Bigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2302 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 ?
Tbonecapalbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2226 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.
Trickijedi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2184 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.
Adam T. From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2025 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.
Vincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1983 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.
PSU.DTW.SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1952 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.
CcrlR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
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).
Trintocan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1943 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.
Cloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1929 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.
Bigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1923 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 !!
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1912 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.
Chris in Orlando
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