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Spotting In Miami

Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:27 pm

Hi,

a friend is planning to go to Miami on a spotting trip. As he hasn't got a driving license, he'd like to know if it's possible to get to the spotting positions without a car (walk or public transportation).

Thanks in his name
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miamiair
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RE: Spotting In Miami

Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:11 pm

He better bring some walking shoes. Most of the spotting locations are on the west side of the airport. The "Holes" is the farthest from any semblence of public transport. A taxi can get you there, but taxis in MIA are not cheap. It may help to know where he will be staying. There are a couple of hotels within walking disatnce of the Holes as well as the spot at the approach end of runway 09.
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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:04 am



Quoting Miamiair (Reply 1):
The "Holes" is the farthest from any semblence of public transport.

Why would he need the photography fence holes for spotting? Spotting involves using a notepad / logbook and binoculars to write down tail numbers.


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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:55 am



Quoting Mattbna (Reply 2):
Why would he need the photography fence holes for spotting? Spotting involves using a notepad / logbook and binoculars to write down tail numbers.

Because that is where the police will not give you any grief. From there you get the departures on 08L/08R and 12 as well as the arrivals.

Unless he wants to sit in a parking lot away from the airport, then he will miss out on the departures.
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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:26 pm



Quoting Miamiair (Reply 3):
Because that is where the police will not give you any grief. From there you get the departures on 08L/08R and 12 as well as the arrivals.

Unless he wants to sit in a parking lot away from the airport, then he will miss out on the departures.

Ok...You completely missed the point of what I said.  Smile


I know why he would want to take photos from the fence holes - that is obvious. I was pointing out that a 'spotter' wouldn't need the photo holes as 'spotters' use binoculars, etc. to write registration numbers down in a log book.

The original e-mail said that someone was going on a "spotting trip" and the reply suggested using the photo holes - which would be pointless for a 'spotter'...  Smile


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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:55 pm



Quoting Mattbna (Reply 4):

Matt,

The "holes" is the area where one can go and observe/spot/photograph aircraft and numerous people spot from there. Not necessarily use the holes in the fence.

Quoting Mattbna (Reply 4):
You completely missed the point of what I said

I think not.
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visityyj
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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:46 pm



Quoting Miamiair (Reply 1):
The "Holes" is the farthest from any semblence of public transport.

No. There is a bus route from the MIA terminal which goes round the S. and E sides of the airport. The holes are on 25th Street, about 5 minutes walk from Milam Dairy (72nd Ave) http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/transit/images/pdfs/routes/238.pdf . Only runs once an hour though.

Quoting Mattbna (Reply 4):
The original e-mail said that someone was going on a "spotting trip" and the reply suggested using the photo holes - which would be pointless for a 'spotter'.

There has always been confusion on this site over the term 'spotter'. It's used interchangeably (by some) to mean either a number-logger and/or a photographer. Not clear which OP meant.

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RE: Spotting In Miami

Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:17 pm



Quoting Visityyj (Reply 6):
There has always been confusion on this site over the term 'spotter'. It's used interchangeably (by some) to mean either a number-logger and/or a photographer.

.
...which is precisely the problem.  Smile

This younger generation of photogs are calling themselves 'spotters' and they have no idea what a spotter really is / does.


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