Sneak Peak: Airport Spotting Guides World Airports book

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Book Reviews | Posted on 20-07-2015


World Airports Book

Whilst writing about airports, airlines and spotting on this blog I come across a lot of great information that would help spotters. I have heaps of saved up information which often finds itself into blog posts, or part-completed manuscripts for books. I also do a lot of research when out visiting airports myself.

In the past I’ve published a number of Airport Spotting Guides books, including Europe, Far East & Australasia, and USA.

But recently I’ve been working towards a complete rework and update, figuring it was time to have something new in print for spotters in 2015.


What Spotters Are Looking For

I’m a spotter myself, so I have the insider knowledge of what is useful for planning spotting trips and getting out and about at airports. I know what makes certain airports interesting, and what kind of place makes a good spotting location or hotel.

And like everyone else, I prefer to have all of the information available in handy reference format instead of sifting through lots of website and printouts.

But undertaking this kind of project is pretty complex given the hundreds of thousands of airports out there – especially the many new ones built or expanded since my last books were published. Without thousands of pages available for the book, it takes a bit of work to cram in as much useful information about as many interesting airports as possible.

It also means reviewing what was and was not popular about the last books. Some information dates too quickly, or takes up too much space. Some is simply nice but not necessary. Whilst others are essential. Spotters need to know the best places to spot, the best spotting hotels, information on what they’re likely to see and what’s nearby, and any indications on whether they’re going to be welcome or thrown into a police van!


What’s In The Book

I’ll be publishing Airport Spotting Guides World Airports in August 2015, and it will be available in both printed and Kindle ebook versions.

Here’s what you’ll find inside, and why I think it will be the most useful spotting guide book yet:

The book is broken up into countries and covers the whole world, rather than just one region like the previous books. The main parts are:

1. Detailed spotting guides

2. Guides to all major airports in each country

3. Spotting hotels and museums

Then within each part I go into more detail and set up all of the information useful for spotting at the airports listed.

  • Detailed spotting guides to the most popular spotting airports, including extended information about spotting at each airport, and a map in many cases.
  • Overviews of all other important commercial airports in each country, with brief description of what you’ll see and where to spot from.
  • Overviews of additional aviation attractions worth visiting, such as storage airports, executive airports and museums.

I can’t wait to get this book into people’s hands. It’s got over 300 airports included and I really believe it’s a concise guide that no plane spotter should be without.

I hope that by reading this blog and reading my previous books you’ll know that the information I collate and research is genuinely useful and up-to-date. Airport Spotting Guides World Airports could end up being the ultimate resource for plane spotting. And it’s only £14.99.


How You Can Help

I love being a part of the aviation enthusiast community of spotters, photographers, historians and industry workers who read this blog. It’s a real joy to be able to supply high-quality content and inspiration to help you in your hobby and understanding of the topic.

Now I’d like to ask for your help.

Please spread the word about this new book. It’s going to be a great resource for people like you and hopefully inspire people to take more time for their hobby this year.

I’d love to start off with a bunch of pre-orders for the book, which would really boost it from day one. And I’d love it if you could let other people know about it.

It’s got so much useful information and references for so many great airports out there that you really won’t want to be without it when you’re travelling or planning trips.

Watch out for my post on publication day with all the details, links to retailers. I’ll also be offering an something extra as a reward for helping me out, and the chance to win a special prize. I’ll also share some snippets of the amazing content in the book.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

So help me out. Go make a preorder now. Here’s the link: Airport Spotting Guides World Airports. Do it today!

(And as a hint, make sure you save the receipt or order confirmation. You’re going to need it!)

Please note, the website below allows you to order using Paypal. But if you’d prefer to order over the phone or pay by another means, please call +44 7980 660446



Tassili Airlines launches France routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Africa, Algeria, Dubai, Eastern Europe, France, Middle East, Spain, Turkey, Western Europe | Posted on 17-07-2013


Tassili AirlinesAlgeria’s recently-formed Tassili Airlines has started its first international services, with routes linking Bejaja to St. Etienne, and Jijel to Grenoble.

The airline is planning further international expansion, with routes linking Algeria to Dubai, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey all touted for a start before the end of 2013.

Last Chance to Fly for less than $1!

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Book Reviews | Posted on 18-02-2013


Last Chance to Fly EBookOur book, charting the airlines still flying the world’s rarest passenger airliners, has gone on sale for only $0.99 (usually $4.99)!

Last Chance to Fly has been fully updated, and covers aircraft as diverse as the Boeing 707 and Tupolev TU-154. The one thing each aircraft type listed has in common is that you can still fly on them somewhere in the world.

Each chapter of the book deals with a different rare aircraft type, and tells you which airlines still fly it and from where.

So if you’re yearning to make that first trip on a de Havilland Dove, or catch a last ride on an Ilyushin IL-62 before it’s too late, Last Chance to Fly is worth taking a look at!

You can find out more and download the book at this link:

This sale price won’t last, so get your copy today!

5 most popular posts this year

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site | Posted on 18-06-2012


Here are the 5 most popular posts so far this year on Airport Spotting Blog.

Thanks for your support. What would you like to see more articles about? Leave a comment below.


1. Boeing 777-300 Delivery Flight
In February I got the opportunity to join British Airways in picking up their latest Boeing 777-300, G-STBH, from Seattle. This is the story of that delivery flight, which landed at BAMC in Cardiff.

2. 5 Old Jet Hubs Not to Miss
As old jets become rarer, we look at where you can go to still see the old smokeys in action.

3. Thomson’s 787 Revealed
Thomson Airways revealed its new colour scheme and the routes its Boeing 787s will fly when it becomes the first UK airline to take delivery of the type in early 2013.
4. Paris Charles de Gaulle Loses its Mound
The famous ‘Mound’ spotting area at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport suddenly disappeared as engineers moved in to develop the site. We looked at alternatives.

5. British Airways 787 and A380 Plans
BA gave an early indication over the routes its new Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s will be seen on. It is due to take delivery of both types from 2013. Naturally it will mean Heathrow becomes even more interesting to visit.

British Airways Boeing 777 delivery week – video

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Spotting Trip Reports | Posted on 21-02-2012


To kick start the exciting trip I’ll be taking this week to pick up the latest Boeing 777-300 aircraft destined for British Airways from their Seattle factory, here’s a video of one of their aircraft being built. It’s a fascinating insight into just what goes into making one of these beasts!


What’s coming next?
Over the coming days you’ll read about my trip over to Seattle with British Airways, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the handover ceremony at Everett Paine Field, and the flight home on this brand new Boeing 777-300. Stay tuned!

Keep track of storage airports

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 17-11-2011


I think a lot of spotters like to know which aircraft are languishing away at different storage airports, as it’s always good to make a trip to catch up on a few of these airframes before the inevitable scrapping takes place. I’m the same, and I’m always looking for up-to-date resources.

So, what’s the point in this? Well I’ve started keeping track of the aircraft stored at various different airports on this site.

For now, I’m particularly paying attention to UK and lesser-known storage airports as they get little coverage compared to those in Arizona and California.

You can find the lists under the Storage Lists tab at the top of the page. So far I’ve included:

Coventry, UK
Kemble, UK
Moscow Domodedovo, Russia
Summerside, Canada

Can you help me keep this up-to-date? Or can you add information for an airport that’s not covered? Please get in touch or comment if so.

Airport Spotting on Airplane Geeks ‘Across the Pond’

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Websites | Posted on 21-09-2011


This week I had the privilege of speaking to Pieter Johnson for his ‘Across the Pond’ segment on the popular Airplane Geeks Podcast, on episode 165.

Pieter spoke to me about spotting in Europe, in particular the best places, and pitfalls, and my favourite airports. He also mentioned the new book I have coming out soon – Airport Spotting Guides Europe 2012. This is a complete re-work of 2008’s edition, so is perfect for your spotting travels in Europe! If you listen to the podcast, you can enter a competition to win a copy of the new book (before 1st October)!

We’ll hopefully be following this up with segments about spotting in the USA, and the Far East/Australasia over the next month or so.

Thanks Pieter for this. You can listen to the podcast here: 



Do you like us on Facebook?

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site | Posted on 23-09-2010


Are any of you on Facebook? Airport Spotting Blog runs a group on there and we’d love to have you join and keep up with regular updates on the site and other interesting things.

We’ll try to use our Facebook group to build a community of spotters and airport fans around the world, so it’ll be fantastic if you could join up!

You can do so by clicking on this link: Airport Spotting on Facebook

Resources for Spotting in Scotland

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Airport Spotting Guide, Book Reviews, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting Hotels, Spotting News, Spotting Trip Reports, UK, Websites, Western Europe | Posted on 13-10-2009



Various enthusiasts sites exist for some of the airports in Scotland which can help in planning a trip to any of them, or in simply finding out what’s been happening up there. We have collated this information for some of the airports:

Glasgow Airport
Enthusiasts site for Glasgow Airport, with timetables, SBS list, spotting locations and charts, photos, live arrivals & departures, and logs of recent movements.

Prestwick Airport
Prestwick Airport Movements Site
Similar to the Glasgow enthusiasts site, with movements, photos, spotting information, airfield charts and live flight information.

Edinburgh Airport
A similar site for Edinburgh Airport enthusiasts. Lists frequencies, live flight arrivals & departures, airline information, photos and SBS information.
A forum for discussing Edinburgh Airport and its operations.

Korea’s Yangyang Ghost Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in About The Site, Asia, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting Trip Reports | Posted on 19-05-2009


The brand new, modern airport facility at Yangyang in South Korea cost $400m to build. Yet it now has no operators, with the last commercial flight having left in November 2008.

A really interesting video: