I'm in the midst of putting together an article about spotting (and all that it entails), with the hopes of successfully submitting it to Newsday (newspaper). It's coming along slowly, but nicely. Before it goes any further, though, I'm going to ask for two kinds of input.
Firstly, critique what I have written so far. Here goes nothing:
Within the tightly knit, yet internationally expansive community of aviation enthusiasts and photographers, there are questions asked and micro-wars waged every day. Boeing or Airbus? Nikon or Canon? General Electric, Rolls Royce, or Pratt and Whitney? These modest arguments, respectively dealing with aircraft manufacturers, camera manufacturers, and engine manufacturers, can quickly become heated, and even evolve into a full fledged debate. Actually, something along the lines of ‘744 or A343?’, ‘D100 or 10D?’, and ‘GE, RR, or PW’ would be more of an accurate representation of the ‘aviation (photography) vernacular.’
The lingo used in simple, regular conversation between ‘spotters,’ as we have come to know ourselves, demands a double take, and usually a stupefied stare from people with an untrained ear. It truly is a language all its own, with two or three letter abbreviations for almost each airport and airline currently in service, navigational aids (navaids), departure and arrival procedures, as well as the use of the phonetic alphabet that Alpha Tango Charlie, or ATC, also known as Air Traffic Control, uses to communicate with pilots.
What all enthusiasts alike say, and how they say it, is something not likely to be clearly understood by the general public. However, there’s a bigger issue that everyone, from all walks of life, should not only be able to understand, but also be able to relate to themselves and their own personal interests. Granted, having any interest in aviation (if you are not professionally involved) warrants suspicion in this day and age, especially in the United States. Enjoying the summer sun with a group of fellow enthusiasts inside or outside the airport perimeter, usually yielding professional-grade cameras obviously attracts some degree of attention. Our ability to enjoy our hobby is important to us, but is unfortunately becoming increasingly risky and troublesome.
Please note that the last paragraph (probably) isn't complete...haven't come up with an appropriate ending for it--unless you think it's just fine.
The bold part, after having my mom just read it, seemed to confuse her a bit. The vast array of commas, ontop of all the terminology, is bound to get confusing for non-enthusiasts, so...any suggestions as far as how to simplify it, but keep the general idea?
Let me know if you think there's anything you feel should be fixed, added, taken out, replaced, rephrased, blah blah blah.
I intend to continue on with the current situation in the United States, compare it to the situation in the rest of the world (especially countries like the UK), and why we're more of a benefit, not a detriment to the 'terrorism prevention efforts'--that BAA (what does 'BAA' stand for?) flyer. I probably won't mention that incident where I was detained at LGA
, as I don't know how the PAPD would react. Should I?
I initially wanted to mention A.net, but I'm not in the mood to go around asking for permission. Don't want to go quoting articles and the such, as I would have to clear it with the editors, etc.
Then, you guys come in. I also want to add quotes, from those inside and outside of the 'group'. Tell me what's on your mind, give me something specific to say. I might candidly quote you (credited accordingly), but I will clear it with you before it's set in stone. There are definately a few of you I really want to hear from...might regret this, but I'll name JeffM, ExitRow, SkyMonster, AAGold, BigPhilNYC, Ckw...lol
Overall, it's FAR
from done. Give me input, input, input. I'm Johnny 5 from Short Circuit.
Thanks. Will keep the article updated.
Ah, and my mom even asked me if I wrote it. She said it sounded like something an adult would write (condescending?! lol). I DID write this, from scratch.
[Edited 2004-04-17 06:01:18]