Aircraft spotting is a hobby that live somewhat overshadowed. Any official competitions are not advertised, and primarily it’s the practitioner’s own interest to photograph diffierent kinds of aircrafts.
Aircraft spotters mainly prioritizes a good camera with a telephoto lens. It is important to get good images of planes taking off and landing. In addition, the plane’s number in the aircraft register should be clearly visible on the image.
Some practitioners also logging the movements at the airport.
BoardingEurope.com joined with the enthusiast Andreas during a shift of aircraft spotting at Arlanda airport, Sweden.
According to Andreas, the conditions of the day was perfect because it was ILS calibration on runway 01 (01L / 19R). That mean that both takeoff and landing took place on runway 03 (01R / 19L). ILS is a tool that helps pilots during approach and landing.
The weather for the day was clear and sunny. To orient themselves for aircraft departures and landings aircraft spotters recommend two apps. “LiveATC” is used to hear the communication between the control tower and the aircraft and “Flightradar24” to observe the aircrafts during approach.
The highlight of the day was when the Swedish government plane appeared to then take off from runway 03.