Part of the trick of spotting planes is being there at the right place and time; unless you plan it out beforehand, for an airport like Vancouver International, you're likely to get mostly Air Canada and WestJet flights. Sometimes sheer luck enters into it, though. While biking across Lulu Island yesterday, my route took me right near the airport's approach path - and while at No. 5 Road and Westminster Highway, I caught Lufthansa Flight 492 running D-AIHB "Bremerhaven," an A340-642, descending after a long flight from Frankfurt.
I tell you, those engines put out a hell of a lot of sound.
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