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LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:40 pm

I'll be spending a week out in LA and have a day reserved before my flight back to DFW for some LAX spotting. I know the 2 main locations (In-N-Out, Imperial Hill), but was wondering if anyone had the best spots to see the international traffic arrive for this time of year.

I know the In-N-Out is questionable since the sun is low in the sky and I have a good line-up of times for the international arrivals. Would one think Imperial Hill would be the best spot? I'll be out there from about 800-1500 .. my flight back leaves about 1700, so that should give me a pretty decent day of spotting.

Any suggestions or recommendations?
 
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:44 pm

Imperial Hill is the spot to be this time of year, especially in the afternoon until sunset. Too bad you have to leave so early because 1500 is the start of when the light is best.
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:48 pm

Yes sadly this was a last minute NYE trip to LA .. If I had flown another airline or had more time, I would stay but the last Virgin America flight is 1700 .. I'm also disappointed not being able to catch the Qantas A380 .. I would take time out of my other days to see that beast !

But thanks .. looks like I'll have a full day on the hill at least!
 
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:48 pm

Another question .. LAX subject to wind changes .. everytime ive been there .. all the arrivals have come in over the 405, but didnt know with the winds, if they ever come in off the pacific.

weather.com says sse winds for the 5th.
 
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:04 pm

Once in a while they'll have reverse pattern at LAX, but the few times I've been there I've never had the luxury of watching departures that way.
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:26 pm

It is rare to have LAX operations to the east. It usually happens in inclement weather, and very rarely can happen in good weather. The wind comes off the ocean about 95% of the time. I looked at the forecast for the 5th, even with winds SSE at 5-10 operations are still likely to be to the west, but who knows.
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:00 pm

Quoting xcoaster1 (Thread starter):
I know the In-N-Out is questionable since the sun is low in the sky and I have a good line-up of times for the international arrivals. Would one think Imperial Hill would be the best spot? I'll be out there from about 800-1500 .. my flight back leaves about 1700, so that should give me a pretty decent day of spotting.Any suggestions or recommendations?

As long as you can get to Imperial Hill and back, it is a good spot... It also depends on what planes you want to catch because a lot of the planes only use one of the runways (basically all arrivals from Asia and Europe land on the 24s). The flights to Japan and Korea depart from the 25s meaning that Imperial Hill is a nice spot. But with a pair of binoculars, you can see landings on the 24s from Imperial Hill which isn't possible the other way around.
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:35 pm

Check out the Proud Bird Restaurant on Aviation Blvd. Go behind the restaurant, it is a great location. You won't get the Asian fleets, because they usually all get 24R, but it is a nice variety, cargo, lots of biz jets, and there is definitely no lack of heavies there either! I use a 70-200 over there and it works out nice, just have to watch out for a couple of trees.





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Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:39 pm

I've only been to LAX once but Sepulveda Bld and the Proud Bird were my favourites. Looking at Imperial Hill I fail to see how heat-haze can't be a problem - looks a good distance from the action.

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:38 am

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 8):
I've only been to LAX once but Sepulveda Bld and the Proud Bird were my favourites. Looking at Imperial Hill I fail to see how heat-haze can't be a problem - looks a good distance from the action.

If you're getting departures, they tend to be well off the ground and less bothered by haze.
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:18 pm

I'm mainly aiming to see the Asian and Australian arrivals, we get very few out here at DFW.

I have a pretty good list going off arrivals times over the past few days and using some of the travel sites:

Qantas
Singapore
Korean
V Australian
Virgin Atlantic
China Eastern
ANA
JAL
Cathay Pacific
Emirates
Alitalia

Among others.
 
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:31 pm

I've heard that Long Term Parking Lot C on the north side is good for spotting, as well as by the car rental lots ...

had heat haze issues on some shots in late November with some taxi shots ...
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:17 pm

This doesn't necessarily affect what'll happen on the 5th, but when I flew into LAX an hour ago, we landed in reverse pattern (first time for me!).

It's raining, and winds are from the east at 10 mph, according to weather.com.
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RE: LAX Spotting In Early Jan .. Best Location?

Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:51 am

Thanks to everyone for the help .. I had a good day today out there and some of yesterday .. got to see a few of what I wanted and Imperial Hill is very nice for departure shots .. but thanks again to everyone for the suggestions !

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