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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5508 times:

After living in the Chicago area for 30 years, my family recently moved to Orlando. It was kind of a bummer to see them go, but now I have a new airport to spot at when I visit them! I'm going to be visiting December 26-30, and was hoping to go to MCO one of those days to planespot/take pictures.

I searched through old threads on here, and it sounds like it is difficult to take pictures at MCO without getting sent away (ORD seems much easier by comparison). I'd still like to give it a try anyway, I've never been hassled before, this would be my first time  Smile

A few things I was wondering about spotting at MCO...

I noticed that MCO has 4 parallel runways. Which ones are most often used for arrivals? How about for departures?

On Google maps, I noticed that there were these various roads that look like you could get a good view from...like Heintzelman Blvd, Wiley Dr., Freezone St., Bear Rd., etc. Are those roads public access, or are they fenced off?

Are there any parking lots in the cargo areas that are good to spot from? In an old thread someone said something about parking in the Delta cargo parking lot, but are there any other places besides that? Are you less likely to get hassled if you go on a Sunday (less people working)?

Are there any other local businesses/parking lots where you can park and walk down the street to take pictures? Are there any nearby public streets (off airport property) that provide a view of approaches or departures?

Any info/advice would be appreciated. Thanks  Smile


The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

I live here and have never spotted here.

I've always heard it was quite hard, all most people sum it up by just saying "Go to the Red Lot". Expect lots of dealings with security or the police if you try to go anywhere else.



-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5456 times:

I'm a TPA regular who goes to school in Jacksonville, and seeing how JAX is just about worthless for spotting, I've been spotting at MCO about 5 times now, 4 times at the Red Lot and one time at the Air Tran MX facility and I've only been questioned once, and that was to check that the cars we were climbing on were our own and that's it.

Its not half as bad as these boards make it out to be.

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 1):
I live here and have never spotted here.

That's a little extreme, MCO is a great airport with some great spots and some interesting traffic, just go. What's the worst that can happen? They ask you to leave.

Joey



I would love to fly a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5454 times:



Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 2):
That's a little extreme, MCO is a great airport with some great spots and some interesting traffic, just go. What's the worst that can happen? They ask you to leave.

Totally extreme, but I do a lot of spotting in PHX and am used to the ease of it and never wanted to deal with the potential hassles. One of these days I'll meander out to there.



-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5436 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 1):
"Go to the Red Lot"



Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 2):
Air Tran MX facility

Thanks for the suggestions. Where exactly are these two places located? What kinds of things can you see from there...gates, planes taxiing, or runways?



The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5433 times:

The Red Lot overlooks a taxiway and runway if I recall correctly.

I'm not an expert (as I pointed out earlier) but I think these shots were all from the Red Lot:

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User currently offlineTonyh21 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

Interesting, did you guys have to stand on top of your car because of the fence? I think I'm confident in going someday now, maybe even tomorrow.

User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5394 times:



Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 6):
Interesting, did you guys have to stand on top of your car because of the fence?

Yep.

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 3):
Totally extreme, but I do a lot of spotting in PHX and am used to the ease of it and never wanted to deal with the potential hassles.

Yeah I know where your coming from, no one has raised an eye brow at me at TPA in over 3 years now.



I would love to fly a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!
User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5384 times:

come git you some of dat good red lot action. just be sure to brings you a step ladder or some car yous can git up ons.

hur's some good red lotting action i gots me in da past:


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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5366 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 5):
I think these shots were all from the Red Lot



Quoting AdamWright (Reply 8):
hur's some good red lotting action i gots me in da past

I'm not sure where the Red Lot is, but after looking at the above pictures (and Google Earth) I'm guessing it's that parking lot to the west of touchdown end of 35L? That looks like a pretty good spot! How often is that runway used for arrivals/departures? How much do you have to pay to park in that lot?

I can't wait to check out that spot...and get a break from this cold weather! It's gonna be awesome.  Big grin



The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

They use every runway every day iirc... generally for the aircraft located on the airside closest to the runways. (2 on each side, etc), but not always the case.


-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineTonyh21 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5337 times:

I just went this morning to check the area out. It wasn't the best time (aircraft not facing the sun) and it was freezing! It's a great area for spotting, make sure you go during the afternoon and have a high enough step ladder (or truck) to stand on. The fences are pretty high. I had two guards come by, I waved and they waved back, I assume they are okay with it.

I'll probably go again sometime this week when the weather is better.

[Edited 2008-12-22 06:47:16]

User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5310 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 10):
They use every runway every day iirc

Oh, ok, cool! That would make sense I guess since all 4 runways are parallel to each other. ORD is a little bit trickier in regards to that, plus it usually depends on wind direction.

Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 11):
I just went this morning to check the area out. It wasn't the best time (aircraft not facing the sun) and it was freezing!

That's another thing I was wondering...what would be the best time of day to go? I wanted to head out there around 10am. Is the angle of the sun better for taking pictures at that point, or should I go later in the morning/afternoon?



The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
User currently offlineTonyh21 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

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Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 12):

That's another thing I was wondering...what would be the best time of day to go? I wanted to head out there around 10am. Is the angle of the sun better for taking pictures at that point, or should I go later in the morning/afternoon?

Afternoon would be best probably


User currently offlineUnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5284 times:



Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 9):
I'm not sure where the Red Lot is, but after looking at the above pictures (and Google Earth) I'm guessing it's that parking lot to the west of touchdown end of 35L?



Red Lot 10536 S. Access Rd.
From the South (SR 417): The Red Satellite Parking Lot is located on the South Approach Road, about 1 mile south of the terminal building.
Exit SR 417 at Boggy Creek Road. Go north on Boggy Creek Road and branch left onto the South Approach Road. Turn right off the South Entrance Road into the Red Lot where indicated.



Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5254 times:



Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 13):
Afternoon would be best probably

Thanks, I guess if I want to catch the flights that are earlier in the day I'll probably have to wait till summertime.

Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 14):

Thanks for the map, the lot is exactly where I thought it would be, I didn't even think about how the airport would probably have a map of that kind of thing online. oops  Confused



The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
User currently offlineTonyh21 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Some shots from today (bad light I know):









[Edited 2008-12-22 17:32:43]

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5494 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5225 times:

Went out a bit Monday afternoon to get the NW 744 that was here.

User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5156 times:



Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 16):
Some shots from today

Thanks for posting those. In the first two the fence looks pretty high. Were those taken from the ground or were you standing on your car?

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 17):
Went out a bit Monday afternoon to get the NW 744 that was here

That doesn't sound like a plane that normally comes to your airport, was it some kind of charter? Is there anything interesting coming in this weekend?



The roofs are full of snow in Petrograd!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5143 times:



Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 18):
That doesn't sound like a plane that normally comes to your airport, was it some kind of charter? Is there anything interesting coming in this weekend?

Probably a charter for the bowl games this weekend.

We do get 747s from overseas regularly though.



-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5134 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 3):
Totally extreme, but I do a lot of spotting in PHX and am used to the ease of it

Amen to that. PHX is great. No troubles on the parking decks.

Quoting AdamWright (Reply 8):
come git you some of dat good red lot action. just be sure to brings you a step ladder or some car yous can git up ons.



hur's some good red lotting action i gots me in da past:

Is that how you talk to ATC??? Big grin

Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 11):
I just went this morning to check the area out. It wasn't the best time (aircraft not facing the sun) and it was freezing!

Ummm...you're from Chicago????...what exactly is FREEZING in Orlando?????!!!

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 17):
Went out a bit Monday afternoon to get the NW 744 that was here.

Is that being repainted here?

Quoting Maestra80 (Thread starter):
I searched through old threads on here, and it sounds like it is difficult to take pictures at MCO without getting sent away (ORD seems much easier by comparison).

Totally agree there. Never had a problem at ORD despite what some think.

Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 2):
Its not half as bad as these boards make it out to be.

Not always your sentiments, admit that.

Quoting Maestra80 (Thread starter):
In an old thread someone said something about parking in the Delta cargo parking lot,

That is for 17R (then, 17) landings. But since 17L opened, it is the primary runway for arrivals on the east side.



Maestra,

A bunch of us have an e-mail group that revolves MOSTLY around MCO/SFB spotting. Oh, yes, don't forget you have another airport in the Orlando area. One with airlines you really won't see anywhere else in the USA.

E-mail me if you want to add your name.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineTonyh21 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5128 times:



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):

Ummm...you're from Chicago????...what exactly is FREEZING in Orlando?????!!!

Who said I was from Chicago? haha, double check on that.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5083 times:



Quoting Tonyh21 (Reply 21):
Who said I was from Chicago? haha, double check on that.

My bad, got you confused with the OP



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5494 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5065 times:

Another 744 is coming in today from MSN, looks like after 8pm now. World Airways DC-10 N136WA is also coming in around 6:45pm.

User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 837 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5044 times:

How much does it cost to stay at the Red Lot?

I want to find a good place to go planespotting at MCO also and that sounds good.


25 Dazed767 : The cost for Satellite Parking is $4 for the first 3 hours, after which the daily rate of $10 per 24-hour period applies. Ugh the NW 744 left this mo
26 Plainplane : Maybe I will have to go to the red lot sometime...
27 Maestra80 : That sounds really cool! I wish the spotters around O'Hare would do something like that. I'll be sending you an email. Nice! I hope I can catch somet
28 Dazed767 : Delta DC-9 was in last night and again around 11am today. LH A346 MIGHT just squeek in today before sunset....actually it due right at sunset last I c
29 Plainplane : I'm going to the Red Lot tomorrow. Is it a big parking garage type thing or is it just a standard parking lot?
30 AdamWright : Its called the Red LOT. Not the Red PARKING GARAGE... okay?
31 Maestra80 : Alright, so I made it out to the Red Lot today for some New Year's Eve spotting, and had a blast! I had to stand on the roof of my ma's 4Runner to get
32 Tonyh21 : It might be better if we go as a group, or even in pairs. Might look less suspicious to people. I had a couple of people stare at me while I spotted t
33 Sluger020889 : I find there's always safety in numbers, especially when spotting. Joey
34 797 : Hey! I have been spotting at MCO several times and the parking lot has never been a problem for me. I don't believe people called to tell them they w
35 727LOVER : And it's at MCO !! Surprise, surprise!
36 Maestra80 : Actually, the first two hours I was there, my ma and bro were with me (in addition to another photographer standing like 30 feet away from us). When
37 Post contains links 727LOVER : Found this little ditty: PHOTOGRAPHERS – PLEASE TAKE NOTE! Photography is strictly forbidden anywhere at Orlando International Airport (including p
38 Whappeh : Wouldn't that be kind of a bad place to shoot at? Seems like its too high up.
39 Dazed767 : Yeah middle of July top of the parking garage. Dodge lightning strikes, suffering from heat strokes and shooting heat hazed shots all day, count me in
40 Maestra80 : Nice choice of words. Or is that what he referred to himself as when he emailed you? Yeah, my mom said that she saw security drive by before too and
41 727LOVER : THE LIGHT POLE BANDIT What night does this air?
42 N701DN : Interesting. I wonder what jurisdiction the GOAA thinks it has on public streets paid for and maintained with taxpayer monies. They've had that littl
43 Tonyroberts09 : Thanks, I guess if I want to catch the flights that are earlier in the day I'll probably have to wait till summertime.
44 Post contains images N701DN : Spent six hours at MCO yesterday. No hassle whatsoever. A few examples:
45 Whappeh : Stunning light. I may meander out there some time in the coming week, if anyone would care to join.
46 KaiGywer : MCO looks like a good place to go spotting. Maybe I'll have to make it a daytrip
47 Post contains links and images Dazed767 : Went out for a bit today, no probs and the weather was awesome. [Edited 2009-01-08 17:29:07]
48 Maestra80 : Wow, 6 hours with no problems? Must've been a fun day. Nice pics too btw. um, nice title you got there for that picture. Is that the best you could c
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