Hmm. Do they harass you if you are taking pictures outside the fence? I am going soon and was hoping to do a little spotting. Is there somewhere to get good views of aircraft on short final?
Yeah, I'll make no secret of the fact that anywhere (including the airside now) at MCO is a bad idea, and if anything, I suggest TPA/MIA instead, but somebody has to tell MCO what their rights are, and I'll do it myself if I have to. If you head over to TPA, the bowling alley or Cypress Park are excellent for arrivals depending on the runway, and the holes at MIA are fantastic.
Apples & oranges...those TPA spots are off-property
It's great if they have such a program, but it must be worth vaporware if somebody whose actual job is on the airside gets hassle from GOAA. I would be interested to try it though, can you provide the link? Additionally, I can't name a single airport (other than MCO of course) that lays this requirement. At most airports, as long as you're not jumping the fence and doing anything crazy, needing paperwork to take some cool pictures is virtually a non starter.
I can think of one: TPA.
Granted, no forms to fill out, but if there are places, ON_PROPERTY, that I want to be for a significant amount of time, I will call and let them know in advance. Otherwise, you are risking getting thrown out
EA CO AS wrote:
In some ways I can understand where the MCO airport authority is coming from; if someone is interrupting their work to stop and take photos during their work day, they're potentially compromising safety in a safety-sensitive area. That's number one. Number two, if I'm the employer, I'm asking them why they're stopping in the middle of work to do something that's not work-related. Number three, if this is taking place outside of work hours, I'm reminding them that their SIDA badge is to aid them in performing their job, it's not a "backstage pass" to come and engage in a side hobby.
Now, are they overreacting? Maybe to some extent, but again, the aforementioned points are not invalid ones, and they're the ones issuing the SIDA badge for work, not photography, so....
I think you have laid out excellent points here.
ATL...are you listening?
You are welcome to spot from any place you can legitimately park and wait.
So this would include the parking lots? Because I have seen people get kicked out of the surface lots.
I understand that this is a beloved "hobby" of many people, but I enjoy being employed and able to pay my mortgage and put food on my table. I don't write the rules. My job is to enforce the rules as written, as long as they continue to pay me to do so. I will not jeopardize my income for some unknown person, whether or not your intentions are good.
I think that sums it up. That's why Orlando will never be my hometown.
If the Brits would have a massive boycott of this town, then you might see some changes.
I would love for MCO to have a viewing park like the one at MAN. Parking, pick-nick areas, food vendors and observation binoculars. They might be able to turn a buck out of it. But they aren't going to build it on my word. You need to put in the effort and make your case.
As far as viewing areas, I can think of 2 good spots. One off of Heitzelman near the start of 35L. The other near the start of 17L
I have to agree with you there. Photography airside should really only be when there is a valid reason (news story, you are the photographer for the media outlet, etc), not just because you like spotting and what to one-up your "rival" spotters outside the fence (as sometimes seems to be the case).
There's ONE_UPPING in aviation photography ?????
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