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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4567 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7377 times:

Are there any airports that still use the split-flap arrivals/departures boards? I know FRA used to have one. For those that don't know what I'm talking about its the type of display board that was used in the movie The Terminal.

Like this...

http://sepwww.stanford.edu/sep/bill/...0York/MoMA/MoMA-Pages/Image27.html

I personally love those displays.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7369 times:

BRS Airport has a large one, that I know for sure. It made a nuisance of itself by continually cycling through all of it's options overnight, whilst I was attempting to get some sleep on a bench before a flight early the following morning.  grumpy 


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User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7360 times:

FRA still has one as do many of the train stations in Europe. JFK used to have one in the OLD IAB and so did TWA in Terminal 5. I don't know if PA ever had one in the WorldPort.

User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7361 times:
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Man I miss those. I remember seeing the one at JFK's IAB for so many years.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7365 times:

IIRC, I believe I saw those types of display boards in LUX as well...

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User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7361 times:

Brussels has a very big one.

User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4567 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7359 times:

I wonder how expensive those things are? How would they compare to a couple dozen or more plasma displays? Kind of hard to pester the local airport authority to go that route versus the plasma monitors if you have no idea how expensive they are. lol


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User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7343 times:

Quoting Indy (Thread starter):
Are there any airports that still use the split-flap arrivals/departures boards?

Changi T1 and T2 both have them...


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4567 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7333 times:

Quite a bit of money was spent on terminal art. A board like this is art in a sense. It is art. It is history.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

FRA still has theirs. DUS had them until the fire in 1996. I believe that FRA wants to keep theirs because the feel it gives the travellers more of a sense that things are happening and moving. Makes sense to me, and I love listening to the click clacking of those signs.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4695 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7249 times:

I believe MUC has them as well.


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User currently offlineThePalauan From Guam, joined Oct 2006, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7208 times:

It's not exactly split-flap but HNL has them across their check-in lobbies that make pretty much the same shuffling sound and they look like they use little highlight circle stickers to form the general information. It always catches my attention when I hear the flight board switch info. It flows down the rest of the board.


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User currently offlineRebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

Cologne has one in each terminal

User currently offlineKnope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2912 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7163 times:

Quoting Indy (Reply 8):
Quite a bit of money was spent on terminal art. A board like this is art in a sense. It is art. It is history.

I believe one is (was?) in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Saw it last year in a museum and am 98.5% sure it was MoMA. It was set to change roughly every minute or two, and just watching/hearing it was kind of mesmorizing for an airline geek.


User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7161 times:

Not aviation, but I recall one of the London train stations having this type of signage.

Great. Now I'm going to have that "flip/flap" sound going thru my head all morning.


User currently offlineB6MoneyGuyJFK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7116 times:

Does anyone remember if there was/is such a departure board in the old TWA terminal at JFK?
I seem to recall one there, but I may be confusing it with someplace else.



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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Auckland still has a couple of them. I much prefer them to the new TV screens.


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User currently offlineRB211-524H From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7019 times:

IIRC MEL international has modern ones just for the sake of having a 'split-flap' system. It's pretty quiet but cool to watch.

User currently offlineDiesel33 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

MNL still has them in Terminal 1.

User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2976 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6959 times:

in FRA there is one in Terminal 1 A and another in B. There is also one in arrival hall A and if I'm not mistaken in C, but the very huge one in front of the entry to the security area of B doesn't exist anymore.

afaik the board refreshes every four minutes. I heard this one day, but never count the minutes so far.  Smile


User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6935 times:

It's been 5 years or more since I was there, but didn't MCO have one?

User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4567 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6905 times:

Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 13):
I believe one is (was?) in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Saw it last year in a museum and am 98.5% sure it was MoMA. It was set to change roughly every minute or two, and just watching/hearing it was kind of mesmorizing for an airline geek.

When I was looking for info on these boards I believe one of the pics was in a museum. Probably the one you are talking about. These boards to aviation geeks like us would be like shiny things to rednecks  Smile We are drawn to it and are in awe of it. We'll stand there and just stare at it waiting to see what kind of surprise is just a flip or two away.

Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 20):
It's been 5 years or more since I was there, but didn't MCO have one?

I may be thinking of another airport but I think MCO has a large display board that is a dot type system versus this flip-flap display. Or something like this...

http://www.airchive.com/airline%20pi...2003/TBIT%20departures%20board.jpg



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6880 times:
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Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 13):
I believe one is (was?) in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Saw it last year in a museum and am 98.5% sure it was MoMA. It was set to change roughly every minute or two, and just watching/hearing it was kind of mesmorizing for an airline geek.

You are correct. I've seen it too although the flight information it displays is completely incoherent. LH flights to France, DL flights to LHR, TW flights, PanAm flights, mixing airline flight numbers and airline logos (apparently UA uses BA's logo now!), etc. I noticed, and while the average museum goer won't it bothered me a little bit.

Is there any way I could get part of one? That would be awesome to have in my house, cycling through all the flights I've ever done.

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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6829 times:

Quoting Indy (Reply 21):
may be thinking of another airport but I think MCO has a large display board that is a dot type system versus this flip-flap display. Or something like this...

You're probably right. I just remember it as being a very large board dominating the concourse.


User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

GIG has them at customs (not sure about the departures/arrivals- but I think they are flip too)

25 SA7700 : QF has one in their SYD F-class lounge. Obviously only departures are shown.[Edited 2007-11-08 13:40:59]
26 SlovakFlight : IIRC both Budapest (Terminal 2) and Warsaw Airports have them. IMHO the nicest one I've seen is in Keleti (East) Railway Station in Budapest.
27 Prebennorholm : Oh, how I miss the sound of those split-flap machines. What I don't miss, however, is that there was only one in each terminal. Now there are displays
28 AFGMEL : Ah the memories. Takes me back to when I was young and a trip to the airport was an outing for the family. (late sixties and seventies). We would all
29 57AZ : If MoMA had one on display, it might have been the Train Arrival/Departure board from Amtrak-Pennsylvania Station. I remember that they had a monster
30 TymnBalewne : There's a restaurant in NYC named "Otto" (A Mario Battali restaurant). If there's a wait for a table the host/ess will give you a "train ticket" with
31 PanAm330 : IIRC, MCO had a dot type or whatever it's called. I was there last week, though, and there are now several LCD or plasma screens in its place.
32 Indy : I got an email back from an airport rep stating he things some sort of digital display will be going in our new terminal. If they are closed off to co
33 Post contains links BooDog : You can even have a split-flap board on your computer screen: http://remotesign.mixmox.com/
34 OA260 : Oh im glad someone started this thread. I thought I was the only one that missed these. I remember as a kid at LHR T2 waiting for family and just watc
35 N757KW : Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has them. But they are being replaced with LCD monitors. The units are still in place, but just are not u
36 Flyorski : BRE has a large one. They are great, I like seeing them.
37 EXAAUADL : I remember when terminal 2 in ORD had one...mostly TWA flights
38 Post contains images TEBguy : Secaucus junction (rail transfer station) in NJ has 4 of these huge split flap style board announcing departures in it's main corridor. Said corridor
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