SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6375 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4650 times:
My love of aviaton has not diminished. My love of flying (commercially) has. It's so much of a pain now that it just isn't exciting to me like it used to be. But I still do love aviation and airplanes.
Kieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
I haven't lost anything. My mum tells me i liked planes from the age of 4. I still spend many a weekend at LHR, and I still look out of my window to see the landing pattern at Heathrow. I still read this website and I just bought a British Airways L-100 (my fave plane) from a vendor in Singapore for 20 quid.
I knew from an early age I couldn't be a pilot, even though I had the grades (I'm colour blind), so I am now an editor in the field of chemistry. This job gave me the opportunity to live in London, and in my spare time enjoy my passion, which is aviation.
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4612 times:
Somewhat. After I had my first flight when I was 8, I wanted to fly so bad. I was still a child, and I had huge dreams and goals of becoming an airline pilot. I used to love flying greatly. Well, that dream still holds today...however, since I am now a pilot, the enthusiasm for flying has faded somewhat. Maybe 'cuz as a kid, it seems so impossible to get a pilot certificate, and now, I have it...
In addition, the after-effects of 9/11 gave me a wake up call, and now I developed a sense of doubt. I still want to fulfill my childhood dream to fly, but knowing that pilots are now considered "disposable labor" in times of severe downturns in the industry, makes me rethink my idea of flying A320s, 737s, etc. as a professional pilot. While the military seems as a good alternate opportunity on the surface, all of the horror stories about pilots becoming desk-job-zombies I hear gives me second thoughts.
However, my love of aviation in general has not faded. I still enjoy reading manuals, books, etc. on airplanes, engines, etc.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11789 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4607 times:
I definately haven't lost the passion for aircraft and the whole general aviation scene. I love chasing rare aircraft around the world more than ever now, even if regular commercial flying has gotten a little more boring. There's no doubting though that I've become lazy, I only ever go to the airport these days if I'm flying somewhere, otherwise I just get itchy feet, go home and start looking for places to go!
Currently I'm just about to start my third year of university, studying Landscape Architecture, which has nothing to do with aviation and I can tell you that having studied it for two years already it's getting rather boring and I already know I don't want to continue with the profession. Once I've graduated, hopefully with a good mark, I shall be looking at entry strategies into commercial aviation - I would love to be a pilot, but I'm not particularly keen on flying large passenger aircraft; I'd much rather fly freighters or perhaps regional props. Who knows though, time will tell!
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
RedArrows From Ireland, joined May 2007, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4559 times:
As mentioned above,I'm still interested in aviation but no where near as interested as I was 5 years ago.I still love going to airshows and read magazines and books on aviation all the time but as I began to learn to fly and travel on planes more and more,planes became too common in my life and the fascination kind of went.Still though I plan on seeing my training through to the end,I'm still certain this is what I want to do with my life and hope to reclaim the fascination I once had
Planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4555 times:
The one thing that had brought down my love of aviation (and only slightly) is how nasty some people get in the posting on this site. I guess I don't get the need to have an electronic fight. I seriously doubt people come here to post outright lies - they just might not have all the facts. And when you don't agree - no need to post. There are more important things to worry about in the world (like how to get a ticket on an A-380 or 787 flight...)
so true, I'm considering putting you on my RR list for saying that
My interest in aviation has faded to some extent. I knew from the beginning that I wouldn't be a pilot because of certain medications I've taken in the past. I don't even have the patience to maintain many things so being a mechanic is out of the question. As a result, that's the reason why I decided to major in aviation management at Western Michigan.
Though as I come one step closer to working in that field, I've been starting to think that it was more of the chase than the catch that kept me going and that really hit me hard during my high school graduation. Therefore the thought of working for an airline (i.e. NW) doesn't intrigue me as much as it used to. In addition, 9/11 made me realize that - even though I like to take on challenges - it will make my future career a whole lot harder.
Not to mention the fact that many airlines don't seem to respect the employees, whom can either make or break the CEO. Unfortunately it appears to be more of the latter. With that in consideration, I do think to myself, "I'd be working my ass off in something that I feel strongly about, yet still be treated like crap. Why should I work in this damned industry?"
and as planeguy727 states, I'd have to run into some people in my job who could throw a hissy fit for a multitude of reasons. For a 6+ hour flight I can understand for IFE, but would it really kill you not to have a PTV on a flight like DTW-ATL? Also at times, I really do question the veracity (truthfulness) towards some of the things on here that are said. Sure I can go on all day about the never-ending NW DC-9 saga, but if no one presents their source(s) for a rumor like LH restarting PHX, then why should I believe them?
Although I do still have some things in aviation that I would like to try.
Fly an A380 or 787
Visit some new airports (i.e. KIX)
Fly a 777 out of here for once (I could easily be a true a.netter and do a day trip to London during the auto show just to get it under my belt)
Hoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4530 times:
I live in London and they fly overhead everyday on my way to work and people at work call me a geek because i have a concorde mounted on my PC and at home i have an old model of a BA DC-10...my girlfriend also calls me a geek.
the only thing i miss though is that i rarely see a 727, lockheed 1011's or DC-10s, which are my favourite. Very occasionaly i see an MD-11 cargo plane gracing the skies above London........ahhhhhhh what a sight......
AllegiantAir From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4520 times:
Well, I'm still just a teenager, so my love hasn't been diminished. But I do have to say that commercial aviation has become sort of a pain in the butt between increased security since 9/11, crabby passengers, etc. So what I have to say is... thank god for GA!!! I'm planning to get my private pilots license when I'm 16-18 at the local FBO, then go to an aviation college such as UND or ERAU to get a degree in aviation business so I can manage a small or medium sized airport and FBO (preferably my home airport, AXN). Some people ask me why I don't want to work at large airports like ORD, LAX, JFK, etc, but you know, everyone has a dream job, and managing a FBO and GA airport is mine! So there's a looooong road in aviation ahead of me.
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7303 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4514 times:
I still love aviation, Matchbox cars are what got me into aviation in the first place, making airports and wanting to know different airlines etc.. than I found this site than I found Flight Simulator which really gave me a true passion for aviation. I always wanted to be a commercial pilot and I still think about doing it all the time, but the hard work and little pay and lifestyle they live is just not for me. I am not really sure what I am going to do with my career if it is in aviation or not but right now I am just worried about doing well in school. But I still enjoy FS when I am home and being in two of the best aviation cities in the country DC and Miami I enjoy going to some of the aviation places in my free time. Aviation is going to be something I love for the rest of my life, if it is a possible career choice in the future I dont know but it will always be a big part of my life.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2860 posts, RR: 49
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4506 times:
Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter): Ive seen many people here who claim that their "love" of aviation has diminshed, why is that? It hasnt happened to me, but many people say that they've lost that passion for aviation..
I don't know how your love of aviation could have diminished given that you are between 16 and 20; you haven't had time. I felt the same way when I was your age; now after about 15,000 hours of flying, a furlough, loss of my pension, and a 50% pay cut I am burned out. What else do you need? Yes, airplanes are still interesting technologically, but the act of going to the airport, dealing with security, dealing with grumpy passengers, delays, etc., etc., etc. makes me look forward to retirement. Put it this way: if I won the lottery today, everyone below me on the seniority list would move up a number tomorrow.
Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 13): Well, I'm still just a teenager, so my love hasn't been diminished. But I do have to say that commercial aviation has become sort of a pain in the butt between increased security since 9/11, crabby passengers, etc. So what I have to say is... thank god for GA!!! I'm planning to get my private pilots license when I'm 16-18 at the local FBO, then go to an aviation college such as UND or ERAU to get a degree in aviation business so I can manage a small or medium sized airport and FBO (preferably my home airport, AXN). Some people ask me why I don't want to work at large airports like ORD, LAX, JFK, etc, but you know, everyone has a dream job, and managing a FBO and GA airport is mine! So there's a looooong road in aviation ahead of me
Good for you mate, i wish i had such vision at your age. i wish you all the best in your future endeavours......
little jealous but hey, haha
TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4479 times:
No, it has only grown.
As a kid I went to local air shows, but most of these were sponsored by the local Air National Guard and featured only military aircraft which never piqued my interest. When I went to the ones at BHM, I was far more interested in the commercial jets taking off and landing in the background than I was in the F-4s on display right in front of me.
Occasionally at these air shows I'd get to go up in a privately-owned single-engine Beechcraft or Cessna, but these reminded me of nothing so much as a Type 1 VW Beetle with wings and a whole bunch more gauges.
I didn't have my first flight on a commercial jet until November of 2003 at the ripe old age of 36, and from the moment that Delta MD-88 took off I was hooked. As I never flew in the pre-9/11 years, I've only known going through the TSA line and I accept it as a part of flying: Yeah, it's mildly inconvenient but it's not the end of the world (although I did think that having to go through security just to get on a connecting flight at a major airport like LAX to be an outrage).
I like flying so much that at work I sign up to attend training seminars that I could easily teach in exotic locales like Akron, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina just because I get to fly to and from them.
Able to kill active threads stone dead with a single post!
DLOnur From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 290 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4472 times:
My love of aviation hasn't diminished at all, when looking at just airplanes and the entire operational complexity of running commericial airlines. What has gotten me down are dealing with people--passengers, co-workers, management, FAA, TSA (especially them), etc. The pettiness of management drains me. The stupidity of my co-workers amazes me. The general inability of in-flight to communicate a normal thought bothers me, etc, etc, etc.
The logic behind aviation has gotten clearer and clearer for me as I have spent almost 12 years working in commercial aviation in different locations, different companies, and in different capacities.
I enjoy seeing planes taxi in--I still get a thrill of watching the engines power down--especially being 20 feet away from them....
I guess I'm more enamored with the "system" of commercial aviation as an idea--theoretically. I like looking at the components and seeing how they mesh. I guess that's why dispatch is an avenue that I hope to explore in the future....you have to look at the big picture from a number of different angles and figure out the maze and make it coherent.
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4465 times:
I was a cabin crew for about a year and didn't know squad about aviation back then... I became obsessed only after I quit my job... I guess I missed it a lot... My love hasn't diminished and will never diminish... That I know for sure...
What is a BA L-100 and if theyre only 20 quid maybe i,ll have one.
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4): I would say it has changed. I am still interested in aviation, but not in the same way I was
Sums me up too partly because of the loss of such a great variety of aircraft from the 70,s and 80,s.. Tri jets, and several manufacturers with varying designs and all that. The noise has all but gone, the smell isnt so obvious and most aircraft look the same, an enthusiasts job these days is to spot the difference.
Same here also, i came here thinking we would all be of the same thinking. Different points of view of course but the bottom line i assumed were all friendly enthusiasts. It appears not though and many posts and articles have faded my love of this site i,m afraid.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
: I love flying and that is one of the reasons that I work internationally. As well as getting to see the world on someone elses dollar I get to fly on
: Yes it has. Evolution. Mine and the one of aviation. Nothing last/remains the same forever. Nobody react/behave in the same way. Perhaps your age and
: Exactly...well said. I'm still passionate about all things aviation. My previous job had me flying all over the United States twice a month, occasion
: Has my love for aviation diminished..............HELL NO!!!
29 Adam T.
: Flying commercially definitely isn't what it used to be....it used to be such an exciting experience back when I was a little kid. With that being sai
: ahh bless =) I still remember my first time in a plane & looking out the window to see a DC-10 while on stopover in Delhi. boy was that a good feelin
: It did about a year ago, but then it came back. I tend to go through phases with my aviation interest. It is still a passion of mine though.
: Yes mine has diminished as well. The hassles with security, rude and in considerate people, the one bag rule implemented by the UK government, late ar
: Not diminished, but it has changed over time. My passion for flying is still there, and it still leaves me with a feeling unrivaled and thus far, unma
: Yeah thats me and aviation photography, I need to make it more permanent, its a really interesting hobby but sometimes I get depressed after seeing s
: Ita a Big field is "Aviation" so much happens every day.It can never get boring ever. regds MEL
: Hi! Well my "love" has not diminshed...but the way people talk about aviation now it's getting too much "over the top"...looks sometime that we have p
: Well I notice this a lot out here,Although it has reduced but I've had folks send me CDroms of Aircraft notes free & helped with my queries when ever
38 Adam T.
: Yeah that was a memorable flight for me.....though it was not my first flight....I flew alot between Dallas and Houston as a little kid and about onc
: well i guess we are all still pretty much in love & very passionate with aviation after all these posts. hoppe777
: My love for aviation still keeps growing. As a kid I was interested in aircraft, I liked building models and sometimes visited the airport. After I ha
: It hasn't for me, but the interest has only been there for a year and a half. My love for aviation overtook my love for cars, one that I have had sinc
: Sort of, but that has more to do with the fact that I work in the industry, and although being around planes is always a lot of fun, the problems that