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Perth YPPH

Western Australia

Perth Airport (YPPH) - by Hans Fairhurst


Perth airport is located about 10kms west of the city centre and has several spotting locations.




1. The New Viewing Platform
The recently opened viewing platform was constructed at the suggestion of a local newspaper and is situated on Dunreath Drive close to the southern end of the airport. It gives an (almost) unbroken view of the activities on runway 03-21.

A couple of design features:

(a) The design of the shelter is based on the curvature of the upper deck of a boeing 747.

(b) The long path behind the shelter represents the length of the first powered flight by the Wright brothers.

The normal prevailing south-westerly wind sees rwy 21 active resulting in mainly take-offs at the southern end. The aircraft however are just clearing the ground and low enough for good photos.






It is when the wind is from the N-NE and above about
5kts that this spot comes into its own as rwy 03 becomes active.
Aircraft from both the domestic and International terminals pass along the taxi-way directly in front of the viewing platform and turn into 03 to commence take-off.


Landing aircraft touch-down very close by also and
this means some excellent shots (and smells..!!) of smoking tyres can be
obtained.

Afternoons are better for photography when the sun is behind you, parking is free.




2. The International Terminal
Located at the end of Horrie Miller Drive, the international terminal also has an observation deck.

Enter the main terminal. take the escalator to the upper level and walk through the the lift which goes up to the observation deck.

This location gives a good view of the aircraft loading, servicing activities and push-back.

The drawback is having to shoot through tinted glass that is often covered in handprints.

Bar, coffee and toilets close by, ample paid parking.





3. The Domestic Terminal
Located at the end of Brearley Drive, the (Qantas) domestic terminal allows good close views of aircraft servicing activities and push-back.

Enter the main terminal. take the escalator (through security) to the upper level and walk through to the departure area.

This location gives a good view of the aircraft loading and servicing activities.

Again the drawback is having to shoot through tinted glass that is often covered in handprints.

Bar, coffee and toilets close by, ample paid parking.

Comment by Isaac Michael Patman on November 6, 2013 at 12:02
The viewing platform (1) is terrible when planes land most of the time when there's an southerly wind
Comment by Hans Fairhurst on November 6, 2013 at 12:07

...so then you either stick to take-offs or you go to 2 or 3.

Comment by Bill Mallinson on September 28, 2014 at 4:24

Right at the very end of Hyne Road isnt too bad for approaches for 21 landings

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