Monday, February 1, 2016

Revealed: What's so special about this picture

With several red herrings in this photo, this one was a little sneaky. The obvious one is the big hole where the runway used to be -- and will again, someday. Another is the Hollywood sign visible near the top of the shot - a clue that this is not a summertime photo. Yet one more is the tailwind indicated by all the flags in the construction zone.

But when I gave you a hint yesterday, a better hint would have been that there is more than one airplane in this picture:

It's really hard to spot, so here's the next shot I took:

"It's a little jet. So what?" I hear some of you saying. Some of the rest of you have guessed at it already, and the registration is just barely clear enough to read in this photo that I may as well tell you that this jet is a Honda. Or, to be more correct, it's a HondaJet.

The Honda HA-420 has been in development since the late 1990s, and first flew in 2003. The FAA certified the airplane in December, 2015, and production is already underway in Greensboro, North Carolina. This visit to LAX was a test flight, and as far as I know, the first time a HondaJet has been seen at LAX.

What makes the HondaJet noteworthy is the way the engines are mounted. Instead of being stuck on the side of the fuselage, each engine is on a pylon that extends above the wing. It's hard to see in these shots, so here's one more:

 For a much better view, check out some of the photos at Honda's website:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Need a hint?

I thought last week's was pretty obvious, but this week's is not so much. Here's your hint: pay no attention to the construction. Reveal coming tomorrow!

Friday, January 29, 2016

What's special about this picture?

Just in time for the weekend: Another installment of everyone's favorite blog game. This shot was taken late last week, but I just rediscovered it when I downloaded it from the camera yesterday. So, besides the reflections in the window, what's special about this picture? Look carefully! Reveal in a couple of days.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Arrivals

The Boeing Dreamliner is becoming more and more common at LAX. Both American and United have them here now, and at least a half-dozen international carriers bring them in as well. Here are two of the most recent additions, who coincidentally both park at Terminal Two.

Avianca flies to/from Bogota, Colombia, a flight that takes around six hours. This route has previously been flown with a B757, B767, or most recently, an A330-200. In each of these, the flight time was closer to seven hours. Avianca is the world's second-oldest airline (after KLM), and has equipped its B787s to carry 250 passengers. In comparison, the A332s that Avianca use carry 252.

Our very latest arrival just started service this week at LAX. Hainan Airlines is the largest privately-owned air transport company in China, and is China's fourth-largest airline. They have just introduced service between Los Angeles and Shangsha, China. The flight takes thirteen to fourteen hours, in Dreamliners set up for a passenger capacity of 213.