B764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 761 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
I would like to give accolades to officials from MKE about their Layton Ave. observation area. Very nice! Only question is how long is the main runway out of use? It's nice to still see there a few airports in US that haven't turned into Fort Knox and hassle spotters (ex. 67nm Southwest of MKE).
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23621 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
There are some absolute gems for spotting out there, still. CLT is one-- their overlook is probably the source of most of the CLT photos on here, and it will likely remain that way until the fourth runway gets built. If you're more of a behind glass person, MSP is another (they keep the windows clean on their observation deck; you CAN get a.net quality photos from there).
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
SkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 2): (they keep the windows clean on their observation deck; you CAN get a.net quality photos from there).
I once just flew up to MSP from MKE for kicks and spent my time on top of the parking structure, being 6'1" I had plenty of clearance over the wall and fencing. It's a great spot between the 2 main runways. I wish YX still in Lindy Term. I haven't been up to MSP since the routing went to YX 717s but as of Oct. 1st (a change in non-rev policy) I just might have to fly up and get better pics with my new camera and lens.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5068 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1805 times:
I wouldn't exactly start a MKE love-fest. Yes, that observation area is great but the runway is hardly used! I asked on the other forum why 19R isn't used much, nobody really has a definitive answer. They even use 7R/25L when the winds are almost directly out of the south!
The parking deck is OK, not great just ok. The sun angle is bad and a lot of heat haze distortion is generated, even in winter.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
VTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1784 times:
Quoting Bruce (Reply 4): The parking deck is OK, not great just ok. The sun angle is bad and a lot of heat haze distortion is generated, even in winter.
The parking deck works for the most part. If you are going there for fotos, you'll need sizable lens like the 100-400. Otherwise it's defiantly good for spotting. I'm glad MKE is gaining some lovers. (we defiantly need it)