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IAH Vs. DFW  
User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Which airport do you guys like better, IAH or DFW? My vote goes to IAH!

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User currently offlineDebn From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

I prefer IAH too. The american terminal in DFW is always crowded and it's difficult to go from one gate to another. The TRAAM is of not much help
either. The mini train in IAH is painfully slow, but I seem to like the ride.


User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 998 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1518 times:

IAH, no speed limit below 10,000ft.
most of the time.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

IAH wasn't that great for viewing (spotting). Especially the international terminal, the long hallway leading up to it has frosted windows! What do you all think?

How is the spotting at DFW? Any better ?



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineBWIA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

Bruce, are you sure you have the right airport? I have never seen any frosted windows at IAH. IAH is a pretty decent spotting airport. They have a special spotting area right at the end of a runway. The other day I was there and I had 3 CO 777's, BA 747-400, AF A340, LH A340, and KLM 747-400 fly right over my head one after the other. I felt like I was in an earthquake. It was great. About this topic, my vote goes for IAH!!!

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Only one time was I outside the IAH airport and drove around looking for a good spotting place - didn't find one. Let me know where the one is that you found and how to get there.

As for inside, I was specifically talking about the international terminal. There's a long hallway that leads from the center area where the food places are, up to the "I" gates. There's not good spotting along this walkway. Theres no windows part way, and then there's small windows that looked frosted but whatever I couldn't see through them.

By the way, how is DFW for spotting? Do they have an observation deck or any good areas inside?



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

What do you mean by frosted windows?

Houston is so dang humid that a lot of the time the windows are covered in moisture...

My vote goes for IAH... Great city with a great airport.


User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1483 times:

DFW has an observation area on the Southeast side right next to an taxi way,where you can get lovely pictures "up close" (close enough see faces in the aircraft and wave back). It even has a speaker where you can here ATC traffic on the the east side.

Though for connecting,I prefer IAH. I have flown Continental when they were at their lowest of lows,and to fly them now,is great. Great employees and service.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1477 times:

Maybe I was mistaking it for a different airport. i will have to remember to check that out again if I ever go back.

I like the idea of an observation area at DFW! Can you see runway action fairly close or just planes at their gates? Instead of going back to IAH I might try DFW~!



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

At the DFW Observation area,you are at the southern end of runways 35L and 35C. And to the right is 35R,so it is sitting between to two active runways. You will get pictures with such detail,you will not believe it. And hearing ATC over the speaker is an extra benefit.

I have read in certain books,criticism because the ob deck in not located in a terminal. The action is out in the airfield,not by the terminal. The DFW people made the correct decision to locate it in the heart of the airfield.


User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

To get to the spotting area at IAH you exit the airport on William Clayton Boulevard heading towards Highway 59. After about maybe 2 miles you will see signs saying Lee Road. You will come up to it (very small road) and take a right. You will come to a little gravel parking lot at the end of I believe runway 27R. Just park and enjoy the moment. Unfortunately, CO pretty much will run the show with an endless supply of 737's.

User currently offlineDeltaAgent From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

The observation area at DFW is great. My husband and I regularly go there to watch the planes and relax. It is still great even in bad weather, and no we are not the only ones there!

I have not been to IAH during the daytime and I am not voting on a favorite. I just wanted to share my opinion on DFW.

Thank you.


User currently offlineDeltaAgent From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

The observation area at DFW is great. My husband and I regularly go there to watch the planes and relax. There are picnic tables and free viewers to get a better view of planes at the other end of the runway. It is still great even in bad weather, and no we are not the only ones there in the rain!

I am also glad it is outside the terminal area. You do not have to pay for entering the airport and many terminal's security check points close at midnight.

I have not been to IAH during the daytime and I am not voting on a favorite. I just wanted to share my opinion on DFW.

Thank you.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

Is it far from a Terminal? Can you walk there if you're waiting for a connecting flight?

Does this area close at a certain time or season of the year?



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 589 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1456 times:
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I definitively vote for DFW. There's way greater activity than in IAH, I just love when I'm on final approach into this giant and I'm able to see not one, but TWO other planes flying parallel approaches into different runways (like when you're landing on 18R and there's traffic on final to 17C and 17L). Personally, I never get bored of so many AA MD-80s. Besides, there's still the big number of wide bodies operated by both AA and DL (767s, 777s, DC-10s, MD-11s). On the inside, AA's terminal is much roomier than CO's at IAH. However, I'll have to admit I like IAH's IAB better than AA's international arrivals at Terminal A.
I guess the bigger an airport is and the more traffic it has, the more I like it.



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User currently offlineAdh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

The observation area at DFW cannot reasonably be accessed on foot. However, the satelite to the Delta terminal serves as a good indoor observation area.

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