re hobo's thought for the day. a little kindness can go a long way,ever remembered when you first started spotting and had to ask everyone ,what was that reg /plane/lump, whatever that just moved or you could not read it because it was too far away and your glasses where crap. some-one was kind enough to tell you what it was and now you do the same for others. is that not sharing or showing kindness or am i getting to be an old arse?
I always felt that was the very essence of the old balcony days.You had loads of spotters--some older more experienced and with great equipment that you could not afford and those new guys who were just getting into aviation and asked simple questions you were always ready to answer.
The mixture was very amicable and to rub shoulders with the truly greats like PHB was an experience never to be forgotten.
We learned as much about life as we did about aircraft in those days and it WAS as good as I remember.
The older guys were ready to inform us as to when crucial aircraft were likely to visit and it was all so amicable and pleasant--truly a golden age.
It is so much harder to mix in this way in a cafe overlooking the runway inside the airport but I gather form the younger end not at all impossible.
I still miss the balcony as do many others and the loss of the balcony at Geneva is regretted by even the staff in the cafe replacing it.
A sad sign of the times .BUT THE AIRCRAFT ARE CERTAINLY MORE FREQUENT AND VARIED.LOL