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Category Midwest

Hometown Spotting – KMKE

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldMidwestSpotting

IMG_0865 (1000x702) It’s officially known as General Mitchell International Airport or its three-letter designator MKE; for me it is my hometown airport. General Mitchell International is Wisconsin’s busiest and largest airport, except for the week of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. General Mitchell International is situated on two thousand one hundred eighty acres of land and is only eleven miles south of downtown Milwaukee. Our Airport is named after U.S. Army Air Service General Billy Mitchell, the father of the U.S.A.F. In this article, I will touch briefly on history, but the focus of this article will be on current statistics and spotting opportunities. Read More

Chicago Airport Watch

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IMG_5063 (1024x513) By Scott Jankowski If you frequent the areas around any of the Chiagoland airports, chances are you have likely seen the orange-vested enthusiasts with “ORD AIRPORT WATCH” emblazoned across their backs. Simply put, we are a group of specially trained aviation enthusiasts, over 450 strong, that are considered “authorized” to spot and photograph the activity around the Chicago Airports. I am honored to be part of this program and have been an active member for 4 years now. The Watch Group was founded back in April, 2010 as an offshoot of the Neighborhood Watch program in the Village of Bensenville, Illinois, and is the first of its kind in the state. “Observe, Record, Report” is the official group motto, with all members receiving specialized yearly training...Read More

Chasing the Summer Charters

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748A7940_Apr10_XA-ACO   Every year, spotters around the globe wait anxiously for the summer charters, as that usually brings planes and airlines that are otherwise not common locally. This year, Columbus (CMH) won some variety: Cancun on Friday/Saturday, operated by Interjet; Punta Cana on Sunday/Monday, operated by Swift Air; and, Freeport/Grand Bahama (will begin soon), operated by Sunwing. The Cancun charters started in March, and while that's not exactly summer, by mid-March everyone in the midwest was sick of the snow and ice. Interjet has so far sent a good variety of planes, including one of the Ecojet specials. Swift Air has disappointed, since every flight has been operated by the same plane (N458UW), we will see what Sunwing sends, and we will share pictures...Read More