Perth Airport Viewing Platform

Airports, despite the fact that they provide services for vast numbers of people, can also be cold and fairly sterile places. There are a convenience and their success, or otherwise, depends entirely on how quickly and efficiently they can move those who use them.

Perth Airport, which services the capital city of Western Australia, has a local reputation for being one of the worst airports in Australia. The terminals themselves are ok, but it is the other infrastructure, particularly parking, passenger drop offs and pick-ups, and a distinct lack of public transport which tends to let the airport down.

However, the airport management has recently instated a new viewing platform beside runway 03/21 which, I believe, is a very good idea indeed.

I admit that I do like planes. I enjoy commuting in them, and I love to watch them. I have this fascination for aircraft because of my belief that one of humankind’s greatest challenges was to conquer flight, and so break all the rules of gravity.

Yes, I do know that birds and some mammals do also fly, but humans have taken flight far beyond the realms of nature, and have even used flight to break the shackles of our own atmosphere and venture out into space.

The Perth Airport viewing platform is situated on a slight rise next to a new airport road which connects the domestic and international terminals. Its height guarantees visitors excellent views of planes which use the 03/21 runway, and it is starting to become very popular, particularly with those who are picking up passengers, but who don’t wish to wait around the terminal, where you can incur huge parking costs.

The platform has an area which provides shelter, and, although it is stylised, it has been built to mimic the fuselage of a Boeing 747.

Alongside the viewing area is a miniature runway, that is 120 feet in length, which is precisely the length of the Wright Brothers first flight at Kittyhawk 17 December, 1903.

Perth Airport first opened in 1942, when facilities were fairly basic. Western Australia, because of its huge size, has been a place where aviation was pioneered, and planes were used to make many isolated communities more accessible.

The airport is currently undergoing an expansion programme with new terminals, facilities and roads being built to help it cope with a rapid rise in traffic.

Perhaps the best aspect of the viewing platform is that it is entirely free to use, and at times when the airport is busy, it is a great place to watch a variety of aircraft land and take off, and to marvel at how humans have managed to keep those heavy hunks of metal flying with such grace and speed.

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