Soku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 660 times:
All right kcle Pan-Am747 and the like, I live on the East side so its a long drive to the airport and my parents never take me ('cept for flights). They said they would next week and I would like to know the busiest time. I know a few places to watch but what is the best place ?
Kcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 626 times:
If your parents wouldn't mind spending about $7-$9 on parking, have them take you to the Spectator Deck. It's a great place for viewing the planes. If Photopoint didn't get so cheap, I would post some pics that I took from the deck. It's at the very end of Concourse B, and you can take scanners, cameras, and even tripods, and security won't question you!
As far as busiest times, in personal experiences, there's 3 main time periods.
First is morning, from 8 till about 11. There are a lot of interesting aircraft at this time period, such as 727's, Dash-8's, 757's, and BAe-146's, as well as the familiar 737's and ERJ's.
From 11 until about 1, there is a lull in operations. At 1 until 4, is the second busy period. This is mainly an onslaught of 737's almost all from Continental. On a clear day, you may be able to see 4 or 5 737's lined up to land. There are also lonh lines to take off, too. Seeing 8 737's mixed with the ERJ's holding for takeoff is not uncommon during this time period. You may also see an occaisional stranger make a surprise visit at this time, but don't count on it. Two strangers I saw were a C-130 Hercules and a Douglas DC-3!
From 4 until about 7 is another lull. From 7 to 9, is the final busy period. Another sworm of odd planes arrive at CLE during this time. Southwest has a lot of flights into CLE during this time, as well as Midwest Express, and the charter airlines, Sunworld and ATA. Last Thursday, I was at the mound over by the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant, from 7 to 9, and I saw a lot of planes. Most planes were landing. I counted 6 lines up to land! Included in these was a Skyways Do-328JET! Also, this is the time when fully loaded MD-80's take off on the shorter runway and take-off around the touchdown point on the opposite end of the runway! Talk about deafining! Having an MD-80 pass 100 feet over your head is just amazing!!
As a side note, the only widebody aircraft you will see are FedEx's 2 A300's and UPS's A300. These are not moved during the day. They are loaded in the evening and they take-off at night. The FedEx planes can be seen from Cargo Rd., and the UPS planes (A300 and DC-8) can be seen from W. Hangar Rd. There currently is no scheduled widebody service to CLE, although rumor has it that United has 767-200's on their 6:30 AM CLE-ORD flight and on their 11:30 PM ORD-CLE flight. Another rumor is that Continental will change the LGW-CLE and CLE-LGW flights to 767-200's at the end of the year. The only reason I can figure that the airlines don't have widebodies into CLE, is because the plane would have to stop at a larger airport to receive all fuel needed, since CLE's longest runway is 9000 ft. The expansion project is under way, I will post about that at another time. The largest plane's scheduled to CLE are UA's and CO's 757-200's, and CO's 737-800's.
Soku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 619 times:
Helps alot thanks for tellin me when I will see something other than 73's and 145's I am almost sick to death of seeing them. Ya I know you could see the UPS ramp from te IX center parking lot when we were at the auto show. Before we went in I stood outside and watched but all that was moving was the 145's so I just went in the show. thanks Kcle BY THE WAY
I DO FLY CONTINENTAL!!