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Plane Spotting At MCO  
User currently offlineLaddb From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 220 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3520 times:

Hi,

Can you still plane spot from McCoy road? I used to do this a lot in the 90's. Recently, someone told me you can't stop anymore since 9/11, but I have not investigated. How can they keep you from pulling off the side of the road? I drove by one night a year or two ago and there were cars driving on McCoy, so they have not closed the road. Anyone remember the guy who sold hot dogs and drinks?

Anyway, even though I only live 1.5 hours away, I've been flying out of Melbourne or WPB lately, and I want to do some spotting now that the weather is getting nice.

Thanks

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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2019 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3465 times:
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I was there a couple of weeks ago, there are signs saying you can't do it, but there was atleast 3 or 4 cars of people out there spotting. So I guess it just depends on who is watching.

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3440 times:

They put up a fence, there is still a little room for you to pull over, but not much. Delta Air Cargo is OK, but they'll chase you out.

http://www.orlandoairports.net:/goaa/main.htm

click on aircraft spotting


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Dazed, who will chase you out? security? How about if you just stay in your car? .. I've been at that spot once or twice before 9/11 and also near the fence on the other side of that runway further in (this place i know i'll get moved on quickly as you are in the open field) ..if there is still a way to reach it

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

Dazed, who will chase you out? security? How about if you just stay in your car? .. I've been at that spot once or twice before 9/11 and also near the fence on the other side of that runway further in (this place i know i'll get moved on quickly as you are in the open field) ..if there is still a way to reach it.


I got kicked out last summer over on Cargo Road by the approach to Runway 17. There is a gravel area with no signs, but a rent a cop told me I couldn't part there.


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

traffic at MCO is not as interesting as it used to be, at least for me anyways. So if I want to get a shot I'll just take it and leave before anybody can say anything. In case they approach me: Oh, I was just taking a picture of a plane because I like airplanes; but dont worry sir, I was just leaving..

-mario


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Actually, the best place (IMHO) for spotting is off Hazeltine National Drive, back near the Post Office building (near Flying Foods' offices). The planes fly almost directly overhead and security isn't a real problem (except at night).

Frontage Road is definitely NOT a good place to stop any longer as FHP and OPD spend a LOT of time patrolling that area and it is all posted with No Stopping/No Parking signs.

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
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