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Do I have to log a sighting at an airport ?

Posted by Speedbird2001 on 24 September 2019 - 18:28:14
Local Airport: Not specified

Hello, I have just joined plane-logger, so please go easy with me.

Most of my plane spotting is from the relative comfort of my house, where I am happy to use Flight Radar as a way of identifying registrations....Have clicked on the Seen It button I am then asked to put the airport code and this seems to be a compulsory button I need to hit before being able to proceed further.

Is there a way I do not have to hit that Button because quite simply it is not accurate ?

Many thanks.


Posted by R Geering on 25 September 2019 - 16:44:08
Local Airport: MAN

Hi Tristan,

Instead of entering the airport code you can enter OTT (standing for Over The Top). This is what most people use for 'flyovers'. Below is a quote from the website regarding non-airport sightings:

"If you wish to record a sighting that does not relate to an airport, you may use the following codes: OTT - Areal sighting / SBS log, XMU - Non-airport museum, OFF - Any other off airport sighting."


Admin Posted by nighthawk on 26 September 2019 - 09:43:31
Local Airport: CAX

Welcome to the site Tristan. I hope you enjoy your time here.

As Rob has said, please use OTT for areal sightings. OFF for any other off airport sighting.

Posted by Speedbird2001 on 26 September 2019 - 17:37:52
Local Airport: Not specified

Super, many thanks. Looks like after a 30 year break I am back plane-spotting. Great web-site btw. 👍👍

Premium Posted by Dougiehd on 02 October 2019 - 04:56:00
Local Airport: CMB

Hi Tristan

your query has been answered but just wanted to say welcome to the site, and welcome back to spotting!

I also took a break for about 10 years...and tragically in that ten years I threw out my three flight logbooks from when I was a child, which had logged all my flights on Comet 4s, Tridents, VC10s etc What a shame, and I was heartbroken when I realised!!!

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