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So, this last saturday I did a flight to LAX with my instructor. Building some cross country time, he asked me where I wanted to go. I thought hell, LAX is in my back yard, why not? So I went to LAX from John Wayne Airport, and took the shoreline route (150 feet up the shoreline and inbound to the pad).. I have to say, it was an INCREDIBLE experience and a lot of fun! I thought it'd be a little nerve racking, or a bit annoying, but I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. The steap 180 degree landing at the pad and the max perform take off to 1500 feet, was something else!

 

Before we took off from the pad my instructor opened the doors and let me snap a picture with my cell phone. (Thanks Emily for emailing it to me. My phone sucks!)

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So, this last saturday I did a flight to LAX with my instructor. Building some cross country time, he asked me where I wanted to go. I thought hell, LAX is in my back yard, why not? So I went to LAX from John Wayne Airport, and took the shoreline route (150 feet up the shoreline and inbound to the pad).. I have to say, it was an INCREDIBLE experience and a lot of fun! I thought it'd be a little nerve racking, or a bit annoying, but I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. The steap 180 degree landing at the pad and the max perform take off to 1500 feet, was something else!

 

Before we took off from the pad my instructor opened the doors and let me snap a picture with my cell phone. (Thanks Emily for emailing it to me. My phone sucks!)

 

Ya you gotta love the room you get for t/o there. Good fun though.

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I love landing at LAX. I fly out of Van Nuys, so when landing and the helipads we have to cross both runways at 1500 feet, then do a steep descent all the way down to the helipads, say at about a 1000ft per minute descent rate and 40 knots of airspeed.

 

Know that's a fun approach :D just got to make sure your airspeed doesn’t get below 30 knots. B)

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Jess

 

You did a max performance t/o to 1500 feet? I've always done a normal t/o, stayed at about 200 agl straight out west departure, once we crossed the big sand dune, make a n or s turn along the beach, at or below 150 agl! Love the approach to LAX...very fun! Way before 9/11 rules, I flew a friend of mine to LAX so she could catch a flight.....very cool! I walked to her to the terminal, sat there with her, she had a beer, I had a ice tea until her flight left...cuz I was her only ride! Walked back to the pad, but the code to the rooftop didn't work. Had to call security, and have them meet me. Keep in mind, my hair was really long, and a bunch of scunchies...yes...I said scrunchies! :D Security wasn't sure about me, so he went up to the rooftop with me. I showed him my ID, pilots license, he stayed while I did my pre-flight, and until I lifted off! Good times!

 

LAX can be tricky, but it's a super fun approach! :) I love the shoreline transition too!

 

Glad to see you're liking Helistream! Keep up the good work!

 

Rob

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I LOVED the 150 over the shoreline. I came into LAX at the shoreline, but we departed towards the 110 freeway. They told us climb to 1500 before crossing the 110 freeway, which was crazy and a lot of fun! I thought we were going to be going to the shoreline, but my instructor diverted me to compton, and then diverted me to LGB before we headed back to John Wayne.

 

It was definetely a BLAST though! I happened to have my door off the 22 today, for the 150 up the shore, and there were so many surfers sitting out in the water. Few of them waved as I buzzed pass. Was great fun, and I would LOVE to do that flight again!

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Yeah if you come in over Sepulveda(Ck Spelling?) you have to cross the runways at 1500' then you can do what you want to get down to the pad. If you depart that way, same thing, climb up to 1500' before crossing the runways.

 

It's good your instructor did this with you both ways. Sometimes you just can't go to the shoreline. I have been there many a time when the shoreline was fogged in so I went the other way.

 

A side story. There can be exceptions to having to be up at 1500'. For example I was doing the Supulveda transition but the CIG was about 600'. So they cleared me to cross the South runways and hold in the middle by the tower at my highest altitude I could. Then wait for the clearance to cross over the North runways. That was fun. I just parked it into a OGE hover at about 550' and waited for the clearance while the airlines were taking off and landing.

 

I loved flying around LAX, miss it.

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So, this last saturday I did a flight to LAX with my instructor. Building some cross country time, he asked me where I wanted to go. I thought hell, LAX is in my back yard, why not? So I went to LAX from John Wayne Airport, and took the shoreline route (150 feet up the shoreline and inbound to the pad).. I have to say, it was an INCREDIBLE experience and a lot of fun! I thought it'd be a little nerve racking, or a bit annoying, but I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. The steap 180 degree landing at the pad and the max perform take off to 1500 feet, was something else!

 

Before we took off from the pad my instructor opened the doors and let me snap a picture with my cell phone. (Thanks Emily for emailing it to me. My phone sucks!)

 

I recommend trying it at night, a great ride to the shoreline.

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When I would do the approach, cross the south complex at 1500' then turn to the west pad, enter auto, bring AS back to zero, drop till I saw my approach angle then dip the nose down to bring AS back up and make a steep/normal approach to the pad. The 44 used to float so bad trying to get it down there, it was the easiest (read funnest) way! :D

LAX is lot's of fun. I went there with my students a bunch of times for night flights. Great experience for them and they all LOVED it. Grub at the Daily Grill and head back home to CRQ.

Ahhh, good times. :)

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