Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things look different when we go east traffic

It's that time of year, when the weather actually changes in Southern California - if only for a little while. We've had several weather systems bring us rain recently, and we've run East traffic at LAX each time. In one instance, for a couple of days, although a few hours is more common. A recent example: This past Sunday, we transitioned from the overnight "Over Ocean" procedures directly into east traffic, as the winds were out of the east at around ten knots. It rained off and on all morning (and flooded the Sepulveda tunnel), but just after lunchtime, the winds unexpectedly shifted with a vengeance and were out of the west at up to seventeen knots. So we scrambled to turn things around and went west. But, since we're west most of the time, most of the pictures I've shown you are of west traffic operations. So this is how things look when we're east traffic:

The approach end of the runways, in this case, the 7s:

The arrivals:

The departures:

Even the radar display looks different. This shot was taken at a quiet moment one evening a couple of weeks ago, during another east traffic session:

And then there's the inevitable accumulation at the other end of the runway when it's time to turn it back around:

To all of you in the US: Happy Thanksgiving! To those around the world who are not engaging in gluttony and preparation for insane shopping: Happy Thursday!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    When I used to live in El Camino Village, we were often treated to window shaking when ops were west to east. Loved it. Now where we are we get treated to the late night Pacific heavy shakers.

  2. Looks strange to have traffic going the "wrong" way as I have seen some people refer to East operations.

  3. A question from a curious watcher in the UK. Why are they parking aircraft in the Cargo Bay differently. A few curious folk here. Is it so they can get 2 a/c in the bay.