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Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:36 pm

Hi everyone,

My name’s Phil – I’m a Master’s student from London. For my dissertation I’m conducting a study on the history/evolution of plane spotting, focusing particularly on Heathrow and how the hobby has changed since the 9/11 attacks, the closure of official observation decks, the commercialisation of airports and the introduction of social media channels and new technologies such as FR24. I‘m referring to plane spotting in the broad sense of taking photos, videos and/or writing down registration numbers of aircraft.

As part of the study I plan to spend time with spotters/enthusiasts at plane spotting locations (both official spaces and unofficial spaces around the perimeter of airports). In order to make comparisons between airports in terms of spotting opportunities I’ll be visiting Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam Schiphol over the next few weeks.

I’m fairly new to the world of plane spotting (although I’ve always been interested in aviation) and so I’m writing to see if anyone would like to meet me at any of the above airports to show me the ropes and share their knowledge, stories and experiences of plane spotting. Any amount of time that you could give would be much appreciated e.g. a morning or afternoon at Myrtle Avenue. I posted on this forum a few months ago seeking help on a similar but smaller project.

All participants will be made anonymous in the study.

If anyone is interested and would like to help out, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Many thanks

Phil
 
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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:21 pm

One airport missing in your study that is certainly worth mentioning is Brussels Airport. Recently they've opened several brand new spotting locations, this is all part of some masterplan. It's a great airport for spotting.

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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:03 pm

FlyingDutchman3 wrote:
Hi everyone,

My name’s Phil – I’m a Master’s student from London. For my dissertation I’m conducting a study on the history/evolution of plane spotting, focusing particularly on Heathrow and how the hobby has changed since the 9/11 attacks, the closure of official observation decks, the commercialisation of airports and the introduction of social media channels and new technologies such as FR24. I‘m referring to plane spotting in the broad sense of taking photos

I think you really should contact our member Scrimbl. If you check the photo database you will see that he posted pictures from several decades, the oldest from the 1980ies or even 1970ies. And many of them taken at LHR.
 
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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:02 am

Suggest you also contact Air Britain, who have very many long term members following aviation for decades.

Spotting seems to mean differing things to differing people, originally recording registrations, more recently aviation photography.
 
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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:52 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
One airport missing in your study that is certainly worth mentioning is Brussels Airport. Recently they've opened several brand new spotting locations, this is all part of some masterplan. It's a great airport for spotting.

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Oh wow - I hadn't seen that photo before. Heathrow could do with one of those! Thanks for the info - I will check out those spots at Brussels. Just a question regarding Birmingham and Manchester. Do you think the observations parks were created as a result of suggestions/pressure from the spotting community or do you think the airport authorities were driving the agenda? I guess what I'm wondering is how much input did the spotting community have on the construction/design of the observation parks.
 
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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:53 am

N14AZ wrote:
FlyingDutchman3 wrote:
Hi everyone,

My name’s Phil – I’m a Master’s student from London. For my dissertation I’m conducting a study on the history/evolution of plane spotting, focusing particularly on Heathrow and how the hobby has changed since the 9/11 attacks, the closure of official observation decks, the commercialisation of airports and the introduction of social media channels and new technologies such as FR24. I‘m referring to plane spotting in the broad sense of taking photos

I think you really should contact our member Scrimbl. If you check the photo database you will see that he posted pictures from several decades, the oldest from the 1980ies or even 1970ies. And many of them taken at LHR.


Thanks very much - I will drop a message to Scrimbl.
 
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Re: Plane spotting research project at Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Amsterdam

Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:54 am

dstc47 wrote:
Suggest you also contact Air Britain, who have very many long term members following aviation for decades.

Spotting seems to mean differing things to differing people, originally recording registrations, more recently aviation photography.


Thanks for the pointer - I'll get in touch with them.

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