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Phuket moves to ban famous aircraft photos from beach

By The Nation

 

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The Phuket authorities are restricting photography aircraft photography from Mai Khao beach, beside the busy runway at Phuket International Airport.

 

The beach provides a popular photo opportunity for visitors but causing aviation safety concerns.

 

Airport deputy director Wichit Kaewsaithiam, after a meeting chaired by deputy provincial governor Prakob Maneerung, said public access would be pushed back along the beach. 

 

"We want both the income from tourism and the aviation safety to co-exist," he said, adding that the prohibited zone will soon be drawn by a joint team of agencies.

 

Wichit also warned people against flying drones or shining lasers at aircraft within a 9km radius of the airport. They were serious legal violations that would disturb aircrews and may cause accidents, he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30365371

 

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The beach provides a popular photo opportunity for visitors

Thais could make selfies in any case anywhere everywhere in any condition. The third world using "smartphones"

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Access to this part of the beach is already restricted as you have to pay. At least this is what I was told when I was there a few months ago. I thought it would be nice to watch the planes coming and going, but I'm not a massive plane spotter so I went elsewhere.

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In case someone is having a dump on the way in?

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About 14 years ago (or more), before the hotels were built by the beach, one could walk/cycle from Nai Yang Beach, past the end of the runway, and then on the cycle path on Mai Khao beach.

 

At that time, there was no border fence at the end of the runway.  Incoming planes would fly in very low to land and I know there were some concerns that people standing under the incoming flight path might distract the pilot.

 

I used to cycle/walk that route daily in the late afternoon.

 

One afternoon, I was halfway across the end of the runway, walking my bicycle through the sand.  I heard a low rumbling noise that got louder and louder...... but no sign of an incoming plane.

 

The beach is a little below the level of the runway....

 

The noise got louder and louder, and then I realised that it was a large plane taking off!

 

Too late to run to the side, I threw myself onto the sand.......  A massive plane (no idea what make, except that it was a 4-engine monster), roared off the end of the runway, (remember, no fence, so the largest planes often just flew off the end of the runway as the beach dropped away).

 

Lying on my back, I got a view of the underside of this plane, seemingly just metres from my nose!!

 

After that event, if I ever heard the low rumble of a plane's engines, I would run like crazy to get out of the flight path 🙂

 

 

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You cannot park there anymore. Have to park further north then get a samlor. Before you could go plane spotting on the road next to the runway but they closed that off with a high fence.

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18 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Wichit also warned people against flying drones or shining lasers at aircraft within a 9km radius of the airport.

I don't remember reading about any drones causing havoc around Phuket airport.  Interesting to know that lasers are OK if outside the 9km radius.  Strange, that!  But, then again, TiT!

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I remember that I had to install a flashing red light atop my amateur radio tower at one of my hotels, in case an incoming plane tried to land in the garden....

 

Mind you, it was only 200 metres off the side of the runway - what's a 200 metre error in navigation for a Thai pilot - important or not? 🙂

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25 minutes ago, Valentine said:

You cannot park there anymore. Have to park further north then get a samlor. Before you could go plane spotting on the road next to the runway but they closed that off with a high fence.

 

Yes, it's quite a trek to get to that part of the beach to plane watch. And I have to say that part of the beach is not so tidy. Lot of debris when we went there last August. 

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I think the issue could be related to potential terrorism.

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18 minutes ago, LivinginKata said:

 

Yes, it's quite a trek to get to that part of the beach to plane watch. And I have to say that part of the beach is not so tidy. Lot of debris when we went there last August. 

 

Thailand is  a long way aways from properly dealing with litter.   That involves education which isn't exactly the forte of the Thai  education system.

 

I hope Thailand grasps this failure before it's too late.

 

 

 

 

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