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User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4889 times:

Hi all!

I'm currently writing my final paper on the culture behind planespotting and I was wondering if some of you would like to help me by answering some questions about yourself and planespotting? You could then email your answers to me at mischa.danofsky@gmail.com or through my contact. It's optional if you want to be anonymous, just mention it in the email.

Here are the questions:
1. Name (optional), age, occupation, where do you live now and your origin?

2.When and why did you begin with planespotting? Do you have any other hobbies?

3. How do you feel when you look at airplanes? Does it give you any sort of satisfaction?

4. What is the best about planespotting, what kind of situation (best kind of picture or seeing planes you haven't seen before for example)?

5. How much time and money are you spending and have you spent on planespotting including trips and your camera gear?

6. Do you consider that planespotting has something to do with collecting? Are you a collector?

7. Why do you think there are so few females among planespotters? Is it something that is typical for men?

That was all the questions. Any help would be great.

Thanks in advance Big grin

Best regards
Mischa Danofsky
mischa.danofsky@gmail.com


ARNiboy
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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4849 times:

I guess it will be a short paper  Smile

In interest of being a good sport:

1. 42, Engineer, USA
2. I've been at this ever since I was 2 years old and my family lived in line with a runway at an airforce base. Lots of other hobbies  Wink
3. Bad question
4. Heavies, things you haven't seen before, strong crosswinds
5. Too much
6. No
7. Same reason that there are not many female ice fisherman - they don't want to.

Good luck!


User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 1):
I guess it will be a short paper

Well if you consider about 80 pages short than the answer is yes.  Wink

Mischa



ARNiboy
User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

1. Matt, 23, Real Estate Investment, CA, USA.
2. Since I was little I have been facinated by flight. I remember my Dad taking me to the In'n'Out park area at LAX when I was 5 or so, since then I have been hooked.
3. I am always in awe when something so large can be so graceful. Plus the physics of it, although simple, still baffles me.
4. Spotting is fun when the weather kicks up. It is also cool to see new types and airlines never seen before. I also love sitting directly under the approach path when a heavy comes at you 100' over your head.
5. Some on upgrading camera gear. Not so much on travel. I travel because I want to go somewhere, not to spot. If I can get a few shots while I am in another airport or on the plane, it is a bonus.
6. No.
7. Boys and their toys. Men tend to like fast things more than women.
-Matt



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User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 3):
1. Matt, 23, Real Estate Investment, CA, USA.
2. Since I was little I have been facinated by flight. I remember my Dad taking me to the In'n'Out park area at LAX when I was 5 or so, since then I have been hooked.
3. I am always in awe when something so large can be so graceful. Plus the physics of it, although simple, still baffles me.
4. Spotting is fun when the weather kicks up. It is also cool to see new types and airlines never seen before. I also love sitting directly under the approach path when a heavy comes at you 100' over your head.
5. Some on upgrading camera gear. Not so much on travel. I travel because I want to go somewhere, not to spot. If I can get a few shots while I am in another airport or on the plane, it is a bonus.
6. No.
7. Boys and their toys. Men tend to like fast things more than women.
-Matt

Thanks a lot Matt.

Mischa  Smile



ARNiboy
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

1. 59, Economic adviser, Luxembourg, Ireland
2. As soon as I could walk. Lots of other hobbies.
3. Question is too non-specific.
4. Fresh air, birds singing, smell of new-mown hay. Airports are not in cities. I don't like cities.
5. Difficult to say. I do a lot of non-aviation photography. Current camera gear cost about €5000.
6.No and no.
7. Many women are not interested in machines.



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User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

Quoting Mischadee (Thread starter):
mischa dot danofsky at gmail dot com

I would type mischa dot danofsky at gmail dot com , just to reduce the amount of spam you get

1. 15, student, Utah USA, born in New York USA
2. When I was 4 at ITH.
3. Very special Makes me want to fly on one.
4. Seeing a 777 or 747 or A380!
5. 4-5 hours per week, $300
6. Collecting photos of planes yes
7. Most of them aren't interested

[Edited 2006-03-16 22:56:02]

[Edited 2006-03-16 23:01:27]


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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

1. Age 38, civil servant, Maltese from Malta

2. Other hobbies: aircraft modelling, photography (various subjects). I've been interested in aviation for as long as I can remember, but I only started planespotting about 2 years ago when I ran out of subjects to shoot with my new digital camera (Malta is a small place) and ended up at the airport.

3. Watching an aircraft go by is too fleeting a moment to enjoy really (unless it's displaying at an airshow). I actually get more enjoyment from looking at the photos I and others have taken -- the photos freeze the moment.

4. The most satisfaction for me is in getting good photos which bring out the best in a particular aircraft.

5. I have spent quite a bit on camera gear, but it's not only for aircraft. Last year I spent about $300 on a visit to the UK for the Fairford airshow.

6. Yes, obviously (different airlines, aircraft types etc -- and what about the people who keep track of registrations?) but I'm not much of a collector myself.

7. Two main reasons, I think: fewer women than men are fascinated by gadgets (including cars and planes), and fewer women than men are into collecting -- which is also why stamp collectors and birdwatchers are predominantly male.



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

Ryan Hothersall 23 Student Adelaide South Australia.

Been interested in aircraft for a long time, only got into planespotting last couple of years when I got a digital camera.

Still amazes me when something big like a 747 or the A380 takes off.

I would say going on trips either interstate or over seas and seeing new aircraft type or airlines for the first time.

I would have spent plenty on gear and trips. I cannot give an accurate figure.

Yes there is a collecting element to it.

I did meet a couple a female spotters at Manchester, but they are generally in the minority. Although one who I spoke to said it was she who got the husband interested in aircraft.



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineOlegShv From Sweden, joined Mar 2006, 683 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4719 times:

1. Oleg, 26, student, live in USA while studying, originally from Moscow RF.

2. Started a couple years ago. I do have other hobbies like photography and I 'm a flight simmer too.

3. I look at it as a show.

4. I like when I capture in my pictures some moment or detail that I have not seen before (technical or not), or something that just rarely happens.

5. I've spent quite a bit given the fact that I'm a student. It's a rather expensive hobby.

6. Yes, there is definitely a "collector" element there.

7. It's just not a girl thing. ( Big grin Here is my hypothesis: since men are attracted to planes, women might be viewing airplanes as their competitors, so they don't really want to see and deal with them)

Regards,

Oleg.


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4710 times:

1. Andy, 43, Engineer/Experimental officer/wind tunnel manager, Stockport UK

2.When (1975) and why (ahhhh planes) did you begin with planespotting? Do you have any other hobbies? Photography, the kids, travel, reading, computing, fixing the house.....

3. How do you feel when you look at airplanes? rather be on the inside than the outside.... amazed, technical interest
Does it give you any sort of satisfaction? Yes, but unexplainable.

4. What is the best about planespotting, what kind of situation (best kind of picture or seeing planes you haven't seen before for example)? Getting out in the fresh air... chatting to people... going to new places.... seeing new planes (though with the kids, planes are mostly dots at 35kft)

5. How much time and money are you spending and have you spent on planespotting including trips and your camera gear? Time, very little recently, Money, mostly on camera stuff recently... EOS300D last year.

6. Do you consider that planespotting has something to do with collecting? Are you a collector? Yes, some people seem to be more interested in the letters on the side than the aircraft/environment. More of a not-throw-awayer than a collector.

7. Why do you think there are so few females among planespotters? Is it something that is typical for men? Women don't seem to have the interest in just collecting registrations and getting obsessed about planes/trains/buses/boats.



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4697 times:

1. Eric, 20, Student, living in Colorado USA

2. Began to really planespot in the summer of 2004 though I've had an interest in aviation since I was very young. My other hobbies include music, sports, snowboarding, and photography.

3. When I look at airplanes I see our ability to defy nature by using her own rules.

4. I just like being able to relax on a nice evening sitting back in the lawn chair and watching the planes go by.

5. Probably in the neighborhood of 4 grand.

6. Not really much of a collector, have a few safety cards but that's about it.

7. I'll bet there are a few more girls spotting planes or at least having an interest in flying than we think. I know a few down here that are absolutely enthralled by the idea of flying, they just don't spot planes so much.

However, anybody who goes to SXM whether for planespotting or not, will end up doing a little bit while they're there.  Wink


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