Aircraft Spotting

Spotting Web Sites

  • Aeronautics  An aviation spotter site with a goal to show you some spotter photos and give additional information about aviation and its history.
  • AFRICASPOTTER.at.tt  Planespotting in South Africa with information about South African airports, maps, photos and thousands of links to airports and airlines worldwide. Try www.africspotter.at.tt if unable to connect.
  • Air Kalo  A French site with movements, photos, and information about Paris Orly airport.
  • Aircraftrecognition  A site about aircraft recognition with fact sheets, pictures, links, aircraft quizzes, forum, and more.  Primarily in Danish, but with a growing English version.
  • AircraftRecognition.co.uk  This is a free online aircraft recognition guide that is aimed at improving your aircraft recognition skills.  Find the relevant information on each aircraft, online polls, quizzes, and downloads.
  • Aircraftspotting.net  Spotters who log registrations or take pictures will like this site.  The emphasis is on civil airliners, but you will also find information and photographs of military aircraft and air shows.
  • airliners.lu  An enthusiast's page by some pilots and spotters with pictures, forum, and a guestbook.
  • Airport & Airfields Spotting Info  This site is designed for the aviation enthusiast and lists details from airfields and airports all over the world.
  • Airport Spotting Blog  News, stories and guides to airports around the world.  Where to spot, what airlines to see, what hotels to use.
  • AirportWatch  A site for the discussion of movements at all UK airfields.
  • Amsterdam Spotter  Spotting pictures by Dennis Vogt.
  • Ar & Ed's Dutch Aviation Page  Aviation photography in the Netherlands.  Civil and military aircraft, mostly from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, but also other Dutch airfields, museums and airshows.  Information for spotters.
  • Arrivals at Birmingham International  This site has been written to show aviation enthusiasts around the world pictures of air movements from Birmingham International Airport.
  • The Aviation Enthusiasts and Spotters Webring This Webring is for Webmasters of web pages related to spotters and aviation enthusiasts to provide a means to link together all the various pages.
  • AviationPhotos  This site has a nice gallery of commercial airliner photos.  Image wallpaper is available and color prints are available for sale.
  • Azoresairphotos.com  Plane spotting in the Azores (Portugal).  Photos in LPLA, LPAZ, LPPD.
  • Azores Spotting  Site dedicated to plane spotting in the Azores Islands (Portugal).
  • bgspotters.net  A Bulgarian site about aviation and spotting.
  • BizAviation.net  An online community for pilots, aircraft owners, spotters, and other enthusiasts of business aviation, business jets, and turboprop aircraft.  The aircraft photographs are high resolution and the library of aircraft information is based on a Wiki-system where you can add data or edit existing information.
  • Bristol International Supporters Group Online  BISON is a website dedicated to spotting activity and supporting the expansion and operations of Bristol International Airport.
  • Brussels Airport Spotting  This site by a young Belgian spotter will contain spotting tips & spots, reports, schedules, ATC, and much more.  In Dutch and English.
  • CI Aviation  The aim of this site is to provide a colourful collection of aviation images from the Channel Islands and to promote all aspects of aviation within the Channel Islands with a special emphasis on Guernsey.
  • Le Cirque Volant - the aviation photographers journal  This subscription e-magazine is for aviation photographers, enthusiasts, and spotters around the world and publishes aviation images taken by amateur and professional photographers.  The magazine contains high quality aviation images, in-depth photographic articles about specific aircraft, and articles about aviation photographers and technique.  Contributors are amateur and professional aviation photographers who have joined the Flickr group.
  • Cork Airport Fanatics  The site for fanatics, enthusiasts, and spotters about Cork Airport.
  • DSA Movements  A site for Foncaster Sheffield Robin Hood airport which covers movements, photos, airport news, sbs-1, and more.
  • dutch-airliners.nl  850 photos taken at Schiphol Airport of all incoming and outgoing airplanes.  Also, other pictures near the runways and platforms.
  • Dutch Spotters On-Line  Provided by the Kierewiet Spotting Group.
  • Extreme Spotting - Airliners In Flight  This site is for people who take photos of planes at cruising altitude, and includes a rich collection of quality pictures of airliners in flight.  Enthusiasts can exchange information and photos in the forum.  Daily news updates, interesting articles and aviation-photography tips.  Original in Polish or English, but with multi-language support.
  • HoustonSpotters.net  A website for spotters around George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), William P. Hobby airport (KHOU), as well as other surrounding airports in the Houston, Texas area.  The site has spotting resources and a guide, a forum with discussions about upcoming and past events, and a database with photographs taken around Houston airports.  The Spotting 101 section covers topics of interest to new spotters and others who just want to learn about the hobby.
  • The Andy Hutchings Web Site  Aviation theme site includes Air NORTH, a British aviation society with a aircraft spotting and historical themes.
  • Jetspotter.com  A website displaying aviation photographs from Brisbane and Australia taken by the webmaster and others.
  • Landing Lights  A place to share photos, stories, and opinions from the perspective of the planespotter and aviation enthusiast.  The goal is to expose more people to planespotting and to foster discussion between planespotters.
  • Lecospotters  A Spanish blog about aviation and aerial photography.
  • LGB - Long Beach Airport Spotting and News  This blog covers aircraft movements, happenings, and news at Long Beach Airport, as well as occasional historical information and JetBlue Airways news.
  • LPH2O...because airplanes are birds!  A good site with airplane pictures from several airports, and also some technical information.
  • LPPT Spotting  L1011 website and plane spotting at Lisbon.
  • Luton Spotters Website  All you need to know about spotting at Luton Airport.
  • NYCAviation.com  This enthusiast site started for New Yorkers, but has now expanded beyond the city limits to include the rest of the country and soon the rest of the world.  They have some airline news, a "This Day In Aviation" feature, in-depth forums, guides for planespotting at various airports and a bit more.
  • OPShots.net  Chronicling the aircraft that visit Cleveland Hopkins International Airport - everything from the mundane to the unusual and rare, from the eighties to the present.  You will also find galleries featuring photos taken by the OPShots Photo Team, a dedicated group of local photographers, and a community forum for local and abroad aviation happenings.
  • Perkins Aviation Spotter pictures  Many pictures including special liveries, situations, and inside shots, all taken at Zurich International Airport (Switzerland).
  • PhxSpotters  A group of aviation photographers that want to help out fellow spotters when they come to Phoenix AZ (KPHX).
  • PixelAir  The personal page of a spotter from Cheshire England with photos and helpful information.
  • www.PlanePhotos.ch  Civil aviation photography from Switzerland with a selection of airliner photos, many taken at Zurich Airport.
  • PlanePics.Com  Houston area plane pictures.
  • Planes and Stuff  A personal blog dedicated to airplane photo spotting at LPMA (Madeira, Portugal) and other airports as well as other stuff that comes to mind, now and then...
  • Plane-Spotter.net  Movies and pictures from Oslo Aiport, Gardermoen.  Airlines and aviation facts, plus an Avi Forum.
  • Planespotter.org  Offers photos of airplanes, airport information, airline and aircraft details, forums, and much more for plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts around the globe.
  • Plane Spotter Radius Search  If you ever looked up at a plane flying overhead and wondered what it was, this tool can help find out.  Just drag the little "plane spotter" anywhere on the Google Map and planes within a 100 mile radius will appear.  Besides identifying the aircraft and flight, departure/arrival airports, aircraft type, speed, and altitude, you can see the flight history.
  • planespotting.com  Dedicated to plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts everywhere with a mission to create greater awareness of plane spotting, provide plane spotting information about airports around the world, link plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts with many other interesting aviation sites on the internet, and connect plane spotters with each other.
  • The Plane Spotter Network  A forum created to share, request, and promote everything related to plane spotting.
  • Planespotting-NUE  Airplane pictures taken at Nurnberg International Airport NUE / EDDN.  You can also find information about the airport itself or view the gallery about the airport.
  • The PlaneSpotting Zone  Dedicated to planespotting and civil aviation: photo gallery, IATA and ICAO codes, planespotting links.
  • PSM (Plane Spotting Maa)  A website about Maastricht Aachen Airport with pictures, information (live arrival/departure board), news and a lots more.  Also, pictures from other airports.
  • Reunion Spotting  Thousands of Reunion Island spotting images, organized by airline.
  • RNAV Polish Spotters  The official web site of the Polish contrail spotters (RNAV spotters), with a forum, gallery, and download zone.
  • Roll Out  Spotting Aeronautico del Cono Sur.   Plane spotting in Argentina.
  • Salzburg Aviation Spotter  A good spotting site with lots of spotter resources.
  • Scramble  Home of the Dutch Aviation Society, for the civil and military aviation enthusiast: the monthly magazine "Scramble," spotter conventions, bus and air trips for aviation enthusiasts, airshow information, airfield information for European spotters, Dutch civil aircraft register.
  • The Skyclub  In the 1950's, a group of teenagers formed a club to enjoy plane spotting and share in other activities.  This website was created as an inspiration for today's teenagers, and so the old guys could reminisce.  The old airliner photographs are great.
  • Spot2Log  Aviation spotting log software that links your digital photos to your logs.  Aircraft enthusiasts can note and compile lists of markings, aircraft registrations, livery, code letters and the airline the aircraft is operating for.
  • Spotterblog.de  This German blog reflects the activity in Nordholz (ETMN), as well as trip reports and many spotting tips.
  • Spotterfreak.net  Plane spotting information, fleet lists, plane spotter guides, airshow reviews, calendars, aviation articles, and much more.
  • spotters@fai.org  Database of Aviation World Records open to spotters by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the world governing body for air sports.  Access to information on the latest aircraft, gliders and helicopters used to set records.  The database can also be queried to check if aircraft you have spotted in the past have been used to set records.
  • SpottersBlog  Free blogs for everyone in aviation.  Sign up for your free blogaccount with loads of features.  Instant activation - start blogging today.
  • spottersmania  "for the real spotters!" Airplane spotters can post pictures, reports, and news.  Photo album, picture of the month (send your's in!), forum, blog, and links.
  • Spotting EHBK  A website with a lot of pictures and information about Maastricht Aachen Airport, as well some other major airports.
  • Spottinghotels.com  Sleep & Spot.  An online hotel directory for the aviation enthusiast.  Watch planes from the comfort of your room.
  • Spotting Paris  Plane spotting at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Very nice photographs.
  • Steven's Airport Movement Pages (Heathrow) Movements, archives, photos, registers, frequencies, links.
  • Taxiway Alpha: The Scottish Aviation Page  Information about aviation in Scotland, raging from latest news, spotting guides and airport facility information.  Covering Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Prestwick, Aberdeen and all other Scottish airports.
  • Teejee'sPage  Many nice photographs by this airplane spotter.
  • Torben Koed Homepage  A site about aviation and aircraft spotting with photo pages, daily ACARS report from Copenhagen, and a large collection of links about Danish and Russian aviation.
  • Vienna Aviation  Air traffic controller Manfred Saitz showcases pictures taken over the years at Vienna International Airport.
  • World-of-aviation.de  A civil aviation spotting page with photos from around the world.  Browse by livery, airline, aircraft, category (airport photos, cockpit photos, contrails, rotation, window views, etc.), and location.
  • Zurich Runway 14  A spotter site for local and other spotters.

Spotting Equipment

  • Optics Pro  One of Europe's leading suppliers of binoculars, spotting scopes, night vision goggles, and other optical instruments. They sell a great range of products and seek to provide their customers with professional and impartial advice, both before and after their purchases.  Binocular brands include Omegon, Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica, and Kowa.  There is a good list of spotting sites in their Links section.