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Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 6:10 am

This is not a question! I just drop of one of my buddies at Norfolk international Airport in Norfolk VA, when I got there I did not know if I was driving though an airport or a Forest. I writing this topic to tell about this airport and how funny it look. So if you fly into Norfolk international and walk out side if it look like you step into the do not worry you are still at the airport.  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 6:29 am

And we like it like that. :p

It's a decent airport for as small as it is... At least the parking is good.
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 9:57 am

Yeah, the woods and botanical garden are nice. A little respite from the urban sprawl that is the Hampton Roads area.

Like brokenrecord said, we like it like that. Big grin
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 10:56 am

Recently visited Langley and loved the Norfolk airport!
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 12:09 pm

Gives me a chance to say 'Thank You.' I once checked in late at Norfolk; the check-in, security, and gate people couldn't have been more helpful, even my bag caught the plane.

I reckon there should be more airports like Norfolk (and more states like Virginia).  Smile
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 12:24 pm

Quoting Brokenrecord (Reply 1):
It's a decent airport for as small as it is... At least the parking is good

true

i love that airpot...one of the best comunities too
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 8:08 pm

Quoting NAV20 (Reply 4):
I reckon there should be more airports like Norfolk (and more states like Virginia).

Not to get off subject, but Virginia is technically a commonwealth.  Wink

I love ORF. I especially love the renovation they did with both the terminal and the addition of an arrivals hall. Right after 9/11, I flew through there, and compared to now, security is more efficient since they took one gate out of the A concourse, and use the hall in the B.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 10:23 pm

One of the neatest airports I have been through.

As I was on a flight to Reagan, departing early in the morning, I also recall having had a wonderful breakfast.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 10:50 pm

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
I love ORF. I especially love the renovation they did with both the terminal and the addition of an arrivals hall. Right after 9/11, I flew through there, and compared to now, security is more efficient since they took one gate out of the A concourse, and use the hall in the B.

I love ORF too, but it is a freakin hike to the arrivals hall... LOL

I also hate it when people don't follow the rules on the moving walks (Stand right, walk left).
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Fri May 12, 2006 11:34 pm

It appears the our lowly ORF may be getting the ultimate visitor next week. President Bush is scheduled to be in Virginia Beach for a fundraiser for our local Congresswoman. I imagine that means AF1 will be landing at ORF sometime on Friday. Can anybody confirm this?

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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 12:21 am

Quoting Globetrotter (Reply 9):
President Bush is scheduled to be in Virginia Beach for a fundraiser for our local Congresswoman.

He'll most likely be using NAS Norfolk, or NAS Oceana.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 12:43 am

I agree that not only are the gardens around ORF pretty cool, but the pax terminal is kind of neat, too. Nice piece of 1970's (?) architecture.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 12:44 am

I have to agree that the grounds of ORF are very nice but I'm not a fan of the inside of the airport. The Southwest wing really is horrible, no decent food and a bit shabby to say the least. I try to stay on the other side of the checkpoints as long as I can which isn't the greatest either. One of the nicest small airports in the country is Columbia, S.C. Bright, moden, great food, shops, and very clean.
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 2:29 am

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):
He'll most likely be using NAS Norfolk, or NAS Oceana.

We'll in the past 8 months we have had AF-1 and AF-2 at Norfolk International. And I was at work for both flights. We had a FDX flight rescheduled because AF-1 landing and the airspace over norfollk being closed to all non essential (military) traffic. The were tons of secret service and local police.

We even had what I believe to be a Secret Service Agent dress as an FDX safety observer 3 days prior to AF-1 landing.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting Tbird (Reply 12):
One of the nicest small airports in the country is Columbia, S.C. Bright, moden, great food, shops, and very clean.

It's pretty nice, but my only times there where to go to Shaw AFB, and that sucked. LOL
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 12:16 pm

Was there last Spring and was mighty impressed. Hometown airport feel but clearly built with the understanding of the needs of civil reserve/national guard mobilization. Great amenities landside, and it's evident they're planning to add more concessions airside.

Richmond is also very attractive, and I appreciate their keeping the original terminal building in place. If I lived there I'd be thrilled that I could actually get on the concourse, have lunch at the restaurant, and snap pictures to my heart's content. And there are actually choices of food available in the sterile zones as well!

If you get the chance to drive, both I-64 and I-95 are beautiful, thickly forested, and totally devoid of advertising. HOW did you Virginians write laws to prevent roadside signs from polluting those amazing highways?

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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting Norjet (Reply 15):
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Richmond is also very attractive, and I appreciate their keeping the original terminal building in place. If I lived there I'd be thrilled that I could actually get on the concourse, have lunch at the restaurant, and snap pictures to my heart's content. And there are actually choices of food available in the sterile zones as well!

Have you been to RIC lately? OMG! What a total mess! With as much work they are doing retrofitting the old terminal I think it would have been easier to just build a new one from scratch.

I agree though, ORF is nice. Nice big wall pics of the USS Wisconsin. Always pretty quick to get in and out of this airport and not too bad of a walk from the car rental drop-off to the terminal (ahhh, I miss the old days of BWI before they "improved" it). Anyway, they have a Freshëns frozen yogurt place at ORF. That alredy raises the airport's rating in my book   


If you get the chance to drive, both I-64 and I-95 are beautiful, thickly forested, and totally devoid of advertising. HOW did you Virginians write laws to prevent roadside signs from polluting those amazing highways?

If you really want a treat and have some time to spare to get from Richmond to Norfolk, take State Rt. 5 along the James River on a sunny day in late spring to early fall. Driving through miles and miles of this tree canopied road is simply amazing. And there's plenty of historic plantations along this route to visit too.

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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 9:57 pm

Yes...and the old SAV airport was like that, amongst the trees, until they built the newer airport there.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sat May 13, 2006 11:32 pm

Quoting Globetrotter (Reply 9):
I imagine that means AF1 will be landing at ORF sometime on Friday. Can anybody confirm this

I'm not sold on the fact that he will use the 74 on such a short flight unless he was continuing somewhere farther away. My guess would be Marine 1.
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sun May 14, 2006 7:59 am

Quoting Chris133 (Reply 18):
Quoting Globetrotter (Reply 9):
I imagine that means AF1 will be landing at ORF sometime on Friday. Can anybody confirm this

I'm not sold on the fact that he will use the 74 on such a short flight unless he was continuing somewhere farther away. My guess would be Marine 1.

They almost always use the 757 when coming to this area.

I also really like my hometown airport of ORF. The trees make it one of the best looking airports in the country. Ive also heard the master plan for the airport has the option for a concourse identical to the A concourse to be built opposite of A. This is in hopes of luring a hub or focus city...(somthing ORF has been trying to do for the past 20 years with no sucess).
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Sun May 14, 2006 2:10 pm

Quoting Kaputt (Reply 19):
I also really like my hometown airport of ORF.

I have to agree too. I really like the way the concourses are designed, easy and accesible.

Quoting Kaputt (Reply 19):
Ive also heard the master plan for the airport has the option for a concourse identical to the A concourse to be built opposite of A.

I believe they are also planning on adding a parallel runway to 5/23
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Quoting Kaputt (Reply 19):
This is in hopes of luring a hub or focus city

I really hope some more airlines would look to adding routes to ORF.
Maybe we could get few like: JetBlue, Virgin America, WestJet (International)

I also would love see a few heavy every now and then. The largest ORF would probably see is an 767. Heck I'll even take DL sending back the 757 on the summer schedule instead of the classic 732 they have now on schedule!
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Mon May 15, 2006 2:34 am

Quoting Norjet (Reply 15):
Richmond is also very attractive, and I appreciate their keeping the original terminal building in place. If I lived there I'd be thrilled that I could actually get on the concourse, have lunch at the restaurant, and snap pictures to my heart's content. And there are actually choices of food available in the sterile zones as well!

Heh, Richmond airport is all THAT great. What restaurant are you talking about? I don't think we even have any.

Quoting FlyBaby (Reply 16):
Have you been to RIC lately? OMG! What a total mess! With as much work they are doing retrofitting the old terminal I think it would have been easier to just build a new one from scratch.

It will all pay off in the end. Looking at the new plan on www.flyric.com, it looks like it's going to be awesome.

To be honest with you guys, Richmond definitely isn't the best place to live. I am already extremely bored with it. We moved here from California in 1997 and I have regretted that choice ever since. I'd way rather be at our home in hoppin' Irvine than boring old Richmond.
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Mon May 15, 2006 2:50 am

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):
He'll most likely be using NAS Norfolk, or NAS Oceana.



Quoting Chris133 (Reply 18):
I'm not sold on the fact that he will use the 74 on such a short flight unless he was continuing somewhere farther away. My guess would be Marine 1.

Last year when GWB came to town to talk about Iraq, he flew the 747 into ORF. I was working that morning, we interrupted programming (Judge Hatchett, I think) to cover the takeoff. I do remember wondering why he was using ORF instead of Oceana or Naval Station Norfolk, you'd think security would be easier at a navy base.
 
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Mon May 15, 2006 4:00 am

Does anyone know what time he is coming in? I think I will be able to make it to the observation area at ORF on Friday...
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RE: Norfork Int Airport Or The Woods

Mon May 15, 2006 4:44 am

Quoting Kaputt (Reply 23):
Does anyone know what time he is coming in? I think I will be able to make it to the observation area at ORF on Friday...

Sorry Kaputt, The observation area will be off limits during the visit!
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