Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3019 times:
- NWA's new terminal at Detroit is excellent, good views through large glass windows
- the same with NWA's terminal at Minneapolis, there's a dedicated viewing area
Sorry, can't remember all the details about which runways the spots are facing. Just have a look at the terminal maps.
But be prepared for being treated like a terrorist. My binoculars apparently caused almost as much trouble as a machine gun...
Midwest717 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
MHT has a really good spotting place on the third floor, it's like directly above the metal detectors and you don't have to pass through security to get there. Last time I flew out of there, it was a really clear day and I could actually see my mom in the viewing area from my seat waving at my plane while we still in the air
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2804 times:
"- NWA's new terminal at Detroit is excellent, good views through large glass windows"
Spotting may be fine there, but photography is not. They chose to coat the windows with a material consisting of fine black dots, I guess to cut down on sun glare. EVERY window in that place has the same coating - except for the windows at the very ends of the terminal. I can only vouch for the north end, but those are the only plain glass windows I found in that entire terminal.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5646 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
STL has fairly good spotting in Concourses A and C, in those sections parallel to the runways. If planes are landing/taking off to the west C is your best bet to catch them moving on the ground. A is good to catch them airborne after take off. If landing/taking off the the east, the reverse is true.
The windows are tinted.
Next Up: STL-DEN-SLC-SFO-PDX-ORD-STL in 25 hours. Two more states off my list.
777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2718 times:
MDT (Harrisburg Int'l) new terminal opened Sept 04, has a dedicated Observation area on the third level. This area has all glass facing the runway and is outside the secured area. Hard to shot through the glass but is a nice view from there.
My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.