About the Spotting Category

The Spotting Category

Please use this category to show aircraft you have spotted in the real world. This can be any and all types of aircraft ranging from the A380 through to seaplanes and helicopters. Please ensure that you follow the general forum guidelines before posting. They can be found here. As with all categories, there are some specific requirements for posting in #real-world-aviation:spotting:

  1. Create one topic per spotting session, aircraft or event
  2. Give as much detail about the shots as possible. This can be background to the aircraft, information about the location or any other related material such as camera type and set up
  3. Only post pictures you took yourself as the main body of the topic. If you are giving contextual background to the topic and use photos that are not your own, make sure to follow the guidelines for this found here.
  4. Please do not post requests for spotting topics or specific photos of aircraft
  5. 10 pictures maximum per topic

Photo Quality

We ask that the quality of the photos posted are of an adequate standard. There is not a set requirement for this, however, there are a few things that we recommend taking into consideration:

  • How much of the aircraft can you see?
  • Can you see the registration?
  • How pixelated is your photo if you are zoomed in a long way?
  • Is there any way to add to the post to enhance the topic if your photos are not the best quality?

We allow for topics to have links and promotions to social media channels for spotting. Please make sure these are your own and that this is not the main focus of the topic.


Below are some examples of spotting topics you may want to study before posting:

Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt Spotting
DFW Spotting Collection
UPS Spirit of Joe Sutter B747-8F

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