Night Flying In Los Angeles
In my 7 years of flying in and around Los Angeles, I have never flown “Over” Los Angeles. I guess I haven’t had much of a reason to be that high right over LA. I have done a lot of night flying in Los Angeles, I am either leaving the area and climbing on my way out, descending on my way in or transiting at a much lower altitude. So the other night with nothing better to do I decided to overfly Los Angeles International Airport at 10,500 feet. This is an incredible city from the sky, there are many negative things to say about urban sprawl but it sure is a beautiful thing at night from the sky. Los Angeles and the all of the adjacent cities that stich together, stretch from Los Angeles all the way to the Mexico border. Sometimes flying at night can be unnerving, flying over a dark expanse, nowhere to land if you need to. But I have to admit, flying at night is my favorite time to fly. The wind is usually calm, the bumps minimal and the view of the stars incredible. Flying over Los Angeles at night is like having an incredible universe of stars above and a live organism below. The streets below appear alive with veins of red and white lights, moving through the arteries of the city. While the stars are viewed from above the city smog and light pollution. Flying at night takes a town or city, with which you are very familiar and makes it a completely new experience.