NEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 680 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
I would really like to get an idea of the percentages of a.net members that are either enthusiasts like myself or actually working in aviation.
Please post your position, either enthusiast and to what level or, working the industry and in what capacity. I find that both professional and enthusiasts leave some really valued replies to some interesting threads on this site, it would be good to know roughly what the divide is.
I personally would have loved to be involved in the industry and about 14 years back i applied for a ground crew job with British Midland. They sent me an application form and i didn't return it. Almost out of the blue a couple of weeks later, they sent another and then another a few weeks after that, they were really eager and i bucked out. Reason...one of the comments on the form stated, Your weight must be appropriate to your height. Although i had a slightly enlarged midriff, i really wasn't considered fat, but this put me off applying.
Thanks in advance to your replies.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31201 posts, RR: 58 Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2267 times:
I work in Maintenance, 5 nights/week in Line Mx & Major mx, currently on B732SF,B752SF & B752PCF.
I enjoy myself & get paid for it.
I don't know if I can do anything else apart from Aircraft Maintenance.its everything to me.
Transpac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3139 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
Currently I work ramp/CS. Personally, I think this is one of the best jobs you can have when you're young. My work schedule works perfectly with my school schedule, as I only work on the weekends. Besides, flight benefits are one of the greatest things invented, despite the hot & cold reception they get on a.net. It's often what prevents a lot of people from ever leaving the industry entirely, as they are quite literally addicted to the FB's. I know I am!!
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 1): I don't know if I can do anything else apart from Aircraft Maintenance.its everything to me.
The airline industry really does seem to be unique in how the work involved can be simultaneously enjoyable yet addicting.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8298 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
I am an enthusiast and have been ever since I lived close to Teesside airport and remember seeing Dan-Air Comets going out in the early 70s. My wife has worked for SAA for 29 years so that is my closest connection to aviation.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
Now an enthusiast and FF for work. Was a FA for almost 3 years in the late 70's. Wonderful time and memories. Quit to go back to university and finish degrees and never went back to work in the industry.
Flipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1525 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
Quoting Andz (Reply 8): I am an enthusiast and have been ever since I lived close to Teesside airport and remember seeing Dan-Air Comets going out in the early 70s. My wife has worked for SAA for 29 years so that is my closest connection to aviation.
I'm learning to fly at Teesside, nice little airport I think. Im not technically employed so I suppose I'm just an enthusiast although I'm learning to fly at the moment and am doing my masters degree in Aerospace engineering/Buisness. I used to work for a composite firm.
Faustino927 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
Quoting Mauiman31 (Reply 11): Wonderful time and memories. Quit to go back to university and finish degrees and never went back to work in the industry.
I quit with American after 24 years of work as a F/A. Started college to become a Registered Nurse which is what I wanted to be when I graduated from High School. It is never to late. I started my aviation career with Pan Am.
Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7 Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
When I studied my career of economics, I worked in the travel agency where my mother actually spends her last years before her retirement. There I get my acknowledges about Amadeus and Galileo systems, learned about strange airlines and aircrafts and is an exciting world.
Now, my wife works, as I said many times, in the travel agency which prepares all my job flights and sometimes I go there to help her with my very stange flights and trips.
El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
Egmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
I am not employed in the aviation business. However I now live near to my local airport so that makes up for it. I don't get to spend much time as I would like watching aircraft but you can't have it have both ways.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
I used to own a travel agency, these days I work for an international chain of travel agencies - but I'm not in sales (left that in 2003 when I had to close my own office down) or ticketing (left that in 2005) any longer, these days I work as a project manager, currently responsible for two projects affecting the division of the company that I'm employed by (covering three countries).
Aside from that, I'm also responsible for all teams that load and distribute our airfares in those three countries, as well as for the ticketing teams in two of the three countries... and I'm responsible for our ticketing automation and fare loading/distribution software...
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11136 posts, RR: 63 Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
I don't currently, but I plan to. I considered pursuing my aim of being a pilot straight after I left school, but thought it would be wiser to get a degree first, so that I have something to fall straight back on if I don't make it to being a pilot. Half way through my last year of the course, so starting to think about what I want to do afterwards.
Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
Half way through my PPL, after I leave college next year I am going to get a normal job for a year or two to raise a bit of cash whilst still building flying hours, then hopefully enrol onto a integrated course when I am 21 or so.
That being said if there is demand for pilots in the UK in a few years time, it is not always gaurenteed.