I spend my winters in Florida [Snowbird, get it?] about 2.6SM west of the threshold of KFLL’s runway 9L. Where I live is about 1500 Ft from that runway’s axis. Most of the time, the runway in use is 9L, therefore we are under the approach route at approximately an 11 o’clock angle. Someone scorching him/herself in the sun there will witness at least a couple of hundred approaches per day.
Most approaches are right on the axis, but a few will fly right over us. I got to admit, identifying aircraft from the bottom using paint schemes as reference can be a bit tricky.
-Some airlines like Southwest, US Air, Delta, Air Canada, to name a few, are in a long term program to change liveries on their aircraft.
-Star Alliance partners each have a few aircraft painted in Star Alliance livery, with the specific airline name written in smaller characters somewhere towards the front of the plane.
-Some airlines have special-themed liveries on one or a few aircraft (Southwest’s Texas One , Sea World or Air Canada’s Make-a-Wish foundation etc…)
KFLL is a great place for plane spotting, there is a parking lot near the 9L with a speaker system set up so we can hear the ATC. It didn’t take me too long to learn that THAT is the place they want us to be! One afternoon, when I biked over there, I went on the stretch of the Airport Perimeter road [public rd, btw] between I-95 and runway 9L. I stopped right under the approach route, with the intention of taking pics of the undercarriages of the 3 planes I could see on approach. Within minutes, a Broward Sherriff’s car pulled up and “politely” told me to either use the designated area or face the consequences.
I ought to be down there by the middle of November, so if no “Aircraft from Bottom” topic is started by then, I’ll start one with pics.