blandy62
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Fri May 24, 2019 11:57 pm

The japanese airport in general have great open space. Hkg used to have one but I am not sure if it is still there.
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Sat May 25, 2019 10:27 pm

Dock E at ZRH has a wonderful outdoor observation deck. It's a great place to get some fresh air before a long flight and watch some airplanes. I've actually planned an extra hour at the airport to ensure I'd be able to enjoy this location.
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Sun May 26, 2019 4:15 am

blandy62 wrote:
The japanese airport in general have great open space. Hkg used to have one but I am not sure if it is still there.


I came across the one at NRT by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 last October...it was great! Huge area, and access to restaurants, etc. and you can bring food and drink out there. Plenty of seating and great, wide open views of 34L/16R.

Not sure if HND or KIX have observation decks or not?
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am

N174UA wrote:
blandy62 wrote:
The japanese airport in general have great open space. Hkg used to have one but I am not sure if it is still there.


I came across the one at NRT by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 last October...it was great! Huge area, and access to restaurants, etc. and you can bring food and drink out there. Plenty of seating and great, wide open views of 34L/16R.

Not sure if HND or KIX have observation decks or not?


Yes HND, KIX, NGO , CTS .... All have great open space. The one at KIX is not directly in the terminal building itself. You need to take a 5 mns bus ride to get there
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Mon May 27, 2019 6:50 pm

sbworcs wrote:
MAN has the aviation viewing park. Good views as well has static aircraft to view

is that still open between pier 1 and 2 as we called them ?remember as a kid (70's ) between pier 1 and 2 able to walk down both piers ,pier 1 domestic flights 2 for international flights then they built pier 3 with the walk ways mostly for 747,DC10 tristars at the time happy memories ,sorry guys i'm not an aviation geek as much as most who will think me stupid calling a 747 only and not a 747_200/300 etc the 747_sp i'd call by it's name as i thought it looked odd beside a normal "queen of the skies"
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Mon May 27, 2019 7:37 pm

bluefrog wrote:
sbworcs wrote:
MAN has the aviation viewing park. Good views as well has static aircraft to view

is that still open between pier 1 and 2 as we called them ?remember as a kid (70's ) between pier 1 and 2 able to walk down both piers ,pier 1 domestic flights 2 for international flights then they built pier 3 with the walk ways mostly for 747,DC10 tristars at the time happy memories ,sorry guys i'm not an aviation geek as much as most who will think me stupid calling a 747 only and not a 747_200/300 etc the 747_sp i'd call by it's name as i thought it looked odd beside a normal "queen of the skies"


This one is slighlty off airport. Not sure of pier 1 or 2 as did not go to MAN unitl early 2000s so it probably changed quite a bit!
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Mon May 27, 2019 7:40 pm

No one has mentioned the park across from the In-N-Out, Imperial Hill and the patio at the Proud Bird Restaurant by LAX.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Mon May 27, 2019 9:15 pm

AAlaxfan wrote:
No one has mentioned the park across from the In-N-Out, Imperial Hill and the patio at the Proud Bird Restaurant by LAX.


Not really at the airport. it's a good spotter place, but not really the official "airport" observation area if I understand?

Otherwise a Macdonalds near the schiphol Noord bus terminal counts as well.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 12:34 am

FlyRow wrote:
AAlaxfan wrote:
No one has mentioned the park across from the In-N-Out, Imperial Hill and the patio at the Proud Bird Restaurant by LAX.


Not really at the airport. it's a good spotter place, but not really the official "airport" observation area if I understand?

Otherwise a Macdonalds near the schiphol Noord bus terminal counts as well.

The Theme Building's observation deck inside the central terminal area was an official spotting area. Not sure if it still open. Was only open the 2nd weekend of every month except August.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 12:10 pm

The old international terminal at BOM back in the 70s/80s had a nice open air viewing deck from where you could see the planes pretty close....
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 1:35 pm

Aside from being a small airport and thus having not too much traffic, FNC has a very observation deck that you can access for free after security.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 2:23 pm

Iemand91 wrote:
DeltaRules wrote:
AMS has an observation deck complete with its own jet.

gatibosgru wrote:
AMS' remains my favorite though.

To be honest; the observation deck at AMS is a shadow of what is used to be.
With the new Aspire and BA Lounge the terrace is now about 1/4 of what is used to be. And the part of the apron that is still visible from the terrace is IMHO the less interesting part.

Oh, and as of now it's closed. Scheduled to reopen sometime in July.

What is once used to be. Never experienced this, but it must have been amazing. :cry:
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Is that the D concourse, where the schengen area is today?
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 3:08 pm

MUC has an outdoor area on top of the terminal that LH uses (I forget if that is Terminal 1 or Terminal 2). It is open-air, but is behind glass. MUC also has the hill with the view of the "everybody else" terminal, with good views of the runways.
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 3:15 pm

BWI has the Dixon park, in addition to the option of spotting from one of the garages. Never been to the garage yet but I would love to get some photos there. All the Anet shots from BWI that I know of are from the Dixon park.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue May 28, 2019 7:59 pm

VSMUT wrote:
Is that the D concourse, where the schengen area is today?

Yes. That concourse is used for both Schengen and non-Schengen.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Wed May 29, 2019 12:02 pm

thesaladdays wrote:
MLA has a restaurant at one end of the terminal with an outdoor seating area, separated from the tarmac by a chain link fence. Nice place to grab a beer and sit outside. Not huge amounts of traffic to watch but relaxing especially as it practically never rains in the summer.


I love those terraces / open areas airside in sunny airports. PFO or ZAD have also one in the GF.

ACE has two smallish terraces in the first floor, one with cafetería seats. My favourite is LPA where the whole front facing the runway is a big open area with places to drink something. I could spend hours there under the sun grabbing a drink. As you say, so relaxing.
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Wed May 29, 2019 9:22 pm

In the early 1960’s the newly renamed JFK had an outdoor observation deck- it’s where my passion for airplanes started. Although I was too young to recall where it was.

The talk at EWR is the new United Club being built on top of the far left side concourse (Gates 120/130?) and I’m hoping for an outdoor observatory.

I also wonder if the NEW LGA will have one!
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:44 am

There is a new observation deck at the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York City and the terminal has been converted into a hotel.
 
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:44 am

BER has one on the top of terminal, FRA has a large viewing outdoor area too with a lens holes in the fencing. Also KRK has nice terrace behind the glass but this is not inside the terminal.
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Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:44 pm

MUC VIE BUD
RTM has an outside cafe/bar last time I was there
Has TXL got one now? Got a feeling I saw some folks up on a balcony when I was there in June.

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