Edmonton International Airport is the
fifth busiest airport in Canada, and the
gateway to Canada's North. While there
may be little action at some points
during the day, there are several nice
locations to see some of the more
interesting aircraft at YEG.
Edmonton International Airport has two runways: 12-30 (the south runway), and 02-20 (the north runway), which are both over 10,000 feet long, and often used interchangeably. In addition to the two runways, there are several aprons where it is possible to see unique visitors up close.
The runway use in Edmonton can be erratic at times,
especially during calm winds. Often, with winds from the
north, runway 30 will be used for landings and runway
02 for departures. Likewise, when winds are out of the
south, landings will be on runway 20 and departures on
runway 12 and when the wind is from the west, 20 and
30 may both be used for arrivals and departures. Like
any multi-runway airport, there are no certainties, but
because there is low traffic at some times throughout
the day, pilots will often take the runway closest to their
A scanner is recommended; see the frequencies below.
To find out the runway, listen to the arrival frequency
for arriving aircraft and to the clearance frequency for
departing aircraft. You can also ask on the Facebook
group. See the links below for some additional
resources you can use.
Encounters with security don't happen too often, as long
as you follow these general guidelines:
- Do not go closer than 10 feet from the fence, whether
you are using a ladder or are in a car.
- Make sure your ladder is shorter than the fence - you
don't want to give security the wrong impression.
- You can briefly go up to the fence for a picture, but
don't stay within the 10 foot zone for too long.
Wind direction and runway status:
CYEG NOTAMS (runway and taxiway information):
This Facebook group is good for finding out when rare aircraft visit YEG and a great way to connect with fellow spotters and share your favorite aircraft photos from YEG:
YEG Edmonton Airport Spotters/News
(Scanner Guide Coming Soon)
Edmonton Arrival: 120.500
Edmonton Tower: 118.300
Edmonton Ground: 121.700
Edmonton Clearance: 124.100
Edmonton Departure: 133.650
Edmonton ATIS: 128.000
Special thanks to Dray Connell for the additional photos.
Alex Praglowski Aviation