Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Spotting At JNB  
User currently offlineVarig_dc10 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 360 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

I flew into Johannesburg quite recently and noticed there was a viewing terrace. Unfortunately I was in a rush to catch my flight, so I didn't get chance to see it.

What is it like, is it open air and can you see much?

I'll be going back next month, so hopefully I'll have time to have a look at it.

Regards,
varig_dc10

2 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

There are two viewing terraces at JNB, both enclosed with glass. The one at the international terminal has quite a long walk to get to it, has a very restricted view of the apron and runways and can get very crowded sometimes, as the glass front is not very wide. During summer it can also become very uncomfortable and stuffy. However, one good thing about it is that if a 747 is parked directly below it, you look right down into the cockpit. I was there waiting for my brother's flight to come in and I watched the pilots of a SAA 747 going through all their cockpit preparations, wich was absolutely fascinating. I could even see the captain sitting sideways in his seat reading the daily newspaper, after all preparations had been done, of course.

The viewing deck at the domestic terminal is great. Very large glass front with an excellent view of most of the apron and of runway 03L / 21R. Take-offs from 21R will generally rotate more or less in front of the viewing deck, and landings on 03L will also touch down more or less in front of you. Most planes taxiing to the holding point for 03L will also taxi past on the apron, great whenever a 747 comes past. Also no problems with heat in the summer. It can get a bit crowded from time to time but never as bad as at the international side.

Regards

Euclid


User currently offlineVarig_dc10 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Thanks Euclid.

I suppose it is pretty dificult to take photo's (reflections etc.) if it is an all glass front.

Never mind, I think I'll have a look in anyway.

Regards,
varig_dc10


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Spotting Meet At JNB. posted Mon Mar 1 2004 19:59:34 by Moolies
Plane Spotting At Sydney International posted Mon Nov 13 2006 11:20:59 by Flyhighunited
Spotting At L.A. Area Airports posted Sun Nov 12 2006 19:24:40 by 727LOVER
Spotting At YYZ posted Fri Nov 10 2006 03:12:25 by FighterPilot
Flights Grounded At JNB Due To Fuel Leak posted Tue Nov 7 2006 07:04:36 by Brenintw
Spotting At Rottnest Island posted Fri Nov 3 2006 14:28:04 by VikingA346
LOT ERJ At JNB? posted Thu Nov 2 2006 22:25:05 by Springbok295
Spotting At FDF And SLU/UVF posted Thu Oct 19 2006 19:39:08 by AlitaliaMD11
Spotting At YYZ posted Tue Oct 10 2006 22:14:37 by BowflexBrennan
Spotting At LAX posted Thu Sep 14 2006 03:22:13 by San747