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The LAX Theme Building is the iconic building in the middle of the LAX passenger terminal complex, shown in the photo at right. It hosts the Encounter Restaurant as well as an observation deck. Encounter Restaurant occupies the round portion of the building about halfway up. Windows provide views of the airport in all directions, though which parts you'll see depends on where you are seated. The observation deck is located on the roof of the restaurant. It closed in 2001 and reopened in July 2010. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm, and there is no charge to enter the observation deck. This location is may be poor for photography, except for airport overview shots, as it is distant from aircraft though it is good for spotters who just which to watch traffic or log tail numbers. The airport occasionally hosts "Sunday Morning Coffee" events at the observation deck for plane spotters, aviation enthusiasts, and the general public.
==Other Spotting Locations==
At the corner of Sepulveda and Westchester, 10-15 minutes walk from the airport. Small grass area across the road from which all movements on the Northern runways can be seen. Limited photography as arrivals are almost directly overhead, and you are facing South. When a small aircraft (CRJ, ERJ, 737, A320) isn't blocked by the trees, a 55mm or smaller size lens can be used for a nice shot. However, walking to under the approach lights and jaywalking across Lincoln Blvd. can yield some very nice shots of inbound aircraft. Parking in this area is limited (for those driving to the spot) depending on the time of day if you park on the street, and can be sparse during lunch hours (11:00am - 2:30pm).
There is a multi-story car park with good views from the top floor. No photography signs are present, and you will likely be told to leave.
===Proud Bird Restaurant===
There is a lounge on the roof of the hotel, step outside and shoot from the rooftop. Please keep in mind this hotel is private property, so it is suggested that you only use this location if you are staying at the hotel or a paying customer of the lounge. Recent reports indicate that this location is only accessible after 5pm, when the lounge opens.
===Dockweiler State Beach===
Along Vista Del Mar, there is a beach. On Vista Del Mar, there is parking along the streets and there are staircases that go down to the beach. You can watch takeoffs from both runways here either from your car, or down on the beach. You can stay as long as you want and since it is far enough from the airport, no one will yell at you for taking pictures. A good lens is suggested, and it may be busy in the summer.
==Locations to Avoid==
In the same area as the In-n-Out. A bridge about 1/4 mile West provides good photos but anyone standing there is very visible. Two car parks either side of Sepulveda, one at ground level (E) the other a multi-story (W). None of these locations are very satisfactory for a long stay.
33.935581, -118.377353~Proud Bird Restaurant;
33.931962, -118.405446~Flight Path Learning Center;
946021, -118. 395152~ Raddison Hotel
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*AeroUnion (Airbus A300)
*Air China Cargo (Boeing 747-400)
Airborne Express/DHL (Boeing 767-200 ) *Ameriflight (Beech 1900)
*Asiana Cargo (Boeing 747-400)
Astar/DHL ( Douglas DC-8)
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*Cathay Pacific Cargo (Boeing 747-8)
*China Airlines Cargo (Boeing 747-400)
*China Cargo Airlines (Boeing 777-200)
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*MAS Cargo (Boeing 767-300)
*Nippon Cargo Airlines (Boeing 747-
*Polar Air Cargo (Boeing 747-400)
*Singapore Airlines Cargo (Boeing 747-400)
*United Parcel Service (Boeing 767-300)