compussr
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Spotting A380 At LAX

Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:15 am

The last time I tried catching the QF11 A380 at LAX I was waiting at 25L but it landed on 24R. Could anyone familiar with A380 and LAX tell me which runway the plane most likely would land on? I thought the 25L was extended/enhanced just for the A380... Thanks!
 
NIKV69
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:46 pm

I think it tends to use 25L the most but the other side of the airfield is equipped to handle it as well in fact I think both those end gates on each side can be used by it. Get a radio and listen to approach and you will have a heads up.
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:47 pm

its a crapshoot. every time I have been on the Hill it has come in on 24R. Usually easier for them I guess because of gate assignment.
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:08 pm

Pretty simple solution to a simple problem: go spotting on the days during which 2 QF A380 come in! The 2nd A380 will land on the opposite runway the 1st one does, guaranteed.

If you can't manage that, you'd be wise to take a look at the A380-compatible gate at North and South TBIT and see which side's gate looks like it's being prepped to handle an incoming giant.

The A380 will ALWAYS land on the side of the airport where its assigned bay is located. It's far too complicated and hectic for the guys in the tower to have one of these aircraft land and then cross the entire airport...

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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:06 pm



Quoting LAXspotr (Reply 3):
The 2nd A380 will land on the opposite runway the 1st one does, guaranteed.

I wish that were the case! I was on the Hill last year on a super clear day perfect for spotting and had both QF land on the north about an hour apart, just enough time to offload the late arrival first and tow it to remote right before the on time second one came in.

Quoting LAXspotr (Reply 3):
If you can't manage that, you'd be wise to take a look at the A380-compatible gate at North and South TBIT and see which side's gate looks like it's being prepped to handle an incoming giant.

this is probably your best luck or keep an eye out for it in the downwind.
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:18 am

What's the distance in time between the two shooting locations?
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:24 am



Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 5):
What's the distance in time between the two shooting locations?

Imperial Hill to In n Out is an easy 5 - 10 minute drive. One might cut it close though if they saw it on downwind for the 24's while standing at the hill. Parking at the In n Out can take a few minutes alone...it can get quite crowded with traffic in that area.
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:33 am



Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 5):
What's the distance in time between the two shooting locations?

You would have to find a spot in between and listen to approach to be safe IMO.
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compussr
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:55 am



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7):

sounds like that's what i'll have to do.

i did notice the A380 docked on the north side of the field during my last few spotting trip. Just hoping the bird doesn't slip by me again.
 
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RE: Spotting A380 At LAX

Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:39 am

QF 11 landed on 24R today, but I didn't get a photo a.net worthy. The sun wasn't out until after 1PM.

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