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Miami Airport And Downtown Miami Question

Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:23 am

Hi Everyone

I'm in Miami in June for a couple of days and was wondering what are the best areas for photography for MIA movements? Do any arrivals come in over the city?

I've been reading about roof top bars in Downtown Miami and was wondering if anyone could tell me the locations of these roof top bars? I'm interested in night time/scenic photography so any help on the roof top bars locations would be very helpful.

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RE: Miami Airport And Downtown Miami Question

Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:06 pm

For spotting areas around MIA, check out this thread:

Photography At MIA And FLL With 27s In Use? (by GVerbeeck Dec 5 2010 in Aviation Photography)?threadid=361312&searchid=361648&s=mia+spotting+darreno1#ID361648

Regarding arrivals over the city:

When there are westerly winds, they come in just north of the city on 27, and over the Brickell area (just south of the city) on 30. The two runways (26L and R) are further north and may not be suitable as they'll be too far away. Easterly winds are more common though, and the arrival to runway 9 usually involves a flyby close to or over parts of city (usually south of it) but they are almost always high.

If you look at a map of MIA you can get a better idea of the line up. Also check out flightradar24.com to see live aircraft movement around the city / airport.

As for rooftop bars, I have no personal experience with any of them unfortunately. However, if you're lucky enough to get westerly winds, I'd recommend finding something close to or in the Brickell area. It's scenic and you'll get the traffic arriving on 30.
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RE: Miami Airport And Downtown Miami Question

Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:25 pm

In my experience, the westerly winds darreno1 references usually occur during bad weather. That may not matter if you're looking for a night shoot, but having done a two-year South Florida stint, approaches over the water and over downtown at both FLL and MIA are pretty rare on sunny days.

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