You've all seen those down-on shots of 747s departing runway 25R at LAX, by Sam Chui and Daniel Werner.
Are the north-south VFR routes over LAX the same as they used to be? Years ago there were two routes:
about over the middle of the field, northward at 4500 ft (?), southward at 3500, thru a gap in the Class B so no ATC clearance needed, or
1/2 to 1 nm offshore (i.e. 1 1/2 to 2 nm west of the ends of runways 25), thru the Class B, altitude as assigned between 2500-4000 ft.
Presumably all the pics were taken from aircraft on the offshore route; I wonder how much cheating ATC allows on the 1/2-to-1-nm-offshore? Why are you supposed to stay offshore, anyway?