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Confessions Of An Airliner Addict  
User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Ok, maybe it's going too far.

When I see certain pens and pencils, I am reminded of the nose of a concorde or 767. Same with the top of a soda bottle and a 777.

When I see something that's lime green I think of Song Airlines.

When I get blinded by a reflection of somethign, I thnk of the glare on an Americna Airlines 757 or something.

I could go on forever with these. It's sad.

Confess. How bad is your love for aviation?

-Phil


Phil Derner Jr.
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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Oh, jeeze....not that bad! Big grin

The worst combination is 1) Jobless 2) Penniless 3) Internet connection 4) Access to a.net......too many posts

Having just worked at an airport, the novelty has somewhat worn off me.

Even when spotting, I get bored after just 10 minutes of watching planes....


User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I can be 20 miles away from my airport (ROC) look up, see a Continental Express RJ 2000 feet above me, look at my watch and reply.....

"That Continental Express jet from CLE is running 35 minutes late."

I stop everything I am doing to watch the FedEx A310 take off because it is the ONLY widebody service in ROC.

I have no idea how many magazines, models, articles or manuals I have relating to Commercial Aviation

When checking in customers going to JFK, I routinely ask if they are connecting on to another carrier. If they are, I tell them what terminal and how to get their. (I have been called by other co-workers on days off to tell them that yes, Air India departs from terminal 4)

If it doesn't have engines, wings, and people onboard, I'm not interested.


User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

I'll tlak to a friend who says she's gong to the Dominican Republic and I ask if it's on American Airlines form JFK. they get kinda freaked out when I know that.

Went to Ireland? How was the Continental 767 flight? lol

My friends know I like planes. Sometimes one will depart over us or something and they joke and ask what kind it is. They get even mroe freaked out when I don't even have to look up and can identify it by the sound alone. lol

-Phil




Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

My problem is when I know I've correctly identified an easy flight in my area, say a widebody that's only once a day, my friends would say, "oh, sure, you could say anything you want and we wouldn't even know." It's frustrating.
Nick

[Edited 2003-08-09 02:10:39]

User currently offlineNorthwesta319 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

I can read the titles on the airliners going into ORD and MDW that go over my house- i have a lot of timetables and i always have my watch on. Just last night, a plane came over and I said to a friend, that AirTran flight from Atlanta is running late.

He said I was crazy.
His mom was on that plane, too.


User currently offlineWesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 327 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

1) When looking at a un-peeled banana, I can't help but remember those Hughes Airwest DC-9 (Top Bananas) of the 70's flying into LAX and parking at Terminal 6 (then called Satellite 6).

2) When hearing or talking about the Hawaiian Islands, I think of the long and smooth plane ride to HNL on June 16, 1981 aboard a Western Airlines DC-10-10 "Space Ship." My first plane ride ever!

3) When staring into the night sky near a flight pattern or airport and describing the aircraft make, model and sometimes the airline, my friends will roll their eyes.

Yes, I am an "airliner dork", but damn proud of it!

- Ron
Western DC-10-10



Western Airlines - The Only Way To Fly
User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

........................no comment.............................
i'm just cra-z about airplanes.



What now?
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Yes, I'm a plane nut too. If I can take the time to find a particular airliner by its customer code, then I must be an addict too. Example-I worked with F9 for awhile...ship 302 is a 737-317, 5 which were built for CP Air. Who else would bother with that, if you weren't into airliners? Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineAndersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

As a kid I remember looking up into the clear winter sky and seeing the jets and their contrails. I would mark down if it was 2, 3, or 4 engines, engine location and determine what type of aircraft it was and the direction. I would then mark the time down, go to my bedroom and pull out all the timetables I had collected the last time I changed planes in DEN or SLC and try to determine the airline and flight. Who knows if I was ever right, but as a kid growing up in a small town in Wyoming, that was about all there was to do.




Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!
User currently offline747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

When I flew first class on an NW DC-10 a couple years ago I swiped the silverware from my dinner tray! Big grin

I also have two drawers full of old timetables.

The only job I could truly enjoy would be working for an airline, any other job seems BOR-ING!



At Eastern, we earn our wings every day!
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

No matter how interesting the trip someone's taken, all I want to know (or at least the first thing) is which airline they flew. As in: "hey, I've just come back from trekking in Nepal / interviewing Madonna in LA / shagging hookers in Amsterdam", and my honest response is, "Oh yeah? So who'd you fly with?" And as with some of you, I'll know the answer anyway ("Enjoy Ireland? And what about that Continental 767 eh?" - haha).


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineRaven111 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 106 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Alot of times at work, I find myself in the middle of doing something and I'll look up and see 4 744's lined up in a row on the taxiway awaiting departure. I always want to stop and go grab my camera but I can never get away form what I'm doing. When things are slow, me and my co-workers will challange each other to see who can identify whatever is on final before it gets obvious of what it is.


"The secret to my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day." Chuck Yeager
User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Where to begin.. I'm just like most I guess. Whenever someone I know flies somewhere, the first question out of my mouth isn't "How was the trip?", it's "Who did you fly on?" followed by "What kind of plane?". Of course, they don't know what type of plane so my next question is "Well, how many seats were in a row?" and so on. It's scary to a lot of my friends on how much I know about commercial aviation and airlines in general. They're very impressed on how I can hear an identify an A319/320/321 without even looking up just because of their distinct engine sound. Its the same way with Fed Ex's A300 and their DC10s and US's A330s. Usually if they are flying somewhere, they'll ask what kind of plane they should be flying on and I'll tell them. Of course, I'm usually right except when it comes to the A319/320 but damn that's always a close one  Big thumbs up


Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineWjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 583 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Big Phil, me and you are the exact same man


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2801 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

My friends, who have absolutely no interest in aviation, collect flight plans for me when they fly.

User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

I've got it bad. Today, I sat on a curb next to a busy San Antonio intersection simply because it afforded me a view of arriving aircraft at SAT. Oh, did I mention that it was 101 degrees at the time? And that I did this for 90 minutes?


II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

I have the same problem Cedarjet. I try my hardest to ask how the trip was and then quickly move on to the flights so as not to seem like I don't care about their trip, but it's tough. One of my friends went to South Africa a week and a half ago and is coming back on this Sunday and she was kind of freaked out about how much I knew about her flights.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

Oh yeah, I forgot to add, I spent my hard-earned money to fly from ATL to ICT to DFW to ATL all in the same day just so I could get to fly some new planes to a new airport in a strange (Not too many people go to Kansas.) state.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

I have only been REALY REALLY into planes for a little over two years, but I always liked them.

When I was little I would sit at the window of my third floor apartment that I could see part of ruway 13/31 at LGA. I would use bincoulars to identify planes and write down a notebook what plane, airline, time, action and whatever other comments I had. I wish I still had those notebooks.

Today at work I was holding a pen of minepararallel to teh desk about half inch off the surface. I didnt even realize that I started to "rotate" the "plane" and was flying the damn pen. It's sad. lol

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Everyone who has dreamed of being a pilot has done this:

When backing up your car, you pretend like you're talking to ground and ask for appropriate clearance.

Then taxi slowly down the residential street, giving way to kids crossing the street on the third intersection (that would be taxiway to you).

On the entrance ramp to the freeway is when you "rotate".

You call "gear up" at 35MPH on your way to the speed limit.

You move your steering wheel with your fingertips ever so slightly correcting slight road deviations in an effort to keep your car straight and between the lanes... which of course simulates the ailerons.

Once you've reached the speed limit, you've acheived your "cruising altitude".

And of course don't forget to activate "auto pilot" aka cruise control.




Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

But trickijedi, if you're alone and you tlak to ground control, do you talk aout loud?  Big grin lol

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Dang Trickijedi!!! I thought I was the only goof getting my car "pushed back" and then "taxiing out". Too funny! I always "take off" on the highway ramp too!
I have been doing this since I was a kid on my bike  Smile
My call sign has always been Delta 1972 heavy. 1972 for the year I was born and I LOVE the L-1011 so naturally I have to be a heavy  Big grin

BigPhilNYC-
Sometimes I talk outloud, sometimes I only think it  Smile
When I was a kid I used to sit from sun up to sun down on the sidewalk in the Florida heat with pen, notebook, watch and binoculars recording all of the days movements. At the end of the evening I would go inside and pull the OAG out and try to ID the flights. I too wish I still had those note books. They had good stuff! Piedmont, Eastern, Republic, Ozark, Pan-Am, Wardair, Frontier I, NewYork Air. Good times.



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Yeah, when I was younger, LGA had DC-10s, L-1011s, and a LOT of 727. then I get back into it two years ago and it's like "Sorry, they're all gone, and your 727s are on the way out too.

There were more 767s as well.

I think things will pick up at LGA in the next few years, and we'll see more airlines bringing in more heavies. (God, I hope!)

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
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