Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2574 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?
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3222 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2566 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.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6807 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2449 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.
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4899 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2426 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
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8510 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2385 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.
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2485 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2379 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.
Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2222 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.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4096 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2209 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.