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Aircraft Identification

Sat Apr 28, 2001 10:34 pm

I was at Heathrow recently when i noticed that several people that were taking photo's seemed to know what type of plane, airline and color was about to land before it had arrived.

How do they know this?

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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sat Apr 28, 2001 10:39 pm

They may perhaps have had a radio with connections to the tower with them. Or perhaps they simply had someone in the tower on the phone or something.

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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sat Apr 28, 2001 10:46 pm

Either they had a scanner, or simply could tell the type of aircraft in the distance, and, from experience knew what plane typically arrives at that time... its usually pretty simple..

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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:23 am

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Sun Apr 29, 2001 4:30 am

I was at LHR on Tuesday April 17th. Two men were sitting there on their chairs and predicted any incoming aircraft. I asked them about what they're doing. They had a printed chronological list of every arriving plane which they got from the internet, a scanner with earplugs and a lot of experience and knowledge. They also had folders with every airline fleet in there. So they checked registrations and noted it down and checked if they'd already seen it I think. Just ask people there, those men were very friendly and gave me a lot of info during the day.
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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sun Apr 29, 2001 5:25 am

I went on the 16th, I have a scanner so I knew exactly what it was

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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sun Apr 29, 2001 5:54 am

Thanks guy's for the info, all it seems I need to do is gain knowledge and ask. Simple!!

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RE: Aircraft Identification

Sun Apr 29, 2001 6:07 am

I used to predict what aircraft was coming by where the landing lights were placed on the wings, i was shown up when the Fokker 70/100 showed up at schiphol. anyone who has seen one on approach will understand what i mean.


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