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BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations  
User currently offlinePe@rson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

Is there anywhere to spot the movements at BWI, MCO, BNA and MDW both landside and airside? Please be aware that I would not be taking photos and I would not have a car, so please recommend locations within or close to (i.e. within walking distance) of the terminal(s).


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User currently offlineEMBQA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

Nashville has a nice spotting area open to, and set up for the public. You have a great view of the entire airport but it's fully on the other side of the airport. On the down side, BNA really doesn't get a large amount of interesting traffic. If you want to see Southwest Airlines...BNA is one of the places with an average of 10-15 flights an hour. As far as 'airside' access... unless you have a SIDA Badge, you MUST remain within the terminal as any other passanger would. As far as 'spotting' from inside... the Continental gates have a pretty good view of the ramps.

[Edited 2005-01-09 17:17:27]

User currently offlinePe@rson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Thanks, EMB. I'd be going with the sole intention of seeing WN machines. How sad, eh?  Wink/being sarcastic Ah well.

Could you tell me more about this "nice spotting area," like location, how to get there, cost of entry, opening times, whether I'd be easily able to obtain the registrations of the aircraft, etc? I'd be truly grateful.  Smile

By 'airside' I meant the area of the terminal accessible after passing through security control, i.e. where the departure lounges and gates are located.

[Edited 2005-01-09 17:13:46]

User currently offlineEMBQA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Well, if your flying in on Southwest, I'd just stay down in the Southwest gate area. It's been 6 years since I've been down in that gate area, so I don't remember how good the views area. Do a search of the photos in the data base. Most all are from the viewing area which is free and open from dawn to dusk.

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Nothing sad about watching 737 action at MDW. As far as approach, you can sit and eat at White Castle on Cicero and the planes fly almost directly over head. The best place to spot at MDW I have found to be TZ's (WN's as of February) hanger. Awesome! Amazing how the 737's take more of the runway than the 757's to take off. So, if you have real good connections and can get in to a hanger, that is the ticket.

Most of the airport has blast fences, so spotting is not too good, unless you can get out to the end of "B" concourse. Then again, if you can get in a hanger, you can get in there.

M


User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

BWI has an observation area, nice leather chairs and big windows (landside).

User currently offlineAtrude777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

Hey I am doing the same thing, I am flying into MDW on Southwest from STL March 5th solely to plane spot WN planes at MDW, I do NOT want to leave the airport I will only be inside for 3 hours till I return back to STL so which concourse faces the take off and landings? A where ATA is located? or Stay in the B concourse where WN is or go to the C concourse?

Alex


User currently offlineFLVILLA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Best place for MCO if you have no car is to just go to the top level of one of the car parks. Don't even think of trying to walk outside the terminal building!! You'd be more than likely killed by traffic or arrested. Also the Hyatt inside the airport only lets you go up one level (reception)in the elevator.

WN uses Terminal C at MCO, but after security there are 2 sets of monorails, one for Terminal B (DL, BA,VS etc etc) and then Terminal C's, so you can hop between the two to get closer. Terminal C is the newest addition so it should be a nice area.

Hope this helps

FLVILLA


User currently offlineChiGB1973 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

MDW is not too big, if you have 3 hours you can find the best place with no problem, just depends on which direction they are landing.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

FLVILLA,

Terminal C at MCO? I don't think there is such a thing at MCO

There are Airsides 1, 2, 3, 4

Southwest uses 2, DL,BA,VS uses 4

After the checkpoint, you can go left to airside 2, right to airside 4. Also, you can jump from 2 to 4 and back to 2 as you please. I have done it may a time when I am lucky enough to get a gate pass or if I am flying out and get to the airport at the max of 6 hours ahead check in time and shoot pictures or just watch planes before I takeoff. From Airside 2, a good place to watch planes is from the JetBlue Gate area, Gate 112, i believe. Provides an excellent view of 17R landings and departures.

Shots from that area:


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User currently offlineFutureFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

There is Airside C at MCO. Not necessarilly a terminal per say as there is only Terminal 1 and 2. But at MCO if you are airside then you can hop between the monorails to get to 2 different airsides. On top of the car parks are ok, but are not that great unless you have a pair of binoculars. Just my thoughts on MCO.


Sean from MCO and MKE


User currently offlineFLVILLA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

Dlx737200 Terminal C was what Airside 2 was referred to as when it was first built as it was a new addition to the original plan and still is alot today because those airlines which use it have to use Terminal A or B of the Main Terminal building for check-in and baggage reclaim. I think it just helped sought out some of the confusion that already exists with having airlines check in at different areas (A or B) but depart from the opposite areas which are regarded as the A and B airsides.

Anyhoo Pe@rson, MCO = confusing. But once you walk around a bit it'll all click in.



User currently offlinePe@rson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Thanks for your replies - keep them coming!  Big grin

How many hours in advance can I check-in for DL and WN flights?



User currently offlineFutureFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

General rule is 4 hours prior to sked flight time. But with 9/11 it may have changed. I would call the airline to double check.


Sean from MCO and MKE


User currently offlineDlx737200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Ok guys... I've lived in Orlando my whole life and was at the Grand Opening of Airside 2. It's never been called Terminal C. There never was a Terminal C. The Airsides are labeled by numbers. Then the landside is labeled by North and South for ticketing, baggage claim, and parking purposes by Terminal A and B. A is Airside 1 and 2, B is 3 and 4. Heres a diagram borrowed from MCO's website and modified by me. Pardon the crudeness:



Not trying to pick a fight or be annoying, just trying to make sure everyone is correct.


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