legion242
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:18 am

New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:08 am

On N Airfield Dr, directly underneath the approach for 18L, there is a small bluff with a few picnic tables. Signs are up stating it as FP, and a gate that was locked with a sign that said "Open during daylight hours only". The road is paved up to the gate, but not beyond, so perhaps they are just waiting to pave the rest.

Oh, It's going to be a great summer. I love this new location.
Don't make me release the monkeys!!
 
DFW13L
Posts: 809
Joined: Tue Aug 30, 2005 3:22 pm

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:09 pm

I can't wait! That sounds like a great location. Is it west of the runway a little bit, so that we might get decent shots in the afternoon? I'll have to go check it out soon.

Thanks for the info
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
 
BigJimFX
Posts: 301
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:25 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:16 pm

I'll check it out Thurs. So far I don't know anything about it. Just that I was told that FP would re-open when the SW portion of the perimeter taxiway was completed. If what you say is true, it would be very good for spotting given that Summer is coming up and there will be a great deal of South-Flow Traffic...
I'd like to thank me for flying Me Airways...
 
User avatar
Coal
Posts: 2257
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:14 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:33 pm

Wow! That is so cool! Let's go there today guys! We can hold hands as we walk together to the FP in the SW next to the TP.

Seriously, wtf are you talking about?  Yeah sure

Cheers,
Coal
Nxt Flts: MI RGN-SIN | SQ SIN-RGN-SIN | CX SIN-HKG-PVG | SQ PVG-SIN
 
gocaps16
Posts: 4138
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2000 9:14 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:37 pm

Founders Plaza is a nice public viewing park. I've been there twice but I still prefer the cargo area for spotting.
I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in DFW.

Cheers.
 
legion242
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:18 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:35 am

It is east of the approach for 18R, so not awesome for photography, except before noon or 1.
Don't make me release the monkeys!!
 
BigJimFX
Posts: 301
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:25 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:20 am

Here ya guys go... this is a link from a press release back in Jan. I never read it till now but the first paragraph pretty much sums up whats going on.

http://www.dfwairport.com/mediasite/.../070104-Founders-Plaza-closing.pdf
I'd like to thank me for flying Me Airways...
 
DFW13L
Posts: 809
Joined: Tue Aug 30, 2005 3:22 pm

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:21 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 4):
Founders Plaza is a nice public viewing park. I've been there twice but I still prefer the cargo area for spotting.
I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in DFW.

It has been closed due to the new perimeter taxiway construction. Now the new one is on the northwest side of the airport (old one was southeast).

I drove by it just a little while ago, on Tuesday afternoon. I agree, it looks almost ready to go. Maybe they could do a bit more paving. It is east of the centerline to 18R, probably lined up with taxiway F, would be my guess. It's pretty high up on a bluff, so that's nice. One thing it will lack is it won't be overlooking a taxiway like the old one did. It's north of N Airfield drive. But being on the north end will really improve it, since most landings are to the south anyway. Plus, being on the West side, that's where all the cool cargo 747s come in from ANC.
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
 
legion242
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:18 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:29 am

Quoting BigJimFX (Reply 6):
Here ya guys go... this is a link from a press release back in Jan. I never read it till now but the first paragraph pretty much sums up whats going on.

http://www.dfwairport.com/mediasite/...g.pdf

Yeah, but this new place is NOT an improvement in facilities, at least not yet. It looks like just two or three picnic tables and nothing else.
Don't make me release the monkeys!!
 
aa61hvy
Posts: 13021
Joined: Fri Nov 05, 1999 9:21 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:38 am

I was sad to hear the old one closed. I loved that place...Nothing like watching the Euro heavies leave in August off of 17R...
Go big or go home
 
BigJimFX
Posts: 301
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:25 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:47 am

Well as far as I can remember this is only temporary. In the plans for the perimeter taxiway, Founders Plaza is going to be moved a little further south from it's original location. Last time I drove by the flag poles and plaque are still there while all the concrete has been torn up.
I'd like to thank me for flying Me Airways...
 
legion242
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:18 am

RE: New Founders Plaza Looks Close To Opening

Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:20 am

Went by today and the gates were open, so I drove on up. Man, all I can say that this is a real embarrasment as is. Gravel "parking lot" with 2 picnic tables and 6 huge concrete trash cans placed in a fashion that looked to prevent theft of the tables. I am sure this must be temporary, and am glad to finally have an "official" place to go, but I certainly hope they have bigger plans in store.
Don't make me release the monkeys!!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 727LOVER, Baidu [Spider], dhefty, Google [Bot], josciak, kelval, Mexicana757, northwest_guy, PlanesNTrains, qf15, swacle, tcaeyx, tomasem, Yahoo [Bot] and 228 guests