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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