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Best Intl City For Spotting...  
User currently offlineAndyinPIT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

My days at UA are coming to an end in about 6 weeks to begin my career with ATC. And I'm wanting to take one last international trip just for the heck of it. So I'm thinking about doing a quick trip just to get my passport stamped and do some spotting (if my wife even lets me go  Smile ). So what airports have the best opportunity for some spotting? I've always wanted to see what DXB airport is like but the flight gets in late and leaves even later. I've been to LHR and FRA, and wouldn't mind going back, but wanted to see if airports like ZRH, GVA, or FCO had some good spotting chances. Replies here or messages would be fine!

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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

Manchester is very spotter friendly. Lots of good locations.

Not much action compared to the likes of LHR etc, but still very good


User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1813 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4362 times:



Quoting LHR380 (Reply 1):

Manchester is very spotter friendly. Lots of good locations.

Not much action compared to the likes of LHR etc, but still very good

As soon as i read the thread title i knew i wanted to say MAN! Definately one of the best Locations on either side of the airfield and a good viewing park

One or 2 VS 744's a day, and now a VS343 is here around weekend time. Also 747 cargo flights etc so its by no means boring. During quiet times (mid-day ish) its full of BE Dash 8's and ERJ's but morning rush is good!

The Airport Pub is situated literally at the start of the Runway 23R and especially during the summer its a great place to sit, have a beer and watch aircraft depart right infront of you. You can taste the jet fuel!



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

Amsterdam. It's famous for spotting. Lots of places to go, no fences (just ditches), you can get really close to the traffic. No doubt, I'd go to AMS and check out the city as well.

-A



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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4028 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4313 times:
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I just got back from TXL this afternoon........didn't realize they had a viewing deck above the concourse, I certainly would have gotten to the airport earlier to view!!! (and a few spotters along teh way as we were taxiing to the runway!!


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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

ZRH has a good spotting deck.

Does get a bit boring after a while seeing nearly all LX though lol.

They have a nice bus tour, and they take you to a fab location near the main runway,and we got dropped there just as the SQ 777 took off. WOW


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6643 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4221 times:

AMS has (had ?) a very nice observation deck.

DXB is very interesting but you can only spot if you are airside. There's a transit hotel but it's a bit expansive I think.

The777Man



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4195 times:



Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
DXB is very interesting but you can only spot if you are airside.

DXB has a fantastic airport hotel called Sheraton Deira. This place has a rooftop terrace with brilliant views of the airport/runways. Aircraft take-off over the airport and land over it at different times of the day. Depending on the time of the year, you can stay there for just £63 for one night - visit www.asda-travel.co.uk. Amazingly inexpensive. The variety of aircraft/airlines serving DXB is brilliant. Visit http://www.plane-spotting-hotels.com/Dubai.htm for some more info.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4081 times:
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Some of the best for viewing (non-airside) that I have been to are are:-

ZRH
FRA
DUS
TXL
ORY
NRT
KIX
HKG
HND
AMS
MAN
ITM
FLL

There are many others, but these are are just excellent.

Wherever you go, enjoy & perhaps write up a TR to shows us.

Cheers

Mark



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