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Spotting at (KIWA) Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

By: Category: FriendsRoad tripsUncategorizedWillie

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport was built in 1941 and opened as Williams Air Base.  It was used to train military pilots during World War II, and converted to training of jet pilots until the decision to close the base was made in 1991.  Prior to closing in 1993, growing traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport lead to the consideration of keeping the airport in operation for civilian use.  The airport was opened in 1994 as Williams Gateway airport, eventually being designated by the FAA as a “reliever” airport to address growing congestion at Sky Harbor. Today the airport is used for a multitude of purposes, and offers spotting opportunities unlike those available at the Valley’s largest airport – Sky Harbor...Read More

B-29 SUPERFORTRESS “FIFI” visits Deer Valley Airport (KDVT)

By: Category: AirshowsDeer ValleyEventsFriendsMuseumsRoad tripsWarbird

Last Tuesday, April 12, me and some friends traveled down to Deer Valley to watch Fifi, the only airworthy B-29 in the world. We woke up at 5 to get ready for the trip down from Prescott, breakfast and other preparations, and got to DVT around 8:30. Much to our disappointment, all the planes were late; we were informed that the B-17 and B-25 of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force were going to arrive between 10 and 10:30, and that the B-29, flown by the Texas wing, wouldn't make it until 11-12. This was a 2 to 3 hour delay from the originally published time. We then headed to the terminal building to ask about the observation deck, and proceeded to the deck to watch planes for a while and to see the WWII planes land...Read More

Spotlight Photographer April 2011 – Kyle Boyd

By: Category: FriendsPHXUncategorized

Its takes great honor to announce that this months Spotlight Photographer is Kyle Boyd. Kyle joined our group just over a month ago, and has been very active within our forums. He is always willing to help out a member when they are unsure of a certain photo being edited. Kyle has been into aviation photography since the day he could drive himself to the airport. Kyles first DSLR Nikon D5000 was bought just over a year ago. Kyle is currently a student pilot out of KDVT (Deer Valley Airport) and hopes to follow in his Uncles footsteps who was a Captain for America West Airlines. We here at PHX Spotters are happy to have Kyle and look forward to seeing many more photos from him. We hope to see great things from this Aviation Photographer in the years to come...Read More

Arizona Aviation Night Photography at Sky Harbor Airport

By: Category: FriendsPHXRoad trips

A couple of weeks back some members of PHXSpotters met out at Sky Harbor International Airport at Terminal 4 on the top deck. When we arrived we unpacked our tripods and started hitting that shutter button. I have always been afraid of taking night time photos, since I had never experienced doing night time aviation photography. I was not sure how my photos were going to turn out. I was thankful that we have some very talented photographers in our group.  They were able to get me set up and teach me the proper settings to doing night time photography at KPHX. The location that we had picked was on the North East corner of Terminal 4.  The North side of the terminal is mostly US Airways and on the South side is Southwest Airlines...Read More