Johan underestimated how long we've had the Generic Aircraft field on the database ... we actually implemented it nearly 4 months ago.
To view how this extra field operates, view the Photo Index pages for Aircraft Type:
You'll see how the aircraft are grouped according to their types, such as Boeing 727-100, Boeing 727-200, etc. By clicking on the V button, the list will be expanded to show all the sub-types for (eg.) Boeing 727-200, such as Boeing 727-222, Boeing 727-231, etc. There are also buttons for Airline (A), Country/Location (C), and Photographer (P).
The "Keywords" search facility on the homepage will search ALL fields of the database for the entered text, including photo filenames.
The Advanced Search page can also be used to search specific fields of the database:
I found, as TriStar did, that case can sometimes make a difference when entering rego's; and you should also use quote signs if you are looking for a specific string with dashes or spaces in it (eg."LX-N20199").
This is only the second time that someone on this forum has objected to the work that Peter Vercruijsse and I do on this website. The first instance a photographer complained about a change that had been made to the aircraft type on a specific photo of his, and we settled that one to the satisfaction of both parties. So, if any of you see a change that been made to the captions of one of your photos that you don't agree with, please email me and we'll see if we can sort it out.
It's not our intention to disallow photographers to use their own individual "styles" of saying things, but you must bear in mind that with a database of over 90,000 photographs, standardization is the only way of imposing any order on it. As Johan implied, a non-standardized database is an unusable database.
Let's use the Boeing BBJ as an example: if one photographer called the BBJ in his photo a Boeing BBJ, the next photographer called it a Boeing 737 BBJ, the next one a Boeing 737-BBJ, the next one Boeing 737-700 BBJ, the next one Boeing 737-700 BBJ1, the next one Boeing BBJ-700, etc. (yes, we've had all those variations), where would that leave us? Try coming up with a search string that will find all of those!
I'm sure all our photographers will understand why we have to do what we do, and that this will be an issue that you will support us on.
Andrew Davies (Southflite)