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The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

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SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

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Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

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Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

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Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

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Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

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International Week Celebrates Diversity -

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Aviation Spotting is a Growing Hobby


People have always found my hobby to be unusual. I am not into cars, sports, nor music, but aviation. My dad was a pilot for ten years and that’s where my hobby sparked. From a young age I remember walking from the private aircraft terminal to my dad’s Cessna 172 or Piper Meridian. My parents still tell me how much I loved flying; however, I spent the majority of the flight sleeping. As I grew older I couldn’t unglue my eyes from the window the moment the engine was started.

During middle school my dad joined a non-profit organization called Angel Flight West. This program flew sick passengers to destinations close to hospitals that could treat them. Dad and I participated in this program during 6-8th grade and that’s where my passion began.

On Instagram I knew of a few accounts that posted pictures of planes with a short caption underneath describing what type it was. After collecting a dozen or so pictures of planes while waiting for my flights I began an Instagram account of my own. I called it @flysfo_spotting because I planned to become a frequent spotter at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Freshman year of high school I changed it to @sfophx_spotting because I added many pictures from my frequent trips to Phoenix. This year I have decided to stick with @sfospotting.

Through the course of the last three years of my Instagram account I have shared numerous trips from San Francisco all the way to Berlin, Germany. Whenever I have free time I spend it at the airport. On weekdays these trips range from 2 to 4 hours (depending on the airport traffic) and on weekends I spend 5 to 8 hours.

Spotting isn’t a difficult hobby. All you have to do is go to an airport and watch planes. In the past I have met spotters who have created their own websites sharing the best locations with picture examples. Others have documented each plane they have caught over the past 10+ years and watched the paint jobs change overtime. I do it to document and share my love for aviation and photography. On occasion I have met up with other spotters to spot.

Aviation photography is a worldwide hobby. On Instagram I follow hundreds of accounts from around the world, but mainly Europe. Some accounts I follow because I love the location they are taken at, others for the content. I enjoy the accounts with daily aviation news covering new airlines, airport modifications, new routes and new liveries (paint jobs).

Over the years I have upgraded the cameras I use. I began with a simple iPhone 5c camera and a year later got a small point and shoot Sony. Last Christmas my parents bought me a Nikon D7200 which is a DSLR that has interchangeable lense sizes. In addition I also use this camera for my personal photography.

My all time favorite spotting trips where to Madrid, Dusseldorf, London, Nantes, and Berlin. The majority of European airports have spotting decks located above the terminal for people to plane spot or hang around. These decks are pre-security and are usually free. In Berlin and Dusseldorf I had to pay a small fee of 2,50 Euros ($2.68).

I plan to continue my spotting throughout my lifetime. In the future I hope to purchase a few day trips to airports nationwide for a fun-filled day of spotting. Personally my favorite airport is LAX, but SFO is my home. As Sarina Houston said in Plane Spotting Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts for Beginners, “There’s really no right or wrong way to spot aircraft”.


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  • guthyx LK

    This is supposed to be an informational article, about how “Aviation Spotting is a Growing Hobby”, but its just personal stories, an advertisement for your Instagram accounts, and how you want to be a pilot. You only mention plane spotting twice, once being a different article’s title. You say “I” 33 times, and the word “my” 20 times throughout the article and no facts or statistics about how aviation spotting is a growing hobby.