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.
N178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3223 times:
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
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
Is the last person Henry Tenby on top left?? wow Chris Kilroy also there!!!
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2816 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.
Southpaw8669 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2797 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.
Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2733 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.
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.
Alphazulu From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 266 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
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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.
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!!
Marco_polo From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 324 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2614 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 . 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!!! . 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 .
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!!!
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2582 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.
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.
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1138 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2568 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 !
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1575 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2471 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...