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LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 6:47 am

I am going to be in LAX from 21Oct-24Oct. Unfortunately my return flight leaves at 0130 on the 24th so I am not going to be able to do any spotting on Friday. I am wondering if there is going to be anyone interested in getting together in the afternoons or mornings on the 21-23rd of Oct to do some spotting or just hang out. I may also plan on going to LGB to get some B6 equipment. If anyone is interested please email me thru my profile.


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:11 am

anyone else interested in LAX spotters meet?
 
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:20 am

The subject of LAX spotting reminds me of a question I have been meaning to ask: Is the observation deck above the restaurant under the arches theme structure at LAX open?
 
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:26 am

Yes, unfortunately the observation deck at the top of the Encounter Restaurant, which provided excellent panoramic views of LAX, has been closed due to "security reasons."

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:28 am

I don't think the spotters deck is open yet but I have had good luck at In and Out burger as well as the limo lot. If anyone can meet up and we hit the good spots it would be great. If anyone is interested I will look at my email from now until then and I will send out my cell phone number to those interested in meeting up.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:48 am

The deck isn't expected to open anytime soon...but if you get a rental...you can cover all the spots around the airport!
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:17 am

I am not going to get a rental trying to be real cheap compared to my other trips out there. I can walk to In and Out and the limo lot without any problems but over on the hill is a little bit out of walking distance.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:44 am

I haven't been spotting or photographing
for over ten years, but the runway 25's at LAX,
had a cargo area where you could go
at the fences, that put you on top
of the aircraft.During the weekends,
there were lots of photographers. Take a
look at the PSA photo's in this section
or dail in to catchoursmile@aol.com.
But I would think the area is closed in
todays world.There were great places at all
SoCal airports to take photo's, now most likley
all closed. Too bad.


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:15 pm

OK it is looking rite now like it will only be myself or if people want to make it out after work feel free. I hope to meet some of the LA-LGB area spotters. I am hoping to make it to LGB on one of my days to get some shots there as well.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:37 pm

I'll be around in the 23 and 24 but I'm pretty much more avaliable on the 23 on the afternoon.
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:29 am

Sean, You probably won't be the only spotting at LAX. Remember, if it's a weekend and a really nice day, there will be other spotters at In N Out, TheParkingSpot, Imperial Hill, or Lincoln Br.

I was lucky to catch a few spotters when I went to LAX and met several guys who spots there quite frequently.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together/Imperial Update?

Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:08 am

I might be in LAX on 24, 25, and 26. Willy probably fly in on the evening of the 23rd. So if anyone else is going to be there for the weekend, I'm game.

What is the status of the construction on Imperial Hill? Has it been completed, and what does it look like now?

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:02 am

Plans are still in place for a meetup if there is anyone willing to meet during my time at LAX. Or if there is anyone who is near LGB I will be happy to meet there as well. I hope to meet some people otherwise I may just fly to LHR and do some more photos there.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:37 am

The construction on the hill may be finished by then...it seems quite a bit of progress has been made. You can still shoot from there with construction going on...just go around the fence and have at it. Many people do. Besides..if it's not finished....they don't work on teh weekends anyway.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:37 am

The last time I was in LA and had a rental, I remember coming to a stop before turning left from Sepulveda northwest onto Lincoln just above the airport (see below). There was a grassy strip-type traffic island to the left of Sepulveda Boulevard and two guys with binoculars and cameras were lying down on the island photographing planes flying overhead. When the light turned green, I made my turn, but I wonder if security ever shooed them away?

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:33 am

Worldperks, I'm certain that spot is okay..in fact, two choice spots are in this photo. If you follow the word 'office' in [Airport Office Center] on the old Western Airlines building...there's a red truck coming towards you..next to it (on the left) is the Inn & Out Burger park. Always loaded with spotters and fotogs. The 2nd spot, further to the left, behind the shrubs and wall is a Super Shuttle van or two..this lot is open to the public but it's crowded with limo drivers and their cars...it's right at the threshold of 24L and 24R. However, if you lack discretion...the cops will chase you from this area.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:20 pm

BN747

You're absolutely right. The grassy plot left of the red truck is where I've seen spotters. Otherwise, wouldn't you know it? I've been eating at the wrong burger joint.  Laugh out loud

 
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:26 pm

LOL..not only that..Inn & Out is fresh burgers, bigger and a heck off a lot cheaper! And...closer to the action! And no security hassles here.

Best of luck on future visits!
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:50 pm

I would love to join you that weekend, but I'll be busy with other things. There is a Starbucks on Sepulveda that does provide some great views of planes landing, and it has some nice outdoor tables for viewing.
 
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 5:25 pm

LOL..not only that..Inn & Out is fresh burgers, bigger and a heck off a lot cheaper! And...closer to the action! And no security hassles here.

BN747, you joking about no security hassles. When I plus three other spotters were at the Inn & Out in the beginning of the month, it took 4 hours, six patrol cars and a visit to the LAPD at LAX to make sure I and my friends weren't terrorists. Does this mean we were the first and thus very unlucky?

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 6:14 pm

So, doesn't In & Out get fed up with you guys there all day? Or do you just keep buying burgers?

I'm interested because I want to get out to CA next year to try and repeat the tour I took out there in 1978 (flares and WIDE shirt collars!)  Smile
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Sep 30, 2003 6:28 pm

Not at all LJ, I don't know when that was...but it seems the cops will approach ask a few questions and leave..in the 'worst' case scenario! For the most part, they usually just look and continue on their way. Same for the parking garages..esp. the big one near Bradley (intl) terminal...they just bike up ask a few questions and leave you to your spotting. If there's an EL AL jet at the gates...they may hang around til it's gone.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Wed Oct 01, 2003 3:24 am

Not at all LJ, I don't know when that was...but it seems the cops will approach ask a few questions and leave..in the 'worst' case scenario!

BN747, it was September 6th and we must have been extremely unlucky. According to the detective of the Anti-Terrorist Division he never heard of spotters thus had to explain why we travelled around the world just to see aircraft.

BTW According to the detective spotting is allowed at the Inn & Out (we received his card with his mobile which we could call in case the police showed up) thus any policeofficer who says it's illegal doesn't speak the truth.

So, doesn't In & Out get fed up with you guys there all day? Or do you just keep buying burgers?

We bought indeed all our food and drinks from the Inn & Out (thus I reckon they didn't call). However, you don't have to stand on Inn & Out property (there's a small park in front).




 
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Wed Oct 01, 2003 5:31 am

Honestly..I think this detective, looked over at his partner..and said..'I'm bored, let's go have some fun with these guys'...and once they saw you were foreigners..Yep..you guys made their day!

What am I saying? Yes, we have cops here who 'get off' on making people sweat bullets...they know how to size up a situation perfectly. The regular guys around the airport never encounter such crap. It's a shame that cops in europe have a better udnerstanding of these things than the cops here...it doesn't take much brain power to realize that people are intrigued by machinery! People pay through the nose in this country to go watch cars drive around in circles (NASCAR). Why should people be less thrilled about machines that are a 1000 times bigger and defies gravity and blows your ear drums out? The cops here need to take it to the next level...end of story!

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Oct 02, 2003 12:08 am

Well if I am in town, I might be up for a meeting. Email me(it's in my Username info) and let me know.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:10 am

I am still planning on getting to LGB during my trip and I am originally from Torrance and I am planning to see some family while I am there. Let me know feel free to email me.


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 04, 2003 10:36 am

Hey guys it is still a few weeks to go but just checking in. I am planning on LAX/LGB and maybe even SNA if there is someone who can give me some good spotting locations around John Wayne. I am arriving on US from PHL around 1230 on a A321. I am planning on staying at the Holiday Inn on La Cienega or maybe look at the Sheraton 4 Points and it is within walking distance of In and Out burger. I look forward to meeting some LAX guys and if you just want to show up that would work as well.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 04, 2003 11:36 am


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Hey dude, I live in Long Beach, send me an email

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sun Oct 05, 2003 11:13 am

Ok 1 day is going to be at Disney considering a family member wants to go there and I work for Disney. So 1 day at LAX, 1 day at LGB, and 1 day at Disney. I am open on the 1st 2 days and on the third is my Disney trip. So if anyone wants to meet send me an email I will provide my cell phone number to find a meeting place.


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Oct 07, 2003 8:21 am

Ok here is my plans for my trip.



Oct 21: Arrive LAX at 1230 check into Hotel and do some spotting around LAX.

Oct 22: Make my way down to LGB and spend the day there. Returning to LAX in the afternoon.

Oct 23: Trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. Gotta go just because.

Oct 24: Return Home to MCO.


If anyone wants to meet there is the schedule for my trip. E-mail me and I will give out my cell phone number.


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Wed Oct 08, 2003 7:03 pm

Speaking of TheParkingSpot...I understand it's a good spot for photos of the north runways. Any problems there, or can you pretty much stay all afternoon on the top level? Looks like it's right next to the Hilton.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:44 pm

I have not been to the parking spot for spotting. have spent a lot of time on the North side of the airport catching arrivals on the North Complex. I stay rite around the limo lot. I am going to be walking around the field so I need to find places that are within walking distance. I am now staying at the Super 8 i believe on Century, I can't remember which hotel I guess I will find out when I check in.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:21 pm

Hey future FO, if you are meeting Midnight Mike, DEFINITELY look into doing the flight sim there!!

It ws excellent! You will not regret it and you'd probably get some great photos.

As for LAX, I only went to Encounter Restaurant and spotted from there during happy hour. You may want to look into that.

email me thru profile if intersted in the sim. Or look my most recent trip report up about it. It's got photos. And it was a great time!

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:26 am

I am going to keep posting to let everyone know if my plans change at all. I am looking for transport, the cheapest transport from the LAX area down to LGB. If anyone can pass some good info along it would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise I am going to just take Amtrak to Anaheim and then stay at the hotel I have setup outside of Disney.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:49 am


Future FO

Hey Dude! I will call your cell phone, catching Super Shuttle from LAX to LGB is probably your best option, pretty cheap, but, the only catch is to have the van drop you off at a hotel, the prices are cheaper. Will explain over the phone. I think somebody contacted you about taking a ride in the full flight simulators? Trust me you will enjoy it!

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 11, 2003 9:53 am

You might check with Super Shuttle or can't remember the name...but there's a company with red vans, Most like they are your best bet to go directly from LAX to LGB. Amd LGB to Anaheim. The metro would take you from LAX to downtown then to Long Beach (downtown) you'd be going in an upsidedown 'V' shape route--completely out of your way! But it's probably dirt cheap $2-3 ow bucks tops and an hour to do. Super Shuttle might be $15-20 bucks which is almost a car rental.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Mon Oct 13, 2003 7:46 am

Will Look into all options but Amtrak to Anaheim is $16 r/t from LA Union Station to Edison Field. Anyway looks like a few hours around LAX then to LGB and checkin into a hotel there do the Sim thing and then go to Anaheim. Anyway, Mike give me a call tomorrow Mon after 7pm EST/4PST and I will be able to talk then as that is when I get off of work.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:05 am

Hey Mike,


If you can call me I will be more than happy to work out the details. Call me and if I do not answer leave a cell number or home number and I will call you later. If need be email the numbers and I will call after i get the mail.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:50 am


Future FO

No worries, I will give you a jingle tomorrow, today was a little crazy!
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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:06 am

OK,


I am worked out for the trip out there. I am trying to maybe get the 25th off so I can stay out there an extra day. I will keep everyone informed if that works out. Hope to meet a few people out there.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Tue Oct 21, 2003 1:25 pm

Ok I have got off thru the 25th and that means I am now flying out on Sat instead of Fri. Just an additional day to do some more spotting.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:08 am

Hey Everyone,


I am here in LA and staying at the HI on the corner of La Cienega and Century with a view of the approach to the South Complex. I am going to LGB tonite for some sim time and tomorrow am doing spotting in LGB. I fly out Sat morning at 0745 arriving back into MCO at 1748. If anyone wants to meet in LGB tomorrow or tonite I will be taking SuperShuttle to and from LGB unless someone wants to give me a ride back up to LAX. Anyways spent the 21st and 22nd at Disney playing around. Hope to meet a few people.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:32 am

So Super Shuttle did workout huh???..well good for you! Didn'
cost you and arm and a leg did it?

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:45 am

No promises Sean, but if I make it down to LGB for some B6 shots...I'd have no problem giving you a lift back to LAX. It's just that LGB bores me to tears...with just 20+ flights a day (oppose to that many at LAX in 20 minutes)...I'd rather watch paint dry.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:28 am

Hey BN747,

Why come at all if LGB bores you so much!!!!!!!!!!

I've been spotting and shooting LGB for years and I have shot a very large variety of aircraft (airliners) over the years. As a matter of fact the proto EMB170 at LGB yesterday, so much for boring.

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:01 am

Hey Mike....read the profile...you know who this is! LOL. If I had your LGB connections....perhaps I wouldn't be so bored!

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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:25 am

And Mike...since you're there...give the poor guy then VIP tour of LGB an dlet him get some primo shots!


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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:07 am

Ok guys enough bickering. I am going to be at LGB this afternoon from about 1530 until ?. So if anyone wants to meet up I will be at the Devry Lot with LGBPhotos and another person. Anyway if anyone wants to call me you can get my cell phone number from MidnightMike. Hope meet a few more people this afternoon.



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RE: LAX Spotting Or Get Together

Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:10 am

Well as you saw, the soup moved in...we got a fog shroud that would make SFO jealous! I was on the 405 and at LAX...I made a U turn...screw that. I hope you wore longs sleeves! It totally engulfed the city which was suppose to have a high of 100 degress today! We're lucky if we made 65!

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