valentine Road

""Note:"" It has been reported on 1 October 2010, that due to construction of a colourbond fence at the rear of undeveloped leases abutting the GA apron, this location is no longer viable for spotting.

At the end of Valentine Road, there's a dead end which spotters treking out to the threshold will normally park up at. If you are not feeling energetic and have a long lens, you can snap some planes on approach to RWY 21.

RWY 21 #1

There is a small hill (1.5m)which previously allowed you to snap away without the fence getting in the viewfinder. The construction of the new inner security fence which is 1.5m higher than the previous makes this a slightly more difficult proposition.

The advantage of this spot is its the closest hill to the fence line which will keep you on the good side of security, plus they are quite low at this point so good shots are possible even with point and click units.

Park at the end of Valentine Road, follow the fence line along the GA area before turning left to cross the drainage channel. Once over the dranage channel, veer right then follow the track to the fence line. Your hill is located 10m back from the fence.

RWY 21 #2

There's a 2-3m high hill which will easily allow you to capture traffic arriving and departing on RWY 21 without having the fence in the way. This is the best spot as it is the closest to the northern taxiways, and gives you an extra height advantage which is important with the construction of the new inner security fence.

Long lenses here can also capture movements on RWY's 06 & 24, taxiways as well as T2 QF happenings and domestic apron movements, particularly in front of the old fire station.

It's a 8-10min walk along the dirt track. Park at the end of Valentine Road, and hug the fence line heading until you reach a track following the northern edge of a drainage channel. Proceed down the track until you approach the fence line, where approx. 10m back from the fence you should notice a sizable mound to your right.

Other locations

The following locations have previously been suggested by other spotters, but have not been scoped out for their viability:

  • Gate 4
  • Old RWY 29/11 Undershoot
  • RWY 06/21 Undershoot - near Corner Tonkin Hwy and Leach Hwy.

Locations to Avoid

Samples of photography

A number of groups and collections exist to bring together photographs related to this aerodrome. These include:

Security

No formal method of security identification operates at this aerodrome for plane spotters or photographers.

Airfield Security & Safety, as well as the Australian Federal Police are aware that this activity takes place, and are very accommodating as long as those partaking in these activities operate within the rules.

Persons photographing or filming aircraft movements should keep their equipment visible at all times so Security/Airfield staff know what you are doing and why you are where you are. Hi-viz clothing or vests are not required, but is worth wearing if you have ready access to these.

Incident reporting

If, whilst photographing or filming aircraft movements you become aware of a security issue - you should inform appropriate Law Enforcement and Security agencies promptly.

Contacts

  • For life threatening or critical security issues - Call 000 (112 if from a mobile) and ask for the Police.
  • For non-life threatening, or non-critical issues - Contact the Security Office via the Airport Switchboard on (08) 9478 8888.

Suspicious activities can also be reported to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. Further information is available at their website, www.nationalsecurity.gov.au.

Regular Traffic

International

  • Air Maritius - 767 and Airbus
  • Air New Zealand 767
  • Cathay Pacific A330
  • Emirates 777 and A340
  • Garuda Indonesia 738 and 734
  • Malaysian 777, A330
  • National Jet BAE146
  • Qantas 747
  • Royal Brunei 767, A319 A320
  • Singapore 777
  • South African A340
  • Thai A330

Codeshared Intl Carriers

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • United

Domestic

  • Qantas - B734, B738, B743 and B744, B767, B717.
  • Jetstar - A320.
  • Virgin Blue - B737 and B738's.

Regional

  • National Jet Regional Services - BAE146 and Dash-8's.
  • Skippers Aviation - Metroliners, Dash-8's, Brassilias, and Conquests.
  • Skywest - FK50, F100
  • Network Aviation - Brasilias, Kingairs, Conquests.
  • Maroomba Aviation - 3 x Dash-8's and various other smaller aircraft.
  • Perth Flight Centre - Various aircraft of different types.

Freight

Not much in the way of freight except 1 or 2 National Jet Express/Australia Air Express 727 Freighters parked near the Gate 4. Occasionally you'll get other freighters coming in, and also the JetEx AAE 146 freights do come too.

BizJets and others

Various BizJets come through Perth all the time including Falcons, Gulfstreams 3,4 and 5 and BBJ's. Also now based at Perth is VH-CWS a DC-3 owned and operated by Classic Wings operating joyflights around the city and down south to Busselton.

Facilities and Transportation

Links