Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5270 times:
woudlnt it be better if you had a username and password and a list of all makes of aircraft and possibly airlines and then u use the little tick boxes of craft you've seen and if your not sure what they are then enter the reg into a search and it comes up with the aircraft and you check it off
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5034 times:
Wow! Last response was 6 months ago and I can still respond! Goody..
Well, I've been running into the same problem as the original poster. I have an Excel spreadsheet and I have a certain set of rules, but right now I have over 1500 unique entries and it's getting a little out of hand especially since there has been a few user errors that have somewhat jumbled the process. Is ADU the definitive software to log movements?
Paulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4942 times:
There are a couple of commerical packages available, both of which have there good / bad points. Both off an easy way to log aircraft seen & photographs with regular updates either by email or cd. Both are approx £100 a year to operate & update etc - if you do a lot of spotting then it is worth it. You will also save time in not marking up any registers you may use.
Aviation Database is one that I have used & Aerodata which is one I have swopped to in the last 6 months. (mainly because it has a lot of data ie 1.3million airframes)
Paulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4902 times:
yes that is pretty much what it does - you just type in the aircraft seen, a date & place and it records them for you. Both have extensive reporting & search facilites allowing you to print production lists, airline lists, base lists for hundreds of airfield & lots more.
Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4870 times:
Freebird is by far the best I've seen, and it's only about £20 a year, including updates 1-2 times a week by email. I have used this for three years and highly recommend it to anyone. The guys who run it are incredibly helpful and are always open to suggestions to improve it. It is totally non-profit, any money raised above the cost of distribution goes to a charity (nominated by the members).
It's in Access format, and is the most comprehensive database I've found, covering loads of types with histories etc, and is very easy to use.
One thing to watch out for - with the expensive ones if you don't re-subscribe you run the risk of being locked out of your sightings until you pay again. I had this with the del-boys known as "Aviation Databases" - after your subscription ends you can't even access the data you've already paid for. Avoid them with a bargepole!