jcoz
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Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Mon May 21, 2012 4:03 pm

Hello everyone,

Since I am in Florida for a few days, I decided to go check a couple of spottig locations at Miami airport yesterday (Sunday). I did get to see a couple of nice looking cargo planes, but in the three hours I spent at "the holes" and el dorado furniture store, I haven't seen nearly as much as I was expecting from an international hub (other than AA).

So my question to locals: what is the best time of the day or week to see heavies or cargos ?

While I am here, is there any place where military planes can be seen around west palm beach ?

Thanks, I am sorry if any other subject exists on this but browsing from my phone is not exactly easy !
 
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Mon May 21, 2012 11:18 pm

From my experience, Sunday is not a good day for heavy traffic although you can set some interesting shots instead (if you're willing to spend the day). Saturdays and during the week are generally busier. Also the time of the day matters as well. Early morning (7-10am or so) and later in the afternoon (3-6.00pm) usually have quite a bit of mixed traffic at the El Dorado location. The Holes is good for mostly passenger flights as most cargo come in on runway 9 (El Dorado location).

It might be helpful to check flightaware the morning or night ahead of your airport visit. That way you can get an idea of the busier times and plan accordingly.

I'm not that familiar with West Palm, sorry.
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Tue May 22, 2012 6:17 am

Thanks, I will look at this, I may be able to manage visiting MIA again on a morning this week, I'll check flight aware too.
 
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Sat May 26, 2012 1:08 am

I don't think the light is the greatest angle this time of year. i was down there last month,and I wasn't too happy with the angle of the sun @ Eldorado.I had a great time there,don't get me wrong. I love Miami ,but ....
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Sat May 26, 2012 5:13 am

Its all about 1:30 to 3:30PM for Euro and Latam Heavies

Lufthansa (Frankfurt)747
British Airways (Flight One, London)747
Air Berlin (Berlin, Duessldorf)A330
Air France(Paris CDG)747
Alitalia (Rome, Milan)A330, 777, 767
Avianca (Bogota) A330
Iberia (Madrid)A340
Virgin Atlantic (London)747
-ALSO-
Some exotic Carib stuff
Insel Air
Cayman
Caribbean
Suriname

Then from about 5:30 to 7:30PM

Transaero (Moscow) 777, 747
Corsairfly (Paris Orly) 747
Swiss Int'l (Zurich) A330, A340
British Airways X2 (London) 747/777
KLM (Amsterdam)'Seasonal' MD-11
TAM (Every city in Brazil) A330/777-300
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Sat May 26, 2012 5:15 am

For Military jets visit Opa Locka, they also have a pretty amazing scrap yard
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jcoz
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Sun May 27, 2012 2:08 pm

Hello,

I was at el dorado yesterday Saturday, not much happened before 9:30, but then some cargos came and went, and I got to see the Europeans flights arriving in the early afternoon except the Air France that landed on the other runway. Light wasn't too bad for me, I'm not an experienced spotter so if there are no harsh shadows and planes flying, I'm happy   I also liked the thunderstorm clouds in the background with the brightly lit plane.

I didn't go to Opa but I wish I had now !

Thanks for your help !
 
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Mon May 28, 2012 2:19 am

I was there on Saturday as well. I was in the crowd sitting in the shade under the tree. Were you by rock or standing on it? Next time don't be afraid to introduce yourself. There were several A.net (or former A.net) members including myself there for most of the day. Yeah the thunderclouds in the background made for some nice contrast. Got a couple great shots myself.

[Edited 2012-05-27 19:21:25]
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RE: Best Time For Heavies And Cargo - MIA

Tue May 29, 2012 2:29 am

I can't say that I am an outgoing person...I'm trying to move to West Palm Beach for work (if Pratt doesn't lay off another 300 engineers...), so I'm hoping to go back eventually. Next time I will.

It was certainly fun to see for myself that a lot of people enjoy this as much as I do.

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