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FlyingColors
09-25-2012, 02:51 PM
OK so I'm told this Saturday the 29th is the EWR Airport Day/ Kids day/ EWR birthday... whatever you call it.
Lots of free stuff including parking.
How many hot dogs can you eat? Come and find out!

Chris S
09-25-2012, 03:24 PM
Cool !! Any special visitors coming in for static display like they have at LGA Kids day:confused:
Also any official info on what time it starts and ends ??

moose135
09-25-2012, 03:46 PM
No cameras allowed... :tongue:

alberchico
09-25-2012, 03:56 PM
Any idea where exactly are we supposed to go ? Any aircraft on display ???

mirrodie
09-25-2012, 08:41 PM
mor info? Im off! Is this a first for EWR? How does it compare to LGAs day?

FlyingColors
09-26-2012, 11:27 AM
Saturday 29th.

9AM to 3PM

Its always held at the North side, non FedEx cargo/United hanger area.

On average:
Continental will have one wide body, 777 or 767-400, open for you to walk in, around and under. Sometimes they include a 737, 757 and or ERJ too.
Now under the United flag - got me - jokers wild.
FedEx should have a 727 or A300 for the same.
Expect to see some light aircraft and choppers. ( Varies greatly every year, could be 4 or 30 )

Food, drink, parking, shuttle bus, spotting, all free. At the show pick up a free parking voucher.
Lots of kid stuff, face painting trinkets and what not. Sometimes they have pony rides too.

P4 Parking station has been used for a number of years for the show.
This spot also connects to the free monorail.
Their should be signs in place for where to park as always.

Yes you can bring your camera and shoot your heart out.
It's amazing as you can stand right on the traffic cone outline tarmac and shoot next to PAPD throughout the show - but don't even think about it any other time!
The runways 22/4 are far from this spot but the less used 29/11 is in front of this.
A few times a Kalitta air Cargo 747 fires up and taxi out right next to us.

Their is also a "plane pull" competition going on too by law enforcement that aids special needs. Every year its been a 737. Last year I was in it. The pull that is, not the special needs but some may say differently!

Also you should make a stop at Building One. Check out the models, pictures and lobby of the first terminal. Plus you can make your way upstairs and visit America's first control tower!

This event has been re-branded over the years.
I was originally for EWR's birthday of Oct 1st. ( Nothing beat the 50th Anniversary show but that's a whole different story!)
Then they called it Airport Family Day or Airport Day.
It's open to the public but its not advertised.

** All info above is subject to change!

FlyingColors
09-26-2012, 01:05 PM
COME JOIN THE FUN
United
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Port Authority of NY & NJ


Annual Airport Day
Special Olympics Plane Pull EventSaturday September 29, 20129AM – 3PMAirlines on display, General Aviation Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Food, Drinks, Raffles, Gave-a-ways, Emergency Equipment, K-9 Team, Moulage Team, Face Painting, Puppeteers, Clowns, Rides, Photo I.D’s, Plane Pull, Snow Equipment you can ride on, Construction Equipment that you can operate and much, much more!!!


PARKING: Follow signs to Parking Lot P-4. A bus will be available to transport you to the old United hanger, where the Airport Day festivities will take place. Have a great Day

alberchico
09-26-2012, 04:38 PM
So just to be clear someone who is arriving by public transportation can take the AirTrain to the P4 stop and there will be a bus there to take them to the event location ?

Man this is great. A second airport kids day festival on Saturday and then the annual MTA bus fest the next day. Its gonna be a good weekend for transportation buffs :cool:

http://www.mta.info/news/stories/?story=817

LGA777
09-26-2012, 07:08 PM
Gotta be honest if I didn't have something else to do Saturday I would love to go this, actually sounds pretty darn cool and fun, to bad the EWR show was not Saturday so they could have been combined, maybe will try and go next year and maybe UA will have a 787 to tour. Where is Speedbird1, this sounds like something he would really enjoy.

Cheers

LGA777

FlyingColors
09-27-2012, 11:57 AM
So just to be clear someone who is arriving by public transportation can take the AirTrain to the P4 stop and there will be a bus there to take them to the event location ?

Man this is great. A second airport kids day festival on Saturday and then the annual MTA bus fest the next day. Its gonna be a good weekend for transportation buffs :cool:

http://www.mta.info/news/stories/?story=817

See here:

http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-airport-map.html

alberchico
09-27-2012, 02:15 PM
Thanks. It look like it might rain on Saturday. Is the event being held rain or shine ?

mirrodie
09-27-2012, 09:49 PM
rain is not a definite.

looking to leave Huntington at 1115. So hoping to be there by 1300.

lijk604
09-28-2012, 04:45 PM
Definitely thinking of going. May be my only chance to shoot at EWR.

Speedbird1
09-29-2012, 05:37 AM
First I heard of this. Have no car. Hard to get to EWR by public transportation and get there on time. The bus runs I believe every hour. Bus from PABT leaves me off at a terminal. I guess I could ride the AirTrain to the Parking Lot P-4 and wait for a shuttle bus to the event. Is the event from 9- 3? By the time I get there, it is too late. Is this event held annually? I'll probably wait for next year. Wish JFK would have an Open House; they have plenty of unused space.

alberchico
09-29-2012, 05:50 AM
Take the airtrain to the p4 stop....

FlyingColors
09-29-2012, 06:50 AM
It's overcast but not raining as of 8 AM.

Landing Lights
09-29-2012, 06:52 AM
First I heard of this. Have no car. Hard to get to EWR by public transportation and get there on time. The bus runs I believe every hour. Bus from PABT leaves me off at a terminal. I guess I could ride the AirTrain to the Parking Lot P-4 and wait for a shuttle bus to the event. Is the event from 9- 3? By the time I get there, it is too late. Is this event held annually? I'll probably wait for next year. Wish JFK would have an Open House; they have plenty of unused space.

How about NJ Transit trains to the airport stop and then the Airtrain from there?

gonzalu
09-29-2012, 07:06 AM
First I heard of this. Have no car. Hard to get to EWR by public transportation and get there on time. The bus runs I believe every hour. Bus from PABT leaves me off at a terminal. I guess I could ride the AirTrain to the Parking Lot P-4 and wait for a shuttle bus to the event. Is the event from 9- 3? By the time I get there, it is too late. Is this event held annually? I'll probably wait for next year. Wish JFK would have an Open House; they have plenty of unused space.

If you left at 4:00am, you could make it. Why wouldn't you be able to make it in time? Heck, you could have gone Fri night and camped out :tongue:

mirrodie
09-29-2012, 08:32 AM
Taking the kids to their activities now, then hoping to make it for 1300. Look for me in my black n' green tie die shirt!

W 2 kids and milf in tow!

Zee71
09-29-2012, 09:35 AM
Happy spotting ..... passing on going. The light is horrible to say the least, and who know about the rain. Had a misty rain in the HoBe area earlier.

Speedbird1
09-29-2012, 09:48 AM
Sorry I can't make it today. Found out too late and it takes me with public transportation up to 3-4 hours to get there by public transportation from Sheepshead Bay. Car service is out-of-the question for those of us on fixed incomes. Will definitely try to come next year. Not thrilled about having to undergo TSA screening as it would delay entry and cause long lines. Are cameras definitely allowed? I don't recall seeing any photos from the event in 2011. From what I read, only 2 aircraft are available to board. For future reference, is this event always held the final Sat. in Sept. annually? Hope the "plane pull" makes todays' news.

gonzalu
09-29-2012, 10:09 AM
W 2 kids and milf in tow!

you mean mif... :tongue:

mirrodie
09-29-2012, 11:18 AM
Potty stop in NYC. What's there right now?

Speedbird1
09-29-2012, 03:20 PM
If I'm still around next year, I will certainly go. I'll splurge and take a bus roundtrip from the PABT in Manhattan for $28 R/T then board the AirTrain. My last visit to EWR was unpleasant so I stopped going but this could be fun!

alberchico
09-29-2012, 05:32 PM
The show at LaGuardia had more aircraft but this was a great opportunity to see a 767-400 up close. Aside from a 737 towing contest there were some light aircraft scattered about along with some airport equipment but that was about it. Odd that you had to go through security for this event but not for the LGA one. Also it was a rare treat to see the Saudia VIP 747 up close :biggrin:

lijk604
09-29-2012, 05:32 PM
Got home around 4, but then had to cook, dinner. Downloading the cards now. There was only 1 aircraft to walk through, the UA, Star Alliance 767-400. That was the downside.
They did have a UA 737-800 they were using for the Plane Pull competition. Other than that there were a few Cessna 172's, a T-34 trainer in a nice paint scheme, an all-white push-pull homebuilt, a Piper Archer, as well as a turbine prop homebuilt. There was also, 2 snow removal vehicles, UA giving "rides" (of the vertical kind) in 2 deicing trucks, and a mobile haz-mat truck.

However, the highlight was being able to shoot EWR from inside the fence. The light wasn't the greatest, but, with the clouds the way they were, I was able to shoot departures off of the 4's as well as catch some ground movements after landing.

Highlights...(pics to follow over the next few days)
1) Saudi Kingdom 747-400 which was parked right across the ramp from the event.
2) SAS Star Alliance A330
3) Continental retro scheme B737-900

There was also an inbound UA 737 with a flap problem and they rolled all the trucks, just in case. Thankfully, there was no incident, and all got to their gate happy.

It was great meeting Ben & Mike, and it was good to see Mario at the airport with a camera again! Thanks again for mentioning this event, I'm glad I made the trip.
Traffic was a breeze too, so that made it that much more enjoyable.

lijk604
09-29-2012, 05:58 PM
Decided, I needed to throw a few pictures up from today. Here we go:

Saudi 747
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/8037240467_5f77eb9174_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240467/)
Kingdom Holdings B747 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240467/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

UA Star Alliance 767-400
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8032/8037243730_1877919fda_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037243730/)
United - Boeing 767-400 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037243730/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr


The UA flap emergency aircraft taxies to the gate with trucks following behind.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/8037239993_4f0b94078d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037239993/)
UA B737 Emergency (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037239993/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

SAS Star Alliance A330
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8451/8037243382_33be1e8d18_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037243382/)
SAS - Airbus 330 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037243382/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

COA Retro Scheme 737-900
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8180/8037240807_86266cddbf_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240807/)
Continental - Boeing 737-900 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240807/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr




The T-34 Trainer departing
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/8037240141_c86b797f01_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240141/)
T-34 1200 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037240141/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

Turbine Homebuilt
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8037244106_eccd9102bb_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037244106/)
Turboprop homebuilt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037244106/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

Twin Homebuilt
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8042/8037241111_d11c9c18e9_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037241111/)
Homebuilt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnklos/8037241111/) by lijk604 (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnklos/), on Flickr

gonzalu
09-29-2012, 07:14 PM
John, thanks for the confirmation on the SAS Alliance... no 15 year sticker :tongue: so I don;t have to go in vain :)

Now Kingdom 747, that's sweet!

Zee71
09-29-2012, 07:34 PM
Nice shots John! Ditto on the Kingdom 747 (boy would I like to take a peek inside that bird).

megatop412
09-29-2012, 08:21 PM
Great shots despite the weather, that 744 against those clouds looks great!

steve1840
09-29-2012, 08:44 PM
Great stuff you got there John! Some sweet stuff, and that Saudi Kingdom 744 is awesome!

Speedbird1
09-30-2012, 05:05 AM
Thanks for posting. I also love that Saudia B744. It must be parked for the GA Meeting so it was a rare opportunity like we saw Trumps's private jet at 2011 LGA Kid's Day. The retro Continental is great as well.I am curious if there were lines to get in and if camera bags and IDs were checked. Were the shuttle bus lines long as well? At LGA, we just walked-in after a short wait for a bus. I was hesitant to go because somebody posted that no cameras allowed and that TSA gave security checks which would slow lines down to a trickle. I also felt the weather was threatening. Plus, I had transportation concerns having to go by public transportation from South Brooklyn and the MTA is always doing track work on weekends and re-routing trains. I will put this on my calendar for the last Sat. in Sept. in 2013. Did everybody have to leave at 3 PM as posted? That's kind of early. Glad everybody had fun. Hope to see you next time.

lijk604
09-30-2012, 09:07 AM
Speedbird1,

1) I got to the parking garage at 9:30, and there were 3 buses waiting to take people to the event, no waiting there.

2) Yes there was a TSA screening, but it was nothing like going on a flight. Take everything out of your pocket, and get wanded. No more stringent than going to a baseball game would be. They had 6 screeners, and the wait to get through was about 5-10 minutes. They asked me to open my camera bag, but they did not rifle through it like TSA at the terminals.

3) I don't recall anyone posting here that cameras were not allowed (I think you are referring to the LGA Runway run). As you can see from my posts, cameras were not an issue.

4) As for leaving at 3pm, the GA stuff all departed by 1:30pm, so I decided with my commute, I would leave early. I was on a bus back to parking by 2:15pm. At that point the plane pull was over and UA already took the 737 back to the terminal. The only aircraft left at the event was the 767-400. There were still kids activities going on (petting zoo, de-icing truck rides, face painting, etc.) but I had my share of fun and wanted to get on the road.

5) The clouds were dark and ominous, but a quick check of the weather forecasts stated that was to be expected, and the chance of rain had dropped to 20% when I left by house at 7:45am.

I realize you have travel restrictions, but, sometimes you have to take a chance. I'm glad I did, to me it was worth the 150 mile round trip.

mirrodie
09-30-2012, 08:09 PM
Threw up some photos on Facebook, nice day out and glad we took the kids.

the MIF (true, Manny!) and I were discussing last night:

Initially she felt EWR Kids day was better for toddlers: the pony rides, balloons, petting zoo and rides up in the de-icers were things that we don't recall at LGA and the music, all were a huge hit with our kids. These are pros over LGA.

But I reminded her, that at LGA, there were a usually 3 airliners to walk through, a few military jets and choppers.

Im just glad I was able to take the kids to one of hte events this year and happy to run into both John Klos and Mike P.

A huge thanks to Mike for posting this again. That Saudi 747 popping in that sun was just ****! Felt good to shoot again!

As John said, the ride in was nice. WE went straight through NYC, no problem. On the way back home, made last minute plans with Bubbe (wife's grandma...=bonus hubby points.)

Great day out!

Speedbird1
10-01-2012, 05:27 AM
Thanks for the patience of answering my questions. Somebody did post no cameras allowed but evidently its not so. I will make the effort to go next year. My sister, who is wiser than me, said the TSA screening at EWR could be because EWR is an International Airport, while LGA isn't. The screening doesn't bother me, I just thought it made for longer waits to enter. I will take the express bus from PABT; it costs under $30 R/T, no senior discount. I have no patience to take PATH, change at Newark, etc. Next week, don't forget the TWA Terminal visit at JFK. I have no travel concerns; total cost R/T for me:$2.40 !

Landing Lights
10-03-2012, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the patience of answering my questions. Somebody did post no cameras allowed but evidently its not so.


No cameras allowed... :tongue:

I read that as sarcasm due to the smiley and Newark's reputation. But sarcasm can be hard to detect in person and even more difficult online.

As for getting there, the NJ Transit train to the airport, Airtrain included, is $8.75 each way for a senior. I hate seeing a fellow hobbyist not being able to make it because they don't have all of the information.

When I got there around 10, (non-TSA, contractor) security seemed to be more of a show then actual security. Empty your pockets, get wanded front and back, and have a nice day. They had no interest in the contents of my bag whatsoever. Later on, John and I had a guard that kept coming over to share tidbits about the airport. He was very friendly.

All in all, it was a great event. It seemed a lot more laid back then LGA. Sure only the one airliner to walk through, but there was the petting zoo, pony rides, snow and emergency equipment, GA aircraft, even a guy with a couple of wolves. Not to mention the FREE food and FREE parking. Nobody cared that we were at the perimeter shooting photos of the airports operations and the Saudi 744. I had more issues with the redcoats at either end of the airtrain who were suspicious of somebody getting right back on to go the other way.

It was great to meet Mike, John, and a few others whose names I either didn't get or have forgotten. And thanks for the heads up about Building 1 Mike, it was definitely worth the stop. I didn't do much exploring, the place was deserted except for a few employees and my guards were up after the encounters with the suspicious redcoats on the airtrain. But the models (I especially liked the Continental Boeing SST) and the history were worth the stop. I'll have some pictures later hopefully, still weeding through them.

lijk604
10-04-2012, 08:03 AM
Ben & Mike, I completely missed Building 1. I'm not familiar with that area, and when I got out of the parking garage, I thought I was headed in the right direction, only to quickly find out, I was on the road to I-78. I'll try another day & time when I'm passing through that area. From what you all said it sounded like a place that I would want to spend some time exploring.