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Do You Work In Aviation Or Simply Enthusiasts?  
User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 728 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Hi Everyone,


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!
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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4549 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.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineRW170 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4544 times:

I'm a corporate employee - don't want to say much more here beyond that, but PM's are welcome. haha


319/320/321/712/733/734/735/73G/738/752/753/763/CR2/CR9/DH8/135/145/170/175/190/D9S/D94/D95/M82/M83/M88
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4542 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!!  Big grin

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 1):
I don't know if I can do anything else apart from Aircraft Maintenance.its everything to me.

 bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 
The airline industry really does seem to be unique in how the work involved can be simultaneously enjoyable yet addicting.


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

I'm just an enthusiast right now. I hope to be an airline pilot when I'm older.

 airplane   veryhappy 



Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineJCKastrup From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

I'm only an enthusiast.

I don't work around aviation and probably never will....

However. Growing up right next to Copenhagen airport, MAY have affected my love for aviation.



Who the hell wants to fly to JFK? Nobody does, That's who!
User currently offlineN710PS From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4515 times:

I am and have been employed in the aviation world in every form on the frontline level except for Mechanic and Flight Attendant since I was 18 years old.


There is plenty of room for Gods animals, right next to the mashed potatoes!
User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4506 times:
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Worked for FL for A year and a half, now all im gonna say is that im with the airline of my dreams....the screen name says it all


It's Time To Fly
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8469 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4497 times:
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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...
User currently offlineFaustino927 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

I worked for Pan Am from 1979 to 1991. Then I worked for American from 1992 to 2003. I am also an enthusiast and love anything in aviation.


Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4491 times:

I am just an aviation enthusiast. I never worked for an airline and probably never will.

I love to travel, though, and that started my interest in aviation. Flying isn't just a way to get me from A to B but it is part of my whole travel experience.


User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
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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.

User currently offlineDC10BHX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4485 times:

I have worked in freight forwarding in the UK since 1984 and have been involved in Airfreight operations since 1985. My sign off reads my attitude to life.


I'm lucky my job is my hobby
User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4477 times:
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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.

Fred


User currently offlineFaustino927 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4474 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.
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4471 times:
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Hi guys,

I used to be an enthusiast and then I was lucky enough to start working in the aviation business. Worked as a ramp rat and now I am a pilot on MD11F for LH Cargo...

WILCO737 (MD11F)
 airplane 



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17148 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

I'm an enthusiast, dont work in aviation, and will probably never do that either.


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
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Only enthusiast.

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.

Regards,

Gerard



El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1826 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4449 times:

I study aviation transportation, but i am still an enthusiast.

User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4447 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.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4445 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...  Smile

I love my job... Big grin



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11719 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4438 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.


Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

Enthusiast and Employee - Ramp agent for Delta at DAB.

User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4428 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.


User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 852 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4426 times:

Recent enthusiast who works in Admin!!


The best way forwards is upwards!
25 Srbmod : I've been an enthusiast since I was a kid (Originally I was into military aviation, with little interest in commercial aviation) but getting into the
26 CanadianNorth : Both. Been an enthusiast ever since I can remember. Been a cabin service agent for Air North since June, but I'm leaving the airline at the end of the
27 AerorobNZ : Gate Agent at AKL. Have been with the airline for 2.5 years. Hopefully by next week I will be in Station Control centre training as a Turn Coordinator
28 BE77 : Enthusiast - light ac owner with +-900 hours private, travel quite a bit domestic and international for business.
29 NEMA : Thanks for the replies to date. Some nice posts and a couple of members who I recognise from regular inputs on here. Seems that more of you are, or ha
30 Letsgetwet : I'm doing it the other way around. I worked for 30 years as an engineer for a very large chemical co. Now I'm collecting a very nice pension , and in
31 ThrottleHold : Been in the aviation business since leaving school. Have flown the BAe 146, B737, B747, A320 and currently an F/O on the A330.
32 Post contains images Joness0154 : I'm both I suppose. Just got hired by an aviation consulting firm as a consultant (airport planning, environmental, financial). I will have my CFI in
33 OA260 : Always worked in the industry since I left school. Alot of family in the same industry also. I have always wanted to work in the airline/travel indust
34 Motif1 : Enthusiast - just love airplanes and flying. Recently I developed liking towards Elite privileges too. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to become A
35 113312 : Working in aviation since 1971 and an enthusiast since, well, forever.
36 Novak500 : just an enthusiast, grew up close to YYZ Rich
37 EWRCabincrew : CO as a flight attendant for 20 years, ISM (purser) the last 10. Just as big of an enthusiast, too. Loving every minute of it.
38 NG1Fan : Frequent user over the last ten years. Went flying as a child when my father was qualifying for his PPL. Love flying, became an enthusiast when I got
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