WEEKLY SPOTTER FEATURE
10 Questions With Ryan He
AUG 8 2020
Welcome to “10 Questions With”, a weekly segment on APP's website showcasing aviation spotters & enthusiasts based in Singapore. The concept and motivation behind this project is to bring the community together, and to shine a light on all the different spotters here on our sunny island, raising awareness of our hobby in Singapore and to provide a chance for all spotters to be seen both locally & internationally.
Meet our next featured spotter, 20 year old Ryan He, whose passion in aviation and photography have brought him to many different places across the globe, and set a course for his own future career path.
1: A quick self intro, name, where are you from, and what do you do?
Hi guys, I am Ryan He, born and raised in Singapore. I am currently serving National Service (NS) and will continue my studies at NUS School of Engineering. I started spotting in 2013 and have not looked back since. I also do landscape photography whenever I am not spotting big metal tubes in the sky.
2: What sparked your interest in aviation?
My interest in aviation was actually sparked at the viewing mall at Terminal 3. My parents would often bring me there every weekend and I can remember seeing all the big planes landing and taking off on 20R. That was when I was bitten by the aviation bug. My interest also came from the documentary Air Crash Investigations where it captured my curiosity on how planes work and what made them fly.
3: You Favourite Airline is....?
My favorite airline is Singapore Airlines but closely matched behind by Swiss.
4: And Your Favourite Airplane is....?
My favourite plane is either the A340-500 or the Bombardier Global 7500
5: Best spotting location in your opinion?
It has to be Düsseldorf, Germany or Zurich, Switzerland. Those 2 locations offer views that cannot really be compared to what we get here in Singapore. They offer great views of the airport and it was built with spotters in mind. There are also cafes there, so when one gets tired, they can just nip in and get a quick cup of coffee.
6: Window, Middle or Aisle Seat?
Always a window seat so that I can admire the vastness and beauty of the Earth that we live on.
7: Looking back, any tips or advice you would give your younger self?
I would say to him that he should study harder and make the life of my parents less challenging hahaha.
8: out Of all your images, which is your fave photo and tell us why?
My favourite shot of a plane would have to be either once I caught a Jetstar A320 cross a rainbow on final approach to Singapore or the wing view of my 737MAX8 flight landing into Montreal. My favourite shot in general is one of the Northern Lights.
9 :Must have items in your bag while spotting?
My water bottle and my trusty 70-200 lens.
10: If there is one thing that sets you apart from the next spotter, what would it be?
I think mine would be that I don’t really chase the special aircraft movement that come in but more that I try to find time to spot with my friends. After all, it’s a hobby and one that should not be taken too seriously. I also try to lay low and actually be quite anonymous within the plane spotting community here in Singapore.
Do check out Ryan's Jetphotos profile, its loaded with a wide variety of aircraft from Singapore and other locations from all over the world.