10 Questions With RYAN LUM

(SEP 6 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 Singaporean spotter Ryan Lum, whom recently returned to the local spotting scene after a half a year break from the hobby.

1: A quick self intro, name, where are you from, and what do you do?

Hi there, my name is Ryan Lum, but I would prefer being called Wei Tuck. I’ve been interested in aviation since young, specifically, 7 years old, but I’m also interested in other types of photography. I started photography 3 years ago, with a phone, but now I’m using a DSLR. I’m a wild 13 year old and hyped-up guy who is enthusiastic and excited about everything you could think of, except bad things obviously. I’m currently studying as a Secondary 1 student at a neighbourhood school. Feel free to check out my instagram page at @lump.9v or @lump.raw.

2: What sparked your interest in aviation?

Well, let’s just say, aviation runs in my blood. Ever since I got to travel once or twice annually, I’ve grown more love and interest for aviation, and just learning more about it, until now. And after my first ever flight in my life, when I was about 4 years old, that’s when I find everything very ‘cool’ and interesting. What I mean by ‘cool’ is basically like fun, and makes me curious. Then, as I went on throughout my childhood, I watched shows like, Air Crash Investigations, and that widens more knowledge about aviation, seeing the best truth about aviations by watching spotting videos. And one day, when I was about 10 years old, I was just like, ‘Hey, since I’m always bored and have a attached lens DSLR, why not pick up a camera and start photography?’ So, I did that, but there were definitely tough obstacles that I had to overcome. I was shy to interact with others at first, when I just started. But my first ever aviation friend, Ryan Wang (@wzqspotting), helped me through this times and overcome my obstacles. And today, this is where I am. Then, I’ve started to memorise registrations, aircrafts, liveries, and I’ve learnt how to identify planes.


3: Fave Airline and Fave Airplane is....?

My favourite airline is definitely Singapore Airlines! Not because it is my local airline, but it is because of the outstanding service and the operations! And not forgetting my favourite aircraft, the Airbus A350, I really admire it, and the wing flex, it’s just, ‘Wow!’, and the features (fuel efficient etc.) just amazes me how a plane can operate like this. It’s a definite must fly.

4: The One Aircraft on your bucket list....?

The Boeing B747. I’ve never flown it, but I want to, very badly. When I first saw the B747 on Air Crash Investigations or in real life (B747F), I was wondering, how does a big plane with weight still can take off and not fall? That was in my mind when I was 9. Until now, I’ve never got to flown it, and I hope I can in the future.

5: Best spotting location in your opinion?

In Singapore, Changi Beach. That is definitely the best spotting location as Changi Beach can serve up to several spots for planespotting - you can catch the plane at any angle you want, and you can even catch it at any area you desire (except fenceline and any ‘No Photography or Videography’ sign obviously). But in Seoul, Incheon International Airport, it really depends on what actions you want to catch. For example, you can catch the plane landing and taxing at the Terminal 2, but, I went into a cafe, bought a drink, and sat at the airside section of the cafe, which was way better than the Viewing Mall at Terminal 2. Honestly, there isn’t the best spotting location, just that some are better angles, and actions. It really depends on what you desire.

6: Window, Middle or Aisle Seat?

Window Seat for the win, because you can literally catch shots in the air and you can see the beastly engines.

7: Any spotters you look up to?

Obviously. I got inspired by a few photographers to continue my photography journey, and they are the ones whom I really admire and look up to - @keiran.9v, @a.planes.portrait, @wzqspotting and @bluebravest (seriously.).

8: out Of all your images, which is your fave photo and tell us why?

It is definitely the A330-900neo Citilink; PK-GYC. It really brings out the true colours of the aircraft livery, and especially when it was shot during the golden hour, what a thing which I can look at all day!

9 :Must have items in your bag while spotting?

Spare batteries, spare SD cards and 2 portable chargers, they are my life-savers. 

10: If there is one thing that sets you apart from the next spotter, what would it be?

If you’d ask me, I would say that in my own opinion, I’m pretty much the same as everybody, but everybody is unique in their own ways, so I would say that I’m a very talkative person, now, who tends to try and interact and socialise with others, but there are pros and cons of it.

That's all for this weeks edition of our Spotter Feature. Do head over to Ryan's profile on his Instagram , and stay tuned for next's week interview with Benedict Kwan.

Special thanks to Keiran Nathanael for the portraits in the feature.

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