GET TO KNOW THE WORLD OF PLANE SPOTTING
June 16, 2022
Is there ever a time when you gaze upon a clear blue sky and marvel at the sight of a large aircraft flying overhead? Then plane spotting might just be the perfect new hobby for you! With longer days and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this fascinating pastime.
WHAT IS PLANE SPOTTING?
“While modern plane spotting may appear to some as a tedious and bizarre way to spend one’s free time, aviation enthusiasts have been flocking to airfields since the Wright Brothers.” (C. Deminchuk). It was commonplace during the Second World War for citizens to “plane spot” as a means of public security, but it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that it became a well-known hobby. Today, with thousands of plane spotters worldwide, many chose to document their sightings through photography.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
So, how do you know what to look for? There are many things to keep in mind when spotting an aircraft, including its size, identification number, its engines and wings. Other features you can look out for include speed, cockpit placement, the colour scheme or anything that might change the silhouette of the aircraft. Together, these traits will allow you to identify almost any aircraft.
Today, technology makes identification so much easier as apps, such as Flight Tracker, allow you to track flights in real-time across the world; even allowing you to point your phone at a plane to find out where it’s going! Grab your phone and some binoculars, and let’s begin!
WHERE ARE THE BEST SPOTS?
There are a few wonderful places here in the Township of Langley, where you can experience the thrill that accompanies an airplane in flight and learn about Canada’s rich aviation history.
#115 – 5385 216th Street
With front-row seats to all the action, you can’t beat their Langley Airport location! Offering a perfect view of the runway, you’ll be able to spot all different kinds of planes landing and taking off, all whilst enjoying freshly baked croissants, sandwiches, coffee and so much more.
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
5333 216th Street
Open year-round, this volunteer-driven museum houses over 25 aircraft, including the only displayed Handley Page Hampden in the world! As a “hands-on facility”, you’ll be able to explore the many textiles used to create planes throughout the years. Take a stroll around and discover the large role Canada has played in aviation history!
DEREK DOUBLEDAY ARBORETUM
21559 Fraser Highway
Located close by to the Langley Airport, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens whilst keeping an eye out for incoming planes. On Sunday evenings, you can even visit the Langley Community Farmers Market right on-site, where you’ll find an array of local makers, bakers, and growers!
Whether you choose to pursue your spotting solo, with friends, or by joining an organization, it’s truly something everyone can enjoy! Visit the link below to learn more about “The Curious World of Plane Spotting” (by Carla Deminchuk).