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User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

Does your Airport have an Observation Deck for the public to watch aircraft ..... Is it good enough for spotting and photographing aircraft ? What and How much can you see of the airport and do you use it for spotting ?

nzjet100

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User currently offlineTbonecapalbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

TPA doesn't have an observation deck per se, however the parking garages give excellent views of the entire airport, all the terminals, and all the runways. Plus, TPA officials are typically very spotter friendly as many people are always on the garages watching planes.

MSP still has an observation deck on top of Concourse D. It isn't high enough to view all of the terminals, but it Affords a decent view of 12L/30R.


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
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Honolulu USED to have an excellent place for the public--open air etc. Now it's only for ticketed passengers after 9-11.

I'd say Singapore!!!


User currently offlineLeo From China, joined May 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Amsterdam has a large obervation deck open in day-light hours, giving excellent views on all piers and aprons.



User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

OHare doesn't have an observation deck and frankly I doubt that one will ever be built. Consequently, I'm a little irked about it because OHare is a great place to be able to watch plane activity. I quite envy those whose cities that have airports that have one. I, on the other hand, can only wish.


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User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

HAM has an excellent observation deck. You can take good picture of nearly most of the aircrafts with a 300mm lens. It's the best photo point for Arrivals on runway 23 and departures as well...


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If the aircraft takes off from runway 05 you can shot the climbing plane, but depends on the type of plane  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Runway 33 and 15 are ok for bigger planes like 757, 767, A300, A310 and all the heavy stuff from Lufthansa Technik which is based at Hamburg Fuhlsbuttel.

You can also shot taxiing planes or planes at the gate or apron.


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there also good photo points all around the airport. HAM is one of the spotter friendliest airport I've seen.

The admission is EUR 1,50 and opened in summer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the rest of the year from 8 a.m. to dusk.

I'm looking forward to your visit  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Greetings
Tobi
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User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Melbourne has a fairly good free observation deck. These are some examples of photos that can be taken from there:


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User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Christchurch has a nice open observation deck.

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

ZRH has always and will always have the greatest observation deck. With cheap bus rides to the runway intersection  Smile

User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

EMA has a quite good observation deck over looking the apron and runway but it is glass fronted so not the best for photos

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6225 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

San Juan has the AeroParque which is excellent for spotting.
Chepos



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User currently offlineTurbotrent From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

BRU doesn't have one  Sad We used to have a restaurant called 'Wingtips' from where you could see runway 25R, but now the new A-pier is blocking the view.

Regards,

Tom



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User currently offlineBrian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

ATL...we do not have a observation deck, I wish we did.

brian_ga  Sad



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User currently onlineLOT767SP-LPA From Poland, joined May 2002, 161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

WAW has an excellent observation deck, You can see all directions for landings and take-offs. It is open from 7:30 till 20:00, but You can't see military area. I would give 9 points for 10 scale.

User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

In Charlotte we have one that is actually on the outer perimeter of the airport...away from the Terminal. It was closed for a long time because of 9-11. It's actually pretty good...it's always packed when I go. You can get goodviews and good shots if you have a long lens. mine has 80mm zoom on it and the aircraft are a littel small in the picture to post on Airliners.net
I think that little park by DCA is a GREAT place to spot. With all the security in Washington, D.C. I was shocked at how close the park was to the planes when thye were landing.
Adam  Smile


User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1964 times:

DUS has two obeservation decks, both which are very good.

User currently offlineVincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Albany, NY does have an observation deck. It was built in 1998 along with the new terminal. The observation deck is directly over the center of the main terminal. From it you can see all three concourses and both runways very clearly. It is also a perfect place to watch arriving and departing traffic on Rwy.1.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7661 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

DTW doesn't have one right now, they did years ago in the Smith terminal but its long closed.....but supposedly the new Westin at the Mid-Field terminal will have one. It doesn't open until this December.

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
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The only airport I've been to with a observation deck is MKE. It's north of the airport building and you can see all the runways and some of the terminals too. The only bad thing about it is that sometimes when they come that way they will or won't use 19R. Another thing is that there is this gate that blocks your chance of getting a good shot of one taxiing to 19R.


It's kinda bad that ORD or MDW will never get one but we just have to make do with what we have(access roads, sidewalks and streets).



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1901 times:
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The LHR spotting gallery is OK, not that big, but reasonable good. The views are excellent though, a full view of 27L is a real treat specially when take-offs are from here.

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3240 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

In Trinidad and Tobago, POS (Piarco) no longer has an observation deck. The old terminal had a Waving Gallery with views over the western ramp but flagpoles made it not so good for photos. The new terminal has no such facility. The locals do hang out and watch planes by the fences alongside the terminal facing the apron but the views are not amenable for photos. Over in TAB the terminal has a waving gallery but it has been closed for the last 2 years. In the old days that was a great place to hang out and watch planes, even take pictures. I took pics of Condor 767-300 and Caledonian DC-10-30 there.

The nearest airport to me now is Cardiff (CWL) - it has an observation deck which features fine-screen mesh but which photos can be taken through if you use a long lens and stand close.

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User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

SJC has a deck also. Pretty good view and good for pics on sunny mornings until about 11am or 12pm.


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User currently offlineCloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

BWI at least used to have one, the last time I was
there was a couple years ago though. There was even allot of exibits and a map of the Washington area airspace, allong with a speaker you could stand by to listen to air-ground communications.


User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Well cheers guys !!! I hope that the airports that don't have observation decks will get one or two soon .....My home airport is Auckland International Airport (New Zealand ) and we have two viewing decks one in our international terminal and one in our domestic terminal !!


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- This is from the Domestic Viewing Deck ..Close ups of the the Boeing 737s of Air New Zealand and aircraft that taxi pass from international to take off

And there is international viewing deck you can see about 8 gates plus cargo (3gates) and the whole runway and pretty good for photos to ....


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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Since September 11, 2001, the terminal top parking area (directly adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel located within the main terminal) at Orlando International(MCO) has been closed to most vehicles, but security does allow people in these areas. You have a full view of the entire airfield, including all three runways) from Level 11 (if memory serves), where the helipad is located. In addition, there are large windows in the Hyatt Hotel open to the public where excellent views of the third and fourth airside can be seen.

McCoy Rd. also has a parking area where you can get up-close-and-personal with departures and arrivals (18L, R). The area near the Delta Air Logistics building (located near the threshold of runway 17) also has some areas where parking is allowed (usually). From this area you can get amazing views of most of MCO's international traffic, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Martinair Holland, among others.

Later,
Chris in Orlando


25 Post contains images Soku39 : I just thought about spotting at DTW in December. Cleveland has a spectator deck but you can only get to it if you have a ticket with an airline that
26 Aviasian : Bangkok's Don Muang Airport has an observation deck on each side of what used to be a restaurant on Level 3 of Terminal 1. It affords quite a good vie
27 Post contains images Bigo747 : I get annoyed with little kids rubbing there fingers across the glass !!! nzjet100
28 TriStar500 : I'm not a local there but recently discoverd that... GVA still has an observation deck on top of the "restaurant" building. You'll find a self-service
29 Post contains links and images ILOVEA340 : from the ZRH observation deck: (zoom not required) View Large View MediumPhoto © Chris Waser View Large View MediumPhoto © Chris Waser View
30 Post contains links and images 9V-SPF : As it seems, nobody has mentioned FRA so far. There are two observation decks at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Unfortunately the one at T2 is closed sinc
31 Post contains images Dragon-wings : ISP used to have a place along the fence line of the airport (opposite of the terminal) where you could park your car and you would have a very good v
32 HAJ_OW : My homeairport HAJ/Hannover Germany has an observationdeck but it's pretty boring. It's open air, but high above the apron an surrounded by glass :-(
33 Kiwi dave : CHC doesn't have any glass on its observation deck and you get good shots from the deck
34 Che : Cleveland had an excellent spotter deck. Unfortunately it requires going past security so now its for ticked passengers departing from the B concourse
35 CMK10 : We have one at HPN but its currently closed because of a "security threat" I talked to the terminal supervisor and he thinks that a terrorist could ea
36 Post contains images B757300 : You gotta be careful of all those spotters with their cameras. They might "shoot" a plane with it.
37 Redngold : KCLE (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, OH): The Spectator Deck is at the end of Concourse B which is past the security checkpoint,
38 Zrs70 : BOS used to ahve a fantastic one on the 16th floor of the control tower. Was a great view that gave!
39 Post contains images Copa737 : Well, Tocumen Int. Airport, does'nt have a Observation desk just a bar-restaurant when you can take photos between the glass.. but of course you have
40 Post contains images Ouboy79 : Not my hometown anymore, but will always have a place in my heart, OKC has one in the B concourse prior to security screening -- so anyone can get int
41 Soontobepilot : SEA used to have one, but it was closed. And beleive it or not, not because of 9/11! It was colsed prior to, with the pre-construction of the new thir
42 Swissgabe : KUL / Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport - Sepang (Malaysia) There is a nice observation deck at KLIA. Its located in at the Departure Level and beyond the ent
43 Post contains images Sunilgupta : The deck at the base of the tower at Dulles (IAD) remains closed Sunil
44 Bigo747 : Once Again Guys Thanks A lot with sharing your information I hope to visit most of your airports sometime !!! nzjet100
45 ILS.25L : Nice to know that there are still airports left with observation desks and good spotters points. Unfortunately nobody tells about how much mm you need
46 Kevin82277 : KCAE, Has a great place to view planes, unfourntaly you have to be a passenger now to get there. But when you go out to the terminal, right in the mid
47 Continental : Come to MSP! There's an observation deck, a few flights of stairs up. It's great, you can see the gates perfectly, and more importantly, a perfect vie
48 Android : Kansai in Osaka Japan has probably the best observation dedicated 5 story building with several observation area and musuems. http://www.kiac.co.jp/en
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