Cantonal school pupil disappointed President Trump is not attending WEF




Last week it was reported how a number of pupils from the two cantonal schools took a day off without permission to demonstrate against politicians’ inaction on matters to do with the climate. Yesterday, another cantonal school pupil took the day off, though he had been given permission, to take photographs of special airliners bringing VIPs to Zurich to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos which continues until Friday this week.

17-year-old Janis Büchel is an ardent plane-spotter, so rarely-seen planes bringing world leaders to Zurich during the course of WEF means this week is the highlight of his year for him.

On Wednesday, Hünenberg-resident Büchel, along with a friend who had also been given permission to miss school that day, headed to Kloten with their cameras and telephoto lenses.

The pair are not novices at plane-spotting and know exactly where to wait to get the best pictures; these include the observation areas at the airport, the roof of the car park, and the area to the western side where helicopters land. On some weekends there is quite a gathering there, with spotters enjoying picnics. In fact, there is even a snack-bar made from an old helicopter.

It was from this viewing-point last year that Büchel was able to see Air Force One (phptograph) as it brought president Trump to attend WEF. “I think we and the organisers (at WEF) are the only people who are disappointed the president is not attending this year,” he said, half-jokingly. Nevertheless, he was still hoping to see some other distinctive airliners, such as a Russian-built Ilyushin. He says he does not bother going to see, say, new airliners which will subsequently regularly fly in and out of Kloten, as everyone else takes these photographs. He waits until a plane may shortly be phased out and takes photographs of these instead. Then he likes to see planes in special livery, too, such as the private jumbo jet owned by Iron Maiden.

Büchel has been spotting planes for some three years now and started surfing the internet spotters’ sites. Initially, he used only his mobile phone, but soon began to use his parents’ cameras. “I cannot quite point out what fascinates me so much about these planes,” he said, “and it is true some people find my interest in them a bit strange. Still, others collect stamps and are mad about cars, aren’t they?”  Not surprisingly, he admitted he would like to be a pilot one day himself.

Not that his spotting activities have been confined to Zurich and Geneva, he has also photographed planes in Bali Amsterdam and London, where he was able to take full-frontal photographs of planes as they took off.

One special highlight during WEF week is being able to go on a special spotter’s tour to see the various private jets parked at Kloten, and this he was able to be do for the second time.   
 


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