Monday, February 3, 2014

Planespotting in Manila



It's the month of February and that means I am going to celebrate Valentine's with my first love - aviation! Yesterday, after my duty, I went to the PPSG (Philippine Plane Spotter Group) HQ located at Multinational Avenue, Parañaque near the end of NAIA's runway 06 to meet up with my #ProjectSingaporeAirshow2014 friends (gee, what a long sentence). By the way, we're going to Singapore this February 13-16 to attend the Singapore Airshow 2014, plus a little bit of side trips. It's going to be my first time in Singapore and I'm going to make the most out of it! I can no longer contain my excitement!

Now back to the topic. Since last year, I have posted a few entries about my planespotting activities in Davao International Airport (ICAO: RPMD). It sure is an exciting activity most especially if there's a high volume of air traffic. But I admit that it gets boring if (1) there's only one or two arrivals/departures, and; (2) all aircraft are of the same type/model - example, the famous and best-seller Airbus A320-200. It was my first  time to spot in Manila with my DSLR. Without minding the scorching heat of the sun, I went near the perimeter fence and took a lot of photos... as if there's no tomorrow! Heh.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the busiest airport of the Philippines. It handles a total of 25 million passengers a year. It has four passenger terminals, and has two runways that intersect each other. Every day, it handles at least 800-900 flights. There is a substantial increase of passengers per year but the airport itself can no longer be expanded due to the presence of residential and commercial areas around the complex.

Here are some of my favorite shots, taken near the PPSG headquarters. Too bad the airport authority put up a secondary fence, ruining potential angles of the aircraft on taxiway Charlie. I am still baffled by its presence; I don't see its importance. Tsss. Anyway, for hi-res downloads, click here!

"My new profile picture on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wordpress, Blogger, Lookbook, and many to mention." - Cebu Pacific Airbus A330-300

See that fence on the right side? It ruined my photo. It didn't give justice to SIA's sexiness. B777-200.

All hail the Arabian Queen. I'll be forever enamored by the B747-400's beauty. Timeless beauty.

Yo momma's so big she can't fit inside the frame.

"Hey Saudia, here's my butt!" - Cebu Pacific A330-300

"I will follow you..." - Saudia B747-400

Look who's stalking!

I'm sexy and I know it! Tenenenen tenenenen!

Gandang 'di mo inakala! PAL Airbus A320-200

The sexy B777-300ER of Philippine Airlines. Your home in the sky.

Seems like this Airbus A321-200 of PAL had undergone rigorous 'bath'. Sinawsaw ata to sa bleach!

Traffic along taxiway Charlie.
Next project: The low light photography version of it. It's gonna be more challenging!

19 comments:

  1. Sir addict ako sa mga airplanes, at pangarap ko minsan tumayo kung saan nakapila ang planes for takeoff. Hehe. Someday someday someday. Love this post!!!

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    1. Wow! Nice to hear that you're obsessed with these big, mechanical birds! Haha! You should visit Multi soon!

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  2. Love the pictures Renz, the first time I saw A380 of Emirates landed at SGN. I was speechless, I was praising it with all the superlatives.

    Plane spotting is also my past time, that's why I go to the airport at least 4 hours so I have ample time to view them. I will share all the captures when I complete my SEA trip :)

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    1. The Airbus A380-800 is unappealing to me, but I'd still want to have an A380 cabin experience. :) can't wait for your aviation photos!

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  3. First time I came across blog about aviation, airplanes and taking photos by themselves :) Interesting blog po, I know too little about planes.

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  4. Awesome shots. I bet planespotting is a very interesting and entertaining activity. I would like to try this some time.

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  5. Unique article but it gives pleasure for me when I see those flying birds!

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  6. This is my first time to hear about the plane spotter group. You were able to really capture nice photos of the planes here.

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  7. Grabe Renz! Kinikilig ako just seeing these beautiful airplanes! There's really a certain kind of high just seeing these on the ground, more so when you're about to ascend in one. *sigh* i love your plane shots!!! :)

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  8. Those plane shots are amazing. I am still in awe whenever I see a huge airplane land.

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  9. Very nice photos! Perfect for magazines :)

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  10. Planespotting is new to me. Didn't know that there is such a group as plane spotters. I love your pics!

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  11. yeah,.,, planes who wouldnt seeing those big birds in the sky? Eh lahat ata tayo nung bata excited pab may dumadaan na plane sabay sabi ng "one day makakasakay ako dyan"
    Grabe pla noh... NAIA holds 900 flights a day!!! so theres the air traffic,, and enjoy sg ;) And by the way i love your shot parang pang Mag.

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  12. love the pictures and your captions too but i can't do it because the sound of the plane taking off and landing will really hurt my ears will really drive me crazy

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  13. Thank you everyone for all of your comments! Really appreciate it! :D

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  14. Wow, I've never considered planes to be great photography subjects... not when they're on the ground anyway. Great photos! I especially like the "hey, saudia" pic! =)

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  15. Nice plane spotting pics on your blogg at NAIA.'Hope you capture nightshots next time.

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