Dinner Meeting Reviews
LAX ModernizedOur February 19 dinner meeting presentation was an excellent education on the upgrades being done at LAX in their effort to make LAX traffic jams become a thing of the past! Our presenter, Stephanie Sampson, Director of Communications for the $5.5B LAX Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) filled us in on all the plans to make our LAX experience easier and stress free when we need to fly the jumbos rather than our own planes!

The LAMP project includes a new 4,300 stall parking structure....an 18,000 stall (ConRAC) Consolidated Rental Car Facility (bad news for the 405!), a 2.25 mile Automated People Mover (APM), an Airport Metro Connector Station (AMC) which will connect to the Metro Green Lineand the Metro Crenshaw/LAX line plus many roadway improvements. All these additions mean a better LAX experience for the many who fly into LAX and for those of us who originate our travel adventures at LAX.

Another project mentioned but not part of the $5.5B LAMP project is the new LAX Midfield Concourse Terminal located west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. This project will add between 12 and 15 international gate spaces, accessible only via underground tunnels. This new terminal space will open in late 2020.

There will be constant updates on the projects at LAX so for more info please visit www.FlyLAX.com/connectingLAX. A big thank you to Stephanie Sampson for her thorough update on the upgrades we can expect at LAX in the near future!

We also had a special presentation at our February 19 meeting from Nate Morresey of the FAA. Jim Piper received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years.