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Observation Decks In The States...  
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Maybe it's just me...

But being in Japan, and especially in Fukuoka, I feel somewhat blessed...

You see, RJFF/FUK has an observation deck. An actual place where you can go in the terminal that is open where you can at least see the airplanes up close and personal, and if the windows have been washed, you can take satisfactory quality pictures of them.

Except for Hawaii's mostly open terminal (when it comes to walking between buildings), why is it that Japan seems to take the cake of observation decks instead of the US?


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3049 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Unless things have changed recently, both Frankfurt and Amsterdam's airports have fantastic OUTDOOR viewing terraces. Oh, and Zurich, too. The US did away with these things back in the late '70's, early '80's.

Atlanta's old terminal (before the current Midfield one) had an amazing observation deck! I was lucky enough to visit it a few times and have some decent pics. You were right in the middle of hub action from Delta, Eastern, Southen and Piedmont. Plus, United was fairly busy there back in the day.

New Orleans used to have a great deck, too, but these are sadly things of the past.



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2390 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

Baltimore has a great observation gallery ... and not to forget Burlington, Vermont where you can actually go up to the old tower.

[Edited 2004-06-24 19:42:19]


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User currently offlineSparkyN501 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 52 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

MSP has a small inside observation deck, but it's hidden pretty well - all the way at the end of the D concourse I believe. You can see most all of North side of the terminal.


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User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

MIA has "Sundecks" in some terminals last time I checked and also the hotel in the airport has obsevation decks


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User currently offlineGoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

ABQ has a fantastic deck. Of course, most of the flights are narrowbodies, but the F-16s from Kirtland AFB make up for it.

User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

While it's not open anymore, LGA used to have an amazing observation deck  Sad

jeremy


User currently offlineCRWDude From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

A few years ago, I was in Cleveland, and CLE had a fairly decent observation deck. This was before 9.11.01 though. Is it still there?

User currently offlineMoneyShot From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

SJC has an observation deck as well. I like to go out there when waiting for a flight to have a cigarette and chill for a bit.

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

RDU has 2 observation decks with a 3 in plan. One is on the Terminal C side near the middle of Runway 23R/5L. Number Two is on the Terminal A side at the end of 23L. Teh hangers that is blocking the runway to the right will be demolished soon so you can see down the runway. Number Three will actually be the 4th Floor of Terminal A when it is rebuilt. The entire top floor will be one big observation deck.


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Greater Pittsburgh International Airport used to have one before being replaced by the bigger, yet less outstanding, X-shaped Pittsburgh International Airport. The Minneapolis one is in the D concourse at the stairs next to the SleepNumber Bed Exibit. Some of the seats are torn, the windows are outstanding, and the most people I've seen in there were 6, including the occasional TSA agent sleeping or reading his USA Today  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineRduBE90Pilot From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

MHT (Manchester, NH) has one in the center of the terminal on the upper floor.

[Edited 2004-06-24 22:08:21]

User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8292 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Cleveland used to have a great deck. After 9-11 they closed the outside though and now only ticketed pax can get up there. Last I was there in April the outside was all torn up. I'm kinda hoping they were fixing it up and maybe thinking of re-opening it but I'm not holding my breath.


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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

In SRQ there is a tiny, but still open observation deck. It only overlooks the roof of the main councourse (B). So planes parked at the far end of the concourse are not visible. But you can see aircraft in rotation taking off from either end of the active. And ticketed and unticketed alike can go up there.


XJR



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3049 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

ERU170,

Are the RDU decks open-air? Are they marked so people know about them? I'd love to visit sometime!!



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

In most places, the best area to spot is the parking garages anyway!


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User currently offlineAuae From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 296 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

DFW has a nice viewing area. Not part of the terminal, but a nice set up none the less.


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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

GSOSPOT..

The outside deck is located naer the cargo area.. it is clearly labeled..

The inside/outside deck is located inside the GA terminal. Free to go in and a restaurant is located inside also. Just look for the Crosswind Cafe sign out front. The GA terminal also house the CAP.

The third should be opened in about 10 years.



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

EUG has one...but there isn't much to look at as the ramp isn't that bussy during the day...not to mention non-ticketed passengers can't get there....

User currently offlineCLEwatcher From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

CLE outdoor section looks to be perminently closed, the deck surface looks like roofimg material has been placed, and the benches are gone.



[Edited 2004-06-24 22:44:53]


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User currently offlineAirplanePeanut From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Rochester has one- And you dont even have to be a passenger to see it!


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User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

SFO used to have an observation area, just off of the runway threshold opposite the terminal buildings. You needed a car to get there, but you could park and watch aircraft take off. It was awesome. It was closed post 9-11 and is now a bus staging area.

User currently offlineUnitedFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

YYT has a great viewing area with piped in ATC up on the third level! Not a whole lot of flights but still pretty neat.

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3967 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

While not observation decks in the classic sense of the word, IAH has 2 wonderful rooftop parking garages at A/B and C that provide some very upclose views of activity of the ramp. Terminals 'A and 'B' both have rooftop parking however within the last year or so these have been designated 'employee' parking areas and if seen up there you will be asked to leave.

IAH also has the famous Lee Rd observation area


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