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There are plenty of discussion forums, blogs, and websites that can give you more information on the airline industry, but when it comes to sheer volume of information, it's tough to beat Though this site may best be known for its photo database, it has some very heavily-trafficked discussion forums as well.

Personally, I tend to keep an eye on the Civil Aviation forum. While a lot of good information does come through, it's important to keep in mind that there is a lot of misinformation, speculation, and downright incorrect assertions on there as well. Let's take a look.

Since I wrote this before I left on vacation, I can only go off the posts that were there on April 25. If you go back today, there will be a completely different set of posts, but they tend to fall into the same types of categories.

The Unconfirmed Rumor It always amazes me how quickly rumors spread through airline employees. And there are plenty of them on trying to confirm what may be true. Here's one about US Airways and United merging. Usually this will be followed by some comments supporting the rumor, some comments saying the poster is an idiot, and some comments saying it's impossible.

The News Update When a route change comes out, someone's product is changing, a merger has been announced, or just about anything else happens, someone is always on top of it. Here's one about some Frontier schedule changes. This will usually be followed by discussion of either how stupid or how brilliant the move is.

The Big Picture Question Often these will come from teenagers who are just getting started, and other times it's just from someone who just doesn't know the industry well enough, but usually they're somewhat naive. Here's one asking why airlines can't just charge a profitable fare. Long essays will almost always follow this type of comment, and you'll get a mix of very thoughtful, interesting answers combined with basic, inaccurate responses.

The Historical Question Fairly often, you'll see people post questions or comments about something that happened long ago. Who knows how these questions pop into people's heads, but they tend to be some of my favorites. Here's a discussion of Southwest's 727 that operated more than 20 years ago. Incredibly, someone always has an answer to these questions.

The Duplicate Thread For some reason, the regulars at think that every single person who creates a post should do an exhaustive check to make sure that the topic hasn't been discussed before. Now, it's true that everyone should do a simple search to double check, but that doesn't always work. Sometimes people are nice in pointing to the other thread, and sometimes they're not.

The New Livery Possibly my favorite type of post is the new livery post. If someone has a special scheme out there, it will be caught on camera and posted here very quickly. Here's one on Japan Airlines' new Ecojet. This is always followed by someone saying they love it, someone saying they hate it, and someone finding a similar livery and claiming that the airline copied it.

There are probably more post types that I'm forgetting here. (Let me know your personal favorites in the comments.) I don't post on too often, but when I do, it's under the name Pgtravel.

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Type of site

Aircraft photo database, aviation forum
Created byJohan Lundgren, Jr.
LaunchedMay 23, 1997; 24 years ago (1997-05-23)[1]
Current statusActive is an aviation website that includes an extensive photo database of aircraft and airports, as well as a forum catering to aviation enthusiasts. Created by Johan Lundgren, Jr., the site originated in 1996 as Pictures of Modern Airliners. It was acquired by Demand Media (now known as Leaf Group) in 2007 and underwent a major redesign in 2016.


Johan Lundgren, Jr., an IT student/aviation enthusiast attending Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, created the site Pictures of Modern Airliners in 1996.[2][3][4] Lundgren had been working on the site during his military service. It initially hosted only his own aircraft photos before a new section was created for other photographers to upload their photos.[2][5]

In 1997, Lundgren transitioned to a new site entitled and established a web server in his dormitory room. Three more servers were added, and eventually all servers were relocated to the computer rooms at the university. Lundgren started investing all of his time into the site, although he received help from a growing number of volunteers.[2]

On 27 July 2007, Lundgren announced that the site would be acquired by Demand Media. It was sold to the company for US$8.2 million.[6] Reasons behind the decision included the difficulty of managing the rapidly growing site, which was by that point supported by 25 servers.[7]

As you probably know, keeps growing year after year with more photos, more forum posts, more visitors, more users and more photographers. This is fantastic. I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined this success when I started the site ten years ago.

And what comes with success?? Managing it. And I know you have felt some of the growing pains. There are infrastructure issues – like trying to stay on top of the hardware needs of this site but complexities and the site’s growth have caused outages. What started in my dorm room on one computer is now supported by 25 – and that’s not including all the network gear.

And there are administrative issues. Growing the site, supporting the community and keeping things running takes a big toll on me – All Crew groups have long lists of bugs I need to fix and administrative features I need to add.

— Johan Lundgren, Jr., "Big News On The Future Of"[7]

A revamped site was launched on 14 June 2016.[8]

In February 2017, the site was acquired by VerticalScope, majority-owned by Torstar.[9][10]


The site offers free membership, using online advertising instead as a source of revenue. Before the June 2016 redesign, provided three levels of membership: the Photographer Account, Premium Membership and First Class Membership. The latter two required payment while a Photographer Account could be created for free.[11]


The site has two main features: the photo database and the forum. The database contains over 2.7 million photos with over 8.6 billion total views as of June 2016.[12] All photos undergo screening prior to being admitted to the database, which can be searched by various factors including aircraft type, the airport at which the photo was taken and the aircraft registration. The forum is divided into ten subforums: Civil Aviation; Travel, Polls & Preferences; Technical/Operations; Aviation Hobby; Aviation Photography; Photography Feedback; Trip Reports; Military Aviation & Space Flight; Non-Aviation; and Site Related. also offers a complimentary newsletter service and a database of information on aircraft types developed with the help of Aerospace Publications.[13]

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Sours: Rejections after Rejections...


Feb 19, 2012 03:15 |  #1

Is it only me or has anybody else gone through this?

I understand that ANET wants high-quality shots of planes and all, but I'm somewhat getting tired of their pixel peeping.

I signed up at ANET around 4 or 5 years ago. I currently have 2 shots accepted. I have around 12 rejected. (*that's bad*)

Four months ago I uploaded a shot of an ATR72 taking off. Rejected - they said that the photo was *ever so slightly* underexposed and that there was a visible dust spot. (Turned out that it wasn't a dust spot, but instead it was a out-of-focus bird that happened to fly by)

And a week ago I, just returning from a 2-week trip into the jungles of Papua, uploaded a shot of a LongRanger flying by. Gave it around 20 minutes of post-processing until it looked alright to me, and sent it up.

Today, after much waiting for a response, I received the much-loved letter of rejection that my photo was soft. Good thing I didn't delete my uploaded JPEG, I just went back to Photoshop and beefed up the sharpness a bit more.

Not to sound like a noob who doesn't know a bit about photography, but I am growing tired of waiting for weeks and weeks only to get the "Sorry, your photo was rejected (again) because the pixels in your photo weren't aligned the way we wanted it." In this case, I purposely chose not to sharpen my photo that much so that the blue PK-HME registration letters won't be eye-piercingly sharp. But apparently, ANET wants photos to be so sharp that you'll cut your eyeballs just by looking at them.

I originally joined ANET so that I can share photos of unique aircraft doing unique things in a unique place (unlike the typical BA 747 taxiing at Heathrow, or the cliche SXM beach landings), but it looks like ANET isn't interested in photography, but instead pixels. If this is the fact, I believe I have better things to put my time into instead of this.

If I'm wrong, then please correct me, but as for now, I'm pretty disappointed with ANET - not a childish grudge, but actually disappointed.

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