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Site 1: Lone Star Flight Museum
Each year, the Lone Star Flight Museum holds fly days and air shows. The north side of the ramp is closed off and one can photograph south down the ramp, catching departures and arrivals of the off-shore oil industry helicopters as well as air show participants. www.lsfm.org
Site 2: Main Terminal Building
The Main Terminal Building has an outdoor observation area on the ground floor. To access the area, enter the main terminal doors and walk straight through and exit the ramp side doors. There is a large yard before you get to the gate leading to the flight line. A second floor observation deck complete with tables and chairs, can only be accessed from an outdoor stairway in the outside yard on the ramp side of the terminal. It is best for photographing fixed-wing general aviation up close when they taxi in to the tie-down area. It is also best for photographing all of the inbound oil industry helicopters as all helicopter approaches are made from the north. Evergreen is the only major carrier who will not fly or air-taxi past the terminal as their base is the only one north of the terminal building.
Site 3: Stewart Road
Stewart Road near 83rd street in the morning hours and towards 99th Road in the afternoon hours are excellent for spotting or photography.
Site 4: Avenue V 1/2
The dead end of Avenue V 1/2 near 99th Street is a perfect spot when 35/17 is active, and not bad for when 31/13 is the active but best to photograph in either location in the afternoon.
Site 5: Airways Lane
From Stewart Road, drive northbound on 99th street untill it forks. Take the right fork onto Travel Air to the end. Turn right onto Airways Lane and stop at the dead end. It is best to photograph from this location in the afternoon.
Site 6: Teichman Road
Teichman Road near 91st Street is located across Offats Bayou from GLS and affords a different angle to spot from. Depending on the active and the position of the sun, you might have to move east or west down Teichman Road.
Site 7: Offats Bayou
For those who would like to merge boating and aircraft spotting, Offats Bayou lends itself to excellent access to the north side of GLS. There is a public boat ramp on 61st Street just south of IH 45. GLS is no more than a mile west from the launch.
Site 8: Cessna Drive
The end of Cessna Drive west of Comanche Street is is a prime position for photographing aircraft in flight using runways 17/35. It is located between the ARFF Station and the new Control Tower. It is also a prime location during the Lone Star Flight Museum's fly days and air shows, as it is the closest one can get to take offs and landings. Aircraft are much closer that the FAA requirements of 500 feet as they turn in to make passes in front of the crowd located 200 yards north of that location.
Site 9: Comanche Street
Comanche Street near Terminal Drive is a good location for photographing helicopters that service the oil industry.
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