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Spotting Location of the Week

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This week we have picked Terminal 3 as the Spotting location on the week. Terminal 3: Delta, Frontier, American, Hawaiian, and JetBlue Terminal 3 - Description :
  • The T3 garage is a good location to get close-up shots of aircraft taxiing to the gates you can also get shots of aircraft rotating in front of you when are departing (either runway).
  • You can go to the upper levels to get un-cluttered shots.
  • Shots of the north side can be had anytime of the year (won’t be backlit).
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Winter Spotting in LAX (Imperial Hill Exclusive)

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  PHX Spotter Member Saurabh Patel had a chance to visit LAX and wanted to share his story. This winter I got a chance to visit the city of Angels for a week for spotting while my family was out on vacation. LAX is one of the busiest airports on the west side with an abundance of international heavy traffic. LAX has a few world famous spotting locations where people from all over the world come to enjoy spotting. The few spots are namely Inn-n-Out Burger on Sepulveda, Imperial Hill just off of Imperial Highway and the bridge over Lincoln blvd on Westchester Parkway. Inn-n-Out Burger and the Lincoln Bridge are mainly summer evening locations for photography on the north complex. Imperial Hill is the location of choice in the winter as the light is good all day from this location...Read More

Spotting Location of the week

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  This week we have decided to select Terminal 2 as our Spotting location of the week. Description : The T2 parking garage is only 2 levels tall and there is no view to the south side (which is where the gates are located) so the only spotting you can do here is on the north side overlooking the landing zone of rwy08. This is where most aircraft will turn off when they land on rwy26. Shots can be taken all year long from this location (won’t be backlit). UPDATE: Be advised that you are no longer able to park on the top level of T2. They have dedicated parking for Airport/Airline employees. You are still able to park on the lower level. And walk up the flight of stairs, and the cost of parking is $4.00 per hour. For a complete list of Spotting areas around PHX visit Read More

Farewell to an Old Workhorse

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Without so much as a whimper, the last operational US Airways "West" Boeing 737 made its final journey home on ovember 29th.  The aircraft tasked with this assignment, N305AW, touched down in Phoenix, AZ at 1:31 pm, operating as "Cactus 48" from Las Vegas, NV. Among the passengers on the nearly-empty flight was a retired America West Airlines captain who had begun his career with the airline on the day it commenced operations on August 1st, 1983, as well as a small contingent of other employees and aviation enthusiasts.  After landing the flight was cleared into gate A5, where it was met by a group of pilots and other US personnel there to commemorate the unceremonious event, and as the engines spooled down, another chapter of America West Airlines history came to a close...Read More