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Come to look at the planes, stay to have a good time! Photo: Sean O'Neill | FlickrCC

Come to look at the planes, stay to have a good time at the Museum of Flight! Photo: Sean O’Neill | FlickrCC

UPDATE: All of our tickets to the event have been assigned. See below to be added to the waitlist. 

If you live in the Seattle area, you like airplanes, and you enjoy getting together with other like-minded people, please keep on reading. On July 30th, our friends at The Points Guy will be at the Museum of Flight to host a special aviation-themed event — and you should join!

What will happen at the event? Fun games, aviation-related presentations, travel discussions, a little Q&A, and the best part is talking to other AvGeeks! (there will also be some food and drinks).

You will need a ticket, but we might be able to help with that. We were kindly given a few free tickets to give away to our readers.

The details & how to get your ticket:

What: Exclusive TPG Aviation Event
When: July 30th from 7pm to 9pm
Where: Museum of Flight in Seattle
Cost: Nothing, just a smile
Why:
Because
How to get on the waiting list (updated):  We have given out all our tickets for the event. If you wanted to be added to the waitlist, you can email me at david@airlinereporter.com with “TPG” in the subject line. I will know by Sunday if any come available. Thanks!

Hope to see you there (I will be there, along with a few other AirlineReporter writers)!

We #AvGeeks are easy to please. Just give us a good view of the planes, and we’re golden. Too few airports in the US have official planespotting points, but San Francisco International (SFO) just made that situation a bit better. On February 6th it unveiled a new outdoor observation deck at the very tip of the international terminal’s G concourse.

How good is it? Very good. How close are you to the planes? Very, very close.

It’s post-security (AKA airside) so you need to be flying United or one of its Star Alliance partners to have access. But don’t worry landsiders: later this year SFO will open a pre-security observation deck in T2.

For now, read on for more info and photos from SFO’s new observation deck!

Swiss F-5s fly during the 2018 Fliegerschiessen Axalp live fire demonstration.

This story is written by Jerry T. Lai. Jerry is a Chicago-based photojournalist who read our coverage of 2017’s Axalp show in Switzerland, and decided he had to make the trip to see it for himself. This is his story about the 2018 show – hope you enjoy it, and be sure to let us know if you decide to attend at some point, too!

We’re all AvGeeks here, but what really gets my heart pumping is fast jets at air shows and demonstrations.  As someone based in Chicago, I’m spoiled with having the wonderful Chicago Air and Water Show in my backyard, as well as EAA AirVenture in nearby Oshkosh, and am a short flight away from many other fabulous official demonstrations like Fleet Week in SFO.

But there was one show I had somehow not ever heard of, until I read about right here on AirlineReporter: Fliegerschiessen Axalp.  An air show that combines liberal use of flares, cannon fire, vapor, and set with a backdrop in the Swiss Alps?  SIGN ME UP!

Parachuting, Swiss Army style.

Watching an Air China A330 land at #Dorkfest

Watching an A330 land at #Dorkfest 2017

What is Dorkfest? An awesome, laid back event that our friend Brett Snyder (aka CrankyFlier) hosts each year. As he describes the event, it’s “where you come to the In-N-Out burger right across the street from the northern runways at LAX (9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045), grab a burger, and then watch airplanes from the park across the street while talking shop with other dorks. This isn’t an organized event in any way. There is no program. Just show up, eat burgers, and watch the variety of heavy metal coming into LAX.”

It is a great group of folks that show up each year. Even if you are one that normally doesn’t do events like this, or might be a little bit shy, know that this is a great group of people and it is easy to start up a nerdy conversation. I will be heading south again for the day from Seattle to join in on the fun. Hope you make it out and if you do, for sure say hello! (I look a lot like the guy on my Twitter profile).

Learn some more about Dorkfest: 
Read more on CrankyFlier
Check out what happened last year (and see sweet pics)