Thursday, May 29, 2014

What's special about this picture?

I was about to go downstairs on a break and happened to look out the window and saw this today. I noticed something; can you see it?  (Yes, I realize that's wide open. So, what do you see here?)

Friday, May 16, 2014

More found photos

It's amazing how once you notice something, all of a sudden you see a lot more of the same thing. More from the "found photos" file.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Found photos

 I was wandering through the directory of a hard drive this morning, and ran across some photos that weren't where they were supposed to be. It's a safe assumption that I wanted them for something, but don't remember now what that was. So here they are, in no particular order.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

That funny picture

I showed you this Alaska B737-800 last week, and despite the deliberately lousy angle of the photo, a number of you wrote in. For those who want a better view:

Here's a more specific shot. Check out the wingtips:

This is the first B737 I've seen with the new split scimitar winglets developed by Aviation Partners. The first aircraft to go into commercial service with them, a United B737, also appeared at LAX last month on its first flight, but that happened to be on my one day off that week.

These split winglets are supposed to be even more fuel efficient than the previous models. As a couple of you mentioned in the comments, I wonder if the additional fuel savings will be enough to offset the almost certain damage from ground service equipment.

For more about these winglets, check out Aviation Partners website. They also developed the winglets seen on B757s and B767s, as well as several models of corporate jets. If you think the new Sharklets appearing on Airbuses look similar, it's because Aviation Partners worked on them too. They also have some other wild-looking designs in development, seen here.

Thanks to getjets for the reminder!


We're a week into May, and things are happening. Terminal 2 has received another carrier: Rouge, an Air Canada offshoot that is aimed at the travel and leisure market. This is reminiscent of the United "TED" and Delta "Song" operations that operated in the early years of this century. At LAX, the Rouge flights replace mainline Air Canada flights to Calgary and Vancouver. I'm not sure if we're supposed to be the origination point or the destination for their traveling vacationers. Like the Song and TED operations, Rouge has dedicated aircraft, in this case Airbus A319s, wearing a dedicated livery. Unlike the other two, who retained their mainline callsigns, Rouge also has its own radio callsign, "Rouge". It was kind of funny the first day that they showed up here (unannounced); some of our people misread it as "rogue".

Also new this week, Philippines showed up with new B777-300s:

Oh, and this happened again:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spotter alert

I know that some of you have wished for more A380 spotting opportunities on the south side of the airport. You're in luck: For the next few days, most of our A380 operations will be on Runway 25 Left due to taxiway construction on the north side of the airport. The taxiway closure is expected to last for at least two days, and perhaps three or four. Grab your cameras!

Friday, May 2, 2014

What's funny about this picture?

There's nothing wrong here, so this doesn't qualify for the What's Wrong With This Picture series. However, there is something peculiar here. Who has a sharp eye?