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Spotting guide for: KHOU - William P. Hobby
 
 
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Publicly accessible areas that do not require any prior notification to spot.
Areas such as parking garages that require prior approval or notification to airport security to spot.
Areas that to not require notification to spot, but are at your own risk!  You may be asked to leave by Airport security or by police.
Restricted area!  Do not spot here, or you will be asked to leave by airport security or police.
Food / Drink!  Spotting sometimes requires a lot of time out in the sun.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and get food when you need it.
Gas!
These orange lines indicate where the final approach path of a runway intersect or pass near a spotting area.

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  Site 1: 1940 Air Terminal Museum

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is one of the best location to view aircraft operations at Hobby Airport.

Admission is $5.00 during normal business hours. There are several benches located on the "back porch" with full views of the field.

While all operations can be viewed from this location, the best photographic opportunities will be aircraft landing on RWY 12R, 12L, and 17.

Also, runway 17 and it's parallel taxiway run adjacent to the museum offering exceptional close-ups of corporate aircraft.

Respect personal property and obey any posted signs.

Spotting from behind the fence at the museum does not require prior approval, however, if you have any questions regarding security at Hobby, contact Hobby Security Dispatch at: 713-845-6555.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum provides photographers access to its ramp area on special occasions, usually the Wings and Wheels event on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Additionally, the Museum has special photographic events which can yield unusual access and opportunities.

If you are not spotting from one of the locations listed on this spotting guide, then you are likely on private property and should not spot there. Call Hobby airport security at 713-845-6555 with any questions regarding security at Hobby airport.

Inquire at the Museum, or check its website: www.1940airterminal.org

Examples of photos taken from the 1940 Air Terminal Museum:

  Site 2: South spotters park

Hobby South Spotters park

This area has recently been added, and offers a great view of planes coming into runway 30L.

No prior notification is required to spot in this area.

Examples of photos taken from the South Spotters park:

If you are not spotting from one of the locations listed on this spotting guide, then you are likely on private property and should not spot there. Call Hobby airport security at 713-845-6555 with any questions regarding security at Hobby airport.

  Site 3: Northwest spotters park

Hobby northwest spotting park

This area has also been recently added, and offers excellent views of aircraft landing on 12L / 12R as well as runway 17.

No prior notification is required to spot in this area.

If you are not spotting from one of the locations listed on this spotting guide, then you are likely on private property and should not spot there. Call Hobby airport security at 713-845-6555 with any questions regarding security at Hobby airport.


Communications Frequencies:

FrequencyTypeDescription
124.600ATISAutomatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) (713-847-1462)
125.450Clearance DeliveryHobby Clearance Delivery
129.350FBOWilson Air Center
121.900GroundHobby Ground
118.700TowerHobby Tower

  KHOU Airport Diagram