Goinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5287 times:
So what is it that makes the aviation hobby so good?
I have been "in to it" for the past ten years, have been looking through Airliners.net for about a year and a member for just two weeks.
It strikes me that there is so much to know, so many variations, so many unknowns.
Compare it to railways (of which a significant amount of people here in the UK have an interest).
We all know class xx has a speed of xxmph. It leaves station A before calling at station B and arriving at station C.
As long as it has enough fuel it doesn't matter whether it arrives at it's destination 90% full or 5% full.
With aviation, it would appear whilst looking at the forums on A.net, that nobody knows everything. To me this is part of the fascination. It a subject that never becomes dull because it is forever changing.
Best of all, what other hobby lets you see the world from (almost) Gods' point of view (35000ft)?
Why aviation for you?
Be who you are, The world was made to measure for your smile. So Smile.
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5215 times:
Yea no one in the world will learn everything about aviation. People say a 747 captain will learn more about aviation even when he retires. The sky really is the limit. Ofcourse lets go to space in private aircraft now too.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5131 times:
theres something cool about screaming through the air at 600mph 7 miles above the ground with a 1/16 inch thick piece of metal between you and death,with thousands of gallons on explodable fuel right below your feet,all while watching Meet the Fockers
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5120 times:
Excellent description Espion007.
I was born at Ft. Rucker while my dad was still flying Hueys in the Army as an Instructor Pilot. Helicopters were on my Birth Certificate. Between the love of aviation that my dad instilled in me and having 2 uncles that work at NASA sending me all sorts of crew patches, inside mags and pictures.... it was kinda naturual to fall in love with aviation and space.
And the event that clinched the deal was seeing the US Navy Blue Angels from the DAB '84 airshow. And not even so much that as Sunday afternoon after the show we went out to ERAU's parking lot to watch the static display aircraft leave for home. All I remember for sure is watching F-15's at dusk staying low over the runway after takeoff and at the end... by Clyde Morris... going vertical with full afterburner until you couldn't see them anymore. THAT, at age 13, hooked me for good. And it was at that point that I started learning everything I could about planes.
Wiggidy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 5006 times:
I think that its the technology mainly and the ever changing ever evolving nature of it. Not many industries have changed so dramamtically and rapidly over the last 100 years as aviation. Oh and I think Epion had it right too
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5003 times:
Its always changing and theres always something new and exciting happening. The feeling I get when looking down on our small world from several km up is amazing. And being able to travel places in the time it takes to read a magazine eat supper and have a snooze while ground transportation would take days to go the same distance is kinda handy.
Overall though its just too hard to put into words that discribe it the way it really is.