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New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:30 pm

Around last December I had overheard some spotters at the El Dorado location that were locals talking about a new spotting area at MIA such as a possible elevated platform located further east (of El Dorado) on Periimeter Rd near where the planes actually touch down on Runway 9.

Another thing that I heard discussed was for people to get an access badge that they could wear that would get them access to other locations for spotting like the Cargo U's, some of the lots on the north side, other locations around the perimeter. The idea was that people could get a badge with a background check and could go to places that are normally off limit like the roof parking of the cargo U's and not have to worry about getting kicked out.

I had also heard of some stuff like making El Dorado more of an "official spotting area" and possibly putting some fence holes there.

Is there any update on the spotter areas at MIA?
 
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Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:10 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Thread starter):
Around last December I had overheard some spotters at the El Dorado location that were locals talking about a new spotting area at MIA such as a possible elevated platform located further east (of El Dorado) on Periimeter Rd near where the planes actually touch down on Runway 9.

A number of locations and viewpoints are in consideration. Some have been ruled out due to site issues. Others are still in play. We are actively working with the MIA management on this. Due to the different agencies involved,regulations,codes etc, this is not as simple as one would think hence the long and slow development of this. We are in Year 2+ of our quest. MIA management has been great to work with.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Thread starter):
Another thing that I heard discussed was for people to get an access badge that they could wear that would get them access to other locations for spotting like the Cargo U's, some of the lots on the north side, other locations around the perimeter. The idea was that people could get a badge with a background check and could go to places that are normally off limit like the roof parking of the cargo U's and not have to worry about getting kicked out.

Same as above. It is still in play.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Thread starter):
I had also heard of some stuff like making El Dorado more of an "official spotting area" and possibly putting some fence holes there.

Again, we are working with MIA management on this.


In the meantime, the same rules apply. The official location is at the holes by 12. El Dorado continues to be an unofficial location and no one gets hassled there.

We do ask all visitors-especially those from outside the US- to respect the rules.

EXAMPLE 1: PLEASE DO NOT PUT LADDERS ON THE FENCE or CLOSE TO IT.
EXAMPLE 2: Stay off the railroad tracks.
EXAMPLE 3: Don't get in the way of traffic or park in a manner that will effect traffic.
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:02 am

Thank you for responding. It would be nice to get some sort of badge and be able to spot legally from the Us in the summer when Runway 27 is in use. I just need a lens like you have.

I heard there was a little incident the other day where some dumbass kids from a nearby a Comic Con put a toy AK-47 that looked almost real from a distance at El Dorado pointed at the runway and cops got involved. Do you think that will affect spotting there in the future and were these kids busted?
 
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Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:27 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
I heard there was a little incident the other day where some dumbass kids from a nearby a Comic Con put a toy AK-47 that looked almost real from a distance at El Dorado pointed at the runway and cops got involved. Do you think that will affect spotting there in the future and were these kids busted?

Let us say that they probably wont ever do that again.  

We had a good discussion with MIA management and they are aware that these people had nothing to do with us. Another benefit of having good communication with the other side of the fence. It worked out well.  


By the way, this is another reason why i recommend to stay away from the fence and keep ladders off it. There are eyes watching all the time. The police response to the event above was quick (3-5mins) and large (estimated at 15-20 cars).
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Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:27 am

Ok that is good to know that MIA doesn't take it out on spotters. I am always afraid of one idiot ruining it for everyone else like people stopping on that freeway on ramp to take pics of planes in the maintenance area, or people taking pictures over the fences there which I have seen on here also.

Hopefully these guys who put that AK-47 toy there got more than just a warning, lets just say I hope they had to change their pants after some fear the authorities should have put into them.

It is good to know also that the usual Miami Spotters are also the eyes and ears for the airport and can act like extra security.
 
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Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:30 pm

I was at The holes in March with another spotter, and I was told to leave by a (Miami-Dade) police officer. She said I needed a MIA airport badge to spot there. Is that true ? I just had my camera - no ladders or anything like that, but maybe it was were i was parked.
 
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Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:56 pm

Been shooting at the The Holes several times in the past month and had no problem whatsoever. Plenty of Miami-Dade police went by and of course the location is immediately next to the Homeland Security parking lot/office and never got a second look or even had anyone stop.
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Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:20 pm

Quoting StlHsvSfoSan (Reply 5):
I was at The holes in March with another spotter, and I was told to leave by a (Miami-Dade) police officer. She said I needed a MIA airport badge to spot there. Is that true ? I just had my camera - no ladders or anything like that, but maybe it was were i was parked.

Isn't there a sign there that says PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED?
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:51 am

Yes there are signs saying photography permitted.

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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:45 am

You can have holes every 10 inches around the airport, but police has been kicking out people parking cars by the building on the side of the road (few years ago there was no problem parking your car there). You could park your car there and walk to the holes. As long as you didn't go into Customs parking lot you were ok.
In 3 weeks I'll be making my second annual trip to MIA for spotting. Its getting harder and harder to have quality time spotting. I understand that police can check you ID, but kicking people out for parking on the side of the street where there is no traffic is beyond me. I'm talking about this spot 25.79666,-80.301913

Same goes for OPF. There is couple of security guys going nuts. I was taking picture of Lowa B707 - about 300 feet away from the nearest fence, and he gave me hard time. What the hell happened to this place?

This is the shot that I had hard time taking.
 
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Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:28 am

I guess it depends who is on duty. I was at Opa Locka two weeks ago,and walked right up to the fence to get pictures of the 707,and other airplanes,and no one said anything to me.

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Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:11 pm

Quoting StlHsvSfoSan (Reply 5):
I was at The holes in March with another spotter, and I was told to leave by a (Miami-Dade) police officer. She said I needed a MIA airport badge to spot there. Is that true ? I just had my camera - no ladders or anything like that, but maybe it was were i was parked.

That is a rare and unfortunate incident.

The holes are the ONE official space for aviation photography at MIA. We have the official support of the Airport Administration and security at the very highest level of MIA to use that place. It is unfortunate you had the incident.

I presume you don't have a picture of the officer or badge number etc to identify the officer? It is possible (most likely) that it is a new officer and is not aware of the policy. If i have the information, I can bring it to the attention of the commander.You can email me the info and/or any other information such as date/time etc to eksath@airliners.net and i can look into it.
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:51 am

Quoting eksath (Reply 11):
I presume you don't have a picture of the officer or badge number etc to identify the officer? It is possible (most likely) that it is a new officer and is not aware of the policy. If i have the information, I can bring it to the attention of the commander.You can email me the info and/or any other information such as date/time etc to eksath@airliners.net and i can look into it.

I was there about 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 14. We were about to leave anyway, so I didn't bother to get the name or badge number, or pursue it any further. She wasn't saying we couldn't take pictures (she suggested going to the south side of the airport, near El Dorado), and she wasn't rude like you hear about (at other airports) once in awhile. She didn't ask for ID. I was just a little surprised that she stopped (normally you will see them passing by when they are patrolling). There were also several Homeland Security vehicles that left their lot while we were there, and no questions.

I just found it interesting that she said The Holes were for people *that had MIA airport badges*, and I wondered if anyone else had heard/been told that. I asked if that was a new policy, and she said it was.

I agree that she was probably new and didn't know/wasn't fully informed about the spotting community and locations in South Florida. Next time I visit (I live in Missouri), I will go back and most likely see the police/security just doing their normal patrols.

I did get a couple decent pictures while I was there, including a 738 in the new AA livery !
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:26 pm

Please feel free to use that place in the future. It is a miscommunication of some sort. It is open for the general public hence no badge is required.

Ironic that she was trying to send you to the unofficial spot.  

The holes are used by people almost everyday.

Enjoy your next visit to Miami.
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:11 pm

Quoting nssd70 (Reply 10):

Same goes for OPF. There is couple of security guys going nuts. I was taking picture of Lowa B707 - about 300 feet away from the nearest fence, and he gave me hard time. What the hell happened to this place?


My advice is check in at the Miami Dade offices at OPF before hand. I always let them know I am there - they told me I can use ladders or shoot through the fence, just can't climb the fence. I have spoken to the secretary and last time I was there I got a ramp tour by the airport manager, who is a super cool guy.
 
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Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:20 pm

Eksath,

Does the aviation photography Miami facebook site keep updates on all the movements around MIA and what is happening with getting the spotting locations? I decided to finally join facebook this afternoon after I swore I never would - but I plan on coming down to MIA in a couple weeks as I would like to shoot the LH 748 before the A380 returns and also get that Etihad Cargo 748F. It looks like you have to get approved to join the site, which is the first facebook site I had to do that on so far. Is it only open for Miami people or can anyone join once approved? I live in Orlando but I come down to MIA to spot 3-4+ times a year.
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:12 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 14):
My advice is check in at the Miami Dade offices at OPF before hand. I always let them know I am there - they told me I can use ladders or shoot through the fence, just can't climb the fence. I have spoken to the secretary and last time I was there I got a ramp tour by the airport manager, who is a super cool guy.

Which building at OPF is the Miami Dade office?
 
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Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:32 pm

When you come in on 37th Ave, I think the street you turn on is called Curtis - that is the main entrance into OPF from 37th, if not the only entrance. Its a divided street, you wind around around past some parked GA planes. Curtiss ends at 42nd Street, but on the right before the street dead ends into 42nd there is a one floor building on the right with another side street right before it. The parking is right up front and the secretary is right by the door. If she is away at lunch, you might have to ring a buzzer but most of the time you can walk right in. Just let her know that you are there and she says ladders are Ok, just dont climb over or on the fence.
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:55 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
Does the aviation photography Miami facebook site keep updates on all the movements around MIA and what is happening with getting the spotting locations?

Pretty much. While informal, the local guys are also responsive to requests for info etc.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
I decided to finally join facebook this afternoon after I swore I never would

If you cant beat it then....  

A.net is also on FB and is quite popular.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
looks like you have to get approved to join the site, which is the first facebook site I had to do that on so far. Is it only open for Miami people or can anyone join once approved?

Please send a request and you will be added overnight. Aviation fans from around the world are welcome.

Please feel free to post on the site, it is a helpful bunch.
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:06 pm

NASCARAirforce thank you very much. Thats what I'm going to do next time I'm there (in few weeks)  
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:49 am

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
I would like to shoot the LH 748 before the A380 returns

AFAIK.....the A380 doesnt return untill laye Oct/Early Nov.....I'm going on Oct 24 most likely.
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Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:18 am

Quoting eksath (Reply 18):

Please send a request and you will be added overnight. Aviation fans from around the world are welcome.

Please feel free to post on the site, it is a helpful bunch.


I sent one earlier today, but it looks like I might have to send another one.

**AFAIK.....the A380 doesnt return untill laye Oct/Early Nov.....I'm going on Oct 24 most likely.**

I'm working 16 days straight because we are short staffed in Sept. I was actually thinking this weekend because originally the weather forecast looked dry for MIA, but now it looks like rain so I might wait until October but would love to get the LH 748.
 
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Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:21 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 18):
Please send a request and you will be added overnight. Aviation fans from around the world are welcome.

Please feel free to post on the site, it is a helpful bunch.

Looks like they might have rejected my request. Hadn't heard a response, went back just now and looks like I have to send another request to join.
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:05 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 22):
Looks like they might have rejected my request. Hadn't heard a response, went back just now and looks like I have to send another request to join.

can you please email me your handle to: eksath@airliners.net and i will forward to admin there.

There was a recent troll infestation (since cleaned up) there and your brand new profile might have drawn a security flag.


Sorry about that.
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Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:21 am

Quoting eksath (Reply 23):
a recent troll infestation

HA!,,,,,,,,I can imagine whom that was.
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:46 am

Finally found this thread! I'm a fan of the El Dorado spotting area, and will really use the "don't walk on the rail tracks" tip! Sorry! I did that a lot the last time I was there. I'm going back in October 25th, glad to know I'll catch the A380!

Haven't had the chance to try the holes yet, but I'll be sure to try them out as soon as I can!

Cheers, you guys at MIA have a wonderful city (and airport!) 
 
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:43 am

Quoting Reffado (Reply 25):
d will really use the "don't walk on the rail tracks" tip! Sorry! I did that a lot the last time I was there.

The railroad tracks are owned by the railroad company and they can get very sensitive to someone on their "property". The reason we highly suggest to stay off the tracks is not only for your safety but also that will bring law enforcement to your location and perhaps terminate your photography for the day.

Quoting Reffado (Reply 25):
Haven't had the chance to try the holes yet, but I'll be sure to try them out as soon as I can!

It is also a great location for the 12 landings.

Quoting Reffado (Reply 25):
Cheers, you guys at MIA have a wonderful city (and airport!)

Thanks. We are trying to make the facilities better with the cooperation of the MIA administration.

Stay tuned for a big announcement later on today.  
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:18 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):
but I plan on coming down to MIA in a couple weeks as I would like to shoot the LH 748 before the A380 returns

According to LH timetable, this changed to a 744 on Aug 19......can someone confirm?

Quoting Reffado (Reply 25):
I'm going back in October 25th, glad to know I'll catch the A380!

LH timetable says it returns on Oct 27.

Was the MUC flight cut?
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RE: New MIA Spotting Area And Access?

Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:28 pm

LH brought the 748 yesterday (Friday) but its bringing the 744 today. It came on Thursday too. I think it is supposed to go daily 800s briefly before the A380 returns.

I too have made the mistake in the past of using the rails for elevation right north of the Eldorado building where the rails allow you to get higher than the fence. The rail switch section.

I stayed off them today and I told someone yesterday about not walking on them.

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