Our Amazing #SpotLAX2022 Event Returns This September

Winter’s chill is upon us. Around here, as we look forward to the warmer weather in the months ahead, we also begin planning our annual SpotLAX event. So it is with great excitement that we can announce that #SpotLAX2022 will be held the weekend of September 16-18, 2022! As in previous years, the event will be a fun-filled weekend of great planes, great views, and great people.

For the fifth time, we will be holding our event the same weekend as Brett Snyder’s “Cranky Dorkfest“. That event will be held on the morning of Saturday, September 17th, at the world famous park across from the Sepulveda Blvd In-N-Out Burger. 

Who attends SpotLAX? Anybody who enjoys spending time watching airplanes with a group of like-minded people. While many of us bring lots of camera equipment, it is by no means a requirement. Quite a few attendees bring nothing more than a cell phone, yet they have a great time just watching what comes in. As longtime NYCA contributor Stephanie Gehman said, “Come for the aircraft, stay for the #avgeek community!” 

Many people return year after year for this event, though each year we see a number of first time attendees. One of those in 2021 was John Wetter: “As a newbie this past fall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. (I) Can’t wait to be back!” Each year, we see several attendees extend their weekend to include the days before and/or after the official event dates.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, #SpotLAX2021 was hugely successful. This year, we are following similar guidelines as we did for last year. Among those:

•We will be following all applicable CDC and local health department recommendations, requirements, and guidelines. Please note that these may change between now and the event, and may differ from last year. 

•Masks and social distancing when in groups outdoors are strongly encouraged. NYCAviation-designed masks (and a whole lot of other items) are available in our store.

•As the recent spike in cases from the Omicron Variant showed, conditions for holding an event can change rapidly. Last-minute restrictions, including cancellation of the event entirely, are possible at any time. 

•At this time, we are not planning on holding any indoor events. We are hoping to be able to secure an outdoor location so that we can once again hold our very popular dinner and raffle. That, like most other details, will be announced at a later date.

•Our Sunday morning “Donuts On The Deck,” sponsored by JetTip will be held once again this year. From founder Nick Benson: “JetTip is proud to support aviation enthusiasts everywhere, whether it be through our new smart flight alert app, or delicious donuts at LAX.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by NYC Aviation (@nycaviation)

UPDATE>> A new block of rooms at the fabulous H Hotel Los Angeles is now open! One of the closest hotels to the terminals at LAX, the hotel offers stunning views from its rooftop observation deck. The H Overlook offers some of the best views of airport arrivals, and access is limited to hotel guests. Our room block includes Friday and Saturday nights, along with a limited number of rooms on Thursday night. Space permitting, the hotel will offer our event rates ($199/night for a king, $219/night for 2 queens) to extend your stay before or after block. You can book here, or go to the hotel’s website and use group code “NYC”. To extend your stay, or if you have issues booking, please reach out to our event planner Heather at [email protected]

We have 10 rooms available in this second block. Once they are filled (30 rooms total), we may not be able to get more. We strongly recommend you book soon.

For all the latest updates, be sure to sign up for our SpotLAX newsletter. It is the best place to find our latest announcements about #SpotLAX2022 including information on our hotel room block, potential Saturday evening dinner, and other new and exciting things we’re working on for this year.

We look forward to seeing you all in September at #SpotLAX2022. Until then, stay safe.

About the Author

Ben Granucci
Ben Granucci, Senior Editor, is an aviation enthusiast and plane spotter based in New York City. Growing up in Connecticut, he has had his eyes toward the sky for as long as he can remember. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.



Get To The Chopper! My First Time Spotting From A Helicopter.

Mark Lawrence checked an item off his bucket list while at #SpotLAX2023, when he took a helicopter plane spotting flight over LAX.
by Mark Lawrence

Scott Bateman in front of an under construction Boeing 747.

Social Media Focus – Scott Bateman, Airline Pilot and More

(Welcome to Social Media Focus. In this new series for NYCAviation, we will spend time and focus on a regular aviation social media poster.  In this first installment, we meet and spend a little time with Scott Bateman. Sc...
by Mark Lawrence


Northern Pacific Boeing 757 with black and white livery on fuselage and tail, aurora borealis inspired splash of color on winglets, and similarly colored N on the tail.

Northern Pacific Airways Unveils First Aircraft

New airline Northern Pacific Airways unveiled their first aircraft on Tuesday evening in an event held at San Bernardino International Airport.
by Rufus Powell


For National Dog Day, FLL Highlights Canine Capabilities

August 26th was National Dog Day. Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport hosted a demonstration highlighting their K9 teams training and abilities.
by Mark Lawrence


For Disruptive Passengers, The Cost Can Be Sky High

Air travelers are returning to the skies in large numbers following the downturn in travel caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, some disruptive passengers are discovering the hard way how high the cost of air travel can re...
by Mark Lawrence