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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

This is from the enthusiast point of view.

What airports fit the category of being BIG, BUSY, but BORING in your opinion?

For me its SAN. I dont even like messing around with SAN. Its been like that since I got out here in 1993. I can usually sit at any other airport all day. At SAN, I am bored in 2-3 hours. I would much rather sit at my hometown airport KTVC, (IN THE SUMMER!) and watch the bizjets,DC9's, and RJ's for a full day, or KGRR, or pretty much every other decent size airport in the world.

That is probably the only one for me.

What are yours?





[Edited 2004-02-04 05:22:06]

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 5679 times:

Well LGA is not real big but that place is so BLAH  Yawn I have never liked it and think its ugly. think JFK is much more exciting, I love going there, I love driving by it, it is one of the best airports!!

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

NIKV69,

I have never been to LGA, but, have been to JFK and EWR. I got frustrated at JFK. To me, it wasn't worth paying the tolls, only to sit in a mall parking lot two miles away from the approach to one of the runways to see the exotics. EWR on the other hand, is awesome. I definitely could spend a whole day there.

TEB rules too.. Then again, I love bizjets.  Big grin


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2122 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5656 times:

I'm sorry that I can't answer your question directly, but it made me think how UN boring Fort Lauderdale Executive was a few weeks ago. In the space of a little over an hour I saw, among the regular GA and corporate aircraft, a Starship land (yes I'm sure), a Learjet 23, a Lockheed Jetstar, Pitts S-2, and on and on. The diversity and some fairly rarer types made it quite the lunch. That, and they have what's called the 'Lounge', which is just basically a raised portion of the lawn on the approach end with picnic benches and 2 speakers transmitting the Tower.


Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

LGA. well, maybe not so much now from my new perch but from school it definately is very very blah...


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5625 times:

JFK is not enthusiast-friendly at all. Unless you know the airport very well, it isn't worth visiting just to see the airplanes. Its a maze of streets, terminals, hangars, and what not with very limited good views of the airside action.

As for the most boring airport... I'll vote for Phoenix.


User currently offlinePaddy From Taiwan, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

D..........F...........W

After spending any time at that airport you start seeing silver MD80's when you close your eyes!


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5598 times:


Dallas/Fort Worth............

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate


User currently offlineUpgradeplease From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5536 times:

NIKV69,
Are you crazy? I have an amazing view of LGA from my apartment window. I can stare at traffic come in and out all day.



Is ignorance something you have to practice or were you blessed that way?
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5508 times:

View? Traffic that serves the airport. TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS.

User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

Sorry, big, busy and boring does NOT describe SAN in the least bit. I would think maybe SLC, DEN, DFW or ATL. If SAN is boring and views and locations do not count, then there are several "big" airports with less interesting variety and certainly a much more boring approach. Even if SAN was all WN, it would more interesting than some other airports I've been to. I guess if there are no 747s to Europe or Asia, it is boring.

I



Uncle SAN at your service!
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

747's have nothing to do with it... I dont know how to explain it. I usually have the urge to go to any airport, especially a busy one when I can. I just do not get that feeling in the least bit at SAN.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

Wow, that rhymes.

filler


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5411 times:

DEN can have it's moments of good action (when I was there last week and the BA 777 came in followed immediately by the LH 744), but otherwise it is mostly United and Frontier all day long.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

I would pick DEN over SAN in a minute.

User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 683 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5361 times:

ATL ATL ATL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Delta MD-88
Delta MD-88
Delta MD-88
AirTran 717
AirTran 717
ASA CRJ
ASA CRJ
Delta MD-88
AirTran 717
Oh, wait........Delta 757!!!!!
(Start process over).
S



CEOs should swim with cement flippers!
User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

DFW - for sure.

When you get sick of seeing AA Super80s and F100s, a DL MD-88 or CRJ will mix it up for you.



B4REAL, spelled like it sounds
User currently offlineBobs89irocz From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

DEN.....LOL you guys obviously havent spent much time at DFW......BIG, BUSY, and BORING is exaclty the words i would use to describe DFW....nothing but Delta Rj's.....and AA MD-80's...I do have to admite though, i must have left the other day at a busy time for heavys cause i did see alot of AA 767's roaming around.

I took AA Flight 66 two days go...its the 777 flight from DFW-ORD....great trip and they showed all the movies they had availiable at the time as well....nice treat.


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7344 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5326 times:

these airports sound great if you're a fleet collector like me......I'm yet to get to the states, but when I do.... Big grin To be honest as far as diversity goes any of the big hub airports in the states would appear to be 'boring'.

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

The most boring airport:

Ambrosich Field, Elizabeth, CO. Privately owned, only 1 a/c operates from this two runway (mowed patches of grass in a farm field) airfield. I have never even seen it. Ever. Ever. Ever. I wouldn't recommend spotting there. You won't get much.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineKevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

Edmonton International is the winner!!!

Air Canada

Westjet

Northwest

Air Transat

America West

... and no heavies whatsoever (except for A 310s and an occasional 767)

Start the process again and do not forget to Yawn, yawn, yawn!!!


User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5287 times:

I will have to add IAD as boring. Was there last week, and saw UAX CRJ (about 20) UAX J41 (10), NW DC-9 x2,1 757, 2 A320,couple 737s ( all UA). The only exciting part was as I was leaving seeing Saudia 747. Wasn't as busy as I would have expected.

Going to SFO tomorrow, I am sure that will be a treat!  Big grin More UA!!!!!!


User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4999 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 5280 times:

Detroit DTW..

NW DC9 after NW DC9 after NW DC9 after NW A320 after NW A319 after NW ARJ after NW CRJ.... argh

Throw in an occasional Spirit MD80.

DTW is an amazing airport.. but I would die spotting there.

Mark


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

MWP DTW are pretty boring. all NW... FLL is nothing special either. ORD is alright if you see terminal 5, or terminal 2... but if youre running through connecting on UA or AA.... youre gonna see either gray or silver the whole time youre there. even though UA's B/C concourses are very very nice i think.

TWA902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

I thought FLL was ok. It has a nice mix IMHO.



25 Azmi : Any airport where you see nothing but CRJs and 737s IS boring. Charlotte airport is one of those.
26 N766UA : Cleveland. ERJ, ERJ, ERJ, ERJ, OOO ERJ-145XR! ERJ, 737, ERJ, ERJ.... Ok you get my point.
27 N276AASTT : DFW It gets boring after a while to see AAS80, AAS80, AA757, AAS80, AE SAABS, AAS80. With the occasional foreign carrier. One thing I absolutely hate
28 Dstc47 : DFW is fairly miserable. ATL, a little more variety and all those different Delta liveries give a little relief, or at least an illusion of variety. a
29 JGPH1A : LHR !!! I used to work in TBC, with a great view of the southerly runway - endless, ENDLESS streams of BA 757's and 737s (in those days), becoming slo
30 4holer : PHX, PHX, PHX, PHX, PHX, and PHX.
31 TRENT500 : JGPH1A, Every major hub has what seems like a constant stream of its flag carrying jets, but there is alot of really interesting stuff at LHR, its cer
32 Islandboy : I don't think FLL is boring at all. Has a nice little variety.
33 Atcboy73 : Ill say DFW also. Even more so now that all the Delta L1011s and many other DL mainline are gone. What would make DFW AWESOME. MOVE THE MEM FEDEX HUB
34 TRENT500 : In U.S... PHX LAS Orleans. Not enough variety!
35 Mn : Absolutely LAX or ORD.
36 Post contains images Solnabo : A....R....N! 95% small farts of a/c Booooring
37 UniTED : IAD UAX CRJ UAX CRJ UA 320 UA 757 UAX CRJ UAX CRJ LH 744 UAX CRJ UA 320 UA 320 AF 777 UAX J41 UAX CRJ UA 767 UA 319 AA 757 UAX CRJ You can go from her
38 TrnsWrld : Well I didnt ever think I would be saying this, but since AA has been the new boys in town in STL that airport has gone from a zoo (back in TWA days)
39 BH346 : Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky...seems like endless Comair CRJs with the occasional ACA Fairchild-Dornier 328JET and a Delta MD-88 here and there. On th
40 Apollo13 : I have been to SFO so many times i could navigate through it with my eyes closed!! Afterthe second time around the terminals it gets so boring. It doe
41 FlygMolinaFmly : CLT is definatly on that list. When plane spotting there, all you get to see are 737s, Dash 8s, A319s and a 757 once in a while. And of course all US
42 Futureualpilot : I agree with Coronado990, there are excellent locations around SAN to spot, and it has beautiful scenery. As far as the original post, a boring airpor
43 Post contains images CVGpilot : "BH346", try looking beyond the terminal your at before u decide an airport is lame, CVG has plenty of 27's-747's, AB's, not to mention CRJ/ERJ's/Dorn
44 Juanchie : I agree, I loved cvg when i connected through there. All the DHL and Delta and now the dorniers are there too. I also really enjoyed the approach over
45 A340pilot : I have to agree with SAN, we pulled up in our car to do some spotting (after driving past the perfect spot) we were there for 2 1/2 hours and we becam
46 Coronado990 : It is true, San Diego is the biggest city with the busiest airport not to have intercontinental service which makes it less interesting but the approa
47 NIKV69 : I know JFK is not user friendly when it comes to spotting or pics but I still love it, maybe it's because my dad worked there and took there when I wa
48 Thrust : Yes, TransWorld, yes....Sad and heartbreaking isn't it? A huge airport now small. Any airport that is busy is okay for me, unless it is only one aircr
49 Mike77 : DFW and SAN get my vote for most boring airports. I was born & raised in Dallas, so D/FW is very special to me...but spotting there absolutely sucks.
50 Post contains images Futterman : LGA...Lame, General Airplanes (OK, I think that's enough acronym for me today). It's a doozy to sit by the rocking chairs provided by the PAPD and gaz
51 Amhilde : well RNO is definitely about as sucky as they come- WN, WN, or WN, are your options, and I think we get a 757 in there daily out of well, CO maybe? I
52 Futterman : Right...forgot to mention JFK (again, for the third time?). Yes, it's an international airport. Plenty of heavies. Parked. Or still over the pond, tha
53 RNOcommctr : Well, I hate to agree with Amhilde, because RNO has given me a living for the past 23 years. But yes, I also tire of all the WN 737's, Skywest CRJ's,
54 Santosdumont : In this neck of the woods, CGH stands out as being BBB. All you see basically are 737s and Airbuses from Varig and TAM respectively. Thrown in the occ
55 Mozart : BBB: MFN (Memphis. Fedex. Northwest.)
56 Seb146 : When I go to Seattle, I stop by SEA to see if any new airlines have started service there and to see how the central terminal project is coming. I the
57 Upgradeplease : View? Traffic that serves the airport. TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS Ok genius...What makes LGA so boring? Ton of companies and tons of variety.
58 Dionysus : Most major airports in the US are boring except JFK and LAX!!
59 CVGpilot : I agree with "UPGRADE"......
60 N670UW : PIT: US Airways Express turboprop US Airways Express turboprop US Airways Express regional jet US Airways Express regional jet US Airways Express regi
61 TRENT500 : Apart from JFK & LAX the majority of U.S airports are boring! European airports are far more interesting.
62 ORDnDFW777 : DFW: AA S80 AA S80 AA RJ AA S80 AA S80 AA RJ AA 757 (Less leg room) AA S80 DL RJ AA S80 AA RJ Wow! Isn't this exciting!
63 BURules : ATL, DFW, PIT, CVG, MSP, DTW, DEN, SLC, IAH, you name it -- boring, boring, boring. Yes, some have an "international rush" which consists of hub carri
64 CVGpilot : BURULES" Do u even like airports?
65 TrnsWrld : "Most major airports in the US are boring except JFK and LAX!!" ORD certainly isnt boring. I agree with what you said but add ORD and possibly MIA to
66 CO2BGR : WOW...I am only the second person to say CLEVELAND, all CO ERJs withe the occational CO 737 an WN 737. That is it.
67 PROSA : I'm surprised several people have thought PHX is boring. After all, it has two airlines (WN and HP) with major operations. It's not like a fortress hu
68 ORDnDFW777 : ORD can be boring at times (prior to 1:00 pm and after 7:00 pm). If it wasn't for a variety of major domestic airlines and overseas flights, it would
69 Maiznblu_757 : Hey Upgrade, I never said LGA was boring. I have never been there, so I wouldnt know.
70 Nwfltattendant : OK.... Heres a shock... MSP..... I live right under the approach to 12L/R, and you gueesed it, the departure path from 30L/R. Excitement to me is when
71 BMAbound : Miami Intl... yuck... johan
72 Post contains images Amhilde : RNOcommctr: Op yup, forgot that one! Some days I see it on approach coming in over the Nugget and get all excited for about 15 seconds then I remember
73 Post contains images Amhilde : Just occurred to me that RNO will get momentary excitement when the first Ted shows up But that will be momentary- just to get to see a new livery in
74 Jcs17 : DFW - for sure. When you get sick of seeing AA Super80s and F100s, a DL MD-88 or CRJ will mix it up for you. Actually, we are pretty pleased these day
75 S.p.a.s. : Please add CGH (Congonhas/São Paulo) to the list... TAM Varig Gol VASP And to make it "more" exciting, they try to keep almost the same planes (regis
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