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LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:29 am

While going to a family gathering in Manhattan Beach (just south of LAX) on Saturday, I stopped by the Imperial Hill to see how things were coming along. Well, It looks like the project is FINISHED!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy But it's still fenced off to the public. Hopefully it won't be long before the fence is gone and it will be ours!

Some of the highlights are: little tables with attached benches to sit on, that will accommodate two people.( I saw about 6 or 7 of them) But I only saw one normal sitting bench, hopefully they will add more. A small oval area at the center of the viewing deck, that protrudes out about 5 to 7 feet over the slope. (probably more for show, than anything else) A green, waist high, chain link fence that runs from the bottom of the hill to the west, extending eastward up and over, and then down the other side.

Finally after 7 months of waiting, the Imperial Hill will be returned to the people. Thank You City Of El Segundo for thinking of US, the people who love and enjoy aviation.  Big thumbs up

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:35 am

Paul:

Awesome!!! Thanks the City of El Segundo for PHX spotters also. Looking forward to spotting with you guys real soon again.

Cheers - Jay
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:40 am

I second (or is it third?) the thanks to the City of El Segundo. Nice to see them recognize that people love to watch airplanes! Now if we could only talk them into putting all those wires underground!  Smile (Just can't make some people happy can ya?)
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:50 am

As a follow on...

May I suggest a "Thank you" note be sent to the mayor of El Segundo, Mr. Mike Gordon at the following email address...

mgordon@elsegundo.org

I sent one and included a link to a photo taken from Imperial Hill that is posted here on Anet. Politicians love to be thanked by the public.

Tony
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:55 am

Plus, let's get rid of those pesky eucalyptus trees, and that one hangar that blocks most of the rotating 777 shots.  Pissed

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:57 am

Good idea Tony............. I will do that!  Smile

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:04 am

good to hear....

I just sent my thanks to him.

v/r

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 12:06 pm

Even it was during the construction, there is no problem for photos at all from Imperial Hill...we will visit again in Nov. but I found another place further down hopefully can get some heavies turning.

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:04 pm

Sam, what are the dates in November are you planning to come down to LAX?
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:16 pm

Thanks for the update, Paul. Can't wait to meet up again next month!

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:56 pm

Me too Tim, It will be good to see you and Jay once again. And this time the "Hill" will be a legitimate place to meet!  Smile

Sam: are you referring to a spot on E. Imperial Ave? (the street the hill is on) If so, is it east of the hill or west?

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:19 pm

Hey Paul, Tim, Jay, and Sam.

I'm officially making my way to LAX Dec 9-12, and now that I have a digi with a big zoom, plan on parking my butt on the 'Hill all day. I would be good to see you guys again!

Brian - SPOT THIS!
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 12:25 am

Hey Brian:

Defiantely we PHX and LAX guys would like to see you guys again also. Brian is there anyway that you can re-schedule your visit over the weekend or long weekend. Weekdays at least for me are aweful but I may be able to bend around those dates but not sure about the other spotters because of work days. I definately will be camping out at LAX almost of every weekend of the winter months. Some of our firm tenative dates for meet-up is Nov 8th - 9th with Paul, Tim, Clovis, and myself; and some new LAX members such as Josh May and Jason B. Then again at Thanksgiving from Nov 26th - 30th but this time PHX guys are hosting some spotters from DFW and meeting-up at LAX and spotting with the LAX guys on these dates if they are available.

Otherwise if you have any planning to come over to LAX any weekends during Fall and December starting November, then just let me know I will definately be able to meet-up and if Tim tags a long we can even split up the cost even more.

Alrighty... we'll hear from you.

Cheers - Jay

[Edited 2003-10-14 17:30:22]
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:07 am

Can't really. I dunno if Tim told ya but I work for Delta now. My days off are T-W, so I'll be there the 9-10th, and I have some business on the 11-12th, but I don't think that will take up the whole day.

We have a rebid In Jan. Maybe I can get weekends...Hahaha.

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:10 am

I will be there when Sam and Andy are in town, will also be doing LAS Nov 29 -Dec 2 if anyone is going to be out in the desert.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:18 am

Hey Royal...

I'Ve been meaning to hit LAS in the winter. I can make it the 2nd, possibly the 1st as well. Email me and we'll work it out. It'd be cool to hang in that city.  Big grin

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:18 am

Hi Brian,

It's good news to hear your coming to town. Hopefully we can work out a visit, or maybe you will be able to get over here on a weekend when Jay and Tim are here. As you say, maybe after the first of the year will work out. But I guess your not to optimistic about it though..........

Jay: Sorry I didn't respond to you sooner, but I am sure looking forward to seeing both you and Tim next month. By then the Hill should be in full swing, and hopefully the weather will be in a cooperative mood.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:45 am

Paul:

You beat me to the response first LOL. I have sent you an e-mail so hopefully we will be able to coordinate things together. Dates are defiante so we'll see you.

Cheers - Jay
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 4:34 am

8th-9th November? I think that's when myself and Sam could be in town - I'll certainly be somewhere near as I'm in LA late 5th to early 11th! Could be a few photographers up on that hill that weekend!!!

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 5:36 am

I'll be leaving for San Diego in two weeks from today for official government travel orders on the U.S.S. Stennis for a month. However, like last time, there might be a possibility that we may pull back into San Diego on a friday and get weekend liberty call while in port. It might be San Diego or perhaps Bremerton, WA. If we pull back into San Diego, I could probably hitch a ride to the Amtrak station and take the train to L.A. It depends how much money I have also. I will also be in San Diego from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1. Would really like to meet up but this is spending Thanksgiving with family.

Just a little heads up.

v/r

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 6:32 am

Hi there

For those of us that don't know nothing about the Imperial Hill, could anyone pls. describe where it's located and what can be seen from it? Also, what lenses would be needed to take decent shots from there? Thanks for any responses...

Mike
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 6:51 am

Kevin!!!!

Hey nice to hear from you! Let's us know what your final tenative schedule are and either one of us on that day will be happy to pick you up at the Amtrak station. Take good care and stay safe.

Cheers - Jay
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 7:09 am

That's an easy one Mike!

It's located just south of the 25LR, & 7LR complex. And what makes it nice is that you are able to get some great rotation shots of the jets coming off the 25's, or ones landing on the 7's. Also, a 300mm lens will work nicely, but if you want something closer, you can go up from there. I use a Canon 100-400IS lens and sometimes add a 1.4 extender to that.

Now it's plug time, just because you asked, OK  Wink/being sarcastic

This one is departing 25R.


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This one is landing on 7R.


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And this one was taken with a 1.4 extender on.


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Hope this has helped.



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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 7:22 am

Mike, The Hill is a short hill in the city of El Sugundo. It is on the south side of the Imperial Hwy, which itself borders LAX. The city has (as you have probably read) built a small park on the hill side. There is plenty of parking on the street here. The only downside to the park is the number of electric/phone wires that can get in the way of photos. But if you are careful you can get awesome results (see Paul's photos above...)

Both the Airport Police and the El Segundo police are used to seeing spotters and photogrphers on the hill and while they do pass by frequently to my knowledge no one has had any problem.

Tony.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:51 am

Head west on the Imperial Highway on the south side of the airport. Not too far past the old Imperial Terminal building you'll see a hill rise up on the left side. Just past that is a stoplight (I don't recall the street name). Turn left and head into another intersection; there's a small retail area there. Turn left again and head up the hill. At the crest, houses on the right, looking down onto Imperial Highway on the left, is the viewing area. On a weekend it's pretty obvious...lots of people hanging around.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:48 pm

Here are directions from the airport. To get to the Imperial Hill just take Sepulveda Blvd. south to Imperial Highway, turn right and head west until you come to Main Street. Make a left turn (you can only turn one way) and then another immediate left turn onto East Imperial Ave. Head to the top of the hill and look left. You will see spotters doing their thing. Find a place to park and enjoy the view.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Thu Oct 16, 2003 1:26 am

Thanks guys for your help... Really have to check this out once!!!!!

Mike
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Thu Oct 16, 2003 1:04 pm

I'm homesick again. My 4-year old daughter's first serious spotting day (other than the usual 30 minute ramp drives at MSY) was spent with Daddy at both Imperial Hill and the Proud Bird restaurant lot last March.

Great views, except for the power lines.

Looking forward to our next trip next summer.

Tom at MSY
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update..................

Sat Oct 18, 2003 11:19 pm

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1229081/

This thread from the general discussions has specifics about the new viewing area.

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