Sorry, I hope this isn’t a waste of people’s time, but I wanted to introduce myself and thank FA for this great site.
I recently moved to Garnet Valley in Delaware County, PA, and I live in a weird nook on top of a hill right in the approach path of 9R into KPHL.
When the winds are coming from the east, the planes on approach fly right over my house, sometimes they even have their gear down. I can usually see the livery (unless the weather is an issue) but I was wondering where the flights originated. This led me to FlightAware, which is a great resource.
I’m not a pilot, but I’ve always loved flying, aircraft, etc. When I see the Lufthansa A343 coming in over my house, the BA 772, a UPS MD-11F, hell even a US A332, it makes my day! That probably sounds lame, but it seems like people here can relate.
Another interesting time is later at night when a bunch of UPS flights fly into Philly, and then depart in the early morning hours. I often check to see what kind of aircraft they are and where they’re coming from.
PHL is much maligned as an airport, and for good reason. It’s very, very cramped. I lived in Colorado for years, and KDEN is in a completely different ballpark. You could probably fit 4 of the Philly concourses into one of Denver’s. Also, US Airways appears to be widely loathed. I must say I haven’t had much to complain about with them, but I never had had to connect in PHL, as all my flights have originated or arrived there.
I know Philly doesn’t have the level of international service that some of the other east coast airports provide, but it is cool that we at least get some international traffic here. Also, we are close to many other airports, I often get a ride up to Newark to catch flights. I’ve also caught international flights out of JFK, I usually rent a car when I do that and drop it off up there.
It will be interesting to see if PHL can pull off a runway expansion project. I was up there spotting a bit a few days ago over by the big UPS facility, which will probably need to be moved for an expansion. It seems like just a big corrugated metal building, so relocating UPS shouldn’t be too much of a problem–but Philly should really try to keep their business here, because they employ a lot people.
I will try to post about any interesting activity I see, diversions, emergencies, etc. Thanks for your time.