The Next Spotting Products from Airport Spotting Blog?

spotting books

The second half of 2017 has been a pretty intense time from Airport Spotting Blog with three new book releases all hitting the shelves recently.

I’m sorry if you’ve felt inundated with notifications or emails asking you to buy a copy! It’s simply a matter of timing, and hopefully if the time hasn’t been right recently, you’ll consider buying a copy over coming months.

Everything we release is produced from people who know and love aviation and are themselves enthusiasts, so we’re writing and researching the kind of books we’d like to buy and think you would to.

I hope you agree and have found them interesting and useful!


With this in mind we’re starting to look ahead to the books we’ll release in 2018 as it takes time to put them together and notify our distributors and the book stores who sell and promote them. 

So, as an experiment, I thought I’d ask YOU what you think should be the next in our line of spotting books and products. We already have a number of ideas, but I’d love to know which you think is the most important to your own needs and interests. 

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Airport Spotting Guides USA – an update to our 2009 guide, with hundreds of airports, museums, tips and guides. Everything you’d need to plan and take a spotting trip to America.
  2. More country specific spotting guides – Spain? Germany? Scandinavia? Canada? Japan?…
  3. Aircraft Recognition Guide – with history, technical stats, identification guide, profile diagram.
  4. Airline Recognition Guide – Tail logos, brief airline history and fleet overview.
  5. Airline Fleet Listings – A current listing of all major airline fleets around the world with tick boxes.
  6. Aircraft in Old Photos – A photo collection of a particular aircraft, airline or time period.
  7. Other – Got a great idea for a book or resource? Let us know!

If you want to give us your opinion, either leave a comment below, or click here to quickly email us with your choice of number (or a more specific request if you wish).

(Don’t worry. You’re not committing to buying anything!)


Our existing guides and books

Our most popular spotting book by far is World Airports Spotting Guides, which is our flagship overview of spotting at hundreds of worldwide airports. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about it, and about our UK & Ireland Spotting Guide which came out last year.

As a reminder, here’s a full list of the books we offer for aviation enthusiasts:

Airport Spotting Guides


Rare & Historic Aircraft Guides


Photographic & Aircraft Specific


Could you write a book?

We’re always looking out for new authors to write books for us. Whether it is a spotting guide, photo book, history of a particular aircraft/airline/time period, all you have to do is send us a quick pitch and tell us about it and what kind of material/experience you have. We’ll then help you through the process and pay you for every copy sold!



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28 Responses

  1. Yuri says:

    I’d go for the airline fleet listings book!

  2. Hugh Saville says:

    HI MATT:

    Well done for asking for comments!

    In my view, an update of the US book would be helpful (I can give you some extra stuff on places such as Laredo and San Antonio, which might help – and there must be others who might be able to add new info.

    Second, you are probably approaching the point where you could do a spotting guide for the Far East, comprising Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea. I went to China last year, and there’s a huge amount to log and photograph. It’s fascinating – loads of liveries etc

    Third, some form of fleet book would be excellent – but a MASSIVE task. I was a great fan of JP World Airlines until it folded 4 or 5 years ago. The Mach3 book is pretty good, and I wonder if some variation on that might be possible to add more info than they do – for example the place where the airline is based, and sub-bases. Also, more photos (also better quality) than in the Mach 3 book.

  3. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Yuri!

  4. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Hugh! I produced a Far East spotting guides book in 2009. Perhaps it’s time to revisit.

  5. Johnnyg says:

    Why not do one purely for Europe, with more LCC’s flying to more airports in new destinations many spotters are now going to these places. Unheard of a few years ago.

  6. les wood says:

    i would like a museums of asia book

  7. Matt Falcus says:


  8. Dave says:

    A European spotting guide please

  9. David Bennett says:

    Spotting guides are always good to have. is always useful, but guides of the more exotic parts of the world would be great.

    I appreciate that spotting is less understood in these places, which could explain the lack of spotting guides.

  10. John Klos says:

    Would love to see a Canada spotting book. An update to the USA would be nice, but not top priority. Hugh is spot on in having a fleet book would be cool, but probably overwhelming, and with so many new frames coming out now with the A320neo’s and B737-Max aircraft, it would be out of date in quick order.
    Keep up the good work, there is a small group of us out there that really appreciates the effort.

  11. Phil Panton says:

    Think the Fleet listing is pretty much covered by others, your strength is the Hotel & Airport spotting details that you provide. Perhaps an update for the different continents as & when needed

  12. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks for the comments John!

  13. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Phil!

  14. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Dave

  15. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks David

  16. Keith says:

    Fleet Listings would be good but how about an online Ebook version which is editable to highlight/record sightings ?

  17. Daniel Stanislaus Martel says:

    Would be good to have a guide of “Window spotting” from within airports, such as glassed viewing galleries and above all restaurants, cafés, foodcourts, etc. overlooking the apron from the LANDSIDE. I happen to know that such facilities exist in Madrid, Dublin and Rome. Owing to the alternatives and the often poor possibilities for photography these places are not always mentioned and some are missed even in your otherwise fine books. Such a guide would be the perfect companion for the “last minute” or “would be spotter” who may not have the time or the opportunity, such as having no car, for serious bird watching. What do you think, Matt?

  18. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Daniel, nice idea!

  19. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Keith!

  20. Richard W says:

    I would also like an ebook of airline fleets which could be ticked off and updated monthly quarterly with fleet changes.

  21. Richard W says:

    Airliner profile showing size ,key features and distinguishing items between similar sized aircraft eg swept back fine or pointed or rounded nose cones

  22. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Richard!

  23. Steve Butler says:

    Regarding future books that people may like to see, I remember a few years ago now, some publisher produced a “Construction Book” (spring bound, A5 type, bit thinner than AFQR,) which listed each Commercial aircraft type in construction number order and gave its “current” registration. Obviously once it was published it was out of date as things are changing allthe time, however in those days no databases existed and therefore spotters couldn’t produce construction number lists as they now can. Perhaps something like that. For those without databases etc, they could amend the registration at the side of the Con number as and when it changed. I think the book I’m remembering came out annually(?) Started late nineties(?)

  24. European spotting guide

  25. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks Steve!

  26. Daniel Stanislaus Martel says:

    Great, Matt. Look forward to hearing from you about the Windowspotting guide.

  27. Simon says:

    How about a Preserved Airliners of Europe to extend the range already started with Asia and North America, and then a European Spotting Guide.
    I think fleet listings are already available elsewhere, out of date before they hit the bookshelves, and better covered by subscribing to one of the many databases, the best of which is free anyway !

  28. Matt Falcus says:

    Thanks for the feedback Simon. Yes, Preserved Airliners of Europe will be with us early 2018. Matt

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