I’m attempting to improve as a pilot and sometimes instead of flying, I like to park at an airport and listen to the pilot/ATC interactions, watch takeoffs and taxi, and generally just try to learn from the experience. I’ll typically pick a cargo parking area near a runway, use an appropriate plane, shut off the engines, and turn off the lights, then tune into the ground or tower frequency, while I pan the view around the plane and watch what’s going on out on the field.
Is this the preferred way to observe operations, or is there another way? I usually do this on the Training Server, at busy airports like KJFK or KORD, so I don’t want to get in the way of ATC or anyone actually trying to operate on the airfield. Thanks for any tips.