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July 31, 2022

I spent a day behind the operation scenes at one of the favorite airport: LAX - Los Angeles International.

I follow Jon, an airport operation superintendent on runway inspection, we drove on the longest runway at LAX among busy airfield traffic. Jon showed what airport operations do to maintain airfield safety. We picked up some FOD (foreign objects and debris), escort a Korean Air B747-8 (Group 6 aircraft), did ground inspection, and visited several airfield construction sites.

Then, We visited the new LAX Traffic Ramp tower at Bradley Terminal West. The new tower was opened last year and operated by LA Airport Operation. The ramp tower controls 2 taxiways to the East and 2 taxiways to the West of the new Bradley West terminal due to reduced visibility from the ATC tower. Enjoy some great traffic and plane spotting from the new tower location. The International traffic is bouncing back. We spotted some new airlines such as ITA Airways A350, Zip Air B787, Korean Air B747-8, SAS A350 and many others.

Finally, We visited LAX Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC) where all the departments such as Airport Ops, Fire department, and law enforcement came together to coordinate response to emergencies at LAX.

Credit: @chrispzero for timelapse footage

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