We all know one – a self-proclaimed #avgeek, or someone who seems to be on a permanent holiday… there is no doubt that Instagram is a playground for av braggers… #sorrynotsorry. But among the millions of grainy porthole shots, there are some top notch accounts that we at Aileron believe are well worth a follow – for fantastic photography, plane pornography and even training inspiration for aspiring aviators.
1. The classic one
Name: The Sky Beyond
Signature: Magnificent machines and magical lighting
This A380 pilot has long been producing some of the most insta-worthy shots around - you may have known him as ‘Milky Rusk- a now provides a feast for any aviation-lover’s eyes as The Sky Beyond. If you’re keen on the classics, you’ve come to the right place for just the perfect measures of aircraft, location and a classic car or two. Follow for a regular dose of ‘superb’.
2. The creative one
Signature : Urban landscapes, inside the cockpit, vibrant contrast and colour.
Currently a pilot for Virgin Atlantic flying the A330, Tom Dalton aka @tom.dalt is known for snapping bright lights and big cities and is a master editor, making his Instagram home to colour and contrast of stunning proportions (look hard enough and you might spot a shot of his Aileron Log Book in there). He’ll even share with you his editing tricks of the trade through his online tutorials. Prints are available to buy at www.tomdalt.com
3. The #Planekeen one
Signature: Magazine-worthy spotter shots.
This British spotter shoots the daily sky traffic mainly at Manchester Airport (MAN), but also frequents Heathrow (LHR) and occasionally European airports. She also includes the aircraft tail numbers in her post captions, so you can to identify the exact aircraft that’s being featured in the photo
4. The inspirational one
Signature: day in the life documenting, aviation motivation
Berlin-based Captain Joe is a pretty inspirational guy. His Instagram always provides a nuanced and informative insight into a day in the life of a pilot - what an ‘all clear’ signal looks like from the ground crew, to checking out the Rolling Stones private jet, no biggie. Captain Joe’s posts are feel-good and engaging, perfect for anyone who is interested in getting a first-hand glance into real life as a commercial pilot. Joe also runs a fantastic Youtube channel
5. The cadet one
Signature: light aircraft flying in New Zealand, cloud surfing, blog posts.
Currently a cadet pilot with L3 Airline Academy on a full-time, integrated ATPL course, Pilot George documents his daily training journey through Instagram and his popular pilot training blog www.pilotgeorge.co.uk. Full of useful updates on the skills learnt during training, what to expect and how to prepare, George also uses an Aileron Log Book to record his flight training hours – did you spot it?