NRTfan From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 995 times:
I'm a student and freelance reporter in New York. I'm working on a story about spotting as a hobby, and I'm looking for a few A-Net members who would be willing to be interviewed BY PHONE. (Board posts and e-mail comments are welcome, too, but I can only use them as background.)
Some of the questions I'm trying to answer:
-What gets people interested in the hobby? What brought you out to go spotting for the first time? What brought you back?
-Are spotters mostly people in the aviation industry? If not, why not?
-Have you traveled to go spotting? What your best sighting?
-How do you feel about police/authorities' attitudes towards spotters? Are they fair? Consistent?
-Perhaps most succinctly: When you see [airplane X] flying overhead, what do you see that normal people don't see? What is the magic?
I'll be working on this through the weekend. My deadline is Monday.
Please contact at bronxreporter [at] gmail.com. I will follow up.
Many, many thanks,
PS) In the interest of transparency: My A-net membership preceded the idea to do this story and I have a novice-level airplane IQ. I'm trying to approach this story as an outsider, not an insider.
Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 989 times:
Quoting NRTfan (Thread starter): -What gets people interested in the hobby? What brought you out to go spotting for the first time? What brought you back?
I think its one of them things, I dont think you can pick your passionate hobbies like Aviation to me it came naturally, At this moment in time i couldnt give it up if i tried. I first went spotting at an airport (heathrow) with my dad a few weeks back mainly because my family went to london and we had not much to do all day so we buggered off there and ill always go back because of the noise, the excitement and the sheer size of them.
Quoting NRTfan (Thread starter): Are spotters mostly people in the aviation industry? If not, why not?
Im not in the industry as im to young, well ive worked at my flight school just basically being a helper guy, cleaning the planes, downloading the weather just anything i could get my hands on!!
Havent been travelling to spot yet but i will do in the future and my best spot is the Pokemon 747 and the malaysia 747 in the wavy red colours
Quoting NRTfan (Thread starter): How do you feel about police/authorities' attitudes towards spotters? Are they fair? Consistent?
I havent been asked to move on by the police or anything, probably as im younger so they feel its more of an interest rather than if they saw an adult there suspicions could be higher.
Quoting NRTfan (Thread starter): Perhaps most succinctly: When you see [airplane X] flying overhead, what do you see that normal people don't see? What is the magic?
What I see is something that ways a hell of a lot defying gravity, I see magic happening and in some cases beauty.
Hope some of that can be useful.
If you do want to ask any further questions hell ill do a full blown interview if you wan but by email (not telephone)
Just email me on humancannon(at)ntlworld.com I check it everyday and i hope you do get in contact!!
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!