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Problem with Ship Finder

I bought Ship Finder two days ago and it shows no vessels in the Straights of Gibraltar or between the North African and Southern Spanish coasts which is a nonsense, especially as I can see some from my window in Malaga.

Anyone know why this might be? It is impossible to contact the developer.

James Snook

Added by James Snook on March 29, 2019 at 17:36 — 2 Comments

Goodbye Friends


Over the last few months I've noticed that more and more of my photos were not appearing in planefinder. In the last week or so it would seem that all my photos have been taken down so taking the hint I have halted any further uploads and in the coming weeks I will remove existing uploads.

Many thanks to all the fellow spotters I've had the pleasure of meeting through PF.  I hope to continue to visit and enjoy your excellent photos. Keep Snapping Happy.



Added by Mick on March 12, 2019 at 22:43 — 3 Comments

BA 27, LHR to HKG Friday 8th Feb

Flight BA 27 departed LHR for HKG as usual on Friday night, A380 G-XLEA doing the honours. After heading out over Essex the aircraft made a right turn & started doing a racecourse circuit at 10,000 ft off the north Kent coast near Margate.

I picked this up on Planefinder at about 22:45 while on a break in Luton, at which point the above mentioned aircraft had already done a dozen or so circuits. By the time I left Luton at 00:45 she was still in her pattern & still at the same…


Added by Jerry Blenford on February 9, 2019 at 6:11 — No Comments

BA Updates

British Airways' newest A320 NEO, G-TTNH, is now in service and has been flying to and from various European destinations since 20th January.

British Airways newest A321 NEO, G-NEOS, was delivered to Heathrow last night (29th January) and will presumably be in service within the next few days.

Finally, many of you may have heard that British Airways is going to repaint a 747 in BOAC livery. The aircraft, G-BYGC, will soon be on its way to the paint shop in Dublin (one for Mick…


Added by Kelvin Davies on January 30, 2019 at 9:04 — No Comments


Unable to upload also Scott. Could do with a fix - no doubt soon.

Added by Howard - Liverpool on December 17, 2018 at 6:36 — No Comments

What's up, folks?

I've attempted to upload photos multiple times and have had them rejected out of hand. The last rejection questioned whether or not the content was mine to contribute. 

Of course it was! As it always has been. What's going on, people? 

I've tried to direct people to this app as often as I can, and now it seems as though it's falling in on itself.

An update would be very much appreciated.


Added by Scott Saulsbury on December 17, 2018 at 5:47 — 22 Comments

A TUI 737 "Mystery".

TUI's newest 737 MAX 8, G-TUMI is in the air just now (14:50 6th December). Nothing unusual or mysterious about that. Except, this aircraft which was delivered to TUI just one week ago, is reported to have been involved in "an incident" at Keflavik yesterday. No details of the incident to hand but what is significant is the destination of this aircraft. It is flying as TOM 9009 from Keflavik to St. Athan. And we all know what happens at St. Athan, don't we? They break written off…


Added by Kelvin Davies on December 6, 2018 at 14:59 — 1 Comment

One for Heathrow spotters

An unusual visitor to Heathrow today will be the Saudia 777 HZ-AK28. It has been here before but a long time ago. This one is unusual in its livery, "Images of Saudi Arabia". Due 14:50

Also due today at the same time (14:50) is the latest BA A320NEO, G-TTNF on delivery from Toulouse.

Sadly, the weather is due to be less than ideal at that time!


Added by Kelvin Davies on October 27, 2018 at 9:55 — No Comments

One for the Bournemouth spotters

One to look out for this morning is possibly BA G-CIVX. Currently off the West coast of Ireland it is returning from JFK and has filed a flight plan for Bournemouth, ETA 11:15, flight number BA9175. Apparently, it went tech in New York 2 weeks ago and has been getting fettled up to get it back to UK, presumably for repairs.

Rumour has it that it may really be going to Cardiff so we shall have to wait and see.


Added by Kelvin Davies on October 27, 2018 at 9:52 — 1 Comment

R.N. Patrol boats

If anybody in the Hampshire area is interested, there will be a mass sailing from Portsmouth today of at least 14 Archer class patrol boats similar to this one of last year:

They are due to leave Portsmouth at 10:50 and 11…


Added by Kelvin Davies on September 27, 2018 at 5:26 — No Comments

Deleted photos!!

Mr Daniels. Further to the issue I messaged you about last night, all the photos I uploaded last week have now disappeared from MY PHOTOS page !! Can you shed some light on this for me please !???

Added by Jerry Blenford on September 18, 2018 at 14:03 — 2 Comments

Important date for RAF spotters

A week tomorrow, 10th July, the RAF is having a fly past involving (allegedly!) up to 100 aircraft. This is to celebrate the RAF's 100th birthday. They will form up over East Anglia and head for London where there will be a ceremonial fly past up the Mall and over Buck House. They will then head for Heathrow and overfly that location at around 13:10. A partial list of aircraft taking part is:

Puma HC2, Chinook HC4, Juno H135, Jupiter H145; all Helicopters

Dakota, Lancaster,…


Added by Kelvin Davies on July 2, 2018 at 16:47 — No Comments

The joys of "spotting"

Aircraft and ship spotting are all consuming pastimes.

Southampton ship spotting has been a bit sparse recently but it can be difficult to get the tides, the weather and ship movement times to all line up! And then when that happens, you find more than half of the ships moving have been seen before!

Aircraft spotting, on the other hand, can be a bit more rewarding and equally a bit more frustrating.

Having had a great day at Heathrow recently when I was able to catch the…


Added by Kelvin Davies on July 2, 2018 at 16:32 — No Comments

QHM Portsmouth

I hope someone from QHM (Queen's Harbour Master) reads this.

The new aircraft carrier was scheduled to depart Portsmouth this morning. The planned departure was listed on the QHM web site, along with the Notice to Mariners closing the entrance/departure channel during the appropriate time. So, off I went this morning and got myself in prime position for some good photos. It was only after a 1 hour drive and a fiver of my hard earned cash (parking charge), I learned from a passer by…


Added by Kelvin Davies on June 11, 2018 at 11:47 — 2 Comments

Departing vessel.

Here at Southampton Container Port ships very often seem to berth starboard side to. This means that upon departure, they need to reverse down the water to the designated swinging ground as they are facing the wrong way for the trip down Southampton Water. At Southampton, there are 4 areas designated as swinging grounds. The larger vessels generally use the Upper Swinging Ground and this means there are possibilities to photograph the container ships and the occasional cruise ship from many…


Added by Kelvin Davies on June 5, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Heathrow latest

It has been a "different" week, this week.

Sadly, the weather has been horrible but, on the brighter side, there has been a couple of changes.

Of course, there is the new version of QF9. It used to be Melbourne-Dubai-Heathrow with an A380. It is now a 787 routing Melbourne-Perth-Heathrow.

And then, there are the changes to Delta's schedule. At the moment, they are flying 5 flights per day into Heathrow using A330-300 aircraft. This makes a welcome change to the daily…


Added by Kelvin Davies on March 27, 2018 at 15:59 — No Comments

One we all missed!

A friend was doing his usual ship spotting turn down at Calshot last Tuesday (20th) when he noticed some unusual activity, with people and press were gathering.

It turned out a Cessna 208 float plane (N628JN) was due to arrive. The plan was for the aircraft to do a few circuits around Calshot, then land (can you "land" on water?) and taxi up to the lifeboat slipway. The aircraft arrived, did a few circuits around the Calshot area. Then the wind got up and made the water a bit rough…


Added by Kelvin Davies on March 25, 2018 at 9:15 — 1 Comment

Qantas Perth (Australia) to Heathrow

As I write this, Qantas flight QF9 is about an hour away from departure from Perth. This will be an historic flight of 17 hours or so and will be the first non-stop flight between Australia and the UK.

Unfortunately, the ETA is around 04:10 so there won't be too many photos of this one arriving!

And one for the Liverpool FC fans; Egyptair 737 SU-GEN arrived at Heathrow yesterday. Sadly it arrived at 21:00 (dark o'clock!). The interest in this one is that it is painted in an…


Added by Kelvin Davies on March 24, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments

Frankfurt Historic Photos of the 1950s / 1960s

For all who are interested in old aircraft photos, I have updated a small photo gallery of airliners taken from mid1950's and early 1960s.

G-AHLT Canadair C-4 Argonaut of B.O.A.C. (Frankfurt 1958)

See the gallery here:…


Added by Ralf Drews on March 12, 2018 at 15:10 — No Comments

iPod Touch

Many thanks to Mark Daniels and the team at Pinkfroot for my iPod Touch prize.

The iPod Touch went from Isle of Wight > Southampton> East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire> Leipzig in Germany>Singapore> New Zealand.

Left on Wednesday morn and I signed for it Monday morning in Christchurch.   DHL = fab service…


Added by Bill Mallinson on February 18, 2018 at 23:22 — 4 Comments

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