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What Airports Have Observation Decks?  
User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

This summer, I am thinking about going to an airport to spot. What major airports have observation decks open to the public? Thanks!

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User currently offlineBrett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

I know that MSP has one for sure...

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

YYZ has a terrific one on Terminal 1. Intl terminal for AC and partners...so you're looking DOWN on AC 744, 343, 333, 763. LH 744, etc.

Unfortunately, T1 will be torn down in 2003.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Lots of european airports have nice observation decks.
FRA,LHR,ZRH for example...

My home airport DUS has 2 very nice decks...


User currently offlineJimbobjoe From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

Is that YYZ observation deck accessible to anyone...or just ticketed passengers?

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

The airports I've been to with observation decks-
Osaka/Kansai(Charges for use of deck)
Okinawa/Naha
Miyakojima(Not much of a major airport, though)



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User currently offlineSilverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Just to info everyone - SFO just lost its' drive-in area to progress. I still don't know what that area is going to be, but it will be missed by alot of folks. The other spot you definitely need some binocs.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6202 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Go to the caribbean and spot in San Juan, very nice observation deck . You get a nice view of all departing aircraft.
Chepos



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

AMS is open again (has been for a few months now).
Good spotting, especially for people not accustomed to seeing loads of KLM 737s  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

RDU has a real nice one...I guess that would be a 'major' airport...

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

If you want a good deck go to ZRH. It is the greatest. They also do (suspended currently but hopefully coming back) bus tours where you get to get out at the runway intersection and watch planes takeoff and land right in front of your nose. (ear plugs recomended)

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

Kuala Lumpur - Sepang (KUL), inside the main terminal facing Terminal C and the Domestic one on the right and left side. Its with glasses and not open air.

Tokyo Narita (NRT) has a great one...

Zurich (ZRH) has one on Terminal B from where you have a great view over airlines taking off at Rwy 16 and using Terminal B and one side of Terminal A facing Terminal B.

Vientiane (VTE) at the Domestic Terminal, facing appron.

Singapore Changi (SIN) in both terminals, with glasses but ok...



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8189 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Cleveland has a great deck in Concourse B but I think it's closed because of 9-11. A shame.


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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

well Post 9-11 I don't know how they have changed, but BWI and ABQ have areas in the terminal for observation.

also for what it is worth Goldson Int'l in Belize City has one (a 'waving area' etc) that I go to often  Smile


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5506 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

MSP has one. It's in the green concourse. It's no longer called GREEN concourse, so I don't know what it's called. It has 3 flights of stairs to get up to it. It has a PERFECT view of runway 30R/12L. It's awesome! You can look down on a whole bunch of planes!! I go to the airport about 4 hours early (seriously) before I go on a flight, and stay in the observation deck the whole time.

Continental


User currently onlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32596 posts, RR: 72
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

The new Downtown Miami Seaplane Base will have an observation deck (and aviation museum). Though commerical service is limited to 4-6 daily flights. It breaks ground in November.


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User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

YWG has one although, nice it has facts and stuff on the wall.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

YYZ ob deck open to anyone.

Take elevators from main check-in area up to 8th floor.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineBoeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

I agree with Swissgabe about the observation deck at Narita, especially the one on Terminal One. It is perfectly situated so that you can see all the landings and take offs on the main runway aswell as aircraft taxiing by. I was there for three hours on March 24 and if you'd like to see my photos just email me at markh767@yahoo.ca and I'll send you a link to my album at Ofoto.com.
These three photos were obviously taken from the Terminal One deck.

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Photo © Arthur Yu



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Photo © Arthur Yu


Arthur Yu gave me the address to a great website about plane spotting in Japan but I can't remember the it!



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1960 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

EWR has a nice monorail connecting the three terminals; as it is levitated over the terminals, you get nice unobstructed views. Downsides: (1) movement of the monorail when it's not at one of the stations, (2) tinted glass. On a sunny day, however, one can snap decent pictures.


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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Auckland (AKL) has a nice observation deck in the International terminal with theatre style seating, although since they extended the gate area, the view isn't as good as it used to be.
If you want to watch from outside, they've even provided coin operated gas barbecues for your use (if they're still there).
There's also a purpose built carpark at the end of RW05 for viewing purposes.


User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 858 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Can someone tell me if the deck atop the theme building at LAX is still open? I have asked this before but just gotten many "I thinks..." Can someone confirm? Or will I have to pay $30 for some pasta and the view inside Encounters? Thanks RY


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User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

My hometown airport, Ottawa has some pretty good observation areas, but Terminal 1 in Toronto can't be beat. It was (still is for a bit longer) arguably one of the best places to spot in the world. Get there while you still can.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

The general departure area from the gates in YOW is not bad since everything is at the one terminal.

I saw Deborah Grey there 2 weeks ago! Wonderful Alliance MP.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

CHC has a great observation deck

User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

MEL has one above the QF domestic terminal with good views of the QF domestic and int'l aprons. Landing and take-off views depend on which runways are in operation.


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