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What Is The Best Viewing Airport In The World?  
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8147 times:

I was thinking, i keep seeing all these great pics from all these great places, and i wonder what is everyone's favourite spot in the world. Either personnal faveourite or the best in terms of viewing places!!!

Chris


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User currently offlineFlygMolinaFmly From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8122 times:

Would definatly have to be St. Marteen!

Gabe



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User currently offlineVIAF From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 196 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8078 times:

Before KAI TAK!

Now for spectacular spotting St.Marteen !

and for a lot different traffic LAX,MIA I guess !

Can anyone confirm that?



VIAF



User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8041 times:

Tokyo Narita is pretty good also.
It has an outdoor roof area open to public. But you should be a real 747 fan.



747SP
User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7974 times:

If you want to see a lot of airlines and have a good spotting place, I think that FRA is one of the best airports.

User currently offlineIluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7887 times:

Stateside, DFW has one of the best places (Founder's Plaza) to view aircraft but there is one HUGE problem... NOTHING TO LOOK AT!!!! Unless you like seeing ten MD-80/90s to every CRJ. There is an OCCAISIONAL heavy (few and far between).


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User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7866 times:

LHR is verrry nice viewing with tonnes of planes and glass windows!

User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7855 times:

How about AMS. There is just something in the sentence: '...No Fences...' that has a nice sound to me.

Wietse



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2993 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7819 times:

Several airports in Japan offer excellent viewing--including active runways--from observation decks right in the terminal, and are therefore very welcoming to airplane enthusiasts. I particularly enjoyed NRT, FUK, and OKA for this reason.


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User currently offlineJAXFLYI From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

As far as airports ive been to id have to say TPA offers some of the best veiws of movements ive seen.Top of the main parking deck offers 360 degree view of most gates and all runways,you might not see too many exotics but a fairly busy airport with good weather year round,Just one of the best designed airports in my opinion.

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7696 times:

Somewhat closer to home, I rate MAN highly.

User currently offlineCptGirmayTesfa From Peru, joined Oct 2003, 406 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7654 times:

For the variety of airliners/airlines:
Sharjah / Dubai
but closer to most of you: I would say Miami


User currently offlineUCLAX From United States of America, joined May 2003, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7634 times:

LAX - Lots of good photography locations (Imperial Hill, especially now that I have 400 mm capability, the park at Sepulveda and Lincoln by In-and-Out, plus lots more), Volume, and Variety.


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User currently offlineB741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7621 times:

LAX, ORD and LHR out of the ones I have been to. I think an Airliners magazine rated these airports top viewing areas as well a few years ago.


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User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7505 times:

Although LGA has only boring narrow-bodies, the park at the end of one of the runways which is open to the general public (I think it is called Planeview Park) is one of the best spots to watch aircraft approaching and landing. It is a few minutes from my office and you can usually find me eating lunch there in the summer.

User currently offlineEMBTucano From Brazil, joined Feb 2004, 246 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7443 times:

I don't want to say that Rio's Santos Dumont is the best one, but it is pretty easy to spot over there and has a beautiful view.  Smokin cool


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19196 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

VERY surprised no one has mentioned DUS, FRA, GVA, ZRH............... and SIN. The first two must easily be within the top 3 or 5 worldwide.


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User currently offlineTargowski From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

NRT is really cool. has a food court/viewing deck. plus, they have this video game simulator where you can land commerical planes at different airports. i've never seen one like it.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7287 times:

From the airports I've been to, LAX would probably rank the highest.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7228 times:

Pe@rson: DUS lacks heavies and is comparatively boring.

From what I have heard, Dubai is great but I have never been there.



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User currently offlineHeinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7160 times:

Hello !

In terms of variety, DXB is excellent, but photography is difficult. Outside of the terminal building you will have to find off-airport locations to shoot on approach. Angles are kind of steep, if you look at the photos on airliners.net. On or near the airport premises signs and/or security personnel will tell you that photography is prohibited. From inside Terminal 1 you can take some decent photos through heavily tinted windows. Not advisable if you shoot Kodachrome. Reg spotting is fine from inside Terminal 1's midfield terminal. To check DXB's movements, have a look at this:

http://www.dca.gov.ae/dia_online_services/online_services/flight_information/

It includes freighters + the variety is quite extreme !

Sharjah is super if you have applied for a permit (AED 350.00 = ca. USD 100.00 per day). If you sneek around the fence from the outside, security will not like it and pick you up.

Heathrow is excellent if you like the complete picture and position yourself in the approach area. Only 2 runways are in use, one for landings, one for take-offs. So except for a few minutes around 3pm when they change runways and you have to run from one to the other, you can log and photograph EVERYTHING all day long.

CDG is very nice in terms of variety and nice places, although some have disappeared within the last 2 years. Concorde is gone but exotic African stuff still abounds.

DUS may become a little boring after a while (expecially if you are a resident), but the photographic possibilities are superb. Same goes for MAN. For someone who hasn't been there before, both will be quite an experience, especially during the summer holidays.

Other favorites of mine:
BKK (viewing)
HKG (viewing + photography)
AEP (viewing + photography)
AMS (viewing + photography)
ORY (viewing + photography from the park south of the airport)
ZRH (viewing + photography)
FRA (viewing + photography)
GEY (wonderful scenery, but way off the path...)
LPB (stunning background scenery , few movements)

Best regards,
Heinz


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19196 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7097 times:

"Pe@rson: DUS lacks heavies and is comparatively boring."

I know DUS lacks heavies - but who cares? Instead of widebodies, it offers a number of nice smaller aircraft, which, in my view, is more exciting. To a German living in DUS, it might be "comparatively boring," but to others it is enjoyable and worthwhile.



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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

I think FNC (Funchal in Madeira Island - Portugal) is a great viewing airport. Check these pics:


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User currently offlineAVANTI From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6917 times:

The "upperdeck" at the Priority lounge at LHR is a great place to watch movement on the apron and taxiways and to a lesser extend, TOs and landings...

User currently offlineHBFly From Austria, joined Jul 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6889 times:

I love our Austrian airports Salzburg and Innsbruck

SZG:

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