Yes, me (Moe) and my colleague (Nicholas) are responsible for this. If you have any questions, please ask, I am more than happy to answer them. Our boss has delegated this work to us and we spent over 3 weeks finding about 1400 photographs. Now we are going through a very extensive list of photographers and contacting them one by one, so we are doing our best to reply to all emails that do come in.
There were a few questions about how genuine this was because it was sent from a Yahoo mail account. The reson for this is simple. There is more than one person working on the project, and we wanted to have an account that we can all access with enough storage space in it. So don't let the fact that it's a Yahoo account turn you off. Besides, our Eurocontrol emails filter out a lot of the external emails as "spam" so we wanted to avoid having emails get lost.
So that I don't have to keep answering the same questions again... Unfortunately I cannot give you access to the official final product which will be available online only for ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers) that work with Eurocontrol. What we can do (if you request it) is send you an offline version of the training package once it has been completed.
On behalf of me and my colleague, thank you very much to all the photographers who have already responded promtly with a "yes, and please just have my name on the photograph". We do have an awful lot of emails coming in, and the faster we can process them, the easier it makes life for us.
I am sorry, but we are not able to arrange visits to any towers (since Eurocontrol is upper airspace and has nothing to do with TWR or APP), nor access to the CFMU database. As you can imagine that is confidential information so it's not anything we can disclose. If you are not happy with us using the photograph, then please let us know so that we can start looking for a replacement photograph of the same aircraft.
Thanks for your help, we've seen some really amazing photos the past month!
Moe & Nick
Edit: Just seen somebody's remark above and was saddened by his remark so I felt I should comment. The fact that there are so many pictures required for the databade doesn't make your photograph any less "special" as you put it. Remember this is not about enlarging large pretty pictures and hanging them on the wall. This is about using the photographs for a computer-based-training module that would teach them how to identify different aircraft types (and eventually also test them in doing just that). The reason why there are so many pictures is because we don't want the same student to get, say, the same photograph of an A343 twice, so we need several of each. If your photograph was selected, it was selected for a reason. Mainly, that it fullfills the criteria needed for a student to recognise what aircraft type it is (i.e. all of aircraft visibile, not an angle from the nose, etc...). If you are not interested, all you need to do is say so, but please don't just ignore us. Thanks a lot!
[Edited 2006-02-27 20:00:07]