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    Free Planespotting Database?

    Can anyone tell me whether there exists an online database that is "free" and is designed for planespotting? By this, I mean a site where you can search a registration, and then "log" that you have seen that aircraft? I have seen a few sites that do this for a price, but am curious if there is a free alternative out there. I currently am trying to create a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet where I can log the same information, but am having a few issues. First, since I am NOT an aircraft expert and am new to the hobby, sometimes I am unsure how to log the aircraft type so as to be consistent. For instance, N910EV is listed on some sites as a CL-600-2B19, and on others as a Canadair CRJ200ER, and on others as a Bombardier CRJ200ER. I realize that they are probably ALL correct, I just don't know the "correct" way to log it. My second issue is WHAT information to include in a logbook. On one hand I think just the rego, type, date and place seen. On the other hand, I see that some people include an insane amount of information such as CN, LN, operator, engine type, frame type, date and location seen, previous rego's, previous operators, Mode-S (oct) code, Mode-S (hex) code, etc, etc, etc.........

    As a "new" planespotter, can some of you experienced folks give a "little" bit of direction on these issues to get me headed in the right direction? Thanks for any and all help.
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    Hi,

    I use spot2log and it's only £12. very good.

    I usually log on paper, then type them in.
    Interested in all Austrian (any registrations beginning OE) info and using a DVB-T Dongle with Basestation.

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    I too have tried the demo of Spot2log. However, it still doesn't erase the "inconsistencies" in how aircraft are named and listed.....As stated in the example above, three different sites name the same aircraft three different ways...Is there some kind of standard, or does everyone just wing it? This is why using a "free" online database seemed like such a good idea, because at least all of the same type of aircraft should be listed the same way. Also, the second option of creating a spreadsheet doesn't seem like too bad of an idea, but being "new" to the hobby, I'm still unsure what fields "should" be included other than rego, date/time/location, cn, and aircraft type.

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    I mainly use these two as they use the same basic format.

    http://www.airframes.org/

    http://www.gatwickaviationsociety.or...odeslookup.asp

    You could also cross reference the ICAO code for the Aircraft and then use this site to list the Aircraft in the format that's used.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/121715806/...ON-2012-PART-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbird1960 View Post
    I mainly use these two as they use the same basic format.

    http://www.airframes.org/

    http://www.gatwickaviationsociety.or...odeslookup.asp

    You could also cross reference the ICAO code for the Aircraft and then use this site to list the Aircraft in the format that's used.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/121715806/...ON-2012-PART-2
    Good information Speedbird. Thanks for the input!

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    Got some great feedback on the first part of the question, but never heard from anyone on the second part......How detailed does everyone think that an aircraft spotters log should be? Those of you that actually keep a log please give examples of what data fields you include in your log. Thanks everyone.

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    I have been contrail spotting for a few months and I log; Direction, Flight No, Airline, A/c type, From, To, A/c registration, Time (BST)

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    Plane Spotters Database

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony15 View Post
    I have been contrail spotting for a few months and I log; Direction, Flight No, Airline, A/c type, From, To, A/c registration, Time (BST)
    I have created a website called Spotted Planes for plane spotters to log aircraft they see, take a look http://spottedplanes.co.uk Its free to sign up and use and already has over 100 members.

    There is a leaderboard to see who has spotted the most aircraft and also you can view the logs of all members so you might even strike up a friendship with another spotter nearby.

    Gavin

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    Hi SpottedPlanes,
    Looked at your logbook/database; the thought of inputting around 1200 sightings is a little offputting. It would be a lot easier if there was some automation, i.e A/c reg input generates A/c type and airline.
    Regards, Tony

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    Adding lots of aircraft to your log in bulk

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony15 View Post
    Hi SpottedPlanes,
    Looked at your logbook/database; the thought of inputting around 1200 sightings is a little offputting. It would be a lot easier if there was some automation, i.e A/c reg input generates A/c type and airline.
    Regards, Tony
    Hi,

    Yes I understand your concern however what you want would require lots of linked databases which would cost me lots of money and loads of time to set up and I only run the website as a hobby at my own expense.

    What may help you is that when you fill in the fields it will auto complete based on previous data you have entered, try it you'll see. Alternatively, you can download the bulk add template (from My Aircraft Area page) which can be used in excel, you may find it easier to add bulk details in the spreadsheet, once complete send it to the admin email address and I can import it into the database for you.

    Hope this helps and hope to see you signed up.

    Gavin

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