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User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Have a 3 hour transit at LAX on the way to SFO next week. In with QF 93 at 7.45 nd out with AA from T4 at 10.45am.

questions:
Are there many long haul 744s arriving between 8 and 1.45 in the morning?
What;s the view like from T4; is there another easy to get to vantage spot at the airport to spot planes? (no car, so have to walk).

Will prob fly on the new 744ER, so i'll look forward to writing my first trip report!


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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1533 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

Qantasclub,
From 08:00 to 09:00 it'll be somewhat quiet for the "heavy" arrivals. You'll see a KE arrival during this timeframe. Starting about 09:00, you'll get the initial wave of 74 arrivals from Asia. A couple of JL's, NH, TG, maybe SQ, if the flight is early.
T-4 is a very good vantage point for spotting. It's situated near a set of taxiways that serve as the primary exits for arrivals off the 25s. That being said, you should get some nice shots of UA's heavy from SYD as it arrvies. T-4 is 'next door' to TBIT. You'll have a nice lineup of planes to view from the west-facing side of T-4.
Even with 3 hours between, venturing out might be somewhat risky, in that depending on the day of the week, the lines to go back through security can be time consuming. I'd suggest sticking with T-4, maybe venture over to TBIT and go to the mezzanine level (resturant level) for decent viewing.
Hope this is helpful!!!



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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

The Tom Bradley International Terminal is just west to Terminal 4 so you can get a good closeup on all the widebodies parked there. As Aaway suggested, the mezzinane level in the International Terminal is a perfect area to spot, especially in this one part that faces the AA hangars where you have good views of a/c taxing. My favorite spot in TBIT.  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

At T4, go to the south end of the terminal and you'll have great views of runway 25 departures. By that point, most aircraft are just getting airborne. Tom Bradley International is on one side and Delta's T5 is on the other side. Have fun!

User currently offlineBrubiac From Bouvet Island, joined Nov 2003, 217 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

I've a few questions about LAX:


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Can someone give me a short describition how to get to this spot.

I've heard that the colorstate is changed from orange to yellow, if I'm not mistaken. Only a few airports like LAX and LAS aren't changed, the security stays the same. Are there any problems reported to take pictures at these airports or are there no problems to do this.

PS: Serge Bailleul and I are coming to LAX Monday 19th and to LAS Wednesday 20th where we will stay for 2 days. It would be nice to meet someone of the local spotters around there.



BRU a small airport in a big world.
User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

That picture looks like the person is standing on the Fedex ramp.

User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

Hey Brubiac, to get there just stand at the cargo area (FedEx - like Ramprat74 said  Smile), have fun spotting!

-A330Fan1


User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

Here are some shots of T-4. You will be able to see alot from there.


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User currently offlineBrubiac From Bouvet Island, joined Nov 2003, 217 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

OK thank you. I will do my best


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User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

I was right. I don't know how close you can get to the ramp though. It is right across from United cargo and maintenance building.


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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1533 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

Won't be able to get close to the FedEx ramp. However, in the vicinity of Hangar 1, there's a little parking lot at the end of a roadway. Look for the Delta Airlines cargo buliding (intersection of Imperial Highway and Douglas Street). Follow the portion of Douglas that lies north of Imperial. It will dead end at this lot. Other landmarks...AC cargo, LH cargo, MX cargo, Ontairo Aircraft Service/ASIG.
The lot is directly across from the threshold of 25L, so good shots can be had there.



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User currently offlineBrubiac From Bouvet Island, joined Nov 2003, 217 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

Can anybody tell me where this spot is?


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Thank you



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User currently offlineDC-10inLB From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Brubiac

Regarding the Air Tahiti Nui aircraft. That shot was taken from inside the Tom Bradley Terminal. It is on the Mezzanine level basically the center of the terminal in the back seating area in the food court area. Those are the taxiways between the north and south runway complexes. That plane is headed south towards the 25 side. There is another taxiway closer to the windows for the north bound traffic headed to the rwy 24 side. The bradley building is right next door to T4, very close, adn there's no security to get to the mezzanine level for food or for pics like that air tahiti shot. All the security for TBIT is at the ends where the concourses begin for the gates extending from the main buiding.


User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26595 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

If you go to Bradley, you might as well head up to the top of the T3 parking structure. That is the best spotting from in the airport since they closed the deck on the theme building. BTW, NH now flies their 777 into LAX while UA has gone back to 744s to NRT. Pity about NH, as it was nice to see their 744s next to JL's


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