Spotting Log is a new tool just starting to make a name for itself online, and I’ve had the privilege of trying it out in order to bring you this review.
Back in the day, when you wanted to keep track of the aircraft you saw on visits to airports, airfields and museums, it involved scribbling in a notebook and then transferring what you saw to a book which listed aircraft fleets – typically something like Civil Aircraft Markings, Airliner Production List, or JP Airline Fleets.
Then came databases, which were perfect for the desktop computer but not as good for listing what you saw on a particular trip, and certainly expensive.
Spotting Log, developed by Simon Fewkes, takes the database into the cloud and allows you to log what you see through a website and/or using your mobile and tablet device.
It presents it in a colourful, easy-to-understand interface which provides you with stats and other information about your spotting trips.
To summarise, it is a web-based system that you can access anywhere. It allows you to log aircraft seen on a particular trip, including the airport seen at, registration, type, and you can even easily add a photo of the aircraft if you took one.
It’s easy to add aircraft as once you put the registration in, it auto-fills out the type and airline for all the major types and current operators. With biz jets and more unusual types you’ll need to fill out the details yourself.
Spotting Log also allows you to share your logs to social media, or embed within a website, and you can join in the community of other spotters using the system in discussion and viewing their logs.
You can find a full list of Spotting Log’s features here.
There’s no limit to how many aircraft and trips you log, and you can easily import previous logs if they’re in a spreadsheet or CSV format. Then, just so you don’t forget the old days, you can also print out your logs for safekeeping!
Spotting Log is available for a FREE 30 day trial where you can check out all of the features before committing to a subscription. However, at less than £1 per month you can’t get much better value – get in there now before it becomes too popular and the prices go up!
Try out Spotting Log at www.spottinglog.com