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User currently offlinePlanenut From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

I was at Heathrow recently when i noticed that several people that were taking photo's seemed to know what type of plane, airline and color was about to land before it had arrived.

How do they know this?

Steve.

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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

They may perhaps have had a radio with connections to the tower with them. Or perhaps they simply had someone in the tower on the phone or something.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Either they had a scanner, or simply could tell the type of aircraft in the distance, and, from experience knew what plane typically arrives at that time... its usually pretty simple..


C.


User currently offlineFox1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

This url will help identify 'G' registrations.  Wink/being sarcastic

http://www.srg.caa.co.uk/aircraftregister/ginfo.asp


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

I was at LHR on Tuesday April 17th. Two men were sitting there on their chairs and predicted any incoming aircraft. I asked them about what they're doing. They had a printed chronological list of every arriving plane which they got from the internet, a scanner with earplugs and a lot of experience and knowledge. They also had folders with every airline fleet in there. So they checked registrations and noted it down and checked if they'd already seen it I think. Just ask people there, those men were very friendly and gave me a lot of info during the day.

User currently offlineEGKK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

I went on the 16th, I have a scanner so I knew exactly what it was

EGKK


User currently offlinePlanenut From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

Thanks guy's for the info, all it seems I need to do is gain knowledge and ask. Simple!!

Steve.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

I used to predict what aircraft was coming by where the landing lights were placed on the wings, i was shown up when the Fokker 70/100 showed up at schiphol. anyone who has seen one on approach will understand what i mean.

EGGD


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