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Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA  
User currently offlinejcoz From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7152 times:

Hello everyone,

Since I am in Florida for a few days, I decided to go check a couple of spottig locations at Miami airport yesterday (Sunday). I did get to see a couple of nice looking cargo planes, but in the three hours I spent at "the holes" and el dorado furniture store, I haven't seen nearly as much as I was expecting from an international hub (other than AA).

So my question to locals: what is the best time of the day or week to see heavies or cargos ?

While I am here, is there any place where military planes can be seen around west palm beach ?

Thanks, I am sorry if any other subject exists on this but browsing from my phone is not exactly easy !

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User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7116 times:

From my experience, Sunday is not a good day for heavy traffic although you can set some interesting shots instead (if you're willing to spend the day). Saturdays and during the week are generally busier. Also the time of the day matters as well. Early morning (7-10am or so) and later in the afternoon (3-6.00pm) usually have quite a bit of mixed traffic at the El Dorado location. The Holes is good for mostly passenger flights as most cargo come in on runway 9 (El Dorado location).

It might be helpful to check flightaware the morning or night ahead of your airport visit. That way you can get an idea of the busier times and plan accordingly.

I'm not that familiar with West Palm, sorry.



Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF
User currently offlinejcoz From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7088 times:

Thanks, I will look at this, I may be able to manage visiting MIA again on a morning this week, I'll check flight aware too.

User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6938 times:

I don't think the light is the greatest angle this time of year. i was down there last month,and I wasn't too happy with the angle of the sun @ Eldorado.I had a great time there,don't get me wrong. I love Miami ,but ....


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlinebraniffthebest From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

Its all about 1:30 to 3:30PM for Euro and Latam Heavies

Lufthansa (Frankfurt)747
British Airways (Flight One, London)747
Air Berlin (Berlin, Duessldorf)A330
Air France(Paris CDG)747
Alitalia (Rome, Milan)A330, 777, 767
Avianca (Bogota) A330
Iberia (Madrid)A340
Virgin Atlantic (London)747
-ALSO-
Some exotic Carib stuff
Insel Air
Cayman
Caribbean
Suriname

Then from about 5:30 to 7:30PM

Transaero (Moscow) 777, 747
Corsairfly (Paris Orly) 747
Swiss Int'l (Zurich) A330, A340
British Airways X2 (London) 747/777
KLM (Amsterdam)'Seasonal' MD-11
TAM (Every city in Brazil) A330/777-300



move yourself and glide like a 747
User currently offlinebraniffthebest From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6916 times:

For Military jets visit Opa Locka, they also have a pretty amazing scrap yard


move yourself and glide like a 747
User currently offlinejcoz From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6849 times:

Hello,

I was at el dorado yesterday Saturday, not much happened before 9:30, but then some cargos came and went, and I got to see the Europeans flights arriving in the early afternoon except the Air France that landed on the other runway. Light wasn't too bad for me, I'm not an experienced spotter so if there are no harsh shadows and planes flying, I'm happy   I also liked the thunderstorm clouds in the background with the brightly lit plane.

I didn't go to Opa but I wish I had now !

Thanks for your help !


User currently offlinedarreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6811 times:

I was there on Saturday as well. I was in the crowd sitting in the shade under the tree. Were you by rock or standing on it? Next time don't be afraid to introduce yourself. There were several A.net (or former A.net) members including myself there for most of the day. Yeah the thunderclouds in the background made for some nice contrast. Got a couple great shots myself.

[Edited 2012-05-27 19:21:25]


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User currently offlinejcoz From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 6752 times:

I can't say that I am an outgoing person...I'm trying to move to West Palm Beach for work (if Pratt doesn't lay off another 300 engineers...), so I'm hoping to go back eventually. Next time I will.

It was certainly fun to see for myself that a lot of people enjoy this as much as I do.


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