Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1990 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
Hey all, Just wanted to let you all know I went up to PDX today for some spotting! Had an absolute great time there! Saw the usual mix on US carriers (UA,AS,WN rule the scene) ANd discovered some interesting spotting places I didn't know where there. I decided to drive into the terminal to make "the Loop" anyways, I pulled off a few times to find parking areas where you can get very close to the fence and see aircraft sitting at FlightCraft or whatever, Also, I was able to get very close to the Skywest ramp and really get a GREAT view of the EMB 120 up close, too bad i didn't get there earlier to spot the CR7 that was sittin over there... Anyways, I've decided that my next trip to PDX in the morning on the way into the terminal (to check in for a flight), I am going to walk out after being dropped off and go down to the UA hardstands, I can just imagine how close I could get to those planes that early in the morning when they are there!, There is usually, what? Four UA planes on that hardstand? That would be SOOOOOOOOO TIGHT! ANyways, I was just thinking how awesome it would be ! I waited around all day roughly (until 3:30ish) and never saw the LHA340 land today! Whats with that! too bad! Anyways looking forward to soem comments from my fellow Oregon spotters. I wish there were still programs aviable that let highschool kids interact at airports with commercial airplanes... too bad, I believe, most of these programs were dropped after Sept 11th! They need to bring some back... I can just imagine going out there on the ramp... I've done it once before but I was so exited I forgot a lot about what happend... It was great though!
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1719 times:
I thought the Lufti A340 left around that time, 3:30 or so. I saw it depart a couple months ago, and it was amazing to see that thing wing it out of PDX.
The Civil Air Patrol @ EUG is kinda friendly, but I don't know if they can do in depth tours or not. One of my profs has a North American Harvard out in the hangers there, and he always invited me to take a look.
I should e-mail him, see if he or his friends could maybe give us a lift up to the tower or something. Considering we ARE the spotting community around here, that should be too much to ask now should it?
Cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
The Lufthansa comments raise an interesting question. Through the end of daylight savings, arrivals have shifted to around 3:00pm, departure around 4:50pm. According to the LH website, after that service changes to 5 days per week - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday. Does anyone know...is that just for the slower winter season or has there been an overall drop in bookings?