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Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:27 am

Maybe it's just me...

But being in Japan, and especially in Fukuoka, I feel somewhat blessed...

You see, RJFF/FUK has an observation deck. An actual place where you can go in the terminal that is open where you can at least see the airplanes up close and personal, and if the windows have been washed, you can take satisfactory quality pictures of them.

Except for Hawaii's mostly open terminal (when it comes to walking between buildings), why is it that Japan seems to take the cake of observation decks instead of the US?
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:34 am

Unless things have changed recently, both Frankfurt and Amsterdam's airports have fantastic OUTDOOR viewing terraces. Oh, and Zurich, too. The US did away with these things back in the late '70's, early '80's.

Atlanta's old terminal (before the current Midfield one) had an amazing observation deck! I was lucky enough to visit it a few times and have some decent pics. You were right in the middle of hub action from Delta, Eastern, Southen and Piedmont. Plus, United was fairly busy there back in the day.

New Orleans used to have a great deck, too, but these are sadly things of the past.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:41 am

Baltimore has a great observation gallery ... and not to forget Burlington, Vermont where you can actually go up to the old tower.

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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:41 am

MSP has a small inside observation deck, but it's hidden pretty well - all the way at the end of the D concourse I believe. You can see most all of North side of the terminal.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:48 am

MIA has "Sundecks" in some terminals last time I checked and also the hotel in the airport has obsevation decks
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:14 am

ABQ has a fantastic deck. Of course, most of the flights are narrowbodies, but the F-16s from Kirtland AFB make up for it.
 
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:21 am

While it's not open anymore, LGA used to have an amazing observation deck  Sad

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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:24 am

A few years ago, I was in Cleveland, and CLE had a fairly decent observation deck. This was before 9.11.01 though. Is it still there?
 
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:49 am

SJC has an observation deck as well. I like to go out there when waiting for a flight to have a cigarette and chill for a bit.
 
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:41 am

RDU has 2 observation decks with a 3 in plan. One is on the Terminal C side near the middle of Runway 23R/5L. Number Two is on the Terminal A side at the end of 23L. Teh hangers that is blocking the runway to the right will be demolished soon so you can see down the runway. Number Three will actually be the 4th Floor of Terminal A when it is rebuilt. The entire top floor will be one big observation deck.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:52 am

Greater Pittsburgh International Airport used to have one before being replaced by the bigger, yet less outstanding, X-shaped Pittsburgh International Airport. The Minneapolis one is in the D concourse at the stairs next to the SleepNumber Bed Exibit. Some of the seats are torn, the windows are outstanding, and the most people I've seen in there were 6, including the occasional TSA agent sleeping or reading his USA Today  Laugh out loud
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:07 am

MHT (Manchester, NH) has one in the center of the terminal on the upper floor.

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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:14 am

Cleveland used to have a great deck. After 9-11 they closed the outside though and now only ticketed pax can get up there. Last I was there in April the outside was all torn up. I'm kinda hoping they were fixing it up and maybe thinking of re-opening it but I'm not holding my breath.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:20 am

In SRQ there is a tiny, but still open observation deck. It only overlooks the roof of the main councourse (B). So planes parked at the far end of the concourse are not visible. But you can see aircraft in rotation taking off from either end of the active. And ticketed and unticketed alike can go up there.


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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:25 am

ERU170,

Are the RDU decks open-air? Are they marked so people know about them? I'd love to visit sometime!!
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:30 am

In most places, the best area to spot is the parking garages anyway!
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:34 am

DFW has a nice viewing area. Not part of the terminal, but a nice set up none the less.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:37 am

GSOSPOT..

The outside deck is located naer the cargo area.. it is clearly labeled..

The inside/outside deck is located inside the GA terminal. Free to go in and a restaurant is located inside also. Just look for the Crosswind Cafe sign out front. The GA terminal also house the CAP.

The third should be opened in about 10 years.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:40 am

EUG has one...but there isn't much to look at as the ramp isn't that bussy during the day...not to mention non-ticketed passengers can't get there....
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:43 am

CLE outdoor section looks to be perminently closed, the deck surface looks like roofimg material has been placed, and the benches are gone.



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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:59 am

Rochester has one- And you dont even have to be a passenger to see it!


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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:03 pm

SFO used to have an observation area, just off of the runway threshold opposite the terminal buildings. You needed a car to get there, but you could park and watch aircraft take off. It was awesome. It was closed post 9-11 and is now a bus staging area.
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:07 pm

YYT has a great viewing area with piped in ATC up on the third level! Not a whole lot of flights but still pretty neat.
 
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RE: Observation Decks In The States...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:20 pm

While not observation decks in the classic sense of the word, IAH has 2 wonderful rooftop parking garages at A/B and C that provide some very upclose views of activity of the ramp. Terminals 'A and 'B' both have rooftop parking however within the last year or so these have been designated 'employee' parking areas and if seen up there you will be asked to leave.

IAH also has the famous Lee Rd observation area


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