Aircraft Spotting Pages - Ocean County Airport
also known as Robert J. Miller Airpark
About the Spots
Spot A: Spot A can best be described as a small park on the airport located between several large hangars on the airport property that overlooks Runway 6/24. Follow the signs to the airport and this spot will be evident; there are several large hangars and this is before the last large hangar. This is a small dedicated spotting location where you can watch aircraft from, but photography here is limited due to a tall airport perimeter fence in front of you.
At this time, there are (to my knowledge) no restrictions on aviation photography here, and you do not need anything more than 300mm since everything is very close. While there are no aviation photography restrictions, please do not attempt to gain access to the ramp or runway unless invited to do so by airport employees or pilots.
Recommendation: Light is good from mid afternoon until sunset.
Spot B: This spot is located off of County Route 530 and located at the approach end to Runway 24 making it excellent for Runway 24 arrivals. Runway 6 departures can be seen, but since this is nearly 6,000 foot runway, most of the smaller aircraft will already be very high once they pass you. As stated, it is excellent for Runway 24 operations - you can also view aircraft taxiing to Runway 24.
While there are no known aviation photography restrictions at this location, it is to be used with extreme caution and only for special occasions such as warbird arrivals. County Route 530 has a speed limit of 50 mph in this area and people tend to travel much faster than that when passing the airport and the stretch of road by the airport is notorious for passing vehicles. Exercise extreme care and pull well off the road if you intend to spot from here.
Recommendation: Light is good all day as you can utilize either side of the runway depending on where the sun is. Use this spot ONLY for special aircraft (see above).
Spot C: Spot C is located on Mule Road and can provide good views of all Runway 14 and 32 operations, especially 14 arrivals and 32 departures. Mule Road is the road coming off of County Route 530 that leads you to the airport area and has a large grassy and sandy area where you can pull off and watch operations. However, these operations may be limited since this is a much shorter runway.
At this time, there are currently no restrictions on aviation photography here, and you do not need anything more than 300mm since everything is very close. While there are no aviation photography restrictions, please do not attempt to gain access to the ramp or runway unless invited to do so by airport employees or pilots.
Recommendation: The light from sunrise until about 2:00 pm is terrible as the sun is in front of you.
Activity at the Ocean County Airport
When the weather is ideal (low winds and visual flight rules prevailing), the Ocean County Airport does see its share of activity from aircraft based there as well as transient traffic. Medevac helicopters are based at the airport as well as a whole host of World War II aircraft. Aircraft such as the B-25 Mitchell Take Off Time and the P-51D Mustang Kwitcherbitchin' call the airport home, along with a host of other aircraft belonging to Mr. Tom Duffy. In addition, the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation operates out of the Ocean County Airport with their C-54 Skymaster Spirit of Freedom and once it is airworthy, the BAHF will also relocate their C-97 Stratofreighter Angel of Deliverance to the airport.
Even though it is not related to the Ocean County Airport, the airport lies within the flight patterns for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. When McGuire is utilizing Runway 24, you will occasionally see C-17, KC-10, and KC-135 traffic coming ashore near Toms River at under 5,000 feet of altitude as well as most transient traffic going to McGuire from overseas. Conversely, you may see the same traffic heading out over the Atlantic Ocean at a higher altitude from McGuire if they are using Runway 6.
The Ocean County Airport can be easily accessed via NJ Route 70, County Routes 530 and 539, and via the Garden State Parkway. Follow the signs to the airport.
Currently, if you remain in the area around Spot A, you should have no issues with photography. As a general rule of thumb, photograph only the airplanes and not the passengers unless you are asked to do so by the pilot and passengers. Keep in mind to utilize Spots B and C only for special occasions.
None available at the airport, however, there are several restaurants within a fifteen minute drive of the airport.