SNA Airport Tour FREE

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  1. lisamcgu
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    lisamcgu Gold Member

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    I was thinking this might be fun to do before a flight with my daughter :D

    http://www.ocair.com/CommunityRelations/tourprogram.aspx


    Guided tours of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal are offered, free of charge, as part of the John Wayne Airport Public Affairs Program. Volunteer tour guides, including private pilots, teachers, executives and Airport employees, donate their time to familiarize the public with the Terminal.
    Tour Features - Tours begin at the John Wayne statue on the Arrival (lower) Level (bring your camera!). Groups view and receive explanations of how planes fly, the Wright Brothers flight, terminal architecture, historical photo displays, rental car areas, baggage carousels, airline ticket counter areas, security checkpoints, flight display monitors, paging, and skycap activity. The last stop on the tour is an area where the participants can view the airfield and planes taking off and landing. Due to heightened security, tour groups are currently NOT permitted entry to the secured side of the Terminal. (The FAA does not permit tours of the Control Tower. The Fire Station does not allow tours.)
    Scheduling a Tour - Tours are scheduled in advance (usually two or more weeks). To arrange a tour, please call the John Wayne Airport tour coordinator. Tours are offered at non-peak traffic hours, usually 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (call regarding other start times). Saturday tours can also be arranged. The tour lasts between 1 to 1-1/2 hours. There is no charge for the tour.
    Group Size - Tour groups can be as small as two or three participants, and are limited to a maximum of 25, including chaperones. Larger groups (a maximum of 50 people on a given day) can be accommodated, but will be divided into two groups who will tour simultaneously. Children must be at least five years old and/or in first grade and must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adult chaperones. High School and college tours may be arranged with aviation career speakers provided.
    Parking - For private cars, convenient short-term parking is available in all the lots at a cost of $2 per hour. This is the only cost involved for the tour. Due to heightened security, all vehicles may be searched when entering the parking structures
     
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    Did I mention that tours last around an hour, maybe a bit more, and may be as few "as two or three participants." Available during non-peak times, it seems to be a pick your own time as well.
     
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    This was sounding great! Until I got to the part about not being behind security. Not being allowed in the tower nor the fire station were just kicking me while I was down.
     
  4. gregm

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    I love that airport.
     
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