We leave Los Angeles and fly over Orange County, CA. Orange County is both a great place to visit as well as a great place to live. The top photo shows the more Northern part of the County and the busy "Orange Crush Interchange" where I-5 intersects with CA's 22 and 57. Follow I-5 (north), to the left of the photo and you see part of Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. http://disneyland.disney.go.com. Located in Anaheim, there are many things to see and do here.:
The second photo shows Costa Mesa and Santa Ana in Central Orange County. John Wayne Airport, (SNA) is located just Northeast of the coast, (shown in the lower right corner of photo). Normal take-off takes us over the affluent communities of Irvine and Newport Beach, and such SNA is a strict slot-controlled airport with a limited amount of landing/take-off slots. It also has strict noise abatement procedures. Normal take-offs consist of a powerful pitch-up followed by (as we reach the lower corner of the photo), powering back the engines as we glide over the coast until we are well over the water. www.ocair.com. In the lower left hand corner is the ritzy South Coast Plaza, serving the affluent consumers of the "OC". www.southcoastplaza.com .
The third and bottom photos look out over Newport Beach and Irvine. Irvine is home to many Fortune 500 companies as well as the home of UC-Irvine University. www.uci.edu . Irvine was also rated by money magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in the US. http://www.irvinecvb.org. Newport Beach is a wealthy community of million + $ beach residences. In the center of the harbor, (in the third photo), is the beach surfing enclave of Balboa Island. http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/. www.balboa-island.com/.
We fly over Burbank, which at this time of the morning is a little hazy. As the morning marine layer pushes eastward from the coast, it tends to stall out by the foothills on the east side of the Valley. Thus, Burbank tends to be a little hazier than the rest of the San Fernando Valley. www.burbank.com
As we fly over the Hollywood Hills, we reach the West side, (Center photo), with UCLA, Beverly Hills and Century City, clearly labeled. Santa Monica Blvd. running bottom to top, heads East from the coast to Hollywood. While, Wilshire Blvd., running diagonally goes from the coast to Downtown, (just past the upper right corner of the photo). www.ucla.edu http://www.beverlyhillsbehere.com www.centurycitycc.com
Further East of the West Side is Hollywood. Home of the Movie Industry for over 80 years, Hollywood is the mecca of the world of Entertainment. An interesting thing about visiting Hollywood is who, as well as what you might see. http://www.seeing-stars.com is a site you may want to check out if you want to see where the celebs hang out.
Finally, the bottom photo looks out over Downtown LA. The top of the photo, shows Dodger Stadium, located North of Downtown in Chavez Ravine. At the South end of Downtown is the Staples Center, home of the Lakers and the Clippers. Staples and Dodger Stadium are 2 of the more popular sports venues in LA as the Lakers and Dodgers are two of the more popular sports teams of the many sports teams in Southern California.
At 40,00 feet, we fly straight over the San Fernando Valley. The top photo is taken atop Simi Valley in the Northwest area of the San Fernando Valley. www.simivalley.com .
The center photo looks over Woodland Hills, southeast of Simi Valley and to the North, (just over Topanga Canyon) of the Pacific Ocean. http://www.woodlandhills.com.
The bottom photo was taken over Van Nuys Executive Airport located just North of the of Los Angeles in the South Central Valley. This is a popular airport with the Hollywood jet-set. http://www.lawa.org/welcomeVNY.
Today is a beautiful day with little cloud cover, so we get a good view of Downtown San Francisco. Most mornings there is usually a dense fog layer over the city which does not allow for good photos. However today, we get a clear shot. San Francisco is one of my personal favorite US Cities. The strange weather, hills vibe, as well as the various neighborhoods add to the cities charm.
http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com The middle photo is an overhead view of the Golden Gate Bridge, dividing San Francisco with Marin County, (top half of photo). To the left of the bridge, is the Pacific Coast. The fog tends to roll in through the strait that the bridge crosses. Most mornings and evenings the fog rolls in and envelops the city. This morning however, there is only a tiny layer, (seen to the left of the bridge). The bridge is one of the world's most re-known landmarks and is a must see for any visit to San Francisco. www.goldengatebridge.org .
As we approach the Los Angeles area, we start to see major sub-divisions on the north side from the LA area. As the the US's second largest city has grown beyond the lower valleys over the passes and into the Antelope Valley.
Although suburban by nature, the San Fernando Valley has various edge cities but no real downtown, (This applies to most of the LA area). The next 3 photos show Sherman Oaks. The first 2 photos look South over I-405 as it traverses the foothills down to LA's West Side.
This photo has an aerial of Sherman Oaks looking South. Running horizontal along the photo is US101, and vertically I-405. If you look toward the lower left corner near the intersection of the 2 highways, you'll see a long white building; the Sherman Oaks Galleria, http://www.shermanoaksgalleria.com. The Galleria was the small shown in some 80's classics like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Valley Girl". The mall was renovated about 10 years ago and now it is an open-air entertainment complex with movies, bars and restaurants.
Bob Hope Burbank Airport is located in the Eastern Half of the San Fernando Valley. Being just over the pass from LA and Hollywood, it is very convenient for the people of Central LA as well as the Valleys. It is a small airport surrounded by the city, (similar to Chicago Midway). With the neighbors so close, it has a strong noise abatement procedures and a curfew with no aircaft movements occuring between 10pm and 7am, as indicated in the top photo.
BUR, is "old school ", in that it has a single story terminal with no jet-bridges. For this reason we can board out of both the front as well as the rear. This is another convenience that BUR offers. It is one of my personal favorite airport of the many we serve in our system. Information about BUR can be found at: http://www.burbankairport.com.
The next 2 photos were taken while we were parked in between flights. Here you can see the single story terminal.
This photo shows how small the airport is, and how close to one another the aircrafts are parked.
On takeoff, here is a view of Downtown Burbank to the east. Downtown Burbank has undergone a massive re-development over the past 10 years. Major shops and restaurants have moved there, as well as thousands of new residents have made Downtown home.http://www.downtown-burbank.org.
After take-off from DEN, we get a good view of Denver, (top photo). As the largest city in the Rocky Mountain Region, Denver offers lots of interesting things to do. Its citizens, our highly educated, and healthier than most of the other US Metro areas. As well as a wealth of outdoor activites nearby, Denver also offers a thriving arts scene. http://www.denver.org/.
10 miles West of Denver, we see the town of Golden at the foot of the Hogback Foothills of the Front Range. Golden has restored much of its old west town heritage and is the home of Coors Beer. http://www.coors.com.
The bottom photo is the western edge of Lakewood. I-70 runs diagonaly along the photo lower left to top right. US6 runs horizontally from left to right. The large white building near their intersection, is the large Colorado Mills a value- oriented shopping mall, http://www.coloradomills.com The area surrounding it is the Denver West Corporate Area. This area is home to a few large companies most notably Chipotle and Einstein Bagels.http://www.denverwest.com/.