Aircraft Spotting Pages - Reading Regional Airport

 

Traffic at Reading Regional Airport

Reading Regional Airport (RDG) is a typical general aviation airport that also features a fair amount of business jet movements, as the airport handles almost all of the traffic for Reading and Berks County.  One commercial flight a week operated by Southwest Airlines comes in late Saturday night and departs before 8:00 am on Sunday.  Most activity will occur off of either of the two runways.  Runway 13/31 is the longest of two runways at Reading, being just a hair over 6,000 feet long, it can safely accommodate aircraft like the C-130 Hercules and the F/A-18 Hornet, should they come in.  Also, during the first full weekend of June, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum hosts World War II Weekend, an event that practically turns one half of the Reading Regional Airport into what it would look like in 1944.  During this time a lot of World War II-era aircraft will operate in and out of the airport providing rides to lucky spectators as well as airshow operations.

Spotting Locations

Please note that example photos from each location are listed below each of the respective descriptions, when available.

Spots A and B are listed here together because they both offer excellent views of arrivals onto Runway 13 and departures from Runway 31.  Depending on which side of the aircraft you are looking to get would depend on where you set up.  Spot A is located in the first parking lot off of Van Reed Road after getting on the road from Pennsylvania Route 183.  Park towards the back part of the lot - you'll know when you're there as you will have a clear view of the approach to Runway 13.  It is what many people call "the hill" and gives an excellent view of almost the entire airport.  Many photographers will also recommend Spot A for World War II Weekend if you want to get excellent photos of aircraft in the air, as the light is better on that side of the airport as the day grows.  Spot B is located off of Arnold Road, and while it is excellent, it is not recommended for the sake of light and is not accessible during World War II Weekend as it is used for general admission and re-enactor parking.  The photo below is a great example of a Runway 31 departure.

Spot C is located along Leisczs Bridge Road and is good for Runway 18 arrivals only.  This is a use at your own risk spot, as there is a grass and dirt shoulder you can pull off of to get aircraft landing on Runway 18.

Spot D is located along Aviation Road/Mitchell Road and is good for Runway 31 arrivals only.  This is a use at your own risk spot, as there is a grass and dirt shoulder you can pull off of to get aircraft landing on Runway 31.

Spot E is located in the parking lot for Enersys and is good for Runway 36 arrivals only.  This is a use at your own risk spot, as there is this is a location of a private business whose parking lot would likely be full during regular business hours and you may be asked to leave if not conducting any business or simply not an employee.

Recommendation:  Out of all the locations listed above, Spot A is the best location to capture any action at the Reading Regional Airport.

Airshow Weekends

Reading Regional Airport has two airshows that take place every year.  The first full weekend of June (first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the month) the airport plays host to World War II Weekend, which transforms the side of the Reading Regional Airport adjacent to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum into what it would look like in 1944 with aircraft and encampments and so much more.  Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, World War II Weekend in itself is an experience that is well worth the price of admission.  The airshow portion of the event itself is just a tiny part of it; you can even purchase rides aboard many warbirds like the T-6 Texan, PT-17 Stearman, B-17 Flying Fortress, and even the B-29 Superfortress.

The second airshow is usually held in September and is the Reading Aerofest, which revives one of the older airshows that used to be held at the airport up until the early 1990s.  This event is a more traditional airshow featuring warbird flights, high performance aerobatics, and much more like you would see at any other airshow.  The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is not associated with this event.

Finally, having mentioned the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, it is highly recommended to check them out.  Keep in mind that many of their aircraft are airworthy and may not be available on some weekends in the spring and summer due to being booked for airshows.

Security

Be mindful that you have a very high chance of being asked to leave at either Spots B, C, D, and E.

Facilities

There is a gas station with a Subway within five minutes of Spots A and B.