Cool stuff, much appreciated for the detailed write up. That is what I wanted to know. I would like to try out the spot at the end of 24R on the afternoons. The only issue is that it gets dark too early now in the winter. Also I could also awsome HD videos from the afternoon departures. The planes would be just too close for filming. The last and most important, I agree on the scanner thing. It's a good idea to swing over at Airport road beside Wendy's and check out ATC routings. Thanks again. :cheers:
Here you go... http://www.airportwatchcanada.com/
The spot at the end of the runway 24L is too low for any decent photography. The end of 24R is better but only in the late afternoon as departing aircraft will taxi down Delta to the threshold of the 06s.
see a couple of my shots from there for reference:
33R starts north of the 24s so from this location the planes will be too far away. 33L arrivals will come in directly overhead.
If you want a more unique location try the top of the old T2 parking garage. You'll have a fair bit of heat haze in the summer but it might be better in the winter.
75% of the time the following rule of thumb can be used for spotting at Pearson:
06s and 05 = Morning arrivals & departures
24s and 23 = Afternoon arrivals & departures
Air Canada's heavy Asian departures usually use 33R (NRT, PEK, PVG etc.)
33s are the primary runways only if there are strong northerly winds (i.e. winter season)
But it's best to have a scanner and see where the planes are being sent by ATC. We spotters often joke that the ATC guys recognize our cars now and send the aircraft to the opposite runway just for fun. LOL