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MIAA (or their Contractor) Uses Planespotter’s Photo Without Permission

The Authority (or one of their service contractors) overseeing the operations of the World’s Worst Airport did it again: short of saying that they “stole” a photo from the planespotter … see for yourselves here:


Printed canvass used to hide the on-going construction and beautification at the NAIA Terminal 1 near the walkway from/leading to the Diplomatic and AOC Carpark.

With all the construction on-going at the NAIA Terminal 1, MIAA (or one of their contractors) opted to use tarps printed with It’s More Fun in the Philippines design to conceal the dirty works being done at the world’s worst airport.

My attention was called by a member of the Philippine Planespotter Group (PPSG) claiming that MIAA (or one of their service contractors) used one of his photos without permission. Angelo Agcamaran to show proof of the “photograbbing incident” has this photo at his website: http://aatheplanespotter.tumblr.com/post/43180381011/south-east-asian-airlines-seair-a320-232

Who in his right mind will be happy to see that his photo is used in public without prior notice?

miaa-grabbed-photo-planespotter1Clearly, the photo was grabbed from Angelo as his watermark is still present when he personally visited the place where the tarp canvass was installed.

MIAA General Manager Honrado, appreciate if you can shed light on this latest booboo from your organization. You see, planespotters are your ally; your friends. How dare you and your people shoo them away (like beggars and at times, suspected criminals) when they spot (take photos of) airplanes along the Multinational Avenue at Runway 06 end when you (or any of your contracted service providers) will just grab their photos without permission?

Also, if you can shed light on the purpose of the inner cyclone wired fence that is being constructed along the perimeter (inner) road of the airport. We do not understand the reason for constructing such if the airport perimeter is already secured with tons of security personnel.

Please feel free to post your reply on this blog post or if you’re not comfortable with it, you know my email address.

An Open Letter to the MIAA General Manager (Planespotting) 2013 Edition

June 28, 2013

Gen. Jose Angel Honrado (Ret)
General Manager

Manila International Airport Authority
Pasay City, Philippines

Dearest fellow aviator,

Hope this letter finds you well. It seems that you missed to reply on two email messages I sent to you regarding:

I tend to believe that you had overlooked to send me your responses on those messages of mine (hoping that they were not misplaced nor intentionally discarded by your loyal assistants).

It has came to my attention that some MIAA personnel (particularly your IID and AGM-SES/APD people) again are “harassing” members of the Philippine Planespotters Group (PPSG), who often times watch planes land and fly out of Manila via the NAIA at the end of Runway 06/24 (outside of the airport’s perimeter fence; along the Multinational Avenue — a public domain).

Members of the PPSG are hobbyists, who are armed with just digital cameras (from the simple cellphone camera, to the point-and-shoot ones, and to a certain extent — dSLR’s for some). Did I mentioned that this group’s membership include our fellow aviators, aeronatutical engineers, private pilots, and even students from all over the country? There are even some local tourists who take time and exerts a little bit of effort going to that spot along Multinational Avenue just to take a shot or two of their favorite airlines before flying back to their hometowns.

I do not see the point of your security personnel shooing PPSG members away from the fence (which is already outside of the airport; along the public road called Multinational Avenue) to the extent of “inviting” them for questioning (by means of sending out a government vehicle to fetch them from the Multinational Avenue to the IID Office at the Basement of the NAIA Terminal 1) to the Intelligence and Investigation Department office of the airport for questioning.

In your response letter to me dated June 08, 2012 and if I may quote:

“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.”

Will appreciate if you can enlighten and explain to your IID personnel what you meant of PPSG or  planespotters, in general being NOT CONSIDERED as THREATS to airport security, since they are outside of the airside restricted area. Better, if you can define what is inside ando/or outside of the airside restricted area.

You see, PPSG members are here to help us promote a safer Philippine aviation industry. Not to mention that they are also contributing to the promotion of local tourism — with some of the photos taken by PPSG members being used by the local and foreign media. Also, in the event of an accident (knock on wood), who knows … maybe one of the PPSG members were able to capture something that may be of great value during such incident investigation?

Appreciate to receive your response the soonest.

PS: Let me remind you of RA9485 (Section 8B: All requests submitted shall be acted upon by the assigned officer or employee during the period stated in the Citizen’s Charter which shall not be longer than five (05) working days …”

Dear Gen. Honrado … Issues with Planespotters (again!)

January 22, 2013

Gen. Jose Angel Honrado (Ret)
General Manager

Manila International Airport Authority
Pasay City, Philippines

Dearest fellow aviator,

Hope this letter finds you well. On behalf of our friends from the Philippine Planespotters Group (PPSG), we thank you for your unending support to the hobby: planespotting.

However, I was informed that last Saturday January 19th, a group of planespotters was approached (in a courteous way) by Cpl. Quevedo of the Airport Police Department (together with a Lanting Security) along the perimeter fence at RWY06 end (the spotters at standing along the sidewalk at Multinational Avenue). He cited that the letter (holding a copy of this letter) allowing the planespotters is already “expired” and they should secure a new one from your humble office.

It is in that light that I am writing to you again. I cannot see any “expiration” indicated in your response letter to me June of last year. Appreciate if you can clarify this matter with your personnel over at the Airport Police Department — they seemed to be misinformed or are interpreting your letter incorrectly.

Maraming salamat! Will expect your usual prompt response on this matter.

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!