Plane Spotting

Plane Spotting: What Is It and How to Get Started?

Plane Spotting: What Is It and How to Get Started?

While over the years, my aviation hobby has evolved a fair bit, there is one thing that remained unchanged. And that is my love of plane spotting. I visited an airport for the sole purpose of watching aircraft back in April 2006, and since then have been to quite a few airports around the world …

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Inside Armstrong Building 703: The Home of NASA’s State-of-the-Art Research Aircraft

Inside Armstrong Building 703: The Home of NASA’s State-of-the-Art Research Aircraft

While NASA is best known for the work it does in connection with space travel and exploration, every day the agency’s engineers, researchers, and other staff work hard to make advances in the field of aeronautics as well. One of NASA’s divisions responsible for that is the Armstrong Flight Research Center – known until 2014 as …

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How Is Plane Spotting from Naha (Okinawa) Airport's Observation Decks?

How Is Plane Spotting from Naha (Okinawa) Airport’s Observation Decks?

When thinking about plane spotting in Japan, it’s easy to focus on the two Tokyo airports. However, the country offers other regional airports that offer a nice mix of traffic that cannot be seen in Tokyo and of nice photo points. One of such airports is Naha (Okinawa) which is the seventh busiest airport in …

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AvGeeking at Kagoshima Airport: Observation Deck and 'SORA STAGE' Exhibition Hall

AvGeeking at Kagoshima Airport: Observation Deck and ‘SORA STAGE’ Exhibition Hall

Serving over 5 million passengers a year, Kagoshima airport is among ten Japan’s busiest  airports, and also the second largest airport on the island of Kyushu. Besides having an observation deck like many Japanese airports do, there is also a small aviation-themed exhibition in the terminal called “SORA STAGE” where visitors can learn about aviation …

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Spotting Guide: Photographing Seaplanes at Vancouver Coal Harbour Seaplane Base

Spotting Guide: Photographing Seaplanes at Vancouver Coal Harbour Seaplane Base

When it comes to seaplanes, Alaska, the Maldives, or the Seychelles might be some of the places that you think about first. And, while it’s true that Lake Hood in Alaska is the world’s busiest seaplane base and that seaplanes are important for the tourism industry in the two archipelagos in the Indian Ocean, when …

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Japan Air Self Defense Force 747's Last Appearance at Chitose Air Festival in 20 Photos

Japan Air Self Defense Force 747’s Last Appearance at Chitose Air Festival in 20 Photos

Chitose Air Festival held in Japan every summer was likely the only airshow in the world where one could regularly get close to a governmental 747 – in this case the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) one also colloquially known as “Japan Air Force One.” Unfortunately, starting from next year, that will not be …

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Spotting Guide: An Afternoon at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Spotting Guide: An Afternoon at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

If you are traveling to Toronto by air, you are most likely to arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport located west of the city. However, if you are arriving from a limited selection of Canadian and US airports, you might arrive at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that can be found right in Toronto’s city …

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5 Reasons Why It's Great to Be an Aviation Enthusiast in Japan

5 Reasons Why It’s Great to Be an Aviation Enthusiast in Japan

Earlier this year, I wrote about JAL Todofuken Seal, collectible stickers the airline’s cabin crew hands out to passengers. Continuing on that topic, I decided to take a look at some of the ways aviation enthusiasts in Japan are pampered. Not only to remind myself how lucky I am to live in what is, perhaps, …

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Spotting Guide: Jacques-de-Lesseps Park at Montreal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport

Thanks to what was the strangest schedule change I’ve ever experienced, I could do some plane spotting in Montreal before catching my flight to Toronto. After doing a bit of research online, I decided to head to Jacques-de-Lesseps Park, named after the pilot of the first airplane flight in Quebec, which offers great views of …

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