Mark Your Calendars for the Crankyspotting Dorkfest on September 13

The time has come once again for the annual Crankyspotting Dorkfest at LAX. Mark your calendars for September 13.

For those who don’t know how this works, it’s pretty simple. This Crankyspottingisn’t a fancy event. Come to the In ‘n Out by LAX (easily reached via the free Parking Spot shuttle from the airport), have a burger, watch airplanes, and talk shop. That’s it. It’s always a ton of fun to just hang out in the sun and watch airplanes fly over our heads.

I usually say I’ll be there from 11a to 1p but I may extend it this year. Saudia’s new 777 service arrives at 10a, and the Etihad 777 gets in at 2p. Heck, stay until 530p and you’ll see a Norwegian 787. There’s some good spotting to be done.

So for now, mark your calendars. I’ll have more details later.

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11 Responses to Mark Your Calendars for the Crankyspotting Dorkfest on September 13

  1. James Burke says:

    I have wanted to go the last two years. Maybe this will be James’ time to crankyspot!

  2. David SF eastbay says:

    I saw the Norwegian 787 into Oakland the other night. It arrives 5:15p but was late so I saw it about 5:40p as it comes over my area to turn and line up to land at OAK. I really don’t care for that solid red paint covering the front section of the airplane and the white the rest of the way. Makes it look like they attached the front of one airplane to the back of another to make one jet.

  3. Woot! Sadly I won’t be there, but this is the info I needed for our own little spotting adventure at LAX on Monday!

  4. Hammertime says:

    Just a quick note for those
    who will be flying out of the
    Brand New Just opened mid June
    Queens Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport.
    7 airlines there now 20 more
    within next 60 days…
    Nice terminal but, be prepared
    for long long walks…
    State of the Art Security..
    Latest check in Technology
    ( still has some bugs)
    Make sure you do ALL shopping
    and restaurant eating
    before taking the 15 to 20 minute
    LONG walk out to the gates….
    You have to walk under the runway
    to get to where the planes are parked..
    For those Flying United and Air Canada
    the B 1 United Club Lounge
    is out somewhat near the gates..
    However.. They DO NOT announce
    flights boarding… strictly up to
    you to watch the board…
    The Club lounge was well stocked
    with hot food… and has a long Bar area.
    Terminal 2 is very close to
    Terminal 4 and 5 so we
    taxied less than 10 min from Gate
    to take off… ( off peak hours)
    overall I was very impressed
    with the New Terminal…

    • USBT says:

      “…. the 15 to 20 minute LONG walk out to the gates….You have to walk under the runway
      to get to where the planes are parked..”

      Just to be clear, you do NOT walk under the runway. You walk underneath the aircraft taxiway serving the main terminal and satellite.

      It’s like at going between the B and C concourses at ORD, or between the T gates and A concourse at ATL (without the train).

      “Terminal 2 is very close to Terminal 4 and 5″

      T2 is next to T1 and T3 on the central terminal area. It’s nowhere near T4 or T5. In fact some of the T2B gates have been in use for 2-3 years (connected to T1 by a temporary walkway). The taxi to takeoff is quick when takeoff is to the west, as the terminal is right at the eastern end of the runways.

      ” overall I was very impressed
      with the New Terminal …

      Glad to hear that.

      • Jose says:

        Who are we kidding, huh? None of you porkers are making the 20 minute walk! Even with a bag of cheeseburgers waiting at the end!

        • KY FlyGuy says:

          Not to worry. I can stash a coke in my pocket to stay hydrated and my Dr. scholls enjoy long strolls.

  5. Doug Swalen says:

    Ah nuts. Will still be on Bali. Flying back on the 14th EVA DEN-TPE-SFO.

  6. Axelsarkiss says:

    Looking forward to it.

  7. Excellent concept.

  8. Steve says:

    What a great idea. I love watching planes, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. I wish I was closer so I could have attended. If any of you are travelling in the future and want to check out some other awesome places to plane spot, I found a great article on the best airports in the world for it.

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