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Posted by Dave7514 on 24 May 2017 - 18:41:40
1 posts, 189 aircraft seen at 5 airports. Local Airport: CWL

which do i use for spotting from my house, and what is an areal sighting/sbs log

Posted by jetwashphotos on 25 May 2017 - 13:35:57
265 posts, 30686 aircraft seen at 129 airports. Local Airport: YYZ

Hello Dave7514,

If the aircraft is parked at your house, in a museum, or on a post in a traffic circle you would use OFF. For sighting you see from your house use OTT.


Premium Posted by cazpaul on 25 May 2017 - 17:23:23
109 posts, 23173 aircraft seen at 212 airports. Local Airport: LHR

What about OTH (Over the House)?

Premium Posted by Polehill on 26 May 2017 - 09:45:54
178 posts, 10683 aircraft seen at 50 airports. Local Airport: MAN

Hi Dave,

I use OTT for over the top sightings and XMU for museums, I don't do sbs logging so don't have an abbreviation.


Posted by Airbusyoung on 03 June 2017 - 20:49:04
111 posts, 3947 aircraft seen at 16 airports. Local Airport: EXT

I use off for airshows

Posted by WednesdayLee on 04 June 2017 - 14:45:03
18 posts, 12248 aircraft seen at 76 airports. Local Airport: Not specified


I guess what works for you best is the answer! As with most plane spotting we all have different 'rules' that we work with.

For me OFF airport is any plane that I have got the reg for that has recently departed or is on it way descending into its arrival airport whilst not actually at the airport (I live in Kent so planes to/from LHR/LGW/LCY etc) I use OTT for any aircraft that I get the reg for that are already at cruising level.

For me to count a aircraft I either have to get it using bins or for the high level flights my camera and lens (cannon 7d with 500mm lens) allow you to confirm the reg when the conditions are good, just wish the German and USA aircraft carried under wing regs!) Not so much now but in the past seen a number of examples when the flight tracking has been incorrect for the actual aircraft (a Ryanair and Transaero example spring to mind)

As I said at first the most important thing is to use something that works for you and enjoy what your doing!

Post Edited By WednesdayLee on 04/06/2017 - 14:49:22

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