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MDW Meetup Question

Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:25 pm

Hey everyone,
I was searchin the archived threads and noticed the MDW Meetup for Jan 28th. It wouldnt let me add to that post so im makin a new one. Are you all still planning on meeting? I was thinking of driving up from Purdue Univ. to do some spotting at MDW if you all are gonna be there. I dont know the good spots but would like to get some good shots and meet all of you.


Andrew, if you get some time drop me an email through my photos i've been tryin to reach ya.


Regards,
Stephen
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:59 pm

The last I heard, everything was still a go. Unfortunately for me I just found out that I won't be able to go as I have to attend a groundschool from 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. If it gets cancelled, I'll sure as hell drive down to Chicago to meet up with you guys.

Tim

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:43 pm

MDW? I didn't know there was a place to watch planes at Midway???

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:13 am

Quoting Bruce (Reply 2):
MDW? I didn't know there was a place to watch planes at Midway???

Yeah, there's 55th, Central, 63rd, Cicero....  bigthumbsup 

As of right now, I'm planning to be there. There won't be much ATA action, but I bet if we're patient we'll see a WN 737 or two...!

I am actually considering heading to ORD as well. I did some housecleaning in my ORD folders and threw 14 photos in the queue last night (I was bored, can ya tell?). 737's at MDW are neat and all - but A340's, 747's and 777's go into O'Hare one right after another. I might be lured up there by the sheer presence of heavies.

Seriously - as for spotting at MDW, the park at 63rd and Central is pretty good (provided they're using rwy 4/22), and the retail areas on Cicero are pretty cool for 13 arrivals. The new parking deck is open, I'm curious to see what the view is like from the 7th floor of that thing.

So if you're going, please post it on this thread! (If I have anything to do with it - we'll meet at Portillo's!!!)  bigthumbsup 

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:51 am

Count me in! I'll be there bright and early..hopefully we'll get some sunshine.
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:04 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 3):
(If I have anything to do with it - we'll meet at Portillo's!!!)

Ouch, I'll be missing Portillos in addition to jets. If any of you are interested is a meet in Feb. I would be able to do that. I was looking forward to meeting up in MDW but then my schedule was changed. Maybe I'll get Saturday off  optimist 

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 3):
So if you're going, please post it on this thread! (If I have anything to do with it - we'll meet at Portillo's!!!)

If you have anything to do with it we'd just spot from Portillo's... not that I blame you...
 
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:11 pm

Ohhhh I forgot about that new parking garage on the street on the north side of the airport! I did see that place when i went there last month. The garage looks pretty high.

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:15 pm

Bruce,
You gonna come down for the meet? It'd be cool to meet you, and see your new gear!


How do I get to Portillos? And is this gonna be the official meeting spot? What time are you all gonna get there?



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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:38 pm

We do need to figure out a proper meeting spot. The nearest Portillo's (not that I'm lobbying for Portillo's or anything  hyper  ) is on Harlem just off of Archer . . . it's about 10 minutes from MDW.

Actually, come to think of it - where the hell will we meet??? One or two photographers aren't that big of a deal, but if we have a busload turn up - that could turn the Special Police's head a little bit!

I can run interference for a little while since I'm MDW badged and have airline photographer badges (as does my pal / co-worker Charlie), maybe that will keep them in check.

Anyone have any ideas?

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:06 pm

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 9):
(as does my pal / co-worker Charlie)

Not only am I badged, but you forgot to mention my love of Portillo's also  butthead .

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:30 am

Hey guys TBIRD and BIGPHILNYC are also flying into MDW as well that morning to let you guys know. I was supposed to go myself but had to cancel due to family plans.

Tim- I am interested in doing a MDW meet up with you in Late Feb if you want to, i will talk to you more about it later on the phone or online.

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:49 am

Weather for Saturday isnt lookin so good..you all still gonna meet up if its cloudy? I dont think i'll make the drive if forecasts arent sayin partly cloudy.


What time are you all meeting up??


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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 9):
I can run interference for a little while since I'm MDW badged and have airline photographer badges (as does my pal / co-worker Charlie), maybe that will keep them in check.

Drew, I am curious as to how you go about getting an airline photographer badge. It'd be my guess that things change from airline to airline, but are there any generic procedures that you know of?

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:35 am

Quoting TWAMD-80 (Reply 13):
Drew, I am curious as to how you go about getting an airline photographer badge. It'd be my guess that things change from airline to airline, but are there any generic procedures that you know of?

I own a company that does flightline work on the aircraft, and we have contracts with airlines. As a part of that - I do freelance aviation photography. As a SIDA badged contractor, I have them put "Official Photographer" on our badges.

One day I was spotting at O'Hare, on public property. The police quickly showed up - and were getting really antsy with me because I had a scanner and a transceiver. Once I showed them the badges, they quickly apologized and told me to have a lovely day. I had a fellow a.net photographer with me at the time, and they didn't even mess with him. They didn't even question the scanner (I've heard it's illegal to have a scanner in a car in Illinois). We were able to get some nice shots that day:

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As far as getting a photographer badge when you're not associated with the airline - I think that might be a slippery slope to climb. I'm sure it can be done, and I'll ask around - but I don't think it's very easy.

Come spotting with me and I'll cover you though!!  bigthumbsup 

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:32 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 14):
I own a company that does flightline work on the aircraft, and we have contracts with airlines. As a part of that - I do freelance aviation photography. As a SIDA badged contractor, I have them put "Official Photographer" on our badges.

Cool. I am working with an airline in Milwaukee and I do have a SIDA badge, but I don't want to push my luck.

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 14):
Come spotting with me and I'll cover you though!!

Thanks for the offer, I'll have to take you up on it. I wanted to make my way down to Chicago this weekend but I am in class from Thursday-Monday; they will be over in early February. Despite the weather forecasts, good luck to you all at MDW this weekend.

Tim
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:40 am

Hey, maybe I will try to head down there- what time is everyone planning on being there? And well, how do I get there? And if I do show up- don't tease my Nikon N65 Filmy
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:54 pm

Hey fellas, how did the meet go? I'm guessing the wx wasn't too good down at MDW - it was overcast up here in MKE. Hopefully you guys got some shots despite the weather.

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:15 am

I didn't go due to the weather..hey Tim, are you planning on coming down to MDW within a couple of weeks? I'd like to meet up and do some spotting wx permitting.



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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:34 am

Stephen, I am hoping to make it down to MDW in the near future. I am not yet sure of my schedule yet for early - mid February, but when I figure out a weekend I'll let you know.

Tim
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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:48 pm

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 9):
I can run interference for a little while since I'm MDW badged and have airline photographer badges (as does my pal / co-worker Charlie), maybe that will keep them in check.

Drew, are you just in chicago for a day or two, or do you work there for good? I thought you were based at FWA.

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RE: MDW Meetup Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:50 pm

I am based in FWA - but I travel. A lot. Got stuck in ATL on Friday - it ruined my weekend. I didn't even get to go out to MDW.

I will be in Chicago on Wednesday of this week though!

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