Topic of the Week: Crankyspotting in Phoenix on November 19

Dorkfest at LAX has been a lot of fun the last couple years, so it’s now time to take this on the road. I’ll be in Phoenix for Thanksgiving and that means it’s the perfect opportunity to do a little spotting in the Valley of the Sun. But one thing that I don’t want to do is discourage people who don’t consider themselves “airline dorks” from attending. Everyone can have fun hanging out and watching airplanes go by, so a name change is in order. Instead of Dorkfest, it’s time to do a little …

Yep, Crankyspotting. Even though I really like spotting on top of the parking garages at Sky Harbor, I don’t want to do that during the peak holiday season. Those garages fill up quickly and we shouldn’t hog parking spaces if we aren’t traveling. So instead, Crankyspotting will be at Tempe Beach Park from 4p to 6p on Monday, November 19.

Tempe Beach Park just happens to be right across the street from US Airways headquarters. At that time of day, it should also be right under the arrivals path. I’ll park myself right around the tented area with picnic tables (look at the pin on this map). All you US Airways folks can ditch work early and stop by to say hello and watch some of your airplanes bring people to town for some family holiday action.

If you think you can make it, let me know in the comments or via email to

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