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Spotting Within Walking Distance @ Different Airports  
User currently offlinedaver3188 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

I was just wondering if there are any airports out there that still either have observation decks on site or have spotting areas that are within walking distance? I work for an airline so getting there isn't a problem but I am not willing to pay for a rental car. (I know I am cheap) Any help would be great. Thank you in advance.

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User currently offlineandrew50 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3039 times:
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IAH, all the parking garages offer good views, if they are on an east flow you can get some nice landing shots on 8R from A/B level 7. You will get plenty of taxi shots on A/B level 7 parking north and south. Also E parking roof level offers good opportunities north and south. The garages are all connected by a train system too. Parking C is good for night photography.

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

TPA has several garages that should be fine if you get prior permission.

DCA has Gravelly Point......that is only about a 10 minute walk from the terminal. Also old section, about where the old tower was, there is a gallery uptsairs where you can sit and watch/photograph

FLL-on top of the Hibiscus garage

ATL-North and South garages....and the East garage for the East Terminal....you'll need focal length for North & East except for widebodies.

BOS- Term B.....well, flat ou,t you need permission....second,I haven't been there in a loooong time, I thought I heard the view was more obstructed than before.

Quoting daver3188 (Thread starter):
(I know I am cheap)

If you're willing to take a cab, I'd recommend:

DFW's Founder's Plaza.....I believe there are restrooms.....which is one reason I am not recomending BWI's Dorsey Rd area....although there is an observation area upstairs in the terminal, it's not that great IMHO.

FLL- runway obs area....I cant remember if there is a restroom out there.

CLT-great obs area on the west side....restrooms....I believe so.

IAD-the museum



Hope this helps

ISomeone else may be able to help you out with DTW & MSP

Although ORD does have a garage, I think it's pretty useless and that is one airport, you will definately need a ride.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2295 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 2):
CLT-great obs area on the west side....restrooms....I believe so.

Definitely a cab ride - it's almost a 2 mile walk from the terminal. They have a porta-potty on site.



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User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

MSP either parking garage will work,and it is free to ride the light rail between the two terminals.

Doug


User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 432 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Quoting daver3188 (Thread starter):

I was just wondering if there are any airports out there that still either have observation decks on site or have spotting areas that are within walking distance?

I assume your question is limited to the United States? If you're travelling abroad: ZRH, DUS, MUC, FRA, KIX, etc, etc. Especially in Germany, but elsewhere throughout Europe and Asia there are lots of airports which provide dedicated spotting or observation decks in or near to the terminal.

In the US:

DCA - Gravelly Point is hard to beat. Go in the afternoon. There's a Metro station attached to the airport, so you can see the city too.

PHX - Lots of good places on the parking garages. Go in the winter unless you enjoy hanging out in an oven.

IAD - Not much spotting within walking distance, but the bus to the Udvar-Hazy museum is 25 Cents each way. The museum is great, and you can watch arrivals at IAD from the parking lot.

BOS - Terminal B Parking garage requires prior permission, but you can also take the T (fare is something like $1.75 these days) up to Orient Heights and walk over to Constitution Beach where you can view traffic landing and departing on the 22's.

FLL - The terminal top (Hibiscus) garage is an accepted spotting location. Like PHX, winter is probably best.

LGA - Plane View Park is within walking distance (or a quick bus ride) from the terminal.

MSP - Parking garages work pretty well.

DTW - Again, parking garages offer decent views.

I would caution against ATL, the airport's policy on spotting from the parking decks seems to change with each day of the week. If you'd like some better spotting in the Atlanta area, take MARTA up to the Chamblee station and walk (or bus) about a mile to PDK's spotting area at the base of the control tower (assuming you like GA and Biz-Jets).

If you can swing a cheap rental car, I would strongly suggest MIA (and maybe add in a trip to OPF and FLL). MIA's two spotting areas are hard to get to via public transit, but they're some of the best in the US overall.



I reject your reality and substitute my own...
User currently offlinelen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

MSP you can also light rail over to American and catch the 35 arrivals.

LAX: Supposedly the In N Out Burger is walking distance.



Len90
User currently offlinedcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 5):
IAD - Not much spotting within walking distance, but the bus to the Udvar-Hazy museum is 25 Cents each way. The museum is great, and you can watch arrivals at IAD from the parking lot.

Actually parking lots at IAD are prime spotting locations. Daily 1 for departures or arrivals in the afternoon, Daily 2 for arrivals in the morning.


User currently offlineStlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

LAX has the Theme Building in the center area (the one with arches), with the observation deck on the top and Encounter restaurant right below the deck. Is it still open only on weekends ?

Parking deck nearest TBIT and Terminal 3 have views of gates and runways on the northern side, but I am not sure if that is an "approved" spotting area.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 5):
cheap rental car
Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 5):
MIA

HA....these two do not go together!!!  
Quoting dcaviation (Reply 7):
Actually parking lots at IAD are prime spotting locations. Daily 1 for departures or arrivals in the afternoon

But......you should add......that a full 300mm zoom is required for just the big stuff.....imagine the RJs.


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Photo © Ozell Stephens Jr



I took this with FULL zoom!



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineSooner787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

Best airport I've seen in Paine Field , Everett, WA .

The Future of Flight Museum is right next to the main runway & even has dirt mounds built up

to easily shoot over the fence. Plus the variety of Boeing widebodies there is awesome


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Quoting len90 (Reply 6):
LAX: Supposedly the In N Out Burger is walking distance.

Ummm sure, if you want to walk 3 miles.


User currently offlinedcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Ozell,

How could you take this A340 with full zoom if I took this ERJ-170 at 300mm  


User currently offlinelen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

I guess the only difference lies in the body used. dcaviation were you using a crop sensor body? Then I would assume 727LOVER was using a full frame.


Len90
User currently offlinedcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Nope, we were both using DX cameras. I was standing next to Ozell when he took this picture of SAA  

User currently offlinehrtsfldhomeboy From Djibouti, joined Oct 2007, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Ill just throw this out there but I believe Burlington, VT (KBTV) is a an undershot airport rich with possibilities. Haven't shot there personally, but I have walked up to the parking garage. A dedicated spotters/passenger garden is atop the garage with views over the terminal and southern end of the field. Go down a level ad across the garage ad you shoot from a vista that covers the entire main runway 15/33.


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I believe this was shot from the old ATC tower now converted to an enclosed observation room. View from garage is similar.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

Quoting dcaviation (Reply 14):
Nope, we were both using DX cameras. I was standing next to Ozell when he took this picture of SAA

Well now I'm lost,......is it R.S.?



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinedcaviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 16):
Well now I'm lost,....

Hi Ozell  


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