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Aviation, Aircraft Spotting, Photo, Genealogy

To look at aircrafts

"my way"

When I was a child, I often spent a lot of time with my grandfather. Usually we spent time together in his garden. It often happened that aircrafts passed overhead on their way to and from Kastrup Airport or the now closed airfield in Skovlunde. Often my grandfather looked up and said "I wonder where is it  going".

I believe this was the start of my interest for aviation and for aircrafts.

As I grew older, I started to collect timetables from different airlines and to visit Kastrup Airport.
At that time it was easy to look at the aircrafts. The airport had observation-decks, which allowed one to come very close to the aircrafts and to follow the activities around them.
You could follow the work of the ground crew, baggage handling, fuelling etc. Then the crew arrived and prepared the flight. Soon the passengers arrived and the aircraft was ready. Then the aircraft stated its engines in a big cloud of smoke and soon after it taxied out for take-off.

There was a special atmosphere at the airport at that time.

Today it is quite different. In Kastrup Airport you will find an atmosphere of paranoia. I can not find out why. Of course it is for security reasons, but in other countries in Europe you can find that many big airports allow their visitors to spend time on their observation deck.

It is a strange feeling, that you, in order to see any aircraft at all, have to go far away to a private cafeteria "Flyvergrillen".
However, there is always many different people at Flyvergrillen because it has a sort of observation platform with a very good view across the main runways.

You will find that people visiting Flyvergrillen have different purposes. Some are just curious, almost naive exited people, who just love to see and listen to an aircraft taking off, while the aircraft-spotters can be seen with their binoculars, cameras, radio scanners, and notebooks.

I am a little of both. I love to see the aircrafts and when I have the opportunity, I will put down my observations to the notebook I always have with me.
On the other hand I feel very privileged because I work at RDAF Airbase Vaerloese, where I have my office just beside the platform.

But it will soon have an abrupt end, when the airbase will be almost closed in 2004.

I take notes, I make photos but mostly I just look, if I have time, at the aircrafts. 
Other spotters are almost full-time enthusiasts. One good example of this is a fellow from Holland, who attended our "Open House" event at the airbase. On the internet, the next day you could find a full list of ALL aircrafts at the airbase - including those which were in hangar the whole day. Very "clever". This kind of spotting demands great enthusiasm and skills. However I find it foolish to play with the military security. My own enthusiasm does not permit myself to risk anything.
After all - it is only a hobby.
Do not bring yourself into troubles, when you are spotting trains, cars, girls, birds or aircrafts.

Lately I have started to use ACARS as a supplement to my joy of spotting aircrafts.
What is ACARS? - find the answer in the menu.

Spotting "my way".