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EWR Or Phl?  
User currently offlineChuj From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 58 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Being located in Princeton, New Jersey, I am approximately equidistant from both Newark and Philadelphia airports. With both airports having easy access by the train (NJ Transit to Newark, and SEPTA to Philly), I am contemplating taking a spotting trip to one of the two. I'd be interested to hear some comments on which airport is "better" for spotting from the terminal buildings before security checkpoints. Obviously, I won't have access to the gate areas as just a casual spotter. It seems pretty clear that EWR wins out over PHL for diversity of airlines and aircraft, but what airport is better for spotting purposes while not in the gate areas?

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User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

I may be a little biased about this one  Smile/happy/getting dizzy , but there is a great place to spot at EWR inside the terminal. Go to Terminal B at EWR right before the NW/Delta Security Checkpoint, this is a great area for spotting in the terminal and no one should say anything to you. You can also try places like IKEA off the airport but I am not sure about security there.

I am not sure about PHL so I dont want to say anything about that airport.


User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

There isn't really anywhere to spot in the terminal's in Philly if you can't get through security. Infact, I can't even think of one place. Maybe down by E there are a couple windows you could look out of but you wont see much at all.
Tony


User currently offlineChuj From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

Thanks for the suggestions. Anyone else care to comment?

User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1026 times:

At EWR you can get some great views by simply taking the monorail between terminals.

Someone else mentioned Ikea - it's off of exit 13a of the NJ Turnpike. There's also the Jersey Gardens outlet mall. In both places you can park in the parking lot and get some great views.


User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1036 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 997 times:

At PHL you can go to the top of the parking garages and get a full view of the entire airport. Nothing is unseen. However, I think EWR might have more intersting planes, more international airlines, more planes overall. I do not know about spotting at PHL.

User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1036 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 996 times:

At PHL you can go to the top of the parking garages and get a full, total view of all airport operations! However at EWR you will see more planes, and international airlines. I do not know about spotting places at EWR.

User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1036 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 992 times:

At PHL you can go to the top of the parking garages and get a full, total view of all airport operations. However at EWR you will see more and varied planes, including more international airlines.

User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 991 times:

And that is how TonyBurr edits his posts.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 988 times:

While I havent done spotting at EWR, I have done a little bit on the rooftop garages, they are a good spot offering a full view, but have a pair of binoculars handy, and if your planning on photos, have an insanely strong lens, PHL doesnt have much variety, the one time I did spot there I was fortunate enough to catch the AF A330 landing at PHL...

Greg



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User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 954 times:

You guys give PHL a bum rap. There is plenty of diversity in PHL. UPS and BA bring in 747 DL AA and US have 757's. US has A330's 321 320 319. F-100's from AA and US. DC-10 Charter from Ryan. DC-9's and all of there vairents. RJ of all kinds including AC has a BAE 146. And those are only the one I can think of off the top of my head. The number of airlines is limited but hopfully that will change w/ the new International terminal. The top of the parking garages is the best place to see the entire field.

User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 921 times:

at phl you can also take hog island road to the ups facility and get good shots of planes landing

User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 922 times:

I think both airports stink from spotting from the gate areas bc of the new security.

However, if you have a chance, Philly is great for outdoor spotting. There is a road that stretches along the main runway and there are many viewing areas along the raod. U can take pics from aircarft whizzing over your head on landing or nice side shots furthur along the road. Plus there is this nice man that sells good polish sausage on the road, quite yummy.

Personally, I think 800am, 100pm or 5pm are the best times. At around 1 all the US 330-300's come in from Europe.

Have fun.

Have fun.


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