I am delighted to welcome you to this IFCI Interview with Spirit Virtual CEO and JetPhotos spotter @Cameron_Stone. We here at IFCI would like to thank @Cameron_Stone for allowing us to interview him, and without further ado, here are the answers:
What is your favorite aircraft and livery to fly in IF?
Aircraft is a hard one. I used to love the 787, but since the updated flight model I’ve been resorting to the 737 more and more. So I’ll go with that (737, -800 specifically) for narrowbody, 787 (-9) for widebody. Livery would have to be American’s standard livery.
What inspired you to become a member of JetPhotos?
Great question. Originally it was just because everyone else was doing it. Now it’s to improve my photography and get my name out there as aviation photography is something I can see myself doing for a long time and hopefully it gets me some unique opportunities. Plus it’s an easy way to brag ;)
What do you love best about plane spotting?
It’s so hard to pick one thing. I love spending time with and around planes. Photographing them just shows “hey I was there and I saw this and that was a fun day” as well as provides a good way document travels and things like that. There is just something special about photography that I can’t put into words. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. Also, there is a huge community built around it which makes it so much better.
What is your dream IF feature that you would like to see implemented and why?
Man that’s a hard one. I would say working instruments, but we have that now (yay) so I can move on to that. I would say an interactive cockpit. The ability to pull the gear lever yourself, flick the landing lights on, and deploy the flaps with the handle if you wanted to. I wouldn’t remove the interface we have now, but that would be something I would love to have in the game, and put it against X-Plane (specifically X-Plane Mobile) and other high-quality simulators.
If you could add any livery to any aircraft in the sim, what would it be?
American AirCal 737. Most beautiful livery in their fleet. Hard to pick just one as there are so many I would love to see, especially in Europe.
As you’re the CEO of Spirit Virtual, here’s my question for you:
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Which one of your spotting pictures that you’ve uploaded onto JetPhotos is your favorite one?
Qantas A380 silhouette with the clouds behind. I was so happy when I took it and the success I had on the website has amazed me. It’s my most viewed currently and I don’t see that changing just yet.
Any tips for aspiring spotters?
Practice and experiment. Find the style you like, and work with different cameras and setups to find what suits you best. Uniqueness is something I personally cherish and strive to maintain, and I feel it should be the same for everyone. It takes time though. I’ve been at it for 2.5 years and still have plenty to learn 😂
If I’m being 100% honest, I originally picked it because I wanted to make a VA and it was the only one with liveries in the game that I could find. On further research, I found them to have a really interesting route map, and as the A320 series is one of the most up-to-date in the game, I figured it would be a nice chance to do some realistic and fun flying.
What sparked your ambition to open Spirit VA and continue on with it?
Out of all the updates that Infinite Flight has gone through, which one is your favorite and why?
I gotta say the MD-11. While I admittedly voted for the A350, the enhancements that the MD-11 and DC-10 brought to the game were amazing. It is a fun bird to fly as a cargo aircraft or as a throwback with passengers, and the only widebody to date with the new flight model so I gotta take advantage of that 😂
Thanks for taking the time to read this!