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MIA Spottng Perch - New Intermodal Center  
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4456 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

I did some excellent spotting a few weeks ago on the top level of the new Intermodal Center at MIA. Just passing it along to anyone looking for a good spot for MIA photography!

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User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

What about security? Any issues?


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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

I was there again this afternoon. Absolutely nobody around. I setup on the far northwest corner of the structure. Was great because the winds were coming from the west today, so I got a lot of video of landings on 26R.

User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to pay a visit.


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User currently onlineandrew50 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5425 times:
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Where is it exactly located, and would it be good for 27 and 30 ops photography. Thanks.

User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

Quoting andrew50 (Reply 4):
Where is it exactly located, and would it be good for 27 and 30 ops photography. Thanks.

The best description I can give of where it is - it's on the top level of the Intermodal Center and at the far northwest corner.

It's only good for ops on the north runways (though fortunately those are the "busy" runways).


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5340 times:
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This location would be best for the Westerly flow they've been using the last couple of days, especially in the afternoon for approach shots.

Do mean at the top of Rental Car Center or on the actual platform or concourse levels of the new station being constructed?

If you mean the latter, you'll have some serious problems if any of our contractors see you. This project is an OSHA certified project, so if you're on the project site, be ready for major issues. For the time being, it's private property and anyone entering the site must be employed by one of the subcontractors and certified by the primary contractor with work site safety training and third rail training. (That's why I get to spot from there on my lunch break).

TIS



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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
Do mean at the top of Rental Car Center or on the actual platform or concourse levels of the new station being constructed?

Top of the rental car center. Totally open to the public.


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5285 times:
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Oil. The top of the rental car center is fine. You're right, it's open to the public. But I don't believe it's actually PUBLIC PROPERTY, so you may still be asked to leave, or approached authorities.

TIS



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User currently offlineGaryck From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5279 times:
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Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 8):
The top of the rental car center is fine. You're right, it's open to the public. But I don't believe it's actually PUBLIC PROPERTY, so you may still be asked to leave, or approached authorities.

I collected my rental car from there so was pretty much ok for photography in November last year. A cop car drove by, didn't ask me any questions.

To be honest I didn't really like the location, found the sun a little harsh, but I was there just after mid-day. I would've thought late afternoon and during sunset this location will produce some great shots of aircraft arriving on 26L and R

Here is a small over view of what you see from the the far corner, you can get aircraft in the air with nothing but blue sky as a background, or subject to Heat haze and lens a nice overview of the airfield and paint/maint areas.


http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/382/n811nn.jpg

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/2878/carpark2m.jpg

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4883/carparkj.jpg

Gary



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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4456 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 5269 times:

Quoting Garyck (Reply 9):
found the sun a little harsh, but I was there just after mid-day

Yeah, you're telling me! I was there about 3pm on Sunday and even though the temps were "only" about 80 degrees F, it was still kind of brutal with all that white cement from the pavement and walls of the structure all around reflecting and concentrating the heat. One definitely needs to bring a lot of water if they're going to be there midday.

But I still think it's a great spot when they're landing to the west.


User currently offlinebraniffthebest From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4772 times:

These shots are amazing! but where is the Intermodal Center? Is it the new large parking lot they just built? I spent a good hour looking for it and I just ended up at El Dorado, I think I may be confused onto which side of the airport its on though.

[Edited 2012-04-17 15:50:18]


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User currently offlineAusf35 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

I've never been to America before but I had a look at the car rental building on Google Earth and it looks like a good spot. It might help looking on Google Earth so you can find directions to get there.

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
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Quoting braniffthebest (Reply 11):

The Rental Car Center (the Intermodal Center isn't operational yet) is on the East side of the airport, off of Le Jeune Road. If you ended up at El Dorado you were on the completely wrong side. The Rental Car Center will also only be good for Westerly flow, since Easterly takeoffs will be much too high.

TIS



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

East side of airport......but are we talking east or west side of Lejune? The one problem is, when westerlies, the north side is much higher AA percentage than the south side.


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