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User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Hi all,

I am suppose to fly Northwest from DSM - DTW - ELM on Friday. The first leg is an Avro RJ85 (my first trip in one of these). I have checked the DSM - DTW segment a couple of times and noticed that the RJ85s usually park at one end of the A concourse (like A51). I was wondering if this was generally the case and I could expect this? I have only been through the Worldport once, and I had to stay out in the B/C gates. Also, are you able to view any of the tarmac from the train in the A concourse? If not, any recommendations on a good viewing spot?

My second group of questions is about MSP. On the way back, I am flying ELM - DTW - MSP - DSM. Because I am normally a UA flier, I have not been in MSP for a little over 6 years now. I have 1.5 hours or so, and I was wondering if there are any recommendations for where to go and what interesting things are in the airport now. Do they still have the terminal model layout with the little toy airplanes? Do they still have the Cheers bar there? Also, do they have specific gates that they usually operate the RJ-85s from in MSP (my last segment is also an RJ-85)?

Any tips and recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineNWCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 692 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

Quoting Iowa744Fan (Thread starter):
My second group of questions is about MSP. On the way back, I am flying ELM - DTW - MSP - DSM. Because I am normally a UA flier, I have not been in MSP for a little over 6 years now. I have 1.5 hours or so, and I was wondering if there are any recommendations for where to go and what interesting things are in the airport now. Do they still have the terminal model layout with the little toy airplanes? Do they still have the Cheers bar there? Also, do they have specific gates that they usually operate the RJ-85s from in MSP (my last segment is also an RJ-85)?


Be sure to go to the observation deck in Councourse D. It is nice up there, usually not to crowded. Yes the terminal model is still there the last time I checked. There are plenty of good places to eat. I'd give you more info, but I've got to go. E-mail me if you have any more questions about MSP.



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User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

NWCOFlyer,

Thanks. I completely forgot about the observation deck in Concourse D! I will definitely have to go there! When I was younger, I left for DSM most of the time from those gates in the old green concourse (60-68 I think?) and I used to love going up there. THanks.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7553 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Quoting NWCOflyer (Reply 1):
It is nice up there, usually not to crowded. Yes the terminal model is still there the last time I checked



Dang, ive been there many times and never knew about any model, where is it located?



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User currently offlineCaptTu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

The Avro's in DTW use the B gates quite often.

Do they still have the terminal model layout with the little toy airplanes?

No. Don't think I've ever seen that.

Do they still have the Cheers bar there?

Nope... Friday's, 2 Chili's, and few others I can't remember the names of.

do they have specific gates that they usually operate the RJ-85s from in MSP

The Avro's in MSP use the C gates and sometimes the B gates.

Be seeing you.Tu.


User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2706 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Can somebody explain how to get to the observation deck in terminal D at MSP? I go through the airport several times per week and I've seen pictures taken from that deck but I don't know how to get up there either.

The real problem is I'm either running to a flight that's about to leave or I get back from one late at night and I just don't think about the observation deck. On a nice day I'd like to go there in the afternoon though.

Nick


User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1399 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 3):
Dang, ive been there many times and never knew about any model, where is it located?


It's up on the second (skyway) level reachable from the stairs by ticketing/check-in from the terminal or level 3 (I think) from the hourly parking ramps adjacent to the terminal entrance.


Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 5):
Can somebody explain how to get to the observation deck in terminal D at MSP?


It is a bit hidden, but once you know what to look for, you'll easily find it. From the Northstar Crossing--the main shopping area of the Lindbergh Terminal--upon clearing the security area, go right towards Concourse D. You will pass the hub tram station to your right (and the Concourse C walkway), but keep going straight into D. Keep an eye on your left past an old NW Worldclub, a few bathrooms, vending machines, and finally some phone booths. There is an out-of-the-way stairwell with the "Observation Deck" sign above it right after all of that...if you would somehow miss it, the stairwell would be visible from the gate area of D if the bank of NW FIDS wasn't blocking it.

Hope that all helps!
-Mike



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User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2706 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Thanks a lot Mike, I can't wait to get up there.

Nick


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12254 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3646 times:
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Quoting CaptTu (Reply 4):
The Avro's in MSP use the C gates and sometimes the B gates.


The B is not built for the Avro. You'll see them from C20-27 and every now and then at A16. The inbound YQR gets in about halfway down the G, then taxis to the C after the crew goes through customs and immigration.



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User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 830 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Iowa744Fan...

Enjoy the generous seat pitch on the RJ85s! I have yet to go on one. Also be sure to check out the tunnel connecting concourse C at DTW to the main terminal.... its rather cool.

~KDTWflyer



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User currently offlineNWCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 692 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

Burnsie, I should have been a little more clear. I ran the observation deck, and the terminal model together. They are in to completley different places as Mikey711MN pointed out.

Iowa744Fan, the Avro's are really nice. Not only is the pitch great, but the aisles are wide and so are the seats. I am sure you will have a nice trip with NW/9E/and XJ.



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User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

Just to expand a little on what Mikey711MN posted, be aware that if you are killing time between flights, you have to go outside of the secured area to see the terminal model. I guess you just have to be willing to go through the hassle of security again to see it.

I last viewed the terminal model about six months ago and it is starting to show it's age a little bit. I think some of the glue is becoming weak because I know some of the aircraft for example have slid to different areas of the "tarmac" and you can see the glue spots where they were once located.

It is also fun to stand up there and look over the ticketing area and security checkpoints. Nice view, but not as good as the observation deck. Wouldn't it be great though if they piped the ATC communications into the observation deck sound system?!?

BTW, does anybody remember if they used to charge admission to go up to the observation deck. For some reason, I seem to remember that when I used to go up there as a kid (20-30 years ago) that you had to go through a turnstile and put something like .10 or a quarter in the slot. Does anybody else remember anything like that???


User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1399 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Quoting Beefer (Reply 11):
...be aware that if you are killing time between flights, you have to go outside of the secured area to see the terminal model. I guess you just have to be willing to go through the hassle of security again to see it.


Yeah, that's a really good point. However, a time-saving tip to clear security at MSP for ticket holders without bags to check, i.e. people who for whatever reason leave the secure area during their layover, is to enter the terminal at the Skyway Checkpoint, which provides direct access to Concourses A-C and G. Just an FYI if the main security checkpoints appear to have a bit of a delay, you should be able to clear the Skyway in a fraction of the time.

Enjoy MSP (my home airport) and DTW, easily two of the finest airports that the US has to offer!
-Mike



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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

Haha, a lot of help on MSP and little help on DTW. Oh well.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 8):
The B is not built for the Avro. You'll see them from C20-27 and every now and then at A16.


Talking with an XJ rampie, B14 can be used for the Avro (altough it is quite rare).

Quoting Iowa744Fan (Thread starter):
Do they still have the Cheers bar there?


In the late 90s the airport's main terminal underwent a major transformation. The entire main terminal was gutted an new stores and food establishments were put in.

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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7553 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

So it sounds as if the model is outside of security????


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 14):
So it sounds as if the model is outside of security????


There are actually two models, both in the same location. One model is off the new international arrival facility at the Lindbergh Terminal (this facility was opened in 1996 and brought immigration/customs to the Lindbergh Terminal). The other model is off the Main Terminal and all of its gates, as of a couple years ago.

To get to the models you take the northern escalator up from the ticketing level to the mezzanine or skyway level. The models are right there, near the entrance to the skyway which connect to the Green Parking Ramp. Also from here, as Beefer said, you can overlook the entire length of the ticketing level.

pilottim747



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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

Quoting Iowa744Fan (Thread starter):
I noticed that the RJ85s usually park at one end of the A concourse (like A51). I was wondering if this was generally the case and I could expect this? I have only been through the Worldport once, and I had to stay out in the B/C gates



You've got about a 50-50 shot of the Avro parking at an "odd A" gate vs. the B concourse. Also, FYI, A51 is right in the middle of the concourse.

Quoting Iowa744Fan (Thread starter):
Also, are you able to view any of the tarmac from the train in the A concourse?


No sir - you'll get a nice view of the waiting areas and podiums of the "even A" gates, the "water feature", and the ceiling, but your chances of seeing the tarmac will be better on the main level.


As far as MSP goes, forget about the Cheers bar - if you don't want to stop at any of the chain restaurants, pick up something quick at D'Amico's (next to the Starbucks in the Northstar Crossing area). It's a new favorite of mine now that I've actually started having layovers at my quasi-home airport (which is pretty surreal, by the way).


Anyway - enjoy the trip. Make the CRJ comfortable - try to pick out an exit row seat. For whatever reason, people tend to shy away from these, but they're the best seats on the plane.


Regards,

N-Dub



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User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3454 times:

The Obs deck had old turnstyles and a dime to go through them..................back when I was a youngster.


Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

In DTW - avros primarily park at gates A59, 61 and 63. We also use B more often during the construction. Occasionally for overflow we might park at A45 or A47.

In MSP - 99% of the time we park at gates C20-C27 except for C21. A14 is an overflow gate and B14 is too, but B12 cannot be occupied as the wingspan is too wide to have 2 planes parked there at the same time.

Have a good trip.


AZJ


User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

First of all, thank you to everyone for your responses and recommendations. I greatly appreciate all of it. I am definitely looking forward to getting to check out each of the airports in detail. I am hopeful that my flight from DSM to DTW on the ARJ will arrive in the A concourse at DTW so that I will have to walk around a bit to get to B and C. Speaking of which, I heard from a friend that half of the C gates are not in use due to the construction? Is this still the case, and which side are not in use? Either way, I have a 757 from DTW to MSP on the way back, so I will get to walk around A a bit.

A few more questions about MSP. I am really looking forward to getting to look around here again. I remember the observation deck, but that again that was a while ago. Heck, I have not been through MSP since they labeled the concourses as the gold, red, blue, and green! Anyway, that stinks that the models are not within the security area. Oh well, I imagine that I will probably spend my time walking the concourses. A quick question, what is this train that you guys are talking about at MSP? Is it just to get from the A and B gates to the rest of the airport? Is it within the secure area?

Thanks again to everyone for their responses. Hoping that my time in these airports will be a blast. I have been through ORD and DEN so much in the past few years, that it will be nice to have a change with MSP and DTW! Thanks again.


User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Quoting Iowa744Fan (Reply 19):
A quick question, what is this train that you guys are talking about at MSP? Is it just to get from the A and B gates to the rest of the airport? Is it within the secure area?



There are two trains at MSP. One, outside of security, runs underground from the ticketing area/Ground Transportation Center to the Rental Car area/Skyway Security Checkpoint. Unless your connection is fouled up, you won't get a look at this, and it's nothing special.

The other is in the secure area, as it runs the length of the C concourse, stopping across from gates C1, C13-ish, and C27, the gate next to the entrances to the A and B concourses. You'll get a nice view of the road leading to arrivals and departures and the two parking ramps, but it's nothing special. It is very, very necessary though, as the C concourse is rather long, which is like saying that Shaq is rather tall.


Regards,

N-Dub



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User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3111 times:

NWAMan,

Thanks. I think that I will probably stick to walking the C concourse. I know that it is long, but I have time and it will give me the opportunity to stop and check out aircraft up close...at least however many are there around 9-10PM at night. I should get to see a D10, as NW56 to AMS leaves at 2105. I don't think that the 333 operates much into MSP though. I'll get to see some at DTW earlier though. Hope to also see a 753 (don't see them that often). My only regret thus far is that I won't get to fly one of the DC9s. I always liked those birds and it would be fun to fly one again. Oh well, something tells me that I will get to see plenty of them! Thanks.


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3102 times:

Hi Iowa744Fan,

If you hope to see any 757-300 they will be parked on both the F and G concourse. MAYBE C1-C8..thats a big maybe.

There are no A330s in MSP...you will need to wait until you get into DTW for those.

Have a good and safe trip! Thanks for flying on NWA!!!



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12254 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3084 times:
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If you want to see the AMS flight, it will either be in the G4-8 area or out around F10-12. The 753s are scattered all over, but most likely will be around the even F gates.


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