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Banding Together?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:23 am

Hello all! Since the events of 9/11 our hobby has really taken a hit, not to mention our everyday lives. I for one, really miss doing the simple things I used to do, like sitting at the end of a runway waiting for that special arrival to add to the collection, and the times going on trips with fellow enthusiasts. I'm sure I'm not the only one to think of this but what are your thoughts on starting some kind of worldwide association/society devoted to spotting and photography? I know here in the US "official" viewing areas are few and far between. Maybe if we all started some kind of official club we could pull a little leverage with getting our hobby understood by the authorities. Alot of us work for airlines and have contacts in aviation, which could open doors in other areas. With computers, it would be so easy to have an official website with informationa on all airports that support the club and where you may view from. Also, maybe this would allow us to carry an ID showing local authorities we are legit......an alert spotter is free security! I know MAN has a great society but if we could all ban together, we could also organize contacts for those travelling so when they were in another members city they could call or e-mail and go spotting with that member. I'm sure this will garner alot of "yeah right" responses but we have to start somewhere. We could call it something like SAFE(Society of Aviation Fans and Enthusiasts) so our name would project a good relationship with airports and authorities. Maybe we could even post a sign with a logo at official viewing areas so there would be no question about where authorities would want us to be. Making ourselves known can't hurt at all, especially in these times of uncertainty. I also think of all the possibilities of meeting people as I have very good spotter friends in the UK and Russia........an even larger, legit network would assure our hobby stays alive and well!
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RE: Banding Together?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 11:09 am

it would be a cool thing...all of us spotters coming together...maybe the US organization would work...i dunno about worldwide, but perhaps we could get a group together here in the states...spotting is really struggling here...i doubt i'll get my ramp tour i had arranged a few months ago for my Thanksgiving trip to DFW...oh well...life goes on..
i'd be interested in helping out with this if we can get enough people together...

this way when people (spotters) go on trips to other places where other spotters are, the host spotters could show them around and stuff...and it would be easy to do...

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RE: Banding Together?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 2:40 pm

I like this idea too and if it looks like it might actually happen, I'm also willing to help out.

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RE: Banding Together?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 11:58 pm

You'd be surprised how much tolerated the hobby is nowadays. When I started going abroad you never saw anyone doing the hobby in the US. I eventually met one guy at MIA in the 70's who gave up because he couldn't get info. I think it started to get momentum when air travel got less expensive and English Dutch and Germans took up the hobby in thousands.

My message is that these days they know what we are doing, why we are there but they can't make exceptions with security. Our needs are - let's face it - unimportant. Many times I have been spotting in the US and someone calls the cops to check me out. The excuse is that it makes people jumpy. And that was before 11th September. Lie low (hey it's winter coming and the fleets are being scaled down too) and perhaps next summer we may begin to be tolerated again. That's only if war doesn't escalate further - we are told it will take some time.

Take up railways meantime - you can shoot great pictures at the Horseshoe Curve...

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