Plane Spotting & Spots To View From
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Wiki Definition of plane spotting – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_spotting
KRFD Flight Tracking – http://flightaware.com/live/airport/KRFD
- The best place to plane spot from at Rockford Airport is on Falcon Rd. It is just north of the tower, on the east side of the road. It is a gravel parking lot. This is one of the best spots to view from. You can see a lot from here, including both runways and also the tarmac/ramp as well and photograph the arrivals and departures. There is usually at least a vehicle or two always sitting there, plane spotting. Including myself.
- The next best place is down on the south end of the airport, but be VERY careful here! Do NOT park under the runway! Also do not park on the roadway! There isn’t really a good place to park here, but is a good spot for photographing the arrivals. And you can get some good photos of them landing on runway 1/19. This is a good spot, but very dangerous due to the lack of parking areas and heavy traffic.
- The 3rd best place is down at runway 7 on the southwest part of the airport. There are a few places to park, but be VERY careful because there is a lot of traffic in the area. Rockford Airport uses runway 7/25 mostly. This spot you can get some very good arrival photos. But that is it, departures are rare and hard to photograph. There is a huge mound that obstructs the view as they land. But it is a great spot for arrivals.
My best spots are #1 and #3.
Notes: They recently added a round-a-bout on the north side of the airport. There really is not anywhere safe to park and watch from the northside. I guess you could park in parking lots, but those are private property and I strongly advise against that.
Kaney Aviation and the hangers are also on the NE side of the airport. And there are several neat aircraft along that area along Falcon rd at Courtesy Aircraft. But it is hard to find somewhere safe to park. They have a lot of warbirds 🙂
The new AAR is on the south side of the airport. You can see some neat aircraft here!
Emery Ramp is on the north side of the airport, East of the terminal. There is a parking lot you can park in across from the Shell gas station. You can walk up to the fence and photograph the aircraft on the ramp. The airport staff is friendly. Smile and wave to them when you see them. They do park the refueling trucks near here, at times they do obstruct the views.
Be sure to abide by all the rules!
NEVER go onto the airport property, restricted areas
Never sit at the end of the runways
Always shut off your lights on your vehicle, it is a distraction to pilots
Always be courteous to aircraft, vehicles, and anyone you might encounter
Never use flash, on your camera at night
Be safe and have fun!
121.000 Arrive & Depart
126.000 Arrive & Depart
130.525 North American Pride
Stuff I have photographed at the Rockford Airport