An Open Letter to the MIAA General Manager (Planespotting)

November 13, 2012

Dearest MIAA General Manager Honrado,

Greetings to you again, fellow aviator! I do hope you still remember me from my last e-letter dated May 24th of this year. Will very much appreciate if you can send your response via email to naiaguyph@gmail.com (and it will be posted in this blog, as well).

This letter serves as a follow-up response to your reply to my point #2 where I asked:

“What is the stand of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with regards to plane spotters, most especially those who frequent the end of RWY06/24 along the Multinational Village access road? Are they considered a “threat” to the security of the airport? Will one be violating any law by exercising his/her right to take pictures of departing/arriving planes from outside of the airport perimeter fence? Plane spotting has the potential to lure possible tourist to visit our country (as what some other countries/cities are doing – having duly designated areas of plane spotters).”

And your response last June 8th was:

“There is no existing airport security regulation which prohibits plane spotters from taking pictures of airplanes from outside the NAIA perimeter fence. These plane spotters are not considered threats to airport security for as long as they keep their activities outside the restricted airside area.”

Most of the local planespotters take their “camera shots” along the Multinational Avenue, after the blast fence which is considered to be a public domain, right?

Sir, if you are not aware or were not informed by people from the AGM-SES, there has been an incident earlier this week when a planespotter was “harassed” by the security guard manning that side of the perimeter road. Will appreciate most if you can shed light on this matter. Moreover, if you can only please advise and inform people at the AGM-SES, APD, and private security agencies manning the airport perimeter that planespotters are no terrorists — better treat them well; they are simply hobbyist who, like us loves aviation. A simple shot of an aircraft taking off or landing at the NAIA makes their day complete.

More power and thank you very much!

MIAA Response to our Open Letter to the GM

We would like to thank the office of MIAA General Manager Honrado for their swift respond to the Open Letter we sent his office …

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An Open Letter to the MIAA General Manager

May 24, 2012

Dearest MIAA General Manager Honrado,

Greetings to you, fellow aviator!

I am writing to you in the form of a blog entry on behalf and for the benefit of the public, as some of my concerns are also theirs. Will very much appreciate if you can send your response via email to naiaguyph@gmail.com (and it will be posted in this blog, as well).

Here goes …

  1. Why are we still charging the riding public of “Terminal Fees”? For the benefit of the public, where actually do these “Terminal Fees” go? Can’t it be subsidized by the national government?
  2. What is the stand of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with regards to plane spotters, most especially those who frequent the end of RWY06/24 along the Multinational Village access road? Are they considered a “threat” to the security of the airport? Will one be violating any law by exercising his/her right to take pictures of departing/arriving planes from outside of the airport perimeter fence? Plane spotting has the potential to lure possible tourist to visit our country (as what some other countries/cities are doing – having duly designated areas of plane spotters).
  3. In the advent of social media used by different public agencies (and even public officials), is there a plan for the MIAA to have an “Official Twitter” account, similar to that of MMDA’s? It will even be nicer to just tweet MIAA to know the updated departure/arrival time of a flight, as most of the time the trunk line (8771-109) of the airport is busy.
  4. How does the MIAA utilize the technology called “email’”? More often than not, when there is an urgent communication required to be transmitted to different departments of the MIAA, your subordinates will require for the hardcopy (poor trees) or at the very least, facsimile (via fax machine) or certain documents. We think otherwise: email communication is faster, and even cost-effective. We even tried sending email to gmo@miaa.gov.ph several times since last year, but it seems that our messages got “filtered” by someone or did not went through at all.
  5. Why are the cabs (yellow taxi’s) lined up around the Arrival areas of the terminal buildings charging so much? Beyond what was set by LTFRB for the rest of the cabbies?
  6. Some officials of the MIAA (who declined to be named) claims that the NAIA will only be there for the next 5 to 7 years. After then, the premiere gateway will be transferred to Clark. How true is this?
  7. What will happen now to the old planes parked at the General Aviation area of the NAIA? Can’t they be, at least, displayed at the rotunda in front of the NAIA Terminal 3 building?
  8. Can we do something about the beggars plying the streets leading to and fro the terminal buildings? Such an eyesore to see them (for tourist, foreigners, and the like) beg and harass (most especially) arriving passengers just outside the fences of the NAIA. What MMDA did during the ADB Summit was great, but hopefully it will be for good.

 

Will eagerly wait for your responses to the points above. Let’s work hand-in-hand to bring the glory of the NAIA and proved to the entire world that being tagged as the World’s Worst Airport is a misnomer.

 

Yours truly,

The NAIA Guy

NAIA To Lower Terminal Fees Effective February 1st

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), operator of NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 has announced that effective February 2012, the Airport User’s Charge (commonly known as the Terminal Fees) will be lowered from the present PHP750 to just PHP550.

The decrease in the Terminal Fees is brought about by the removal of the Security Development Charge of PHP200, which started in February 2007.

Happy trip guys and gals!

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Why I Hate Politicians?

Yesterday morning, one of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) Boeing B777-300ER encountered an incident wherein the indicator light for one of the landing gears kept on blinking – telling the pilots that it may still be open while in flight.

It is standard operating procedure for pilots to go through first with the aircraft’s manual and try everything at their disposition to make the blinking indicator light go away. When pilots had exhausted all possible options they have on-hand and the problem still persist, it is now the call of the captain whether to turn back to the originating airport or go on straight with their flight (to their destination). In yesterday’s PR300 case, the pilot opted to go back to MNL (instead of continuing the flight to HKG).

Being someone who works in the aviation industry for almost two decades, what irates me most are politicians trying to look smart by commenting on something they, themselves do not know personally (or do not have basis at all). Classic example will be the Twitter posts of Risa Hontiveros below:

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How can PAL be not safe without PALEA. Ms. Hontiveros, just in case you don’t know (which I presume that you really don’t know or aware of), the planes of Philippine Airlines are being maintained (outsourced to) by Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP). LTP is not owned by PAL. PALEA members are employees of PAL. Therefore, PALEA members have nothing to do with the maintenance of the PAL airplines.

Now, how can the planes of PAL be not safe without PALEA?

If you’re going to ask me, I guess PAL planes will be very much safer in the hands of non-PALEA member employees (sabotage, is that you?). What happened to PR300 yesterday was normal. Aircrafts do encounter things such as that from time to time – same goes with your car when it conks out during times you least expect it to happen.

The problem with some politicians (if not all) is that they yank and yank at issues without making their research first. Have basis on you say, please. Or better, watch GMA7’s Think First Before Your Click campaign ads. Good thing I did not voted for Ms. Hontiveros when she ran for a Senate seat last year.

The Transfer from NAIA to DMIA

So, the government through the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) under the helm of Sec. Mar Roxas plans to transfer the country’s premiere airport from the NAIA to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) popularly known as Clark Airport in five year’s time?

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If you’re going to ask me, I am in favor of transferring the country’s main airport from the present NAIA, which is under the MIAA to the one at Clark; since the NAIA is really congested during peak times. But if you’re going to ask me if this will happen within the term of PNoy, my answer will be a straight NO. Why? Do you think PNoy will allow the name of our country’s premiere airport to be changed from his dad’s namesake to the one of his predecessor’s father? If PNoy will allow such move during his term, I will be the very first one to ask, “Mr. President, are you kidding me?!”