As Northern Europe tries to deal with the effects of Storm Eunice, one man’s plane-spotting YouTube channel has given many people a welcome distraction.
jerry dyer is an aviation enthusiast from the UK who runs the now famous Big Jet TV channel. Dyer’s channel caught the world’s attention when he began broadcasting live commenting on plane landings at Heathrow Airport during the storm.
Big Jet TV currently attracts more than two and a half times more viewers than GB News usually gets.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) February 18, 2022
In a style that closely resembles that of a British Premier League football commentator, Dyer drew more than 200,000 concurrent viewers to his live stream as winds in parts of the country were recorded at up to 196km. /h according to the ABC.
Over 100,000 people watch this livestream of a guy shouting ‘Go then’ as pilots try to land their plane during a storm pic.twitter.com/W0bz1RUhbe
— Dudes posting their Ws (@DudespostingWs) February 18, 2022
“Oh fair play mate. OOOH, easy son. Easy, easy,” Dyer can be heard saying over the roar of a landing plane.
“Are you sure? Are you sure?” he asks hypothetically as the wheels approach the tarmac.
“Go ahead, then go ahead! Yeah! Well done,” rejoices Dyer.
I quit football to make a plane landing
“He fucking missed it! What a jerk!
—Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) February 18, 2022
Thanks in part to a resurgence of TikTok, “train tracking” and now “plane tracking” have made their way back into the mainstream.
Creators like mega-babe Francois Bourgeois and now Jerry Dyer has made a living chasing trains and planes everywhere and documenting their experiences.
I could have given up at Acton Mainline but decided to try again. 37800 and its pilots are legendary! #trains #trend #fyp
♬ Warszawa (2017 Remaster) – David Bowie
Much of the fun of watching “scouting” content comes from witnessing the genuine enthusiasm of hosts. There’s something so pure about listening to someone talk so passionately about their hobby.
WE HAVE AN EMIRATES A380 ARRIVING, BUT WHAT IS KAMMY? CHANNEL 4 JUMPS OVER THE FENCE ASKING FOR AN INTERVIEW? ? INCREDIBLE! pic.twitter.com/ZRnHr8j02y
— Christina McMc (@ChristinaMcMc) February 18, 2022
Not only does it make for entertaining viewing, but you also end up enjoying the different types of trains and planes that take us from A to B, as Twitter users quickly discovered.
Me two hours ago: ‘Blimey, this plane is wonky!!’
Me now: “This A380 just headed down the glideslope, but I think it’s too high for a landing”#bigjettv
—Ian McDougall (@IanMcDougall1) February 18, 2022
If you want more Big Jet TV action, the full 7 hour, 54 minute live stream is available on their channel here. I don’t know about you guys, but my Sunday plans are sorted.
The UK public watching Qatar’s A380 stick a landing on Big Jet TV pic.twitter.com/3bRx84LlZi
—George Woods (@georgewoods42) February 18, 2022