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Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?  
User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

Was just wondering what else if anything the regular forum contributors did, connected with airplanes, apart from photography (or is photography your limit).

For example, I’ll kick off and admit to also:

* Flying as a pilot (holder of a private licence)
* Collecting die-cast model airliners (Gemini Jets)

I also used to work in the airline industry (11 years) but don’t any more, and many years ago I used to collect airplane numbers, but again haven’t done for some time.

So, just curious: is photography your limit, or do you have other aviation-related activities?


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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3703 times:
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Hi Andy

Thanks for the heads up on the WF DH8-400. I had heard already  Smile

Maybe the wrong forum so don't get upset if it is transferred to the Hobby Section.

I also collect, within reason, die casts. Both Gemini and Dragonwings. My 'star' being the Dragonwings A340-600 in Airbus livery  Smile

Anthything that comes my way, avaition related, I will dabble in.

I would like to fly but too expensive.


Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently onlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3204 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3695 times:
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Totally, absolutely 1000%...


Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been...
User currently offlineJetTrader From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 586 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Well Andy you already know about my safety cards...thanks for your contributions!  Big thumbs up

I don't collect them as such but I do have a selection (all 11 of them) of Herpa 1:500 models and a few StarJets 1:500...including a nice bright green Braniff DC8-51.

Apart from that I love to fly whenever possible and would love to have the cash to get my PPL...one day!


Life's dangerous. Get a f**king helmet!
User currently offlineRound_Engine From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 64 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

I'll confess to the following:
1. Aviation photography.
2. Aviation writing (a.net and Propliner mag)
3. Pilot (FAA commercial, instrument, multi-engine)
4. Airplane owner (1966 Beech Debonair)
5. Mechanic (FAA)
6. Dabbler in the flying of classic prop airliners (L749A Connie, M404, DC-3)
7. Aviation book collector
Other than these items, I don't have much interest in aviation!!! Haven't done much flying lately since my airplane is based at an airport within the Washington DC "no-fly" zone (15.6 DME from DCA VOR). Hopefully this will change for the better in the near future.

User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

Well, this is my working place so I guess I'm getting a little tired of planes  Big grin


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Well I've had a lifelong love of aviation, but, unfortunately don't work in the area (so that's a big chunk of each day wasted!). I have in the past been a dedicated aircraft modeller, but as of late photography is taking all my free time. But I would have to say that I'm only a partial aviation person as I do find subjects other than aircraft to shoot - yes, I know, wasted film  Smile



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineBernieh From Austria, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Besides photography I make the programming for MS FlightSimulator add-ons. During that time I got to know many people beeing in the airline business - pilots, ATC controllers, ramp agents, guys working in the maintenence area at VIE and guys at the movement. But, hmmm ...., for this job I do also have to take many photos  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

But I am also interested in shooting other subjects - trains, architecture, landscape. Most of you surely think: wasted time.



User currently offlineDSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3656 times:

I am the epitome of an aviation fanatic...

I am a GS-7-rated ATC
I am a private pilot with Private, Complex, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI ratings.
I collect just about everything airline-related, safety cards, timetables, memorabilia, etc...
I build models and also collect Herpa aircraft

...and of course, my full-time hobby, aviation photography and collecting KR slides.

As my mother put it, "even during birth, you did a downwind, base, and FINAL."  Smile

Aric Thalman
Omaha, USA

To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
User currently offlineMbruun From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Just done with my written exam for PPL.. Saving up money for getting done with my PPL lessons.. (Gonna have my PPL by April '02)... Working two fulltime jobs (non aviation related).. Saving up more money to attend NAIA in South Carolina where I will get my CPL-A, CPL-IR, CFI, CFI-IR and JAA Phrozen ATPL. AND having a wife and two kids  Smile Just starting my spotting "career" and HAD (before mom threw them away, withouth my knowledge) the PAA 727, 747, Airbus 320 and DC10 models ... :/

A HUGE PanAm, Spantax, Braniff, Eastern (see the coincidence here?) fan and Queen of the Skies (B747) fan..  Smile Else I love the Convair 990-Coronado, the B707, DC8, L1011, DC10 and DH Comet  Smile

This post should probably go into the off topic forum, but since I was on a roll, I posted it here..  Smile

So, this is me... and, I'm 25 years old from Oslo, Norway...


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

I've always loved aviation, and as well as one or two photographs knocking about the house, I also have a few (100?) books, and a (pretty small) selection of pretty unexciting safety cards and a few models. The PPL has always been something I was gonna do, but time and (lack of) money has always got in the way, and it's funny actually - now I think about the idea of trying to do it next year, the first thing that comes to mind is the number of good shooting days I would have to spend without a camera in my hand....

I guess the photography has taken over!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

I will admit to

a) Aviation photography
b) Spotting  Smile
c) Collecting Corgi models (BOAC mainly)
d) Had a PPL
e) Collect flight magazines
f) Collect Aircraft magazine (Aeroplane, flypast, Aircraft Illustrated)
g) Helping to restore a PBY Catalina

English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Not really obsessed, but here are some features:

* Own an unknown number of small kit planes. (I stopped buying/building them now.)
* Own a RC model aircraft.
* Enjoy taking pics of aircrafts.
* Visit a.net dailly.

But not obsessed.  Smile


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 688 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

My mother swears that being near DCA while she was pregnant with me has something to do with my intrest in aviation. I'm 30 and being diagnosed as a diabetic 22 yrs ago put up some roadblocks for finding a career in aviation. Diabetics in the US cannot fly or work ATC. So, I went to school to get my A&P and now work as a line mechanic for DL. During school I worked ramp at the local airport and got hired by DL to do manual weight & balance for a contract they had with LTU on L10s, MD-11s and 767s. I've also worked g.a. and warbird restoration on B-17s, T-6s, FM-2s, B-24s, and F-4Us. I find a day at the airport very relaxing and have a small collection of airliner "stuff". I will say I am very surprised how many people in this field aren't intrested in aviation.......it's just a job! Not to me!

CEOs should swim with cement flippers!
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

I guess you could say i am.

I don't really have any hobbys other than aviation
I don't collect models
I do have some books (although not many)
I spend alot of time looking through photographs on A.net
I spend alot of time with aviation photography
I am currently saving all of my money for a new camera
I used to live under the approach of Schiphols rwy 1R (kaagbaan) and Manchester's rwy 26 (old runway).
Do not want a career outside of aviation!



User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 3554 times:

>>>Do not want a career outside of aviation!<<<

Dan now's not a good time so i would start looking down all avenues. I know personaly a few people that have lost their jobs due to recent events and their prospects at the moment are not looking good  Crying



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