Chuj From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 58 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 925 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?
I LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 883 times:
I may be a little biased about this one , 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.
AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 872 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.
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 801 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.
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 800 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.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 792 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...
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UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 758 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.
Qantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 726 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.