FWIW, we operate a fairly high profile aircraft – a Beech Starship. Simply put, it is expected that people are going to take pictures of our aircraft; it happens at almost every airport we go into. If we didn’t want our aircraft’s picture taken, we picked the wrong plane. Additionally, it doesn’t really matter what aircraft we have – in America we are free to take pictures of anything that is out in the open. We could have a Beech Baron, and if someone wanted to take its picture, then they are free to do so.
Where we draw the line is the stalking of our aircraft by some who feel as if they need to challenge us as to why (as in our purpose for the flight) we went to airport x and who was onboard. This is not public information, and as such, it is of no one’s business other than myself and the owner of the aircraft. In fact, I know of one individual who does this to us, and it has us seriously considering blocking our aircraft through the NBAA BARR program – it would be a shame because we (including our families) like looking at our track/performance, and because we operate a Starship, we are pretty certain that others enjoy watching us just the same.
We also draw the line at people at the airport trying to figure out who is onboard. Passenger information is not public information and not something that we share. One can look up the registration easy enough – that much is public information. Additionally, in most states, a really inquisitive person can determine the shareholders of a corporation that owns an aircraft, or the members of an LLC that owns an aircraft. We can’t do anything about that.
Just my .02 worth…
Clear Skies and Tailwinds,