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BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:58 am

Is there anywhere to spot the movements at BWI, MCO, BNA and MDW both landside and airside? Please be aware that I would not be taking photos and I would not have a car, so please recommend locations within or close to (i.e. within walking distance) of the terminal(s).
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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:06 am

Nashville has a nice spotting area open to, and set up for the public. You have a great view of the entire airport but it's fully on the other side of the airport. On the down side, BNA really doesn't get a large amount of interesting traffic. If you want to see Southwest Airlines...BNA is one of the places with an average of 10-15 flights an hour. As far as 'airside' access... unless you have a SIDA Badge, you MUST remain within the terminal as any other passanger would. As far as 'spotting' from inside... the Continental gates have a pretty good view of the ramps.

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:11 am

Thanks, EMB. I'd be going with the sole intention of seeing WN machines. How sad, eh?  Wink/being sarcastic Ah well.

Could you tell me more about this "nice spotting area," like location, how to get there, cost of entry, opening times, whether I'd be easily able to obtain the registrations of the aircraft, etc? I'd be truly grateful.  Smile

By 'airside' I meant the area of the terminal accessible after passing through security control, i.e. where the departure lounges and gates are located.

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:27 am

Well, if your flying in on Southwest, I'd just stay down in the Southwest gate area. It's been 6 years since I've been down in that gate area, so I don't remember how good the views area. Do a search of the photos in the data base. Most all are from the viewing area which is free and open from dawn to dusk.
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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:46 am

Nothing sad about watching 737 action at MDW. As far as approach, you can sit and eat at White Castle on Cicero and the planes fly almost directly over head. The best place to spot at MDW I have found to be TZ's (WN's as of February) hanger. Awesome! Amazing how the 737's take more of the runway than the 757's to take off. So, if you have real good connections and can get in to a hanger, that is the ticket.

Most of the airport has blast fences, so spotting is not too good, unless you can get out to the end of "B" concourse. Then again, if you can get in a hanger, you can get in there.

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:55 am

BWI has an observation area, nice leather chairs and big windows (landside).
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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:04 am

Hey I am doing the same thing, I am flying into MDW on Southwest from STL March 5th solely to plane spot WN planes at MDW, I do NOT want to leave the airport I will only be inside for 3 hours till I return back to STL so which concourse faces the take off and landings? A where ATA is located? or Stay in the B concourse where WN is or go to the C concourse?

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:23 am

Best place for MCO if you have no car is to just go to the top level of one of the car parks. Don't even think of trying to walk outside the terminal building!! You'd be more than likely killed by traffic or arrested. Also the Hyatt inside the airport only lets you go up one level (reception)in the elevator.

WN uses Terminal C at MCO, but after security there are 2 sets of monorails, one for Terminal B (DL, BA,VS etc etc) and then Terminal C's, so you can hop between the two to get closer. Terminal C is the newest addition so it should be a nice area.

Hope this helps

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:38 am

MDW is not too big, if you have 3 hours you can find the best place with no problem, just depends on which direction they are landing.
 
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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:49 am

FLVILLA,

Terminal C at MCO? I don't think there is such a thing at MCO

There are Airsides 1, 2, 3, 4

Southwest uses 2, DL,BA,VS uses 4

After the checkpoint, you can go left to airside 2, right to airside 4. Also, you can jump from 2 to 4 and back to 2 as you please. I have done it may a time when I am lucky enough to get a gate pass or if I am flying out and get to the airport at the max of 6 hours ahead check in time and shoot pictures or just watch planes before I takeoff. From Airside 2, a good place to watch planes is from the JetBlue Gate area, Gate 112, i believe. Provides an excellent view of 17R landings and departures.

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:15 am

There is Airside C at MCO. Not necessarilly a terminal per say as there is only Terminal 1 and 2. But at MCO if you are airside then you can hop between the monorails to get to 2 different airsides. On top of the car parks are ok, but are not that great unless you have a pair of binoculars. Just my thoughts on MCO.


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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:28 am

Dlx737200 Terminal C was what Airside 2 was referred to as when it was first built as it was a new addition to the original plan and still is alot today because those airlines which use it have to use Terminal A or B of the Main Terminal building for check-in and baggage reclaim. I think it just helped sought out some of the confusion that already exists with having airlines check in at different areas (A or B) but depart from the opposite areas which are regarded as the A and B airsides.

Anyhoo Pe@rson, MCO = confusing. But once you walk around a bit it'll all click in.

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:32 am

Thanks for your replies - keep them coming!  Big grin

How many hours in advance can I check-in for DL and WN flights?

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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:25 am

General rule is 4 hours prior to sked flight time. But with 9/11 it may have changed. I would call the airline to double check.


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RE: BWI, MCO, BNA And MDW - Spotting Locations

Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:12 am

Ok guys... I've lived in Orlando my whole life and was at the Grand Opening of Airside 2. It's never been called Terminal C. There never was a Terminal C. The Airsides are labeled by numbers. Then the landside is labeled by North and South for ticketing, baggage claim, and parking purposes by Terminal A and B. A is Airside 1 and 2, B is 3 and 4. Heres a diagram borrowed from MCO's website and modified by me. Pardon the crudeness:



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