captaingomes
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YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:40 am

Hello,

tomorrow I will be going to YWG to do some work, but I may have some time to kill in between. Since I will not have a set of wheels, is there anywhere to go that might be interesting to watch departures and arrivals for a short (and cold) period of time?

One quick point of interest, I understand that for now it looks like I may be on LiveTV equipped Westjet aircraft on both legs, so hopefully I can do a trip report to share the experience.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

Nuno.
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san747
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:50 am

Out of curiousity, does YWG get any widebody service? Maybe an AC 762?
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mel
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:54 pm

It's gonna be so damn cold in Winnipeg tomorrow, I don't suggest outdoor spotting anywhere for more than 1 minute. Your best bet is to hit the observation lounge on the top floor of the terminal, on the west end.

The only current widebody service at Winnipeg is Air Transat with 3x weekly charters to sunspot destinations (A310s). I'm not sure if they're in on Thursdays... I think they are. Zoom will have B763 flights Vancouver-Winnipeg-London this summer, but service is limited to 1 flight every 14 days.

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320tech
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:32 pm

Cold . . . buncha wimps!! I understand that eastern Canada is not so toasty these days either.  Big grin

If you're without a vehicle, the best place probably is the observation deck in the terminal. It's pretty high, you can see the whole airfield, and and you're right above most of the gates.

A good second choice, if you're at least a little mobile, is the Western Canada Aviation Museum. They have an observation deck that looks out onto the southern half of the field. Can't really see the terminal, but if 31's active, it's a pretty good spot. Down side - they'll charge you five bucks to get in, and there's not even a cafe. Mind you, the museum is worth it if you've got an hour or two to spare.

Edit - Both of these are indoors.

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Dash8King
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:40 pm

Its pretty slow spotting wise.
 
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:52 pm

Actually, I have to agree with Dash8King. YWG used to be a major stopover for air force aircraft, but there's almost nothing left of that. There are four modded Dash-8's and a few Hercs that might interest you. For civilian aircraft, it's pretty much the same dreary parade of AC 320's and CRJ's, Westjet 737's, and Jetsgo MD-80's and F100's that you'd see at most mid-size Canadian airports. There's a lot of 727 and CV-580 freighters, but mostly at night. We do get the occasional interesting transient, but they're a lot rarer than they used to be.
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captaingomes
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:28 pm

Thanks for the replies! I wont be going for the spotting, trust me.  Big grin But I think I may have a few hours to kill, and not enough to hit downtown. I didn't know there was an observation deck, so I will check that out.

It should be fun flying today with -30C weather in Winnipeg, and a snow storm with very strong winds in Toronto. Let's see how those 73G's handle the weather.  Smile
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ywg777
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:22 am

The observation deck is located right by central security. its to the right of it as theres an elevator that will take you up there and you get a really good view of the airfield.
Winnipeg gets the occasional 767 as well as Air Transat 310's 3 times a week. We mostly get Airbus 319's,320's though here as well as metroliners, 737's, Jetsgo brings in F-100's and MD-83's. At night time we are the busiest Cargo express airport in all of Westren Canada averaging 50-75 flights every night.

Enjoy the spotting and the -35 in Winnipeg.
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captaingomes
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:18 am

Thanks Shawn, it is absolutely freezing here! I'm killing a bit of time until the next flight needs some work, and hopefully I'll make it back to YYZ without any delays, although I'm not too hopeful.

I will have to check out that observation deck, cheers!
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Fri Dec 24, 2004 8:13 am

If you get anywhere in/out of YYZ today without delay I'd be surprised.. every airline is getting slammed with BIG delays.
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:39 am

Most decent warm spot for spotting considering you don't have a car would be the observation deck. Apart from that your SOL, there is nothing within even summer's temperature range walking distance.

And as for your ventures downtown, I'd recommend you steer clear, it's very dirty and not the best Winnipeg has to offer. If you really want something to do, go to Polo Park. Only like 10 mins from YWG.

Take care dude,
Blair

Also, what are your flights tomorrow?
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captaingomes
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RE: YWG Spotting Info

Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:34 am

Blair, I'm on WS 198 tonight which is delayed until 11:10pm, so we'll see what happens!
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