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10-15-2003, 05:56 AM
Hey guyz would love to know what was your best airport experience that is what Airport do u like the most :D and y ;)
For me it has to be VHHH Chep-Lap-kok :D
Excellent view , big clean terminals very well organized and managed !
10-15-2003, 06:52 AM
>what Airport do u like the most :D and y
EDHE (Uetersen, Germany, Europe).
From there I made my first real flight ever in a single prop (C152), you can rent a lot of fine Cessnas at a reasonable price, they got a nice restaurant, I know a lot of friendly people there and a few weeks ago someone invited me for a free ride in his fantastic Mooney Bravo...
10-15-2003, 08:30 AM
Oshkosh/Wiitman Regional.....for obvious reasons.
Other than OSH, I like Chicago Midway because I've been there a lot, and know it very well. I also like LAX because you can see just about any airliner there, from all across the globe.
10-15-2003, 11:15 AM
What you look for will probably differ if your a pilot or passenger.
Never flown commercial, but as a pilot I like a lounge with friendly staff. Linepeople I don't have to explain what fill it to the tabs means. Clean lounge and a computer and telephone I can get the big picture of the weather.
Elmira Corning Regional gets points for all the above and having free soft ice creme ..all you can eat.
Burlington VT has an excellent FBO and a nice view of the airport from the airport cafe. I have one big complaint with them. BUY SOME FLY PAPER OR TRAPS!!!!! I do not enjoy competiting with the local fly population for my lunch.
Haven't been there in years but the all time best for me was Catskill Flying Service in Freehold. The beautiful Catskill mountins, grass runway with J-3 Cubs you can do dual on. A porch with a well stocked soda machine you can sit in the lounge chairs and watch the planes come and go. Ahhhh...that was flying.
The worst place I have been so far has been Worchester Ma. Swissport had sullen service, had to use my cell to call out for flight service. They nailed me for a landing fee and parking just to buy fuel, go to the bathroom and call for weather. I got threatened with prop lock rental. Needless to say I will glide to another airport deadstick rather than land there for fuel any day.
10-15-2003, 01:14 PM
Atlanta. Its a great design. Its busy with a lot of people, big windows with great ramp views.
10-15-2003, 02:14 PM
Hmm, my best airport experience would have to be when I first moved to America on July 4th 1999. We stopped in Chicago O'haire. The place was as clean as a whistle, and while I was waiting I got a GREAT back massage from this professional.
Also, when I was in London, Heathrow last summer, I was in the Air Canada Lounge. They give you a towel and your own personal shower. This was in the arrivals lounge, not the departures lounge.
I guess those are my two best experinces. Everything else is the same, one big blur of running to gates and trying to understand that langugage of the country I had visited
10-15-2003, 08:13 PM
Mine would be the FBO, Signature, at BWI. Very pretty and clean, had six flavors of Ice Cream and free coffee. We got stuck there because of T-storms and they took us out to dinner in the van and treated us great. Of course it cost about $200 a landing, but I didn't pay so I didn't care. I also love the Signature up in Albany, NY, but I just dropped off a person there for 10 minutes so I don't remeber it too well............
All I can tell you in good taste about my best airport experience is this: KC-10 ARO compartment, Rota,Spain, me and AIC Linda something.
But the 2nd best that comes to mind(lot's of 2nd bests,really) was watching two SR-71's taxi and take off......I think I was in England somewhere.They went straight up with a huge roar.I had just joined the USAF so that was a huge thrill.
10-15-2003, 08:47 PM
KPHX. Without a doubt...My home airport. I have worked there, I fly out of there. It's a new airport, it's big and spacious...It's in ARIZONA..It rocks..what else is there to say.
10-16-2003, 11:24 AM
One of the most fun trips I had was on a Dash 8 into Toronto City Centre. Fantastic view of the skyline, and to add a bit of a thrill it was a really bumpy approach (My wife didn't think too much of that).
It's a great airport in flightsim as well, for those who miss Meigs.
Reagan Airport is cool too, but I haven't been there post 9-11.
10-16-2003, 02:48 PM
When did you take that trip on Dash8 into Toronto City Centre?
I was just wondering because my friend pilots the Air Canada Jazz Dash 8 in and out of City Centre. I've actually never flown with him yet, was he a good captain?lol
10-17-2003, 12:49 AM
Signature at Dulles. The best pilot lounge in the universe.
I18, Jackson Co, WV. Cheapest fuel in the East and excellent ramp service.
Blacksburg, VA just there today, was a very nice terminal.
Latrobe, PA, Arnold Palmer, has the Blue Max restaraunt which has great food.
Before the hysteria, College Park, MD had the 93rd (?) Bomb Group restaraunt which was also very good when I was there two years ago.
I love Urbana, OH for its little restaraunt and self-serve pumps.
Oh there are just too many to list.
Mine has always been St. Louis, Lambert. On flights from NYC to Seattle, I have purposefully booked a LGA to STL to SEA becauase at the American Airlines Terminal, they have a smoking booth. Was I relieved to find that the first time I was there. It's like a little glass room with benches. Haven't seen that in other airports I've been to. Not in NYC or Chicago.
10-17-2003, 04:39 PM
Though I am a die hard KORD man (lived here all my life) I love KSNA and KPHX. Both great for plane spotting from both inside and outside, and the weather is never bad for taking pics either!
Best experience? When I got to sit in the flight deck at KORD on an AA 777 while the pilot was prepping the plane for a flight to Japan. We talked systems, planes, and he was suprised at how much I knew about the flight deck and it's workings - which made me feel 10 feet tall!!! I did NOT want to get out of that seat!!! :-lol
10-17-2003, 07:52 PM
>Signature at Dulles. The best pilot lounge in the universe.
I was thinking of listing that one. I loved the seprate bedrooms for the pilots. Sure beats the normal Lazy-boy at the normal FBO after 8 hours of flying.
10-18-2003, 11:24 AM
I used to work for UAL and I probably flew close to 100k miles in a little over 2 years, one of the great benefits working for an airline, albeit on standby. Without a doubt, HKG (or HHH), is the best. Heck, it's a few years young! And it was built right!It's big, organized, clean, and airport personnel are friendly. Whenever I fly to Asia, even if it means paying a few extra bucks, I will always fly through HKG, because that airport is that good! The worst: JFK & LON.
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