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    SpeedbirdHD - 2012 - A Year in Review at Los Angeles International Airport

    It's been a great 2012... Check out the highlights that came in and out of LAX...






    Best,
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    Nighthawk, are you Speedbird? Do you know a guy named Vivek? he posts on A.net...
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    He says he's not, but he obviously is. Not sure why he won't admit it, we all love the videos! :)
    Email me anytime at [email protected].

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    Exactly what I was thinking. I'd be bragging about it myself, not through a friend... :-)
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    New videos were posted here 2 minutes before appearing on on SpeedbirdHD's Twitter...which only changed but after I point it out. Haha

    But they are different people ;)
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    That video was INSANE. Great mix of types/paints/carriers

    I kept wondering what year it was lol

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    I have a feeling it is Vivek Kaul as he is usually the only one promoting the videos on FB and Twitter and commenting on the images on A.net now of the new user SpeedbirdHD. I hope he replies because I like his work a lot.
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    I am definitely not SpeedbirdHD and he is a good friend of mine.All i do is share his videos on his behalf with all my aviation friends as all of us avgeeks love his videos.
    Spotting Deprived Spotter...Need some spotting....

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    Hey Vivek... sorry just thought that given your promotions of his work, it may have been you

    Does he work on the ramp? How does he gets such great shots? Is anyone able to get that access? That would be great!

    Have you gottten out witth him ever? Must be nice to do that at LAX even if to just drive around without a camera!
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    He's got to be either a ramper or a cop to be able to drive alongside and shoot like that

    He also seems to employ the Sam Chui helo approach- I'm surprised no one here has done that yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    Hey Vivek... sorry just thought that given your promotions of his work, it may have been you

    Does he work on the ramp? How does he gets such great shots? Is anyone able to get that access? That would be great!

    Have you gottten out witth him ever? Must be nice to do that at LAX even if to just drive around without a camera!
    No worries Manny..I have been airside @ LAX on my last trip there , but not with speedbird as he was on a family vacation during that time.I do have other friends who do work @ LAX who were kind enough to take me all over the place.As far as i know ...Speedbird works for LAWA..and as per him ..he says he Dir of Vegetation Control...i asked him once ...and he said just enjoy the videos , don't worry about how i get them...hopefully i can get to meet him if i make a trip to LAX this year.


    Quote Originally Posted by megatop412 View Post
    He's got to be either a ramper or a cop to be able to drive alongside and shoot like that

    He also seems to employ the Sam Chui helo approach- I'm surprised no one here has done that yet
    What Helo spotting in NYC...i looked that up....cheapest i found was 1300 per hour and 250 extra to have the doors removed...yeah..no thanks..
    Spotting Deprived Spotter...Need some spotting....

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    I went wit hSam the last time he was here and we got turned back by JFK tower just as we were about to leave Kearney (Linden) ... :-( But Art Brett went up with him later in the week.

    The price we negotiated was about $1500/hr for two hours with one hour on station as it takes about :30 to get on station and back to kearney.

    One day :-) $3,000 can be better spent on a nice trip to SXM [and] a new lens!!!
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    Awesome wrap up for 2012! The video is nice and clean. Definitely nice to have access like that and be up close to the action. Thanks!
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    R-44 for $800 per hour (upto 2 spotters). They have R-22 with one passenger for $400/hour but when i spoke to the guy there he recommended against it as the tower doesnt like its 'slow' nature esp while crossing runways

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