Most aviation fans probably spend a good portion of their time dreaming about aircraft and flying.
It seems unfair that the job and family commitments (and the expense of it all) gets in the way of visiting airports and flying on interesting aircraft and routes.
One of the best ways I’ve found to deal with this is to watch various YouTube channels of people who seem to fly a lot more than me, and enjoy the sights of the different airports and aircraft they experience.
By subscribing to these channels, you can be notified of when they post a new video. And with the advent of smart TVs, you can watch the videos from the comfort of the couch!
Here are my favourite YouTube channels for aviation trip reports, along with one of their recent videos to watch:
Noel Philips inflightvideo
One of the longest established channels, and one that made its name filming full-length flight videos (including the Qantas London-Perth flight!). Lately Noel has been doing more of the shorter-length trip report type videos.
Wingin’ It – Paul Lucas
Similar to inflightvideo, Paul Lucas produces 15-30 minute trip reports on interesting airlines and routes. His recent round-the-world trip was an excellent set of videos to watch.
He also covers trains if that’s your thing.
This channel seems to have been taking more trips lately, which leads to more videos. Has included many European, Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, and always gives a score for each flight at the end.
One of the best known celebrities among aviation enthusiasts, Sam Chui is now full-time in his bid to try out airlines and aircraft. He produces really nice videos, always interacts with the crews and gives lots of airport views.
A slightly different perspective here. Gillaume is an Air France pilot and often films his flights from the cockpit – usually either an approach and landing, or a taxi and takeoff. The videos are very well produced, with cockpit and ATC audio, and give you an incredible insight into the life of a widebody pilot.
I recently came across this channel. It has been going since 2017 and features mostly US carriers and trip reports, with some overseas ones. It also has some plane spotting and drone videos which are interesting.
When I Travel the World
A YouTube channel which, as the name suggests, travels the world and makes videos about it. The videos focus on the airlines and flights, as well as the airports, lounges etc. Usually posts new videos every week showing the latest flights he’s been on.
Bonus Channel – AirportSpotting!
Finally, here’s a bonus eighth entry… We’re launching our own channel which will showcase videos of some of the trips we’ve taken. The Airport Spotting Aviation Videos channel will include trip reports and video guides to some of the spotting opportunities at different airports around the world.
Our first video, covering our recent Barra Beach Landing Experience, is here: