Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8539 times:
Hi all, I usually take my binoculars when I see some contrails in the sky, but except from specific C/S as QF's red tail or BA's blue body/engines like shown on the picture below, it's quite hard to find which airline it is... Ok, maybe I should buy some more powerful binoculars Any advice ? I'm sure many of you are used with this kind of spotting... Tell about your experiences, thanks.
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3222 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8444 times:
I've often had the same type of questions. I live under the airways that flights into and out of ATL use. I know LH and AF both fly A340's into ATL, and I always see one in the afternoons. All I can see is white fuselage. It could be either one, but I'm never sure which....
Warszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8425 times:
I share the same enjoying experiences as you...lol, i live in the USA here in Michigan, and i get a ton of planes that fly over....Probably because i live about 30mins east of FNT vortac, and FNT = Part of the PMM4 Pullman 4 arrival into Chicago ORD. I also get a lot of LAX-JFK, LAX-BOS, LGB-JFK, SEA-JFK, LAX-YYZ, etc. and more traffic, but most is coming / going from Chicago ORD.
Mostly the planes that come over my house are typically 737's, Usually UAL's 733's and 735's from ROC/ALB/BUF. Plus a lot of CRJ's, ERJ's, 757s, DC-9's, Dornier 328's, 738's, occasionally 763's, once in a while 777's and one day i got real lucky when i had 7 Delta 767-300's fly over heading south to ATL. I was amazed at the routing, i've never seen this before. All were within 10-15 minute intervals, heading straight south from International locations. If i remember right, they were coming from EGKK, LIRF, LFPG, LIRM ( There was a 2nd Italy airport i dont remember the name, i had 1 that was LIRF and another that was another Italy-Based airport ), EHAM, EDDF, EDDM. I also get 2 NWA A330 flights that fly directly above my house in the evening, one is like 5:30 or 6pm and the other was like 7:30 or so, both bound for EHAM from DTW. Once in a while, if the day is clear, i also see Lufthansa's A343 DTW-EDDF, but usually thats a little hard to see as its farther east, unlike NWA's 330's that pass directly above. I have seen a couple ANC-JFK's and Asia-JFK's, including NWA's 747-400, EVA Air Cargo's 744, Korean Air's 747-400, and a couple more, all bound for JFK.
3 Weeks ago i got real lucky when i saw Air Tahiti's A340 enroute LAX-CDG passing north of my house. First time i ever saw that plane. I've also seen ( at least i believe ) UAL's new colors 777 enroute ORD-EDDF, which flew above my house too, i think it was new colors but it was evening so it was hard to tell. BAW's 777's have passed over too, but none of their 744's. Last summer i saw Iberia's A340-300 or 200 i forget, enroute LEMD-KORD.
Most may not believe me that i see all these planes, but if you lived near FNT or in Port Huron/St Clair Michigan, i guarantee you you could...i sit at my desk and the desk is right next to the window, and i live in a VERY rural area, on 2 acres, with no tree's for about 1/2 mile, so its very easy to spot a contrail coming across the sky. I just whip out FBOweb, see what it is, and use my binocs to confirm.
I wish i had a good camera. They were all in NNC colors too. All 767-300's, and all Deltas bound for ATL.
I find out the airlines and locations by using FBOweb.com and Area Track by zip code, thats how i find out whats around. Plus i have 7x binoc's that are pretty good for determining the aircraft and sometimes the airline.
Im hoping to take pics of these planes, i get so many flying over, so many contrails, i wish i had a good camera.
I just got a SONY F717 camera, and yesterday in the mail i received 3 Filter-Lens part of a kit that i ordered. Im awaiting a 3x Telephoto lens along with a .5x Macro lens, should be coming later this week or next week.
I dont know but... Right now, the F717 has a 5x Optical. 5x X 3x = 15x zoom, which is double the power of my binocs. Hopefully i can take good long-range pics with it.
Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8271 times:
Most of the planes passing over my house are on their way up to POL which is a VOR. On a clear day I am able to see planes making their left turns out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the time I can't identify them even though I have a pair of powerful binoculars and I still haven't found a graphic flight tracker for the UK.
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8017 times:
I spot overflights almost every day when the sky permits it...
My log from this morning:
TK A343 from IST
LT A330 from DUS
TP A319 to AMS
KTHY B737 to LHR
AI B744 from LHR to India
AC B744 from FRA to Canada
RJ A310 to the UK
GF A343 from LHR to DXB
All the registrations of those flights can be tied up with ACARS logs, like the one of the civil spotters yahoogroup. When I'm 100% sure that I got the correct reg, I log the aircraft in my JP (I'm a registration spotter).
For example: I had a look at the ACARS logs of 14/4 this morning. In total, I saw two new frames (4X-ECC LY B772 BG), Israel">TLV-LHR and JA403A NH B744 CDG-NRT).
Of course, before you start to tie up your flights, you have to learn their routings (for example: a BG DC10 will not appear on ACARS. This means that, when you see one flying to the UK, you have to know that this flight is going from DXB to LHR. If you don't know this, you will not be able to tie your flight up).
I don't know where you are located in Belgium, but for example this afternoon, I'm going to look for the CX260 CDG-HKG. It always flies right over my house around 14.30lt. The nice thing is that I hear those aircrafts, so I don't have to look out all the time. It's nice to have a spotting break from time to time when you have to study from morning till evening...
Good luck this afternoon (although some high clouds are appearing)
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7805 times:
UAL Is VERY easy to see with the battleship grey paint scheme.
it has a very dark blue bottom and a silver strip running the length of the plane.
I was hunting last year south of Vail and I was around 13,000 Ft and we stopped at a crystal clear lake to rest, me being a huge fan of airplanes sat on my back and watched countless planes heading into the DEN area. I could clearly see UAL planes with my binoculars, and even saw some WN 737's passing high above going north. It is very cool to notice the planes, and a good set of binoculars helps.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7479 times:
I live just north of Detroit Metro Airport and I can't wait to be able to get outside on a perfect, blue-sky afternoon and try to identify airliners with the trusty old binoculars.
I have seen the Qantas B744 just north of my house on many occasions---flying the LAX-JFK segment of it's flight from Sydney...that has to be one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see...many times I have identified that aircraft without the binoculars.
The only bad thing about looking at aircraft through the binoculars these days..
TOO MANY REGIONAL JETS!!!!
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