Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy New Year!

Sure, we're halfway through January already, but nonetheless Happy New Year! Those of you who are local know that there are currently three main road entrances into the LAX terminal complex. Each of these is adorned with a large LAX as a entryway marker. For the holiday season, the airport dresses these up with snowflake designs. When you take a close look, you can see that these snowflakes are actually composed of airplanes! I noticed this last year, but had to wait a year to catch it with the camera.

A day or two after Christmas, I went to the little hilltop park in El Segundo and took these shots:

This shot features nearly all of the A380 operators at LAX

Now that the holiday travel season has wrapped, the construction has resumed with vigor. The road that we use when we leave the tower has been closed for construction of the people mover. This is particularly clear in this night time shot:

Another night shot shows three gates (61, 50B, 51A) that have been closed for renovation work:

Meanwhile, this shot of Terminal 3 gives a hint of things to come:

The Midfield Satellite Concourse has started receiving jetways:

Birds are a common sight at LAX. So common, in fact, that a warning to pilots is included in the airport information publications. Not too surprising, since the airport runways end at the sand dunes along the beach. Less common are birds on the airplanes:

There are almost certainly birds somewhere in this picture, but one upside of the winter season is the sunsets:

And a special Happy New Year congratulations to MX, who started 2020 by becoming our first fully certified controller of the new year!