Category Spotting

Chicago Airport Watch

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldMidwestSpotting

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

Twins Transform Boston’s International Market

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

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Boston, Massachusetts is distance-wise the closest large city between the United States and Europe.  Although the metropolitan area doesn't have the same business density and population when compared to New York City, the largest city in New England has long had international airline service to Europe and Canada.  In the recent past, an explosion of new nonstop city-pairs have emerged for the flying public, fueled by the expanded use of the newest generation of twin-engine airliners...Read More

Southwest Airline’s New Livery Scheme

By: Category: PHXSpecial paintSpotting

WN2   Canyon Blue (introduced on January 16, 2001) is synonymous with Southwest Airlines. Canyon Blue was the second iteration of the Southwest livery behind the original Desert Gold color scheme. It took nine years to have the whole fleet painted in the Canyon Blue scheme. While a striking change from the original Desert Gold coloration of the Southwest fleet, many noticed that the color would fade rather quickly. Making their planes look old and disheveled. Southwest also felt that the old color scheme was becoming dated and did not reflect their core values. In 2014 Southwest rebranded itself with its new Heart paint scheme. It was developed by firms GSD&M, Lippincott, VML, Razorfish, and Camelot Communications.1 They conducted focus groups of employees and consumers about the des...Read More

2nd Annual LAX Spotters Weekend

By: Category: PhorocallsRoad tripsSpotting

China Airlines   The weekend of June 1st will see Los Angeles International Airport play host to, what is an ever increasing, group of aviation and photography enthusiasts also known as “Spotters”, for what promises to be a fun-filled weekend chocked full of photography opportunities of the world’s leading airlines that operate in and out of LAX. Originally started a few years ago by PHXSpotters, this event has ever increasingly become popular due to the numerous spots for photography (not to mention Helicopter overflights!!!), and the large variety of aircraft and airlines that fly here...Read More