Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19378 posts, RR: 52 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Besides detailed and accurate information regarding places to spot (to collect registrations or to merely watch) and to photograph, what other information would you require or prefer in a book about spotting and photographing at airports throughout the world or in a specific continent?
Information about convenient hotels in which to say?
Information about getting to and from the airport from the city?
Photos of the location, i.e. where you would stand to spot/photograph, with the runway or ramp or whatever in view (plus planes), so as to gain an idea of what it'd be like?
Maps of the airports with the spotting/photographing locations marked?
Information on where's best to get good-value food and drink (airports are normally rip-off places) within the terminal(s)?
Frequencies for those using scanners?
Information regarding what you're likely to see?
What would you want to see in such a book? What information would you like included so as to better help you plan a trip?
I ask all this because I find the current main information provider (Airports) somewhat lacking in usefulness.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2106 times:
Airport plans including terminal, stand and gate numbers, as well as Runway, taxiway and apron identifiers. Terminal info to include which airlines serve which terminals (poss. also which airlines use which Cargo terminals and maintenance hangars too).
Spotting information for airside as well (within the terminal)
Consulate phone numbers for when you get arrested for photographing planes (eg in Greece). Seriously. And include warnings and anecdotes from experienced spotters who had trouble at the airport in question. You could include in the guide airports where it is definitely NOT a good idea to photograph aircraft, or even hang around the perimeter or the terminals without a good reason (of which there are many, I'm sure)
What you're likely to see could also include regular VIP and bizjet visitors, any resident military or civil defense activity eg. waterbombers, helicopters etc. Possibly of interest could be where waterbombers go to fill up offshore or in lakes etc - OK this may have limited application, but it could be interesting.
Indications possibly of runway use patterns, daily or seasonal, based on wind-direction or noise abatement or whatever, to give clues as to what spotting places are good at what times of day/month/year.
Local aviation or related museums or exhibits (in case it rains)
Aviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2099 times:
I would like to see:
- A recent aerial view of the whole airport.
- Runway, terminal and concourse lay out with detailed descriptions.
- Short and brief history of the airport.
- Any relevant information about the runway(s). Such as use and the dimensions.
- Operations / Airlines / a/c types.
- Spotting possibilities, how to get there, etc. etc.
- Radio frequencies.
- All this information about as many airports as possible in one single book.
It would probably exist out of 26 big books starting with all airports beginning with an A.
Oh, and also would like to know if I'm allowed to put my tent along the runway.
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Teahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5333 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2073 times:
Planning to write one Pe@rson?
When I was young, there was quite a selection of books on commercial aviation for kids. Checking around the bookstores these days, can't find a single one. Surely there's a niche in the market. Probably woulnd't be too heard to write/illustrate either.
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Canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2857 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
I'm new to the forum, but think this is a great topic. I don't intentionally go out spotting, I work at the airport, so fortunately everyday I get to go spotting.
However, if I was to write a book, I agree, the local clearance delivery, ground, tower, departure frequencies would be valuable. This could be very close to a hiking book: where to park, where the great views are, where the big mountains (planes) are. How to evade park rangers (local police). Most of these places fortunately are near the employee parking area!
Having a long background in servicing old airplanes though, I appreciate the smaller airports. My fondest memories are of someone who owns an old WW2 plane inviting me in his hanger to look at his plane, so I think a good book should include great, very accessible (small) airports. My "$.02".