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Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:11 am

Looking for some recent info on the feasibility, safety and if there is any decent perimeter access for shooting at Mexicali. Looks like there's an interesting mix of traffic there.
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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:17 pm

The airport admin are quite friendly there (the field is privately managed). I was there 10 years ago and traffic was a lot less than it looks to be now, it is also an afternoon only shooting location. I wouldn't worry about your safety, the people in Mexico are very friendly. I once stood is a dirt soccer bitch in a terrible part of Tijuana with a 300 f/2.8 and no one bothered me.

I would totally go with you - would be a fun trip.


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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:48 pm

Thanks. Last time I shot in Mexico was about 10 years ago in Mexico City and Toluca. Great results and friendly local spotters. I was thinking MMML might be good for some of the regional and LCC activity.
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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:31 pm

Heeey Falcon_Flyer,

Still flying your cargo bird??

MMML is slow in traffic, very slow.

Traffic there is only Aeroméxico Connect with E145/E190s, 737s and Volaris A32Xs.

There's on the other side, interesting cargo activity, one that I want to catch are Aeronaves TSM Dc9s.

As you are a pilot, I would recommend talking in "comandancia" to let you either have a few steps on the tarmac or else if possible request by frequency a tower visit to the ATC's.

I hope this answear is not that late.

Looking forward to snap more with you at MEX and TLC (which now access and spots are way better than 10 years ago when we went).

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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:53 am

Quoting clickhappy (Reply 1):
I once stood is a dirt soccer bitch in a terrible part of Tijuana with a 300 f/2.8 and no one bothered me.

Hmmmm, sounds like quite the location my friend  
 
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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:43 pm

Hi ghost:
Been a long time, how's it going? No more cargo, been flying out of Phoenix for the last 8 years, currently on a Challenger 605 and Hawker 850 for a corporate operator. I was thinking about MXL for the regionals and LCCs, even if it's just for a day or 2. It's a reasonable drive from Phoenix. Heard the photo points at MEX are not as good as before, anything different? Glad to hear about TLC, way different than years ago. With the LCCs there, it's worth the trip alone. Let me know, I'm always up for a trip.
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RE: Photography In Mexicali, MEX

Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:14 pm

Hey Falcon Flyer,

Good to know you're at PHX now.

Well, you can try that, and I highly recommend you, as being a small airport you approach Comandancia to see if they can let you access the ramp or either try to go up to the tower for a few hours.

With Mexicana gone slowly airlines have brought more birds, but it hasn't been fast nor easy. MX had 110 planes and as of today maybe all have brought 70 aircraft to their fleet, several cities don't have the connection or number of flights they had before MX ceased.

Photo points in MEX during this decade, quite true, remember the fence we went over Hangares Avenue just like MIA, that nice spot is gone as several more and maybe soon, the last winter spot is about to dissappear with a new road project., additional to the weather issues and cloud formation due to our altitude and hot temperatures during the day, it's hard to snap good shots from the perimeter today.

TLC changed for better, there's now nice new roads down runway 15 and you're really close the action, there was a traffic boost with LCC there, Interjet flew to 25 destinations and Volaris had almos the same number, Mexicana ceased and Volaris moved to MEX leaving only 2 daily departures only, one to CUN and one to GDL, Interjet has 7 destinations and 14 flights a day., so in terms of airlines is slow, thou, cargo traffic is intensily increasing as well the private traffic which comes in and out every single hour.

If you want to come down, let me know.

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