8 AvGeeks To Follow On Instagram

Jul 9, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

It’s probably no surprise that here at TPG, we are huge AvGeeks. We browse through aviation videos on YouTube in our free time, we know to grab a meal at the In-N-Out Burger just outside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to watch the planes take off and land and we love flying as much as (or sometimes more than) the actual destination. You get the idea.

Nor are we alone: There’s also a decent number of AvGeeks on Instagram that we love to track. Of the thousands of accounts that contribute to the more than 3.7 million #AvGeek posts on the app, here are eight of our favorites.

1. @airside_eric

Eric has one of the best jobs any AvGeek can ask for. Working for LAX airside operations, the aviation enthusiast has access to some of the most restricted areas of the airport, including walking down an active runway. On Instagram, Eric is regularly seen driving his ops Rover down the taxiways, taking photos as he yields to aircraft taxiing across in close proximity. We love his up-close shots of aircraft taking off and landing on one of the four runways at LAX, some of which have been shared by airlines and LAX’s official social media account.

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.13.52 PM

2. @springbok97

Kyle’s Instagram handle is a giveaway: He’s a 20-year old from South Africa (springboks are medium-sized antelopes found mainly in southern and southwestern Africa, while 1997 is his birth year). What it does not tell you, however, is that this young lad is actually based in London. Besides the usual aircraft photos, Kyle gives us a glimpse into his previous job as a British Airways employee. On his Instagram profile are close-up shots of jet engines, a couple of which have been opened up for maintenance and repairs. (He also happens to be a big fan of TPG contributor Alex Macheras!)

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.14.06 PM

3. @flightpath_aviation

Don’t be fooled by Isaac Shenoy’s young age. The London-based plane spotter — who’s been hanging out around Heathrow airport’s (LHR) runways since he was 15 — has quickly amassed more than 52,000 followers in the short span of two years. Follow him for an occasional peek into an airline hangar, or the must-do visit to the aircraft flight deck whenever he’s on board.

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 10.52.15 AM

4. @contrailsphotography

Matthew Lee is part of a group of Canadian aviation photographers who identify themselves by Matt’s Instagram handle. Based in Montreal, the University of North Dakota graduate was a former air traffic controller who is now working as an airline manager. Perks of working for an airline? Exclusive invites to aircraft launch events and flying in the jump seat on a four-hour hop across the country.

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.14.32 PM

5. @fraviation

Jan Gerrit Heine is yet another 17-year old who’s part of the growing pool of next-gen aviation enthusiasts, plane spotters and photographers. His Instagram handle is a clever combination of the words “aviation” and “FRA”— the three-letter airport code for Frankfurt International, where the teenager frequents. Jan’s beautiful pictures didn’t go unnoticed; two summers ago, Lufthansa flew him to Hamburg to cover Airport Days, a celebration of all things aviation in the city.

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 3.58.56 PM

6. @aviatorlondon

Ever wonder how old the planes are that transport you across the Atlantic? Or what engines they’re powered by? Fret not. Guss, otherwise known as @aviatorlondon on the Gram, details the specific information of the birds (as planes are known in the AvGeek community) that pay Heathrow (LHR) a visit. The pharmacy student has also managed to spot some lesser-known aircraft, such as Air New Zealand’s special hobbit livery, and some of royalty, including Brunei government’s and Abu Dhabi Amiri’s 747-8s.

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.52.53 PM

7. @zuerichspotter

What started out as a way for Simeon Lüthi to document his plane spotting memories turned out to be a hobby that has made him an Instagram celebrity with 125,000 followers awaiting his daily posts — something he has religiously done for the past five years. An aviation photographer who is based in Zurich, Simeon counts Amsterdam (AMS), Munich (MUC) and Los Angeles (LAX) as some of his favorite plane spotting locations. Back home, he can be seen attending Swiss International Air Lines press events and participating in exclusive opportunities like touring the Singapore Airlines A380 during its turnaround in Zurich (ZRH).

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 11.53.08 PM

8. @avgeekmel

In a hobby that has generally been male-dominated, Melanie is one of the few female aviation photographers with a sizable following on Instagram. The Brit, who is a self-confessed AvGeek, shoots mainly at Manchester Airport (MAN), but also frequents Heathrow and other nearby European airports. In addition to her magazine-worthy photography, we love how she includes the aircraft tail numbers in the captions, allowing AvGeeks like ourselves to identify the exact aircraft that’s being featured in the photo.

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 10.31.23 AM

Are there any other AvGeeks on Instagram that you love? Tell us about them in the comments below.

Featured image courtesy of Andreas Miller / EyeEm via Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
17.24%-26.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.