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User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

I dont think ive seen this thread before so here goes.........

Who is your "Spotting Partner" ?
Do you have a Partner or do you prefer to be alone when spotting ?
How did you meet and how long have you been spotting together ?

Im looking to find the longest serving partnership !!!!

Myself and fellow spotter Spencer Wilmot went to the same secondary school and met at around 12 years old, i think we started to take up spotting / photography around 14 years old, Spencer starting before i did probably alot younger than that.
18 years later we are still at it!, even though living in seperate countries now.

Any similar stories out there?


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heres to the next 18 years

Ryan Hemmings







ooh to ooh to be ooh to be a gooner!
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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

I'm spotting with my good friend Wolfgang Hut most of the time.

If there's a nice day and interesting traffic, we're always out at INN together.
Also, we travel quite much together.

We first met in Feb.2002, but we became really good friends since then.
Last year we've done spotting at ZRH, CGN, MUC and STN together...

Next week, we're flying to NRN, including some spotting at MUC. In July we'll come to DUS, AMS, OST and AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA  Smile


Very nice topic you started Ryan! Very interesting.

Here are some plugs BTW  Wink/being sarcastic


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regards, Florian



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineKarlok From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 839 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

The most of the time I'm alone when spotting, else I'm there with students of my class (I study Aviation Operations, so there are a lot spotters in my class  Smile )

User currently offlineBDLGUY From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 194 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Who is your "Spotting Partner" ?
My following "Spotting partner" are....

Geoff - First met him and gave me a ride to Newark (EWR) for spotting on June 1998

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Corey - Met him at BDL on April 2003

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Paul - Met him at BDL on October 2003

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John - Met him at BDL on April 2004

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I would rather to hang out with my friends (Geoff, Corey, Paul & John). I don't like to be alone at the airport because I am hearing impaired. If there is something wrong...For example, the Police or TSA questioned me about the suspicion activity. So, I would have been a hard time to understand what they said. Also, I had some problems to explain them what I was doing.

On a special note, I just want to thanks to my new friends (Geoff, Corey, Paul & John) for joining me while spotting at the airport. It make me more comfortable and safer.  Laugh out loud

Thanks Guys!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers!
John Perrotta/BDL


[Edited 2004-05-02 16:58:48]


John A. Perrotta (KBDL/BDL) - Canon 300D/400D & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

For the most part, I would rather be alone. If I am going to the airport, I usually just up and go, and don't really think about calling anyone letting them know I am heading out.


JP,
When I get stationed back on the east coast Ill come spot with ya.  Big grin



[Edited 2004-05-02 17:30:26]

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Great topic mate  Smile

Well it has to be between Mike Catchpole, Chris Sharps, Simon Nicholls and you! LOL  Laugh out loud  Big thumbs up They are great companions to shoot with. We all live in different areas of the UK, but somehow always manage to find one another  Big grin

I dont mind group spotting or just with some one else.

Here's the (long) story...

Chris e-mailed me saying he was interested in spotting and he liked my pictures. We got talking and arranged to meet at LGW on the 7th Feb 2004. Ryan also came along and we shot for a few hours there. Great meeting you both!


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On the 28th Feb 2004 we arranged to head to LHR. Me and Chris were to go, but at the last moment Mike Catchpole e-mailed us saying he wanted to come along as we had made a topic in the forums  Smile/happy/getting dizzy We were happy to be meeting other A.net members  Big thumbs up


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Then a few weeks later we were going for the ultimate meeting! On March 12th 2004 Me, Chris, and Mike met up at LGW at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday evening and headed towards the "Arora" at Crawley which was our place for the evening. We had a great night out and the next day on March 13th 2004 we went to LGW. Simon Nicholls and his mate Patrick Mayo came along aswell!


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Since then we have been to LTN, LHR a few times, LAX Big grin and LGW on days when it decided to rain  Sad

I think we will all be going together when we are as old as you Ryan  Big grin

Regards,

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineFL350 From Belgium, joined Feb 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

I like to be on my own at the airport, being able to change places often without losing time.
My closests friends are not aircraft spotting fans, so I usually go alone.

Sometimes I meet others spotters at the airport, or thru a previously arranged meeting. But that's quite a challenge those days to deal with all differents work schedules of your mates to bring a meet at the local airport.



Fabrice Sanchez - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4022 times:

I like to be on my own at the airport, being able to change places often without losing time.

Another good reason to go alone.  Big thumbs up



A couple people I really miss spotting with though, are my best friend from 7th grade on and his father. If it wasnt for his dad taking us to countless airshows and airports around the midwest, and showing me there was more excitement than TVC, I wouldn't be into it like I am now.

[Edited 2004-05-02 18:38:34]

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3986 times:

I've never really had a spotting 'partner', apart from my Dad before I could drive.

User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 3978 times:

Well a few are to be named:
VAP-lers:

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and family:

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Peter



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User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Oh Ry, you've started something here..!! And as I wipe the tear from my eye, reminisce, I realise the reasons I left you, and moved countries!! Nah, seriously, another good topic. Yeah, "we" go back a bit longer than that I think, probably around 20-21 years. We have certainly seen some sights, what with the 3(?) RTW trips, the multi-stops and via's.
As you know, I'll be back home for the airshow season, well, the ones that count that is. And I'm sure we will have a laugh running up and down the UK, in search of a new angle!
Apart from that, there's a few good friends to me here in Sweden now, which I hope in time I can call spotting partners. Here's a few I've spotted with and in turn became good friends with.
Daniel Asplund, Christopher Hammarborg, Stefan Sjögren, Johan Ljungdahl, Patrik Hjortberg, Joakim Ewenson, have I forgot anyone? (Sounds like a thank you speach at the Swedish Film Awards)!
Spencer.



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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Well, these are the guys I like to hang out with at the airport:


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Wietse



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User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

I usally end up going with Bo Kim, and Chris Sands. There is a large group of us here in Calgary that frequent the airport on a fairly regularly. A few of us have banded together to create a partnership in order to market some of our photos better. http://www.contrailsphotography.com


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Karlok, thats the same study I'm starting in september!! What class are you in?

Oh yeah, to get back to the topic, Sometimes I spot with a friend, but most of the time I spot alone.

Kas


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3892 times:
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Same guys as Wietse for me.

I always get bored when spotting alone, just not as much fun, although spotting with some good music playing on my minidisc is cool as well Smile

Tim



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User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

I initially started off solo in July '03, and spotted on my own time for about two months. Came across Matt Celmer/Cancidas, then bumped into Josh Akbar/Jakbar. Since then, we must've had at least a dozen gatherings with just the three of us, and it's always a great time.

But, like any other city, New York has it's exclusive group of A.net spotters that is still growing. If it's a beatuiful day, you're more than likely to find someone hanging around Howard Beach. This is the bread and butter of the crew, that I'm aware of, at least:
  • Art Brett+Anne

  • Phil Derner, Jr.

  • Josh Akbar

  • Tom Turner

  • Matt Celmer

  • Brian Futterman

  • Matt Smith

  • Mike McLaughlin

  • Ron Peel

  • Anthony Russo

  • Mike Primamore

  • Senga Butts

  • Joe Pries

  • Carlos Borda


  • Of course, some of these folks opt for the 50mm ramp shots, not telephoto 31L departures. Psshhh... Wink/being sarcastic



    What the FUTT?
    User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 48
    Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

    In the 8 years I do aviation photography, I've met a lot of people around the airport, but I chose to be on my own most of the time. Most spotters I met around the airport I found a bit 'weird', so to say, as they are a bit more 'into' it than myself. I now have met some guys (Wietse summed them up!) with a similar approach as myself: "Take nice pictures of airplanes". Period. A lot of people around the airport take it a bit further listening to ATC, keeping logbooks, dressing as if they a pilot, that kinda stuff... They tend to have very little interest outside aviation and can only talk about one thing. Not my cuppa tea, and very boring company...
    So it's either being by myself or with some of the guys above...
    Cheers guys!
    Ed


    User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
    Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

    Well, I think you all know who he is (even though we now spot together only once in a blue moon...)

    very quick plug :


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    User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

    I would say that I don't have a spotting partner but I have two close friends that I go on trips with. One is Paul Minert and another is Jarrod Wilkening. Unfortunetly Jarrod lives in Tulsa right now but will be back out here in SoCal next summer after school. I tend to shoot on my own right now unless one of these two guys are with me.

    User currently offlineWERNAIR From Austria, joined Aug 2003, 164 posts, RR: 13
    Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

    Hy there!

    So here is my part for this cool topic:

    Started intensive spotting spring time last year here in GRZ always with my girlfriend. As she is as interested in aviation as I am she was always with me watching the planes and watching me taking pictures. Well but since I got my new cam she also looks at the planes through a lens...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy So here we are:


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    And on our way we met some other A.net spotters as:


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    or:


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    story goes on...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

    Cheers,
    Wernair



    Wernair Photography
    User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3764 times:

    Wernair, first of all I dig the pic in your profile.
    And your name is Horvath, living in Austria... do you happen to be Hungarian ?


    User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
    Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

    Alone.................all the way!

    Vasco G.



    User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 23
    Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

    Very good topic indeed...Over the past 10 years I've been spotting, I'd say the only "partner" I've had was Ryan Hales who's been off flying, trying to make a living the past few years in exciting locales, and who's now taken a job with the USFS as a contract pilot outside of Pocatello, ID. No doubt some impressive air-to-fire shots are on the horizon...He and I did some trips together in the day  Smile
    Nowadays, I'm generally a lone wolf, though every so often, Derek Hellmann and I will go somewhere (MEX this past Dec. for instance)...not a lot of Houston guys around and generally, for spotting, it's very rare to see someone else jotting numbers down...

    Jeffrey



    "Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
    User currently offlineWERNAIR From Austria, joined Aug 2003, 164 posts, RR: 13
    Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

    @Leviticus:

    Well, why did you have to dig my pic in the forum!?
    My name is stated under the pictures anyway and if you look at my pics you'll easily find out that most of my shots are taken in Austria! So what's your problem! Or is your problem my Hungarian name...?



    Wernair Photography
    User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3647 times:
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    When I was lving in Singapore, Sim Kok Chwee was my regular photography buddy. We shared some great times and memories together. We can still remember exactly which "specials" we were both together to witness.

    Every Sat. and Sun. morning, we would meet up for breakfast, and a couple of hours early morning spotting. The day would start with calls at about 0615 with words of "what does the horizon look like, skies looknig good??" It was fun. Now he is based in BKK and I'm in SHA, but whenever we get the opportunity, we always try to shoot together again.

    Andrew



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    25 Post contains images MerC : I am always alone when spotting, with the exception of my mom who act as a driver sometimes (too lazy to get a driving license). Would not mind some c
    26 Post contains images Leviticus : WERNAIR What is wrong dude ? Take it easy, you, misunderstood me ! First of all I pointed out that I liked the picture in your profile, it was very in
    27 WERNAIR : Hy Leviticus!!! I'M VERY SORRY! I REALLY GOT YOU VERY WRONG. As it was in the morning it seems I didn't got the meaning of your post right, so sorry f
    28 Post contains images Maiznblu_757 : Hey Futt. Sometime when I am back in TVC, you need to take the AE ERJ-140 flight, LGA-TVC flight and spot with me! Departs LGA on Friday, returns to L
    29 Post contains images Futterman : Chad: What's in TVC? I think I'd rather 'C' 'TV'...haha . The AA762, UA EMB120 out to CLD is much more appealing to me, but there are a few limiting f
    30 Post contains images Maiznblu_757 : Man, Thats Futt up!
    31 Post contains images Andrewuber : Maizin- You didn't mention your A+ #1 photo cleaner buddy!!! And, by the way, congrats on your 100th upload!!! DREW
    32 Post contains images Maiznblu_757 : Aww thanks. You can come shoot with me anytime. [Edited 2004-05-11 05:18:38]
    33 Post contains images Mx330 : Although some people call themselves Aviation Photography of Mexico the only official members are: Jorge Rocafort, Ricardo Morales, Carlos de Anda & m
    34 Rotor1 : Whenever I go spotting at SAN, I always have a buddy. His name is "Dan", and he works for Airport Ops. No matter where I go, he's always right next to
    35 Post contains images Jderden777 : a few years ago when i first started this hobby i met jon birdwell and we both went out to TRI a few times to take photos together, and also we took a
    36 Post contains images Manzoori : Spotting buddies eh? Well it would have to be these two reprobates: and Most of our get togethers are at MAN as John Farrington is from them there par
    37 Flpuck6 : Where I shoot, I am on my own bascially because I have the privelege of shooting ramp-side and shooting outside of the airport is a big hassle ... I a
    38 Post contains images Jderden777 : yes, that was a very, very notable trip to Europe! i don't ever think i could ever plan a trip that action-packed ever again if i tried...AMS, ORY/CDG
    39 Post contains images Flpuck6 : Thank you for the correction, sir ... We'll try to do it again this year
    40 Post contains links and images IL76 : Spotting with friends sucks! View Large View MediumPhoto © Martin Boschhuizen - AirTeamImages It's a risk... But what can you do? Eduard
    41 Post contains links and images Hkg_clk : My best friends for photography/spotting are probably Airbus_A340, followed by b0047. View Large View MediumPhoto © Trevor Slack View Large View
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