View Full Version : LGA Kids' Day - 9/29/07

09-09-2007, 07:16 PM
On Saturday, September 29th, 2007, La Guardia Airport will host their annual Kids' Day event for Kiwanis Club.

Going from 12pm-4pm, it is open to the public and is FREE. The public can enter near the Marine Air Terminal (it will be obvious where to go once you get there). Do not be shy to come, as it is not only for children, but also the general public. Refreshments are served (for free), photography is very much allowed, and there are many things to see.

Airlines will bring out some planes for boarding and seeing, and there are usually displays from the NYC Department of Corrections,helicopters from various local agencies and sometimes even some fighter jets. The New York Skytypers are regular visitors and usually do a flyby at the end of the show as well.

Last year there were about 30 NYCAers at the event. I hope as many of you come along this year as well. Bring your families and friends if you'd like.

If anyone has more information, questions, or want to share their experiences from previous years, please post them!

09-09-2007, 09:51 PM
Im looking foward to coming this year. I wish i was there last year but i couldnt make it. Im bringing to kids that i babysit daily with me that day. They are looking foward to coming along.

09-10-2007, 08:56 PM
Everyone wearing NYCaviation shirts:?:
I haven't met most of you, but from last year's group picture some of you wore nycaviation shirts.
Also I saw in another post that we should get there around like 9 or 10, are the lines that bad?

flyboy 28
09-11-2007, 10:35 AM
I plan on being there. :)

stuart schechter
09-17-2007, 10:48 AM
No offense to all of you mets fans, but I don't like baseball much. I am angry at my school, this is the letter that I wrote to my parents.

Ya wanna hear the buzzkill of the year? I quite angry right now. On the 29th, LGA kids day, there is an all boarder(required) trip to the mets game. Who wants to go to a baseball game and watch a team that you don't like, nor do you care for. And, you know that your aviation buddies are a football field away having a great time with the big shiny metal planes. I really hate being a boarder.

USAF Pilot 07
09-17-2007, 04:41 PM
While I'm not a huge fan of that little league team in Queens, personally I'd much rather go to a pro baseball game, especially if it was free, than to go look at some planes and all... Granted, everyone likes different things, so that's just me; but a day at a baseball game isn't too shabby...

Isn't there a way to get out of the game if you really wanted to?

09-18-2007, 06:35 PM
Since I enjoyed it so much last year, I plan on attending again this year. I'll probably be flying OMA-ATL-LGA Sat morning, arriving around noon and then leaving the following morning. Hopefully flights don't fill up and I can make it! Lookin forward to seein everyone!


Iberia A340-600
09-18-2007, 06:44 PM
I'll be attending with my whole family this year.

stuart schechter
09-18-2007, 07:14 PM
It's official, I must go to the game. I'll get there next year, or the year after that. Have fun!

Steven Holzinger
09-18-2007, 08:33 PM
I got an airshow to go to that weekend...

ISP Pilot
09-19-2007, 11:03 PM
Look forward to attending!

09-20-2007, 08:40 AM
what is this LGA Kids day all about?

09-23-2007, 06:59 PM
Dima and I will be there! Really looking forward to this year, as last year was a total blast and I actually have a camera worth taking this year :D What are the plans for pre/post event spotting, anyone?

09-23-2007, 07:11 PM
We have the BBQ afterwards. I assume LGA spotting will go down prior to Kids Day if weather allows.

09-24-2007, 03:12 PM
Yeah I'll deffiantly be spotting if the are using runway 4.

09-25-2007, 09:02 AM
Anyword yet on what planes will be there? I'm assuming AA and DAL will have an MD but any word on US? Be nice to see PSA sitting there. I hope 4 is in use in the morning, I haven't spotted 4 in ages. WX is looking better then perfect to, High: 74 °F RealFeelŪ: 75 °F
Sunny and pleasant!

09-25-2007, 02:50 PM
When I went a couple of years ago runway 4 was inuse because of sometype of construction.
I can't quite remember but....
Once you are there where all the kids day stuff is: how is spotting the other stuff landing etc?
Too far?

AA 777
09-26-2007, 12:10 PM
Anyword yet on what planes will be there? I'm assuming AA and DAL will have an MD but any word on US? Be nice to see PSA sitting there.

AA will have an MD80 as long as nothing goes out of service that day. I believe there two spares now so it should be fine. Delta will have an 80 as well and I'm guessing that US will have a 319 in regular new colors. There was a lot of confusion about who the Star Alliance was when it was there last year. LGA777 can confirm I'm sure.

There will also be a C130 (As I understand with the Ski Skids), E2C-Hawkeye and probably 2 F-18's. There were some others that were being worked on, but there wasnt enough time for the Military to get all the necessary paperwork done - Regardless the C130 and the Hawkeye will be really cool.

Finally, there will be a 182 again (like last year) and, as far as I understand, the SkyTypers will indeed be there. I don't think the P-51's will be there this year, but Im not 100% sure on that....

09-26-2007, 02:57 PM
Matt thanks for the info, the C130 will def be cool to see!

09-26-2007, 04:49 PM
E-2C Hawkeye.....drool. REALLY excited!

09-26-2007, 07:10 PM
I don't think the P-51's will be there this year, but Im not 100% sure on that....

We won't see the P-51 and P-40 from Warbirds over Long Island that normally attend shows in the area - they will be at The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, OH this weekend. Close to 100 Mustangs, plus other warbirds, are expected to be in attendance.

09-27-2007, 07:04 AM
I plan to visit LGA on Sat. for my first time. I have several questions. What time does the event open to the public? When does it close? Are people ever turned-away because they arrived too late? I might not get there until noon. Is that too late? Are there long lines to get in or do guests just walk in? I understand that cameras are permitted. I imagine that there are long lines to enter various aircraft so you can't linger. I am excited and the weather seems to be cooperating. I plan to wear my Pan Am blue tee (if it still fits). See you there. Can I bring in a bottle of water or are bottles prohibited? Anything else I should be aware of? Thanks.

AA 777
09-27-2007, 08:12 AM
Be Sure to check out the new Events Section!

Decent Discussion already going on there.... viewtopic.php?f=26&t=8212 (http://nycaviation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=8212)

09-27-2007, 08:13 AM
I believe the door opens at 12 pm. So if you arrive at noon, it's perfect timing. You can park at the Marine Air Terminal parking lot for free. There is a security check and you have to open your bags. They then bus you to the separate ramp area reserved for this event. There will be helicopters and WWII planes along with a few passenger jets from the various airlines (DL, US, AA). The line for getting onto the planes will be fairly long. But the planes usually are the regular MD-80/737/A319/A320. So I found it less interesting than getting so close to the take offs and landings. Most members of this forum will forego the visit to the planes and shoot the traffic instead. You will easily find this group of people, depending on the runway use.

09-27-2007, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the info. LGA has been using the 22 arrival path all week with 13 for departures, but the wind on Sat. is supposed to change to the north so they might be using the Visual Expr 31 Approach and Rwy 4 for departure. Would that be good ?

Matt Molnar
09-27-2007, 09:32 AM
The ramp area is adjacent to runway 4/22 so that would be good for watching takeoffs but we wouldn't see any arrivals. Barring some weird scenario where they were using only 13/31 for arrivals AND departures you definitely have a good view of the action from the event.

09-27-2007, 10:07 AM
Sounds good. I'll be there wearing my old blue Pan Am tee.

09-27-2007, 05:57 PM
The Port is going to close Rwy 4-22 from 0001 on Sat 9-29 till 1200 on Sunday 9-30 for multiple construction projects and based on forecasted winds plan on up and down Rwy 31.

And to answer AA777's earlier question the US Star Alliance A-319 was 3 years ago, we had new colors A-319's the last two years. And there will be a US A-319 on hand this year as well.

I will making a brief appearance early in the event and look forward to seeing everyone !



09-27-2007, 07:31 PM
Well everyone, with only 2 open seats to OMA on the way home and only 12 seats on the noon flight into LGA Saturday, I'm going to have to pass up on making it to this year's event. Sorry I won't be able to see everyone! Have fun guys! Take lots of photos!


09-28-2007, 09:06 PM
Does anyone know how to get to LGA via mass transit?
Anyone able to share their knowledge?

09-28-2007, 09:37 PM
Does anyone know if it be too far from the ramp area to take pics of departing aircraft if they were using 31?


09-28-2007, 09:53 PM
Late Friday Night Pre Kids Day update.

Based on forecasted winds and with the 4-22 closeure should be up and down 31 all day. Event will be at same location as last two years (Echo Parking) so for photographers not as close to the action as 22 last year but some nice dept shots are very do-able from that location, many aircraft make a right turn to heading three-four-zero just abeam our location.

A Few of the Military birds might or might not make it but the star of the show I feel, the C-130 Hercules will be their for sure. I understand this is a search and rescue aircraft that includes ski's and JATO assist for departure, maybe they will demonstrate when they leave ?

While US will have a normall 319 on display I did make some phone calls and got our newest Special Scheme 319, N717UW Carolina Panthers swithched to the Shuttle for 3 LGA Visits. Arriving LGA @ 0909, 1304, and 1707 the latter should have nice light on 31, and departures at 1000, 1400, and 1800, the middle one should be very shootable from our location, hopefully this will not change, if it does not my gift to you with one other very small possible one TBA tommorow.

I hope everyone has a great time tommorow and hope to see many of you at Kids Day !



AA 777
09-28-2007, 10:00 PM
Looks like the Hawkeye and the F18's will not be making it. I was told they pulled out at the last second....oh well at least the C130 will be awesome!

See you all there...

09-29-2007, 01:14 AM
To get there via public transportation, you can take various buses, all reachable by the subway:

--you can catch the M60 bus at various points along its length: it starts at 106th & B'way and then goes up to 125th and across the Triborough Bridge to LGA. It stops at several subway stops: the 110th St stop on the 1 train, the 125th St stop on the A/B/C/D, the 125th St stop on the 2/3, the Harlem-125th St stop on the Metro-North, the 125th St stop on the 4/5/6, and the Astoria Blvd stop on the N/W. The M60 goes right by Planeview Park, then hits all the terminals, saving the Marine Air Terminal for last.

--you can also take the E/F/G/R/V/7 trains to the 74th Ave/Jackson Heights stop, then take the Q47 to the Marine Air Terminal (or the Q33, but it doesn't go to the MAT; you'll have to go to one of the other terminals, then change to the free shuttle bus.)

09-29-2007, 07:20 AM
Ill be heading to LGA around 9am with 2 kids i babysit, Ill see everyone at the Kids day.!

09-29-2007, 08:52 PM
These are unedited, random shots that I took...

:borat: [might as well try out the new Borat smiley]

"We don't have you on radar..."
"I'm already on the FRIGGIN TAXIWAY!!"


#3 of the Skytypers




P&W on #1

09-29-2007, 09:39 PM
I just want to say that the kids day event went very well this year. The kids that came with me also really enjoyed themselves as well. And it was great great to see some of us out there. Here are my shots from kids day.

And 2 pictures with me.

09-29-2007, 11:28 PM
A few shots of Piedmont from Kids Day.




09-30-2007, 08:58 AM

Great pics! I should have introduced myself...I was the guy in the Cowboys cap and the Skycatcher t-shirt.

Anyways it was a neat event. It was great to meet Phil, Melanie, and Gothamspotter for the first time.

Did you guys all get your jetBlue Pencils and United magnets? :borat:

Iberia A340-600
09-30-2007, 09:49 AM
I'm still editing my shots but I thought this was sort of cool:


Thanks again to Ron for arranging the surprise!


09-30-2007, 10:02 AM
Eric, love your last shot.
really nice photos everyone.

It was nice seeing and meeting new faces.


09-30-2007, 10:05 AM
It was a great event and it was nice to meet Moose, Mike, Phil, Mel, Matt, and Gordon.


09-30-2007, 10:06 AM
These are unedited, random shots that I took...


Thats me in left side of your picture with the camo hat.

09-30-2007, 10:24 AM
I was nice to meet some of you guys finally on Saturday.
I took some shots in RAW, and for some reason I can't view them with quicktime, do I need a speacial program to view RAW?
Here's some of mine:

09-30-2007, 10:32 AM
Here is three more:

09-30-2007, 06:49 PM
Sorry no pics to add but lots of great ones from you folks so far, looking fwd to more. I ended up arriving much later than planned around 1400, but as always I had a great time. This was actually around my 7th or 8th Kids Day, when we started US brought a Shuttle 727 followed by a few years of the 734, and this was our 4th year displaying the A-319. It was great seeing lots of old friends and fellow photoags, and meeting Vidiot, Winglets 747, and G-BOAD.

Starting on Thursday my very cool boss Lou and I started discussing requests from the Port Authority about bringing over one of "those cool Special Scheme planes we see all the time" so after some reconsidertion Lou and I started sending e-mails and making phone calls. The end result was N744P and literally 30 mins after we got approval for the aircraft swap mid-day Friday her APU died in BOS and that really complicated things. But thanks to some great folks in our MTC department and the ramp they agreed to "go the extra mile" as bringing over an aircraft without an APU caused both groups extra work and effort, Thanks Everybody. And BTW late Friday night after tearing down and evaluating the APU the proper parts where ordered. she was closed back up, then after Kids Day with the new parts in LGA the APU repairs where complete and she had a full day of Shuttle flying Sunday with a fully functioning APU. I kept 744's appearance quiet hoping she would not get swapped out at the last minute, and also thought it would be a nice surprise ! And in case your curious plan B would have been N749US.

Something very cool a lot of you may have missed was the departure of the Sky-Topper Texans. I had just exited the back of the C-130 when two took off from 31 in close formation and banked left and passed directly over our location low and loud. About 45 seconds later the other two repeated the cool flyover. About 5 mins later all 4 in tight formation flew down closed Runway 4 at about 50 feet altitude with a little smoke show. Very, Very Cool.

Thanks for reading and already looking forward to next year.



09-30-2007, 07:18 PM
It sounds like it was a great time...I think next year, I'll have to bring the family up for this event. My son will love it - well...so will I...:lol: he'll
love the cockpit access as well - much like a very generous CO Express captain gave us on our return from Amarillo recently:


It sounds, and looks from the pictures (lucky folks for seeing the Panthers jet - nice work there Ron), like it was a great time! Anyone got pictures from the BBQ???

Also - nice catch of the new Spirit Ron!

09-30-2007, 07:20 PM
A couple folks were taking BBQ pics. I hope they post them in the thread.

stuart schechter
09-30-2007, 08:51 PM
When I was at the met game, I saw a blue US Airways plane, thought it was Piedmont, so I didn't bother to really look, but then I saw the tail and indeed it was panthers. Nice surprise to see it fly 1000 feet over me head.

09-30-2007, 08:58 PM
Hey Phil, how did the BBQ turn out?
Here ya go stuart schechter,
It is a little underexposed, left LGA around like 2:30 (I think):
One more

09-30-2007, 09:08 PM
A few of the pics I took at Kids Day:

The Carolina Panthers USAir scheme:

The Piedmont retro USAir scheme:

The engine of the Piedmont plane (they opened it up, but it was hard to take pictures of the inside because of the light. And they put rope across to prevent anyone from being Phil's avatar):

The skywriters. It's hard to tell from this pic how low they are, unfortunately:

Iberia A340-600
09-30-2007, 09:10 PM
Here is the flyby Ron was talking about:

Piedmont again:

Once I put on the 80-400mm there is no turning back. ;)













09-30-2007, 09:57 PM
Hey Iberia A340, was that you who stayed near the A 319 with glasses and nyca shirt on and was hanging out with the blone headed guy ?

10-01-2007, 08:47 AM
Was the Navy Beech 200 there for Kid's Day? If so does anyone know the serial, I saw it leave yesterday!

10-01-2007, 08:53 AM
Take the E, F, R or 7 Train to 74th St. Take the Q33 Bus to LGA Airport. To get to the Marine Air Terminal take a A Shuttle Bus.

10-01-2007, 11:27 AM
Was the Navy Beech 200 there for Kid's Day? If so does anyone know the serial, I saw it leave yesterday!
Yes there was, a TC-12B out of NAS Corpus Christi...BuNo 161497


It was good seeing everyone out on Saturday. It was a great day and a lot of fun. And Ron, thanks so much for your work to get us a couple of special visitors!

Here are a few of my shots.


10-01-2007, 11:54 AM
Great Pictures everyone! I wish I could have been there but unforeseen events happened in my life that caused me to miss this years celebrations.

10-01-2007, 12:50 PM
I just want to add 8 more shots from the Kids Day show

Me and the kids i babysit daily.. Vincent & Jason & me with one of the Skytypers, and some take off shots

And the USAir Force C-130 from the CTB after the show

10-01-2007, 05:52 PM
Hey Iberia A340, was that you who stayed near the A 319 with glasses and nyca shirt on and was hanging out with the blone headed guy ?

Yep, that was him.

10-01-2007, 08:44 PM
I should have introduced myself, oh well theres always next time.

AA 777
10-01-2007, 09:15 PM
Only one I've edited so far due to some wierd Photoshop problems (if anyone is realllly good at photoshop PM me)...Major thanks to Ron for setting up the routings of the Panthers and Piedmont! This was my first day with the 10mm that I rented and I think I'm going to have to buy one!


10-01-2007, 09:24 PM
I like! :borat:

10-02-2007, 11:59 AM
It was a great event. I brought a former pupil who is fatherless and had never been inside a plane before. He was awestruck. I never knew such an event existed especially since 9-11. I pictured it as being mobbed with long lines to board aircraft; I was wrong. I understand that it is organized and paid for by the LGA Kiwanis Club. This is a generous thing to do. Although JFK doesn't have a Kiwanis, I'm surprised that they don't sponsor similar events.

Iberia A340-600
10-02-2007, 01:27 PM
That **** is hot, Matt!!!!!!!!!!!

10-02-2007, 07:33 PM
Here's the NYCA article: http://nycaviation.com/topstories#kidsday07

10-03-2007, 03:59 PM
Very nicely done Phil !


10-03-2007, 06:05 PM
Hey Iberia A340, was that you who stayed near the A 319 with glasses and nyca shirt on and was hanging out with the blone headed guy ?

Yep, that was him.

Gordon was in the "aviation photography is not a crime shirt" and i think i was the blonde headed guy :D
Great photos everyone, and im glad you had fun!
It was great to see and talk with the NYCA who members came out.
It was great to talk with Ron Peel, who told the story of the Piedmont, and what he does at US airway. Thanks Ron!

Some of mine

And what is becoming one of my most popular photos:


flyboy 28
10-03-2007, 06:47 PM
Mat, those shots of the radio stacks are great!

10-03-2007, 08:14 PM
Yea, good job on the close ups.
G-BOAD, I was the guy with the green camo hat, and was with an Indian friend of mine who was wearing a "Halloween" shirt.

10-04-2007, 09:08 AM
Mat, on the 12 picture, taken from the AA MD80 looking towards the Piedmont plane i can be seen with a child if you look above the wing of the AA MD-80 you was in. Im wearing a navy blue shirt with a white jacket around my me with wearing a black bag on me.

10-04-2007, 10:59 AM
Who was the guy on my bus wearing an "America West" tee who kept talking about "NYC Aviation"? I didn't get a chance to speak to him.

10-05-2007, 01:38 PM
That guy in the America West tee shirt on the bus was me!!