Photos of the Week: Geeking Out

Passion for flights inspires many ‘avgeeks’ to pick up cameras

By BlueSkyStaff

Published July 12, 2021

Read Time: 2 mins


One of the best parts about working at an airport is being able to watch airplanes all day. And we get paid to do it.

That is part of what makes the enthusiasts affectionately dubbed “aviation geeks”—av geeks, for short—so impressive: they do it purely for their love of flight.

Av geeks are devoted, knowledgeable fans of all things aviation: civilian and military aircraft, aeronautics, airfields and more. And one of the ways they pursue this passion is through photography.

Many of the images published in our Photos of the Week feature were submitted by av geeks, including this week’s pair.

Fourteen-year-old Gavin Taylor is a perfect example of av geek enthusiasm right here in Pittsburgh.

“I have always wanted to catch a Southwest Airlines special livery, and I saw it was coming on (plane-tracking website) Flightradar24,” he wrote us. “I asked my dad if we could go, and he said, ‘Yes.’”

Gavin and his father rushed to PIT, where he captured a photo of Southwest’s unique Nevada One livery on a Boeing 737-700 in April.

Sometimes a passion for aviation runs in the family. Tom Troutman is a pilot for Republic Airways who says he “grew up in a USAir family and basically grew up on the airfield.”

You can see Tom’s photos on his @monocularpilot Instagram account. He passed along this gorgeous photo of a sunset for us to show our readers.

Thanks, Gavin and Tom!

Our readers continue to send us shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming—you can click here for submission guidelines.

A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan landing at PIT during sunset. (Photo submitted by Thomas Troutman)

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