I'm just wondering how people go about their 'hobby', which for must of us includes planes.....I ask because I've recently become more interested in the 'spotting' thing.
I used to get bored of watching planes after 10 minutes, so I definitely wasn't really in the 'spotter' category. Maybe that was because I didn't have a seat and G & T on the rocks for company , I don't know.
Recently I stopped by to watch some planes for quite a while at MAN, and actually thoroughly enjoyed myself. The weather was great, and we were all outdoors, just metres away from aircraft taxying off the runway - it was a great experience really.
However, I noticed some people were more focused on writing things down on paper (I guess registrations) or taking photos; but in both instances, these people didn't seem to be looking at the plane at all - they would take notes, or a photo, and then just move along to whatever was coming in to land next.
Similarly, when a plane would take-off, some people wouldn't really watch the plane glide into the sky and climb out - HOW CAN YOU NOT!!? Surely that's the best part of the whole spotting thing - watching these things climb away?
Ok, I'm not a rego spotter, and I guess I don't like taking photos because it distracts me from watching the plane with my own eyes.
BTW, I am in no way criticising these other variants of spotter, I think it's great to meet people with mutual interests, I would just like to know 'how it works' with these other types who prefer to do the rego/photography thing (btw, I think it's also great, for the purposes of the photo database ).
What type of stuff do you do and why? Is staring at planes just a waste of time??!