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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9902 times:

I will be coming in from Singapore to LA for a week or so. Can someone please advise me which are the best spotting places, I heard of Imperial Hill and In and Out. Also what are the best times for spotting jumbo's and widebodies and from which place. And good hotels that is good for spotting,maybe some rooftop spotting locations? Thanks.Planetime.

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User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9876 times:

7 AM rush: Qantas
9-10AM rush: Asian airlines
2-5PM: European Ailines

Try Encounter (funny llokik bulidng in the midle of the airport) and maybe take buses C and B to their respective parking lots. Good views.

MGA



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User currently offlineATCme From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9848 times:

I was just there (in LA). Anyway, there is a Burger King on the road to the C parking lot (I think) and the rental car return. It has a great view of the landing pattern for 25L. The view is partially blocked by a hotel, but if you're looking for pictures and have a camera that has some zoom on it it is a great spot. I would only recommend going to this place if you are looking to take pics, there is a whole range of airplanes coming in too (747 all the way down to prop RJs). Anyway, there was a lot of heavies coming in around 7 AMish. Hope I helped!
ATCme  spin 



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4775 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9831 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 1):
maybe take buses C and B to their respective parking lots. Good views.

Slightly off-topic (think the LAX Bus thread is buried too deep to dig) for those whom Union Station might be convenient, I had just tried the Flyaway this morning and Downtown to Lax and back was a breeze. Left Union Patsaouras Plaza at 8:30 A.M. and took just 30 minutes to LAX Terminal 3, and the same time on the return trip. US Coach going and Flyaway bus back. Just make sure the Flyaway isn't going to Van Nuys. Buses are clean and comfortable, and there were only five of us on each trip. One is a little old lady. On the way back, one arriving passenger said she had just read about the new service, and was very pleased. Another is a gentleman going home to Santa Barbara who said his limousine ride to his airport cost $200 and it wasn't as clean as the bus. The best thing is I got to ride roundtrip for free as Metro ticket or pass holders transiting through Union have until the end of March for complimentary rides. Maybe LAWA should give me a season pass for the free plug?  Big grin

I did intend to spot a bit but I forgot to bring along snacks and dark clouds were already starting to come in.



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User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9823 times:

If you're looking for a good "spotting" hotel, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza on W.Century Blvd. a couple weeks ago. I had a room on - I think - 11th Flr., overlooking the south side, directly in front of the UA Maintainance area. This also lined up neatly with the touchdown zone for the 2 runways on the south side (is that the 25's???).

Best of all, and unusual for a modern hotel anywhere these days, the room window opened right up, so you didn't have to take photos thru' tinted glass or anything. Nice hotel, too, altho' the breakfast buffet was very, very basic and the "hot" items (eggs, sausages, pancakes etc etc) weren't.

Hope that helps, enjoy LAX.


User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9795 times:

Quoting MGA (Reply 1):
7 AM rush: Qantas
9-10AM rush: Asian airlines
2-5PM: European Ailines

Try Encounter (funny llokik bulidng in the midle of the airport) and maybe take buses C and B to their respective parking lots. Good views.

So would it be a good idea to get a reservation there for the European Rush around 4pm. Which runway should I be facing when there?


User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9765 times:

I was just out there 2 weeks ago. I found Imperial Hill and the In and Out to be amazing places to sit and spot. As far as hotels go, I stayed at the Hilton Towers. I paid $77 a night on Hotwire.com

Matt


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9713 times:

I've got a spotting guide on our website, available here:

http://www.contrailsphotography.com/spotting.html



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26361 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9706 times:

If you want a great view of the landings on the 25s, and the best caprese salad and clam chowder in L.A., head over to the Proud Bird on Aviation Blvd.


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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9691 times:

Quoting MEL (Reply 7):
I've got a spotting guide on our website, available here:

http://www.contrailsphotography.com/....html

Very nice guide thank you!


User currently offlineAcjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9663 times:

It's all about the In-n-out burger parking lot. Take interstate 5 towrads the airport and right before you get there turn off onto Sepulvedra blvd. and head north one or two blocks. I guarantee you will find a few other photographers taking pictures there too.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26361 posts, RR: 76
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9631 times:

Quoting Acjflyer (Reply 10):
It's all about the In-n-out burger parking lot. Take interstate 5 towrads the airport and right before you get there turn off onto Sepulvedra blvd. and head north one or two blocks. I guarantee you will find a few other photographers taking pictures there too.

Interstate 5 doesn't go to LAX. You take I-105 (which ends at Sepulveda), I-405 or CA-1



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9603 times:

In-N-Out Burger.....the best place by far! Arrivals to 24R fly almost within arms reach! Order a #1 and get yourself a good seat outside on the patio, enjoy.


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User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 9549 times:

Quoting Planetime (Reply 5):
So would it be a good idea to get a reservation there for the European Rush around 4pm. Which runway should I be facing when there?

Go to encounter (you have a view of both runways), and have yourself a Chicken tenderloin salad  yummy 

Sit down at around 1 PM and you can see some Tokyobound 747´s. By the time your finishing, you can catch all the Euro arrivals.

MGA



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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9538 times:

Quoting Planetime (Reply 5):
So would it be a good idea to get a reservation there for the European Rush around 4pm. Which runway should I be facing when there?

The majority of the European arrival rush happens before 4pm. VS, SR, KL, EI, SU, BA, AF, LH, NZ, AA, UA all come in between 1pm-3pm (there are some later flights from BA and a couple of others).

They use both the North and the South runways (depending on which side of the airport their terminal is -- usually).

In'N'Out (Runway 24R) is great for seeing VS, AF, NZ, & BA. Proud Bird (Runway 25L) is great for UA, AA, SR, & LH. But of course, the airlines don't always land on the side of the airport their terminal is.

Honestly, there is a pretty steady stream of widebodies all day long, so you really can't go wrong spotting at LAX.


User currently offlineAcjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9511 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 11):
Interstate 5 doesn't go to LAX. You take I-105 (which ends at Sepulveda), I-405 or CA-1

Thanks for the correction. I meant the 405 connecting to the 105. There are too many 5's down there.


User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9471 times:

Is there a nighttime rush of widebodies? If so what time? I would imagne all those QF's from the morning have to depart sometime along with their kiwi counterparts? Is Imperial Hill a good place for spotting this?

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9436 times:

QF flights to SYD....didn't put in MEL

weekdays+saturday
12:50pm-QF8
8:30pm-QF26
10:30pm-QF12
11:45pm-QF108
----
Sunday
10:30pm-QF12
11:20pm-QF176
11:50pm-QF108



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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9418 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 17):
QF flights to SYD....didn't put in MEL

weekdays+saturday
12:50pm-QF8
8:30pm-QF26
10:30pm-QF12
11:45pm-QF108
----
Sunday
10:30pm-QF12
11:20pm-QF176
11:50pm-QF108

Cool that gives me an idea... I also looked up and they got 2 flights to MEL and 1 to AKL and 1 to Brisbane. So if lucky I will be able to get 7 or 8 QF widebodies on Saturday landing and taking off. Too bad most are at night though. But landings should be ok from Imperial Hill for this right not In and Out.


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9398 times:

Quoting Planetime (Reply 18):

Cool that gives me an idea... I also looked up and they got 2 flights to MEL and 1 to AKL and 1 to Brisbane. So if lucky I will be able to get 7 or 8 QF widebodies on Saturday landing and taking off. Too bad most are at night though. But landings should be ok from Imperial Hill for this right not In and Out.

I think they should be ok for both if I'm not mistaken, I've never really spotted out of LAX however.... Sad

if you look at the A.net photobase, you will probably get a better idea.... Smile



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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9384 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 19):
if you look at the A.net photobase, you will probably get a better idea

yeah most of those QF's photos and reading comments look like Imperial hill, specially the ones that focus on south side. In and Out is more for landing and close range I believe, but I am not too sure. Can someone please clarify this? Thanks!


User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9378 times:

Quoting MEL (Reply 7):
I've got a spotting guide on our website, available here:

Those spotting videos on your website for LAX was taken from which rooftop or which hill? Looks great!


Any particular JFK spotting locations you could recommend while at it? Thanks!


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9363 times:

If the videos you are referring to are associated with the spotting link, then it is pretty self-explanatory.

If they are from the 'Videos' link, then the 'Hill' ones are from Imperial Hill, while the 'Rooftop' videos are from the roof of the Radisson Hotel.

Matt



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User currently offlinePlanetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9293 times:

Quoting MEL (Reply 22):
If they are from the 'Videos' link, then the 'Hill' ones are from Imperial Hill, while the 'Rooftop' videos are from the roof of the Radisson Hotel.

Thanks Radisson Hotel. I will see that I will get a room there when in LAX. Seems like a good place for spotting the Northern 2 runways.


User currently offlineAcelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 820 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9259 times:

Quoting MEL (Reply 22):
while the 'Rooftop' videos are from the roof of the Radisson Hotel.

Does the radisson have the best roof for watching the planes,
any other hotels nearby with roof bars etc???



from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
25 AndesSMF : I agree with all above since I have done it. The Crowne Plaza will get you the best view of any hotel. Lets not forget the beach guys! You can easily
26 Planetime : Does the Crowne Plaza have a rooftop spotting place like the Radisson? Also with the encounter is it that good? I don't see it that high by the photo
27 AndesSMF : The Encounters restaurant can be an experience unto itself. The LAX viewing terrace is located there, but no longer open. The restaurant allows you a
28 Planetime : Any problems by law enforcement or anybody when parked up there? I know Imperial Hill and In and Out is quite safe from what I been hearing. Must be
29 Post contains links and images LAXPAX : I wish I could invite you all into my office for spotting, but unfortunately, my boss won't allow it! We're high up in the office building that is dir
30 Acelanzarote : Is the Raddison the one to head to to get on the roof then???
31 Post contains images Planetime : That is really a beautiful picture. All the colors/nature seems to blend in. And that blue california sky........... what can I say ............just
32 AndesSMF : I really dont know, it is a private parking structure. I would ask the attendants.
33 N1120A : Too bad the food is overpriced and not very good Nah, that is all part of the Interstate naming system.
34 Post contains links MEL : Go to the Radisson dude. I think it's the only rooftop bar/outside spotting area among all the nearby hotels. The 'deck' outside is very small, but it
35 Post contains images Visityyj : Yes, it is not allowed (signs posted) and is enforced. When it first opened they didn't care because I asume they just didn't realise how popular it
36 Planetime : Thanks. Will book my room there. That seems like you are facing north towards 24L/R. Is it good for 25L/R also?????
37 N1120A : The Radisson isn't much good for the 25s, but is great for the 24s since it is the closest hotel to the airport and is right across Sepulveda from T1
38 MrMcCoy : Last time I was in LAX spotting, I decided to stay off the Parking Spot roof. They've installed some security cameras that you can't see without actua
39 Planetime : Thanks! Guess I will stick with imperial hill for that pair. You never know some of those sprinklers could be hidden camera over there. But then agai
40 Post contains images MrMcCoy : Well, Imperial (Clutter's Park) is always full. It's the best way to see an airport in operation. I, like many others, like to read books from cover t
41 N501US : This works for me (your mileage may vary) : I stay at the Renaissance or Four Points which can have good views of ops from the rooms. After checkin I
42 Planetime : Is it a given standard that if a plane is to land on the north side of the airport they use 24 l/R approach, and if they land on the south side they w
43 Travelin man : That is the best rule of thumb. Of course, that does not happen ALL the time, but it is the most likely indicator of which planes will land on which
44 Chrisjake : quite honestly, i've been spotting at LAX a bunch of times and i dont recall seeing very many NZ flights land on the north side. they've mostly lande
45 Visityyj : There's no hard-and-fast rule, but most pilots would I think prefer a shorter approach to a shorter taxi. The majority of QF, NZ, TN and the Mexican
46 Planetime : Thanks!
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