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East Winds @ LAX: Where To Shoot From?  
User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1987 posts, RR: 18
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4713 times:

Hello everybody. I will be at LAX on the 13th and 14th shooting all day both days and I need to know where are the best places to shoot if the winds are easterly. I know this is a rare event at LAX but I want to be prepared if the event rises. I know Imperial Hill is still good, if not nicer but where else? Also, anyone want to come out and shoot with me? I know there is a big meet there on the 8th/9th but I had already booked my trip at the time the annoucement was made regarding the meet.


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User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

I have been there during reverse ops at LAX, and it seems Imperial Hill is still the best viewing place for landings on the 7's.
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Here are some good pics from Jerry Search. The lighting this time of year favors Imperial Hill, and it is a good viewing site. It would be fairly rare for you to see Santa Ana winds, but it is always good to be prepared I guess. Have fun!

User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

Reserve pattern is really nice to see at LAX, Justin. Both pictures shown above is when the planes are landing on runway 7R, the closest runway from the Hill and this is the time of the year where SoCal gets the Santa Ana easterly winds. I'll be in LAX 2 weeks after for one day, then flying back to VA the next day. Have fun in LAX. I'll be seeing my Blue Angels fly that weekend at Miramar.


User currently offlineMikey From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 195 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Yea Imperial Hill is the best spot for photographing 7R & L arrivals. Personally I like photographing rwy 7 landings than rwy 25 takeoffs. Usually they have reverse traffic before,during, and after it rains. I look at this website below that shows what runways they are using at LAX.


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