It seems this site has a lot to offer and I plan on checking it out once this post is completed…
As of this point I don’t have a goal of being a pilot, but I have taken it into consideration before, but the main reason I am currently interested in aviation is because I love to photograph and my goal is to find out where these planes are so that I can photograph them, usually I’ll just go to the airport and hope to see something, but now that I know what’s coming in I will have a chance to photograph it…
Once I start taking these photos I will share them with the group IF anyone is interested…
One little tidbit. You may “hear it” before they come, which will give you a lead time on where to be at the airport for spotting planes. Invest in a scanner that will allow for programming in aviation frequencys
To hear what is coming in, tune in the approach frequency 119.2 and 124.1
To hear ground movements, tune in 121.8 and 125.7. Clearance Delivery is a frequency to listen for pilots to pick up their IFR clearance or for VFR pilots to tell the airport their intentions before they switch over to grond frequency.
For those not familiar with airport frequencies, the order of frequencies and a very brief summary of description would be as follows for departures
Clearance Delivery - pick up flight plan
Ground - pick up taxi instructions
Tower - pick up clearance for departure (or landing if arriving)
Approach - pick up in air instructions whether it be vectors or flight plan instructions
Tune into the ATIS frequency for landing and taxi instructions given to pilots.
Tune into the ASOS frequency for updated weather conditions being reported to the pilot.
I am getting a new 200 channel scanner for Christmas therefore I’ll program the airport frequencies in there as soon as I get it!
Railfanning is a person who sets beside the railroad tracks and photographs trains… I’m a railfan and railfans are just people who talk about trains when their not railfanning… I just started this hobby last year, but I love it! I thought I was the only person who liked it, but it is actually a very popular hobby!