Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6600 times:
It's really funny. I have panic disorder, and take medication for it, but when I'm snuggled into my seat on a widebody over some ocean, everything seems so peaceful, like I've left all my problems behind and I'm away from the real world. Not to mention the puffy clouds rolling by, and that oh so beautiful sunset and sunrise on the transatlantic flights. Also, the sound of the whirring engines just makes me so calm. Plus, there is an excitement for travel. How awesome do you feel when you are boarding your 777 headed to Europe and you look at the gate next to you and those people are boarding their little 737 to Chatanooga, TN?
Ossprey From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6423 times:
I grew up in the air. My earliest memories are of flying in a Beech 18 on Floats. The shakes and vibrations are all part of a language the aircraft speaks. As they speed along the runway lake or river and then seem to leap into the air because that is where they belong. If you ever watch the rate of climb of a 747 it leaps into the air. We all have our favourites and will defend them tooth and nail, but we all respect and understand the love of flight and the things that fly.
I had a chance to have dinner with some great people in aviation in our small community last night and where do us air plane nuts hold such a semi-formal event. In a hanger of coarse. I would not have it any other way. It reminds me of the freeze up parties held by my fathers company many years ago. Always lots of food a few drinks and many stories of the last years events.
I do not just love to fly I live to fly.
I love the touch of aluminum in the morning. Walk arounds in the snow pumping out floats polishing aluminum by hand!!NOT
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6379 times:
When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory famously replied "Because it's there"...so why do I like to fly? I'll just modify Mallory's famous quote a bit "Because I do..." No words can explain it really...
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Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6275 times:
I have the same feelings like Ossprey. I grew up in airplanes, it´s in my blood. Whenever there is a nice offer and I can combine it with my work, I´ll book a ticket. For the rest of this year I´ve planned a return trip to London STN on 20 November, and I just booked a ticket VLC-MXP-IST-FCO-VLC for Xmas and New Year. The best thing of all is, that my girlfriend also loves it!
StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6269 times:
I like to fly because of the thrill of "getting off the ground", and to pay tribute to the Wright Brothers' achievement!
Also, I like flying, because when you do a solo flight in a light aircraft, you start to realize that it is basically you, by yourself in the air, controlling the aircraft, virtually without any boundaries (Only airspaces will), and you start to "go into a different world"
Wanderer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6251 times:
To be honest, I am more of a sailor than an aviator, and would travel the world by ship if I had the time and the money. However, flying is a brilliant feeling - defying the laws of gravity is "something else".
I like to fly because I love travelling and love the buzz of airports. I like being above countries and seeing the landforms from 35,000 feet. And, obviously, I like airliners - I never fail to be impressed by a 747 taking off...
Ratypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6233 times:
I like to fly because it's such an unreal thing to expect to be able to do! However much I fly, I still find it totally mind-bending that I can get on a an aeroplane in South America....and in the space of a night do a journey that used to take weeks or months...and arrive in Europe the next morning. There's something about that that makes airliners part of the best stunt we've ever pulled.....
Just have a think next time you see an airliner coming into land - Isn't it incredible that here is this huge machine, these 300-400 people, and the last time it touched solid ground, it was on the other side of the world from where you are now, somewhere only 50 years ago you'd not expect to go in your lifetime. It gives me shivers! That's why I love flying!
Skydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1154 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6224 times:
Snuggled up on that AA777 with my laptop and my noise cancellations, occasionally looking out the window, I feel as if I am in my own little cocoon of peace.
Until I have to pee...
Yeah, but where else can you take a dump in a $40,000 toilet, cruising at 550 MPH, 37,000 feet above the earth?
Personally, I like every aspect of flying: boarding the aircraft, takeoff, in-flight service, the view of the world from above, turbulence, brat kids, pungent people, screaming babies... OK, maybe I've gone too far now...
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6178 times:
1. Fastest way to travel long distance
2. The 'glamour' associated with air travel. It just makes me feel good that I could afford to travel 'in style', even if it's on a LCC. Poor souls who have to depend on bus/train/ship/camel/mule/etc to get to their destinations...
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6132 times:
I hate to fly! It's not that I am scared...it's just such a pain in the @ss! And once you get on the plane, the seats suck, the flight is late too much, etc. etc. etc. I love airplanes, thus I am a member of this website, but I HATE the act of actually flying.