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boeingfreak
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Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:46 pm

Hi all,
I'm planning a one week spotting trip to Miami in june 2009 for my brother and me, thanks to cheap flights with Iberia from MUC and MAD. I've got a couple of questions regarding
spotting locations etc.

There are two spotting locations I'm interested in, the one at the El Dorado furniture store and the one at the photo-holes.
My plan was to take a hotel which is very close to both spots, as I won't have a car during the whole week (cannot rent one, in june I'll still be 3 months too young...).

I made two small maps, both showing the spotting locations and the hotels:

#1:
ExtendedStayDeluxe Miami-Air
7750 NW 25th Street
33122 Miami, USA

Big version: Width: 682 Height: 455 File size: 296kb



#2:
Days Inn Miami International Airport
7250 NW 11th St & 72 Ave
EW Palmetto Expressway
Miami, FL 33126 US

Big version: Width: 412 Height: 618 File size: 251kb



My question is, can I walk from both hotels to both spotting-locations (like marked in my map) without having to cross dangerous roads, railways etc.? Distance isn't a problem, it's just a matter of "getting there" without being run down, put in jail etc.

I'd also like to visit Opa Locka airport. How does photography work there, do you have to pay for access and a tour like you do at the graveyards at Mojave and Victorville, or do you have to have a friend who works inside of the airport?
Because most images from there look like to be taken with ramp access.
Is it possible to go to Opa Locka using public transport?

Any tips are appreciated, if possible I'd also be interested in a meet-up with some local spotters.  Smile

Cheers and thanks in advance,
Florian  Smile
 
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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:42 am

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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:17 pm

It used to be pretty easy getting ramp access at Opa Locka but now so I hear it's almost impossible. Try faxing or emailing the airport manager.

Karl
 
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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:17 pm

Opa Locka is a great place but it's all about being lucky and maybe... speaking spanish. When I was there all we had to do is to ask the guys working at scraping the plane if we could access the area and after some conversation with their boss there, they allowed us full access and let me tell you we had a blast !!!
Good luck
Alex
 
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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:50 pm

I photographed extensively at MIA last April from the two spots you show. I was also on foot for a good part of it, staying at the Staybridge Suites in Doral. I had a preference for the El Dorado since there were restroom facilities a block away plus food and beverage. Your hotel is probably the closest facilities to the other area, also known as the holes.

Fortunately, there were only flat cars on the tracks by El Dorado so no obstructions from the trains. I had no problems with authorities.

The one time I got on the ramp at Opa Locka, a person at the airport counter contacted the owner of the DC-7 being restored to Eastern Airlines colors to allow me to photograph their plane.

Enjoy it!

Gary
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boeingfreak
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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:01 pm

Guys, thank you very much for your posts!  Smile

Gary, do you know if the El Dorado spot is also OK for 27 take-offs, if not, is it possible to walk down towards the 27 end of the runway?

And is there a chance to walk from El Dorado to the photo-holes?

Regarding OPF, I'll do what Karl suggested, I'll email the airport management.

Thanks again,
Florian
 
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RE: Spotting Tips Miami And Opa Locka

Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:53 pm

El Dorado isn't good for departures and I don't know about any other spots up along that perimeter road. There is a restaurant but have heard they aren't photographer friendly. I was there six weeks and never saw them depart to the west.

It is walkable from El Dorado to the holes but carry a bottle of water with you. There is a parking garage for the air freight ramp that I have heard of photographers briefly getting some pictures from atop but I never went there.

If there are some tall rail cars parked on the track at El Dorado, being on foot, you can walk around the road at the end of the runway to get a clear view.

After the cold temperaturew in Minnesota, I would love to go back to MIA and photograph without gloves or heavy coat.

Gary
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