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Best Time To Be At LAX For Plane Spotting  
User currently offlineRICBWI From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7973 times:

Hi gang,

Heading out to Los Angeles in early September for a football game at the LA Coliseum......trying to cram a lot into a tight schedule. What is the best time to be at LAX in terms of variety for plane spotting (i.e. foreign carriers).. I think it's spread out throughout the day but can anyone nail down a few hours as "the best"


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User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7917 times:

Lots of arrivals in the morning, with lots of heavies spread out throughout the day, but heavy international departures at night...especially Asia and Australia bound. You really can't go wrong at any time of day, as they are all spread out. I'm sure someone will show an exact schedule of arrivals/departures.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25345 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7899 times:

A good time for the Imperial hill is noon'ish.

You get a good mix of heavy departures(many to Asia) between 1100-1400 plus pretty heavy domestic ops.

From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7835 times:

Sepulveda is busy starting at about 7:30a, but it dies out around 2pm. That's usually when I head up to the hill.

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User currently offlineKEviNL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7831 times:

The eastern approach pattern to KLAX flies directly over KONT which is 5 miles directly south of my home and about 900 - 1,000ft lower in elevation. l often listen to So Cal Approach on my scanner and try to ID the aircraft from my patio. At this point, they are descending from approx. 10,000ft to 8,000ft and are lined up side by side for either north or south runways.

From my experience, Sunday after 4:00p until 8pm there's a steady two lane parade of aircraft maintaining a 4mi. separation in to KLAX. I'll continually see 8-10 approaching aircraft at a time during these hours.

Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 3):
Sepulveda is busy starting at about 7:30a, but it dies out around 2pm.

Since you are limited on time, I would say between 8:30a - 11:00a is prime time.
From the Coliseum, you can easily spot any trans-pacific heavies making the turn from north of downtown at altitudes below 3,000 ft. This is also the point where most skippers will drop the gear so bring binoculars.

I hope you enjoy your stay in LA!

474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineRICBWI From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7828 times:


Thanks for everyone's responses. Looking forward to a good time.

User currently offlinelaxboeingman From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7807 times:

From what I have seen the best time for int'l carriers during the day is between 1 and 4 PM local time. There is a NZ 747 that arrives in the morning between 9-11 AM local time. Qantas has the A380 arrive at about 7:00 AM local time. At night, however, there is more variety, CX has flights that are scheduled to arrive at about 10 PM local time, LH has a late afternoon-early evening flight. VS has flt 23 come in in the late afternoon to early evening, I believe starting at 4. Korean has flights all day but especially at about mid-morning and late-evening. Asiana has an early afternoon flight, AF has an arrival at about 4 PM local time with a BA 747 scheduled to depart a few minutes before that. The cargo planes come all day but they normally get there in the early morning, UPS comes at about 4 PM local time, FX has a three engine depart at about 4:00 PM, there is a World Air Cargo 747 that is there and is packing for departure, I believe in the early morning.

Sorry for the long answer but in a nut shell 7-11 AM and 4-10 PM. The observation deck is open only on the weekends, but I forgot the hours, sorry. I hope that you have a good time.


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