daver3188 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3203 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.
andrew50 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
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.
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.
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.
I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
KPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 457 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3068 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.
dcaviation From Poland, joined Aug 2011, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3015 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.
hrtsfldhomeboy From Djibouti, joined Oct 2007, 82 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days ago) and read 2875 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.