AT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 901 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1524 times:
I was wondering if there is a group of people from our website who live in the New York City area who go spotting or do any other communal activities (even going for dinner!) together ? It would be, in my opinion, fun to get together in person, especially since we obviously have interests in common.
I was also wondering if it is possible to guided tours at any of the NYC airports either by the airport or by individual airlines? When I was residing in Boston (granted this was 15 years ago!), a friend and I got lovely tours from both Swissair and Lufthansa. The guy who managed the LH operations in Boston at the time was supremely nice- he personally walked us through the entire aircraft (which, if I recall was an A340-200), including the cargo hold, and showed us in detail all the airport operations and servicing. It was phenomenal. I wonder in today's far more security-laden milieu whether something akin would be even possible... I would love for example to go visit and learn about maintenance facilities at an airline that has a base here (CO for sure, may be AA at JFK??)..
I'm curious as to others' thoughts, ideas, and levels of interest ..
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2138 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
There is a relatively large group of local spotters in the NYC area - while many of us are A.net members, you will also find us on the forums at NYCAviation.com Most weekends (and often on weekdays) one or more of us will be out at JFK or LGA. We also get together socially away from spotting.
Don't count on any ramp tours at the area airports - I haven't heard of anyone offering such tours in years. The 2010 Airliners International show is being held in NYC in August (actually based out of a hotel in Newark, NJ) They had advertised ramp / photo tours of the area airports, but due to "security concerns" had to cancel all airside tours.