I do it. Right now, I have about 80% of the entire Delta mainline fleet, about 75% of the US Airways mainline fleet, about 60% of the American mainline fleet. My only realy complete fleet is the Delta Connection FRJs (all 30 in Delta Colours, plus the three in non-DL colours that they use frequently), and the ASA ATR-72s (all 17 of them)...I only need a few more Delta MD
-88s to get that one out of the way...if lucky, I'll have that fleet by the end of the year.
As for why I spot, I don't know. I started out as a photographer, and I still do a little photography, but my photos normally aren't great (I only have 6 shots here). However, the concept of each plane having a unique identity had a nice sound to it, and I decided to go after those registrations. I currently have registrations from about 100 different airlines (ranging from about 2000 from Delta to one from airlines like Aloha, Crossair, and Cronus), on pretty much every major type imaginable (All Boeings from the 717-777 except the 737-600; I do have a few 737-100s!), All Airbus except for the A340-500 (didn't get the SQ
one in EWR
; next time hopefully), all McDonell Douglas from DC-9 up (except DC-9-20; also have DC-8-70s, DC-4, and DC-6s in there); all the Dashes, all the Embraers from EMB-120 to EMB-170, CRJ-100/200/700 (no 900s...), I could go on...
Basically, I don't head out to the airport all that often to spot. This summer, I think I spent 1-2 days just going to the airport to spot (Constitution Beach in Boston); the rest of the time, I just grabbed registrations as I would travel.
I keep my logs in an Excel spreadsheet...I have one page dedicated to the entire spotting list, then if I have about 1/3 of an airlines fleet, I create a page where I list the f/n of each aircraft in the fleet, and just make the box red if I have seen the plane. So far, I have these types of pages for AA
, US, WN
, American Eagle, Comair, ASA, ACA
and ExpressJet. I'll probably be putting one up for Chautauqua in the next month or two, I have about 1/3rd of their fleet, mostly DL
and US, but the occasional American, and I'm sure I'll get more additions to my UA
Chautuaqua fleet at IAD