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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)

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!

(PhilStar.com) NAIA-1 to Undergo Renovation

MANILA, Philippines – Airport authorities disclosed that the 28-year-old Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) would be renovated in August after an architectural and engineering firm was picked to conduct an assessment of the project.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Honrado said P-Square, an engineering and consulting firm, was selected to start the month-long study worth about P9.4 million.

He said the firm would conduct various tests to know the load-bearing capacity of the building before any improvement could be done, as well as do an analysis to determine which part of the building is already unsafe.

NAIA-1 is being refurbished to keep up with the demand as it has already exceeded its capacity of 10 million passengers a year several years ago.

Most of the estimated 28 foreign airlines that operate at the NAIA-1 had expressed their intention to stay at the old terminal and almost all are reluctant to transfer to the NAIA Terminal 3 until all legal problems are settled.

Cebu Pacific, AirphilExpress and All Nippon Airways are the three airlines operating at the NAIA-3.

Although the planned structural tests had been announced earlier this year, the process was fast-tracked after the styrofoam insulation of the ceiling on the ground level, as well as some plaster concrete pieces from the façade, fell off last May. These were attributed to deterioration due to fatigue or effects of previous earthquakes.

Structural tests would start in August and are expected to be completed in January 2012.

The MIAA would later announce a bidding to determine which architectural firm would conduct the renovation of NAIA-1.

“We want the public to know that the MIAA is upgrading not only the toilets, water supply and carpeting, but is also determined to upgrade the NAIA-1 to international standard,” said airport senior assistant general manager Antonio Bautista.

He pointed out that the NAIA-1 arrival area has been completely refurbished, with its walls and ceiling sporting a new look after these were clad with a metal finish to cover the old style “washout.”

Bautista added the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines is assisting the MIAA to come up with a new NAIA-1 that would be attuned to the needs of travelers.

The project would cost about P500 million or more.

“The MIAA has the money to fund the airport’s renovation,” he said, adding that the board of directors would have the final say with the concurrence of Honrado.

Critics of the old terminal have pointed out that nearby airports look modern because of their glass and steel facade, which gives them an airy, spacious and traveler-friendly look with amenities for sleeping.

On the other hand, NAIA-1 looks stodgy and cramped and still sports the washout finish fashionable in the 1980s.

This is the grayish brown color that people see when they look at NAIA-1’s façade since its builders covered the concrete with washout brown pebbles during construction.

Bautista said that architects would surely keep that in mind when remodeling NAIA-1 and would probably wrap the premier airport in gleaming faux stainless steel or similar-looking material to make it look modern and tasteful.

“We will spare no expense to give the NAIA-1 a modern look that Filipinos could be proud of and make it user friendly with various amenities for the satisfaction of users,” Bautista added.