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Best Spotting Decks/terraces Out There?  
User currently offlineAriis From Poland, joined Sep 2004, 421 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Hi there,

which airport observation decks/terraces/facilities have you visited and what is your impression in terms of spotting opportunities?

Let me limit the subjects to those facilities accessible easily by foot (within the terminal or its closest surroundings, like nearest sidewalks, parkings, bus stops, etc), or by free-of-charge terminal bus/shuttle at farthest. So, please, refrain from lining up various fences, nearby parks, anything that you would need a car, bicycle or whatever other transport to reach. Just the ones you would visit if you had 2 hours transit time.

For me these come to mind:


  • FRA (T1) - excellent, no further explanation is needed here I hope. I haven't seen the T2 though  Sad, but it got to be less attractive. Takes 3 EUR to enter if I remember well.
  • WAW - the terrace is quite nice, but the amount of action could be better (well, the airport itself is not big). 0.60 USD entry, much of construction work going on currently.
  • SZZ - nice terrace, but no action (no airplanes most of the time). Open only when something arrives (+- 15 minutes).
  • HND (T1) - decent, two story terrace, JAL group only. Free of charge.
  • HND (T2) - IMHO much better than T1, here ANA group only. Free of charge.
  • ITM - really good wide terrace. Free of charge. Used to be even better, but after 9/11 they seem to have closed more "dangerous" (i.e. more interesting) areas.
  • NRT (T1) - not big, but good terrace. Free of charge.
  • NRT (T2) - two decks on opposite ends of the terminal, but not too good for photos if you ask me. Free of charge.
  • KIX - takes a dedicated bus to go to (which costs I believe about 3USD, I would walk actually, but there are no sidewalks), gives an excellent view of the terminal and approach route (if you're lucky; if not, departure). You get also live departures/arrivals information board.
  • AMS - deck is just great. Another example of an excellent facility.
  • CDG (T1) - you get cool, unobstructed view of the action from the outside circular sidewalks. Some people could yell at you though. No terraces in both CDG terminals.

Any input will be appreciated.

Best regards
FAO


FAO - Flight Activities Officer
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User currently offlineEDDM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

The one in T2 here at MUC is quite boring. Actually, you get to see things better from inside the building.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

DUS is great. They have 2 observation decks. One on the roof of the terminal and the other at the train station just on the threshold of RWY 23L.

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From the train station:

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Both are open daily and cost 2 Euros for both and all-day. The train station observation deck is easily accessible via the SkyTrain from the terminal and is free of charge. I used to go there every weekend myself.

[Edited 2005-09-07 17:53:49]


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User currently offlineAriis From Poland, joined Sep 2004, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Let me add some illustrations of my initial post (all photos taken from spots that I have mentioned):

FRA T1 (both photos):

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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
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Photo © Oliver Brunke


WAW (left) and SZZ (right):

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Photo © Artur Jarosz
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Photo © Radoslaw Idaszak


HND T1 (left) and T2 (right):

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Photo © Andrew Hunt - AirTeamImages
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Photo © Stuart Prince


ITM:

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Photo © Paul Spijkers


NRT T1 (left) and T2 (right):

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Photo © K.L.Yim
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Photo © TK


KIX (both photos):

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Photo © I. Gunawan
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Photo © Danny H. Masson


AMS (left) and CDG T1 (right):

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Photo © Wim Callaert - Brussels Aviation Photography
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Photo © Carl Hendriks



FAO



FAO - Flight Activities Officer
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

I've only been to the one at SYD and I think it's quite nice. Although you do need about 300mm of a telephoto lens.

Here is a shot taken from the spotting terrace in the QF international terminal:


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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3233 times:

What about the excelent spotting at MAN

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And you cant forget

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User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

St. Maarten is not a fair comparison!!!!!! :p

User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3009 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3208 times:

My personal favorites (only from limited personal experience):

FRA
AMS
ZRH



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3205 times:

the Japanese airports are just about some of the best out there, purpose built parks, decks, toilet areas, the lot! unbeatable to be honest.


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User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

NUC has a beer garden and restaurant on the observation deck, very cool way to see planes!

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3923 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

Let's not forget lowly IAH. Of IAH's 5 terminals, 3 have parking garages that have rooftop parking, which offer spectuclar views. In addition to those 3 areas are the A/B parking facility situated in between A and B as well as a new facility next to terminal C. Below are some samples.

Term C

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A/B

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A/B 2nd level

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Term E

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Thomas



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User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2217 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 6):
St. Maarten is not a fair comparison!!!!!! :p

Actually, the question was about airport observation decks, and I don't believe that St. Maarten has any observation deck at all!



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 11):
and I don't believe that St. Maarten has any observation deck at all!

What about the bar yes 

It has a deck, and you observe from it lol


User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 12):
What about the bar

It has a deck, and you observe from it lol

It was closed due to tax problems.

I sure hope someone else has opened up the bar back up!


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

These are my favorites:

1 - BUD (cheap entry and low "fence")
2 - AMS (FREE entry (up to now) but sun could be in a wrong position)
3 - MAN (excellent viewing area with Concorde)
4 - FRA (great deck, but too large: you will miss something)
5 - ZRH (excellent decks, both at the "old" and "new" terminals)



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

From my experiences, the viewing deck at DUS is the best,

Cheers,

Sam Smile



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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

My favourite spotting decks has to be

AMS = fantastic , very big observation area.

DUS = Very close to the taxiway , even better if they used runway 23.

NRT = There may be fence covered but there are holes for you to stick your camera through. T1 observation deck is my favourite.



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