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Should I Cancel My Trip To FLL/MIA This Month?  
User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1578 posts, RR: 7
Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

I had planned on taking the third week off of work to go down to FLL and MIA. I have been trying to get down there the past few years. I've never been there before. I was really looking forward to visiting these two airports...then I heard about the lot closure at FLL.

Should I still go or save the FF miles? I want quality photography spots (I'm not interested in just spotting). Any close up spots remaining at FLL or MIA? Whenever I visit a new airport I usually know somebody from the area that I can contact for information, but I honestly don't know anyone from the area. I'm just wondering if I should save this trip for next year (though things can only get worse...maybe this is the best it's going to be for a while).

Mark Abbott
Denver, CO


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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

MIA reportedly still OK (photo holes and El Dorado), FLL obviously less so though I believe that the parking garage at FLL is still OK (not "close up" there though). No doubt some further reports about the situation at MIA will emerge over the next week or so as the annual slide trading convention takes place there next week.

Andy


User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

MIA is very much open for photography. For the past several weeks there are 8-10 people on the weekends at the photography holes at 9L/12, the authorities have not been any problem. On the other side I have heard that the Eldorado area is also OK, if you are lucky and there are no boxcars.

I don't frequent FLL much, but as other discussions here have indicated, the holes are gone and the old parking area closed. It looks like the parking garage is the only option there.

Graham Hitchen



Graham Hitchen, KMIA
User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

Hey Mark,

I will be there next week for Eddy Gual's Annual Miami Slide Fest along with lots of other people. You should be coming down next week. Should be lots of fun.

Richard


User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1361 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Mark, I know I'll be there and Brian might as well. It'd be nice to meet up again.
I'll arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday. Along with many other photogrtaphers, there will also be a ramp tour of MIA on Saturday.

Drop me an email and I'll give you the info.

~Ryan


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

And another - me, I'll be there too. Hope to catch you guys around the place.

Andy


User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

i'll probably be spending some time up on the FLL pkg deck shooting digital- no matter which operation the airport is on, you get great shots- its a win/win situation.

Joe


User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1361 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

Has anyone heard if the view park at FLL will be reopened for us?

~Ryan


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

I'll have the tickets if you don't want them Big grin

Anyway, it's your choice, if you want to go, then go, but see if other people can help you with the spotting places.

Seems like a lot of other spotters will be there too.



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

Myself and about 5 other people I know will be there, should be a blast this year (even without the FLL viewing lot). I am more interested in shooting at the holes in MIA anyways.

User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1754 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

i'll be joining the crowd down at MIA this year also with a buddy of mine....it's a bummer what's happened at FLL and i would've liked to do some shooting there but then again MIA isn't such a bad place either and i'll be content with doing most of my shooting there

jonathan d.



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User currently offlineMcdonobr From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
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I have just returned from a week at MIA, did not run into any problems at all. Holes adjacent to the Customs bldg. are still available with a nice sign on the fence that states "Photography allowed in this area only, ladders prohibited". This makes it an officially sanctioned area for photography, though a ladder would have been nice for some arrivals. There are now 5 "official" holes and 6 other holes available. I did have a very minor problem at El Dorado, police have apparently been asked by the store to enforce their lots "no parking" signs, officer just asked me to move my vehicle onto the street at the deadend barrier and I never got bothered again. The biggest problem encountered the whole time were the trains that kept parking on the tracks at this location.
FLL's lot was still closed, tried the 7th floor of the parking garage, but you will need about 400 mm for arrival/departures. You can get shots of JetBlue and Continental going to and from their gates directly below you with normal lenses however.


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 66
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
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Say no to MIA never! I just have a fabulous time there, you can also get to know all the good gangs in MIA, they have some unbeliavable collection and appetite in eating terms!!!  Big grin

I just uploaded a few slides shots from MIA taken 2 weeks ago! I thought MIA was excellent still except bit quiet, but thats happening in LAX and many places too.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

I have heard mixed things about FLL's status...one person has told that it was gone forever while another has told me that it was to reopen on Jan 1...so frankly I dont know whats going on, I will not be in South Florida again for another two weeks...Ill look into it then...

Greg



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

Good news for FLL got reopen again for the viewing area and hopefully that I will do spotting with you guys and please do drop it off the email to me or IMs into the AOL. OK?? I want to be join with you at FLL the viewing area for next weeks with you, Justin, Ryan Gaddis, Jonathan D, Eddy Gual, and Joe Fernandez, too. I am looking forward to see all of you guys into FLL. OK? Well, talk ya later!!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Scotty, the viewing lot is reopened??? When did this happen? That's great news if it is!

User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Hey guys, I would like to also like to know if the view park really opened, or are we just not catching on to Scotty?

-Dmitry


User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1578 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Agh!! I didn't know the gathering was next weekend! I definately want to go know. There's a lot of people I have been wanting to meet and some people I want to see again. Unfortunately, Northwest has Florida blacked out for most travel dates at this time. I'm going to have to see what I can do to get there.

Where is everyone staying? Close to MIA or FLL?

I should know if I can attend either today or tomorrow. It all depends what I can do with from FF miles from Northwest and/or some unused tickets on ATA...

Mark Abbott
Denver, CO



A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man...
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

7-11 are the dates (I believe), I plan on being there 10-12th though with a few other people. I am flying into FLL (I live in Orlando...I probably should have drove...but where's the fun in that  Laugh out loud ) and probably get a hotel in the FLL area. How's OPF these days? Can you still walk in?

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Dazed767,

That's will be on for next weeks of Tuesday Jan. 7, 2003 to January 11, 2003. Well, I think if you want to stayed at Hilton into Ft. Lauderdale Airport next of Sheraton on Griffin Rd. near of I-95. OK? Can you please have to meet you there into FLL next Saturday morning or Sunday morning? Can you please give me comfirmed with the your flight come in at FLL for me, please? I want to see you there into the viewing area for me. I've will bring with Nikon camera N65 and Is that was use with Kodachrome 64 for use with slides? Maybe you can do work it out with scanning with my slide for me putting it up into the a.net. all right? Well, talk ya later!!

Regards!!!


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29786 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

If the viewing area at FLL is open again everybody who sent a complaint letter in to the airport and city administrators needs to send a thank you letter to each one of those people.

Butter the wheels for next time they get a dumb idea in their head, that sort of thing. It also will show that you are not some sort of one time reactionary.



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 66
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
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I just emailed to Joe Fernandez and here he sent back to me


Hi Sam

First of all, it was nice having you over here in Miami. We had a good
time! I know it will be nice when you come for Columbus! Sorry as I didn't send an e-mail before. By the way, that was a very nice internet report you did....very good and professional....everyone liked it.

FLL as of now is still closed...I spoke with Walt (like Bruce) and he
will let me know of
any new happenings. I explained to him that our show is this coming week
and that
we are going to have many visitors. I cannot imagine everybody at the
holes at MIA....it will be too crowded!


Well, I will let you know and I hope things go well for them to reopen
FLL for
the enthusiast.


Take care and keep up the good work!

Joe




Have anyone been to FLL take a good look whether is opened or not?


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3176 times:

Brian

I was in OPF on the 31st. They let me right in, 4 AirTran DC9s are there, some DC-8s, CO DC-10, CO MD-80 and a couple 72s along with some older Convair and DC-3 junk  Smile


User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1636 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3173 times:

The West lot at FLL is still closed!

This is really sad, because we have had some great stuff here. Including DL 777, MD-11, the new DL connection ERJ-145. NW 742, DC-10-40. AC A320 60th. ACES A320. And the Embraer Legacy has been here for a few weeks.



My Country can beat up your Country....
User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Miami is truly a world class airport and in my opinion a thousand times better than FLL. I usually fly into FLL (cheaper) and head straight to MIA. After all, where will you find IB and AF narrowbodies on this side of the Atlantic? Also, where will you see a 727 that has flown all the way from Bolivia (LAB)? Miami remains, thanks to some photographers recently, a photo friendly airport.

-Mike


25 Brick : Thanks to everyone who contacted me and convinced me to go! I have booked my ticket...I'm going to try ATA for the first time. I'm flying into FLL aro
26 Moose : I wish I could head down to MIA with the rest of you. I'll just have to stay stuck in the snow at EWR and JFK instead. :-( Hope you all have a blast d
27 Post contains images Rindt : This'll be my first time to Florida as well - can't wait!! Not sure what day I arrive as of yet, probably Friday around noon at FLL. How does one get
28 Post contains images N178UA : Hi,Rob Finger crossed that you will have heaps of fun in Miami, the gangs down there have some unbelivable collection (K25 and K64 for you! and also t
29 JT8D : Rob, If you don't plan to rent a car, probably the least expensive and most convenient way to get MIA from FLL is by the "Super Shuttle" transport ser
30 Post contains images Rindt : Sam, I would have expected you to fly back to Miami two weeks later for the convention, shame on you That's ok - you need to stay in OZ and shoot the
31 Db777 : Those of you who haven't already flown into South Florida for the Eddy Gual Slide Orgy, and are planning to rent a car, should use Priceline to get a
32 Post contains images Carlos Borda : I-95 will do the trick, but there's a couple other ways too. Definitely see Uncle Don, Eddy, Joe Fernandez or Kevy Coook about it.... takes about 30-4
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