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AI2004 Convention In LA - Review  
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Two weeks late, but no one started a thread reviewing the massive amount of activity that went down in Los Angeles form July 8-10 for the Airliners International 2004 convention.

HAnging out and eating at In-N-Out, taking pics on top of the garage or the grass, Lincoln Bridge, Imperial Hill and more, I have an amazing time.

With the amazing light, weather and angles, not to mention the amazing traffic that comes in, it's no wonder why I shot over 2,000 photos during the week I was there.

Meeting tremendous names like Paul Paulson and Jay Piboontum, and some guy named Sam  Big grin, not to mention countless other amazing people, it was the trip of trips for me.

Here is a group shot that was taken on top of the garage by In-N-Out. I've never seen guys screaming and cheering at the planes and drinking beer like it was a football game. It was amazing.



To view a 1024 wide version of this shot to save, click here:

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It was an amazing time. I expect everoyne that was there to:

1. Check in here and tell about your time at the show and spotting adventures.

2. If you're in the picture there, say which one is you.

3. PLUG YOUR SHOTS FROM THE TRIP!!!


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Was a great tiem with you all. thank you all so much!

-Phil


Phil Derner Jr.
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User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Awesome thread. I had a great time that weekend, LAX is always a cool (literally) getaway from PHX.

My shots are still in the queue, but here's a preview:

http://www.cactuswings.com/photos/0407-1642-lax-n289mt.jpg

I wasn't in the picture above - I shot 24R arrivals further down along Westminister. But I did meet many of you, and to those that I didn't, I hope you had an enjoyable trip out to SoCal.

Phil, I didn't meet you personally, but I think I saw you at the slide auction ... welcome to the world of slides buddy. If Joe P is your mentor, you'll be in the big leagues faster than you can say Kodachrome.

Cheers,
Terry





Cactus Wings Photography, Phoenix
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

OH MAN! You got the raptor nose! I missed that thing by MINUTES!!!! Congrats bro.

Thanks, Terry. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with you sometime soon. Joe's ok, I'm still showing him the ropes.  Big grin

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3258 times:
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A hungry and homeless guy shows how to do LAX:




Oh back to business, I would like to thank you for all those turned up at the show, and sincerely thank our friend Mike Carter (director of tours), Stephen Tornblom, Craig Morris, and all the officials for their time and effort organised a highly successful show. (at least for me)

It was a pleasure meeting many of you, finally putting a few name to faces there. Also a big surprise former airport manager and chief of operation also stopped by my table  Wink/being sarcastic

Wow great shot Phil, looks like you guys had a huge blast there!! Too bad I can't join all of you there in that photo! I really wish that I had more time at LAX!!!! Weather was absolutly gorgeous (highly unusual) and a fine selection of traffic there too include the Voodoo 727!!!

Oh big phil...did you hear that big Sam guy won the Photo competition (2 years in a row!) blahahahahlahaha  Big grin  Insane

Is the last person Henry Tenby on top left?? wow Chris Kilroy also there!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Hope to see many of you in Milwaukee AI 2005.

Sam


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Great!! It is wonderful times of you guys were there in LAX and will you even be there in MKE for next year in 2005? I can't wait to see let me go visit in MKE for next year in 2005. I am really looking forward to see them.

Regards


User currently offlineSouthpaw8669 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

It was a great time out there in LA, Meet a lot of great people including Phil. LAX was an amazing place to shoot, from Imperial Hill to the In-N-Out. Most of my shots are still in the queue. Saw a lot of airlines we don't usually get here in NY.

Got this shot on my way to LA

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And here is one that made it so far.


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It was a great time.

Eric



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

How I wish I could come all the way over there for this! How about me coming next year?!

Looks like you guys got good weather huh?!  Big grin

Good to see my friend Josh May in there!  Big thumbs up

Cheers,

A very envious Justin  Sad


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Phil when was that group photo....why am I not in it!?!?  Sad LOL anyways it was a blast, hope MKE will be just as good.

Sam - Where is his "Will work 4 Kodachrome" sign??  Big grin

Justin


User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Here's a few more pics from the trip:

This is from inside the convention. An awesome time, jsut an absolute field day.


The Mojave tour was amazing. Your eyes can't move fast enough. As exciting as it is, it's equally sad knowing that the last time I see something like a Delta L-1011 is with it's tail cut off on its side like it faced a guillotine.





Justin insisted we take this shot. I have to represent in my Excitebike t-shirt.  Big grin


Here's Matthew Smith showin us how it's done. I had to actually edit out his sunburn a litlte bit!



Aircraft-wise, this was my most exciting grab for me, as I've been wanting to see this bird again for years.


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-Phil




Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
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Rad.

Excite Bike kicks ass.



User currently offlineAlphazulu From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 266 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2754 times:
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Phil:

When I look at the group photo above (I am the second person over from the lower right hand corner) it brings back all the wonderful memories of that day. For once we were a force to be reckoned with. Not just the two or three locals, but thirty or more people shooting from all over the north complex. (24’s) Not even the Parking Spot security wanted to attempt an expulsion of that many avid photographers, as evident in the group shot above.

Meeting new photographers like yourself, Jason Cederholm, Ron Peel, and Matthew Smith was surly a pleasure. Plus, seeing old friends like Jay Piboontum, Tim Keeney, Ryan Spencer Morgheim, and Chris K. rounded out what was one perfect day.

Speaking of a perfect day.... if you check out the photo below you will see what I mean. The evening time was sooooooo beautiful, with long shadows and puffy clouds to accent our shots, heaven on earth… to say the least.


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After the sun had set below the horizon, about ten of us made our way over to the Proud Bird restaurant. Good conversation, a great meal, plus a 747 passing right by our window, this was the icing on the cake that made this day really sweet!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Paul


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2737 times:
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Looks like a great show. I should come over next year and attach a nice 2 week shooting trip in the southwest.

Tim



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User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Sam, that is one AWFUL pic of me, darn!  Big grin I really do look like a homeless dude haha.

Phil, send me your address so i can get you that check airlinephoto@yahoo.com

JP


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
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Joe you lost a little weight? Big grin

Tim



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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Seems like you guys had a great time over there at sunny LAX. The only time I visited LAX (so far!) was back in 1998. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance of getting some nice photos.

Chances are however I'll be paying LAX a nice little visit next year...

Ivan



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User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 808 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
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Well, it was a great time but it sure as hell went quickly! In the group shot I am on the right side in the blue/white shirt and white hat. Here are a few shots....

Its obvious that Phil doesnt have his priorities stright!  Big grin



However, unlike Phil, Ron knows whats good for him!



Just a shot I took from the parking garage



And finally just a plug of one of my pics...


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Hopefully MKE will be just as good as LAX!

-Matt



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Well a thread was started in the civil portion on the Saturday or Sunday of the weekend of the show, but it got dumped into the hobby portion...

Nice group shot by the way, good to see so many people out there...

Jeffrey

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_hobby/read.main/52692



"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
User currently offlineMarco_polo From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 324 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

TOTALLY Paul, definately amazing to see the new and old together. It was great to see all of you old LAX folks (Paul P., Josh M., Jason W., and minus good old REVE away to France and others) as it has been a long time since I last stopped by there. Hopefully I will see more of you guys this fall again if work doesn't hold me back from making a weekend trip to LAX.

Eventhough I was only there for the weekend, AI2004 turns out really well. Spend some good $$$ on models making Chris K. very happy  Smile  Smile  Smile. It was a great pleasure to meet the infamous Big Phil and the big ANET name, Joe P. BTW, Phil doesn't look all that tough after all, any child can take him down!!!  Smile  Smile  Smile. Joe, got a great shot of you, Joe, inside LAX on the North runway with aircraft landing. Still in the queue so can't link it yet  Smile.

Phil, PHX welcomes you anytime. Drop me a line and we are ready to host you.

Great meeting all you guys again and have a great summer!!!

Cheers - Jay


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

I had a fabulous time there,too. It all started with flying in on a United 744! My first time on a 747.
The ramp tour at LGB was great. My first time on a full-motion simulator and a cabin simulator. Also got to go in a brand new 717. Still had the plastic on the carpeting.

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I got some nice shots (for me at least),too.

My first time seeing Aeroflot up close , new colors , too .


The MHV tour was fantastic,I was on a tour last Dec,but the Security guard doing the tour wouldn't take me out to the line. Special thanks to Javier for putting up with us 'nuts'. Here's the L1011 tail,too .



And 3 HA -10's ......




Sure was nice NOT being hassles watching planes @ LAX,sure wish it was that way back home.... and yeah the only Heavy we get is Fed Ex A300/A310's ...



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2603 times:

Phil, Thanks for starting this thread dude, AI 2004 was a great time, really glad I got to share it with some of my fellow New Yorkers, and as it with every AI Convention it was great meeting new people and fellow photographers and I especially enjoyed meeting some of the L.A. area locals.
BTW in the group shot and I am top row, 4th from left in purple shirt with sunburn starting to kick-in (it was so worth it). Later in the thread that's my backside at MHV shooting the Orbital L-1011. For those of you who could not make it as you can see we had great weather and a lot of fun. I enjoyed meeting everyone and hanging out. A big thank you to Michael Carter, Craig Morris, and Marshall Pumphrey and the rest of the hardworking AI2004 Staff for putting on a "Great Convention", you guys can hold your heads high !

Cheers, Ron Peel


User currently offlineAlphazulu From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 266 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
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OK........Here are the BOYS shooting away at the BIG bird in the sky!! Oh yes...from the top of the Parking Spot garage..



Paul


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

looks like you guys had fun. ron... next time remember to take the hat out of your bag! Big grin


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2567 times:

Sorry I missed that. I was up at JFK and EWR that weekend...Phil you're lookin awfully small bud, lose some weight?  Big grin


Go big or go home
User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

AI2004 was definately the best show I've been to. I met a lot of people, got to do some cool things, picked up some great stuff, and got some good slides from the southern California airports. The AI2004 staff did a great job! Thanks goes out to Michael Carter, Steve Griffin, Matt Cornell, Stephen Tornblom, and Rick Covington! The MKE guys are going to have a hard time topping this show!

One of the show's highlights for me was the visit to Alteon:



I didn't get to fly the MD-11, but I did get a chance at the 737-200/300. Having never been able to do something like this I got hooked easily! I'm definately booking time when I come back to southern California for my winter photography.


Mike is about ready to put us in the drink in the 737-200/300 simulator...


Checking out the Turkmenistan 717 on the Boeing ramp was definately a pleasant surprise!


The other highlight was being able to take a short flight in a DC-3. The flight departed Hawthorne and flew along the coast toward Long Beach before turning around:



Got a nice view of the Queen Mary.


A flight deck visit was encouraged. Probably the last time we'd be able to do this given the current security climate in the U.S.


All three flights during the day were sold out. Justin Cederholm was the only person I knew that was on my flight.

I would post more pics (these are from my crappy, digital camera), but they're on slides and it's going to take a while to get to them...

Mark



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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Well, I am really glad that you guys enjoyed the Alteon tour, hope that everybody enjoyed their goodie bag & the posters.

Mike



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25 LGB Photos : The dinner at the Proud Bird was also a great night. Nice meeting you Phil. Too bad I had to work for most of the show. Oh well..... Stephen
26 Psa188 : I also enjoyed AI2004 and Phil, it was nice to finally meet you in person, considering we've never met in NYC. One day, we'll have to meet at the Rode
27 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : "looks like you guys had fun. ron... next time remember to take the hat out of your bag! " I needed that hat, damn I got burned...I was in pain on my
28 Post contains images SafetyDude : I am somewheRe in that picture, but due to all the bashing of me on Airwhiners, I will stay anonymous. -Will
29 Paulinbna : I have a general question what is the widest focal length from that parking garage for a 747 to get a side shot. I have a 10D and 100-400 MM L for tho
30 CO777 : Hi Everybody, I like to say its probably the best convention I have ever gone to.It was see old and meet new friends there. Jason Whitebird
31 Bigphilnyc : From memory, I could not get a full side-on shot with my 100-400, but I highly recommend still using it for nice clsoe shots. Side-on is nice and all,
32 MidnightMike : Keep the comments coming in dudes!
33 Post contains images Marco_polo : More comments???? Hummmmm.... lets see... Lot767-300ER thinks Chicago is great!!! You out numbered pal!!! Phil and I don't think so. Cheers - Jay
34 MidnightMike : If anybody has anymore pictures from the Alteon tour, can you kindly email them to me: mpenguin1@yahoo.com Thanks Mike
35 Post contains images Bigphilnyc : Matt, I have my priorities straight. I'm just quicker to take care of my pics. See? I took care of business. -Phil
36 Lgbguy : Hi All, I'm glad that everyone enjoyed AI2004 and especially the tours. Many thanks go to many people who through their love of aviation and our hobby
37 MidnightMike : Mike What the hell is "winter at LAX?" Is that another show going on>???? Mike
38 CcrlR : Great photos! I hope to see you all at next year's convention at MKE. I'll have my car and drive to there. So I hope to see you all there for Milwauke
39 Lgbguy : Mike, The winter is the best time to shoot at LAX, great light all day long. You will of course join us one day? Mike lgbguy
40 SkyvanMan : Thanks for arranging the tours Mioke Carter (LGBGuy). I loved them. I only went on the one to Encounters but that was awesome. You might remember me.
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