Welcome to the wonderfull world off aviation communication and spotting. Well, I have been listening since 1990 when i bought my first radio with air-band while I was a lorry-driver. I was driving air-cargo and spent a lot off time waiting in airports like Luxembourg, Amsterdam (Shiphol) and Frankfurt. You may say I got "hooked" back then. Later I bought me a real hand-scanner. Now I am living and working in Copenhagen and spend a lot off my spare time listening to the traffic on CPH (Copenhagen/Kastrup Airport) You don`t have to buy a fancy, expensive scanner as long as it have full air-band coverage. Mine is a Radio Shack PRO29 bought in USA for 55 $ with 60 channel`s. Important is that you have the opportunity to lock-out channels that you don`t want to listen to. This saves you the trouble of re-program your scanner all the time. Another usefull feature is a "priority-channel" so you don`t miss comunication on a given channel. When I go to CPH I print out a list off all departures and arrival`s Now I can monitor the traffic while spotting. Example: from "push and start approved" directions for taxiing till "claered for take-off" (my priority-channel). Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know more. Happy spotting and scanning.