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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:

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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.

Will the NAIA be Transferring to Clark Soon?

That is the question.

The answer: we are not sure yet.

What’s your opinion?

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!

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?!”