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User currently offlineQblue From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Just passed tru YVR and finally I am seeing whats been under construction for a long time. The new observation deck in now open in the domestic terminal. The glass area is just huge with free telescope to use. I think this will be my new coffee hangout. The new C pier has also opened great place, just tried Vera's burger was fabulous. YVR Great Job

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User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2225 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2895 times:

I will have to check out the website to see what they ended up doing. An extensive survey was done of frequent flyers and interested people to see what they wanted in the observation area. Thanks for posting.

User currently offlineTwinOtter4Ever From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2858 times:

Yes I did that survey of the airport. Judging by the looks of things, which I will drop by to check out later today, they followed through on most of what they said. I take it though that Vera's is post security in the domestic C pier.

It has been extremely boring staring at painted plywood on the old west facing windows. At least you can get right up to the good views again instead of having the post security terminal connector corridor narrowing the views down. Should be neat to see, but I guess I'm going to have to save up for the $20 an hour to park :P


User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
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Quoting TwinOtter4Ever (Reply 2):
I guess I'm going to have to save up for the $20 an hour to park :P

Don't bother... I went to check it out the day after it opened...

If you're going to be at the airport already, it might be worthwhile to drop by, but otherwise the observation area overlooks a quiet part of the domestic area. I've actually been by three times already (to see different lighting conditions), and in total have seen only 1 319, 1 CRA and 2 DH3. There is a nice view out to Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island, but if viewing aircraft/movement is your thing, not really worth the time. Of course most international flights will have to taxi by to get to the south runway for departure, but that's about it.

Worst of all (for me anyway), is that it's pretty useless for photography, as from the afternoon it's looking into the sun, and in the morning there are nasty reflections off the windows.

Like I said, nice to hang out/eat/snack/take a break if you're already there, but certainly not worth the effort of a trip out just to see it. Quite disappointing (from a spotter's point of view)...

Dana


User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1982 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

I am very excited to hear that Verra's is now at YVR. Having not been through the domestic since early June I have not seen much of the new C wing. Sounds like a job well done though.

For those that don't know, Verra's is a Vancouver Burger Joint that has the absolute BEST (and absolute most unhealthy) burgers!! My favourite is called the double by-pass, its nice to be young and get away with eating that!



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User currently offlineDIESEL1337 From Canada, joined Dec 2008, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

If only YYC had an observation deck.

User currently offlineConnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2626 times:



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 3):
it's pretty useless for photography

I'll have to agree with that statement. It is certainly nothing resembling Dusseldorf International.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2533 times:



Quoting Connector4you (Reply 6):
It is certainly nothing resembling Dusseldorf International.

Of course, thats only 1 of the 2 observation decks DUS has, the other being at the airport train station, great for some amazing shots when the aircraft taxi by.

I haven't seen YVRs area yet, but at least its better then nothing.



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User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
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Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 7):
but at least its better then nothing.

True...

I guess I just get a little jealous having been to the spotter friendly outdoor/open air observation decks at European and Asian airports like ZRH, NRT, and ITM that let you get pretty close to the action.

Mind you, I don't think there are enough spotters (or clear, rainless days on the Westcoast for that matter) to have supported such a thing. Oh well, there is an interesting quasi-flight simulator you can use to fly anywhere you want in the province, and the view out over the field to the strait is really really nice...


User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1622 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2470 times:



Quoting DIESEL1337 (Reply 5):
If only YYC had an observation deck.

agreed.


I haven't been to YVR in a couple years. Can you still watch the planes from Templeton Street at the East end of runway 26 R?



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User currently offlineB-HOX From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2443 times:



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 3):

I went there on Saturday to check it out and from a spotter's point of view, it was extremely disappointing for the type of aircraft the view had to offer. Mainly Jazz CRJ's 200s and Dash 8's. I was hoping for an observation deck that had a 360 degree view that would been able to catch a bit of the heavies on the north side. I must say the Fairmount Hotel location looking onto the U.S departures have better views for spotting and photographing.


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2225 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

In the old days lol there was an outdoor observation deck just below the old Tower. But then the domestic terminal was the only terminal. I recall as a kid watching someone we knew fly on a Viscount. We even saw her bright pink overnight/makeup case fall off the baggage cart. Sure enough the mirror inside had broken and since we witnessed it, it helped her get compensation  Smile.

Sounds a bit like the observation lounge/restaurant at the Old Terminal 1 in Toronto, the sun was often so bright through the west facing windows it was impossible to get good pictures.

Questions for those who have been to the YVR Ovservation deck: Is there a museum/educational component - ie history of YVR? And is there a live feed of ATC or is it more of a relaxation place?


User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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Quoting Rikkus67 (Reply 9):
I haven't been to YVR in a couple years. Can you still watch the planes from Templeton Street at the East end of runway 26 R?

Yup. The area around there has been built up a lot in the past few years because of the new rapid-transit line to downtown. I was worried the short dirt road parallel to Templeton that everyone parks on to watch the 26R arrivals would get closed/dug up, but it's still there (for now).

Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 11):
Questions for those who have been to the YVR Ovservation deck: Is there a museum/educational component - ie history of YVR? And is there a live feed of ATC or is it more of a relaxation place?

No live feed that I noticed or heard, but relatively interesting displays about all the different types of aircraft you can see, the simulator I mentioned, but mostly empty space and places to sit and eat. Oh, and with all the glass, it's quite bright.

Actually, I took some shots, maybe I'll try and post them when I get home.


User currently offlineConnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 days ago) and read 2274 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 7):
Of course, thats only 1 of the 2 observation decks DUS has, the other being at the airport train station, great for some amazing shots when the aircraft taxi by.

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I guess that the "Observation deck opening soon SEPTEMBER 2009" announcement across the wall in front of domestic food-court was a bit too ... flamboyant for what YVR's Authority actually envisioned having there.


User currently offlineDanielb From Canada, joined May 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 days ago) and read 2260 times:

....speaking of observation decks, I wonder if there is going to be another new one for the extra 13 gates that are being added to YEG currently??? Does anybody know? Hopefully it will improve from what is there currently!!

Danielb.


User currently offlineKevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 days ago) and read 2255 times:



Quoting DIESEL1337 (Reply 5):
If only YYC had an observation deck.

YYC has an inside viewing area on the second floor in the food court area. It is enclosed however and not much photo opportunities there. It also covers the domestic/US areas. International D wing area does not have any spotter friendly areas. Same can be said about Edmonton airport (YEG), there it is even worse than Calgary. These two airports are going through massive reconstruction these days and I am surprised that observation decks are not on the drawing board. Very disapointing.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

Personally, Im completely happy with the south terminal parking lot, particularly when 26L is in use. Depends what you want I guess, you wont get too many heavies making smoky landings but you get all the departures and the bizjets & GA which Im interested in, plus the sun is behind you for most of the day.


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