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CVG Spotting Area: Still Open?  
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Posted (14 years 20 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Back in August I had the pleasure of visiting CVG Airport and spending about six hours at the airport's huge spotting area. The area had piped in ATC over three loudspeakers, parking for about thirty cars, several port-o-potties, two newspaper racks, and garbage cans. It was at the approach end of Runway 27 and raised up from the runways about 50 feet (by my estimation.)

Is this area still open to the public, with increased security?


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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2315 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (14 years 19 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I visited Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport's observation area a few weeks ago, and I'm glad to report that it's still open. There is no increased security, however live ATC conversations are no longer available. But at least it's open, it's definitely one of the best airport observation areas I have ever been to.

User currently offlineNorthwestCRJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 19 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Nobody ever talks about CVG! I didn't even know this existed. If I ever fly through CVG, and I have hours to spare, I'll have to visit this place.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

I discovered the viewing area at CVG on the way to Spring break in Panama City Florida on thedrive down. I always would leave early from Detroit so i could stop at the airports on my way down CVG, Louisville and Nashville. I drove around CVG perimeter looking for a place to view when I had already given up and i thought that i had gotten away from the airport. Then my buddy who was riding with me said something about a sign for an airplane viewing area. So we turned around and drove up the little hill to it. Back then it was just a parking lot an thats all, no portapotty, the speaker system is relatively new. I just discovered it last may. It wasn't there two years ago.

User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

yes indeed, no more ATC  Sad
oh well it's still fun to watch 'em fly, I went there the day before yesterday.

User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Does anybody know of good places for action photography outside of CVG's perimeter (besides the obsvervation lot)?


User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2315 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 12 months ago) and read 2102 times:

If you're planning on visiting the observation area while making a connection in CVG, you'll either have to rent a car or make sure it's an EXTREMELY long connection. The observation area is located on the other side of the airfield, and would be quite a walk from the terminal.

Midway DC9-10:
The only other place I can think of might be at Comair's headquarters, however I'm not sure if area there have been blocked off or have increased security. However it's right on the airport, but I don't believe it actually is airport property. The best area by far though remains the official observation area.

User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2098 times:


Thanks for the information. I've been down there once before and it seemed to be very hard to find a good location to get approach shots. I will check out this spot next time I get down there.


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