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Why An Aviation Enthusiast?  
User currently offlineUprightnlocked From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

In a couple of worlds - describe why you are an airline enthusiast. I am asked that question all the time and have a difficult time answering.

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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1443 times:


Love airplanes, flying, technical issues, great feeling to be in the air. Atmosphere aboard and already at the airport.

Rgds, B737-700


User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Just am.

GE


User currently offlineAa777dr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

I just can't get enough of those "Big Birds". Just to think something that huge flies keeps me busy studying them.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

1) Everytime I see a plane, I look up to identify airline and type.
2) Play with FS 2000 too much!
3) I know way too much about planes!
4) I love them.


User currently offlineSkyWestPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Let's go on a trip together (sorry, it's more than a couple words). . .

You step off the jetway into the terminal. You can suddenly feel the energy of the airport- expectant faces greet you awaiting their loved ones. A couple embraces on your right, a child runs to grandpa on your left. Here you see people at their best and their worst. At the gate counter a not-so-happy woman just finds out her flight is cancelled- she just came in on the red-eye from the east coast. Anger, disappointment, exasperation. As you make your way through the terminal, you are pulled inexplicably to the bay windows that face the active runway. An airplane lifts off. Your brain automatically goes into ID mode. Alaska Airlines livery, two wing-mounted engines: It's a 737. It's a short 737, so it must be one of their new -700 series. Out of the corner of your eye you see some movement- a very large aircraft is pushing back from the gate. American colors, twin wing mounted engines. . .767 or 777? Three trucks on the main gear, it's a 777! Beautiful. Glancing at your watch, you see it's 45 mins to departure time for your next leg. The adrenaline hightens the excitement of thinking about defying gravity once more! As you walk back to the gate people watch, some smile, many nod. A woman asks where she can pick up her luggage "Down the escalator, ride the tram, second stop, you'll see the signs." It must be the uniform and the hat.

I love my job. I've got the best seat in the house. There's nothing like watching airplanes all day most every day.


User currently offlineAvion757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

I love passenger aircraft because it amazes me how you can get from one place to another 1000s of miles away in a matter of miles. Passenger aeroplanes are also attractive in the variety of people you can meet aboard. I love civil aviation, but I hate anything to do with war planes- I despise war and I don't like politics.
Thank you for asking such an interesting question!
Bye.


User currently offlineSR3496 From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Why not?

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

I don't know for sure. . .
I guess it started after my dad got back from a business trip and had pictures of the plane.
I wanted to identify his plane, so I did all sorts of research. That's when my love of comm. aviation was spurred.



Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineEuroflyer From France, joined Jun 2012, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

I just do. There's something about the atmosphere at the airport and on the plane. And the feeling of cruising at 35 000 ft., with the entire world below you, and the endless blue sky around you.

If you don't want to get into aviation, don't fly!! Cause once the pilot calls "rotate", and the plane lifts of the ground, and you feel the force of defying gravity... you'll be hooked for life!!!

EUROFLYER



Born to fly !
User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

You can't look at pornography 24 hours a day. You need aviation to break the monotany(sp?).

User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Why ask why??

User currently offlineBobo2196 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

Aviation Lover:

1. Gets to the airport 6 hours early on day of trip to take pictures and listen to ATC.

2. Books flights (frequently out of their way) because they want to be on a specific aircraft/airline.

3. Subscription to Airways Magazine (Airliners, Airliner World)

4. Collects Timetables (optional)

5. Goes to this website.

6. Can identify the aircraft by the smell alone

7. Steals safety cards (optional)

8. Can identify aircraft by how it sounds on takeoff.

9. Really antsy at the airport and just want to get on, look at watch every three minutes and wonder whats taking so long.

10. Takes 31 pictures of an engine they never saw before.

11. SNEAKS USE OF SCANNER ONBOARD!  

12. IS JUST PLANE ADDICTED TO IT!!  

LOL
Bobo2196





User currently offlineBobo2196 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

"And the feeling of cruising at 35 000 ft, with the entire world below you, and the endless blue sky around you."

The "feeling" is because they forgot to change the OZONE SCRUBBERS!! (747SP)

LOL
Bobo2196




User currently offlineEraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

My father worked for the airlines from 1967 to 1990, first at SFO (my first flight was a B707 from SF to HNL in 1st class) then we moved to LA. I remember we lived in Westchester (near LAX), and I would always RUN out the door to our house to see the planes landing, you could hear them. the daily TWA 747 from LHR, the AF from CDG, UTA from PPT, PA 707's 747's (this was 1977), AA 747's from JFK, those Braniff DC-8's in the wild calder colors coming from Bogota, Lima and the big orange 747 from Guam!, all sorts from all countries. Back then it was easier to identify the planes and I was quite good at identifying them + the liveries from the air. It was something just instilled in me (a love of travel and how to get there), A father who worked for the airlines, flying non rev all over the place in first class. My first intl flight was in 1982 after I graduted from HS, asked Dad to get me a ticket to Tahiti on UTA French Airlines (probably because I liked their green doors and blue tail and it came from an exotic destination) (all airline personnel and families got discounts on OTHER airlines), so I paid about $200.00 RT and off I went for a week. didn't speak any French back then, God I still wonder why I did that. But I did, and it worked out fine. Just all by myself on Tahiti and Moorea at little backpacking places. Due to a summer embargo, was put aboard Qantas from PPT-LAX. So, I love airliners, airlines, different liveries. Flying is not what it used to be when I was growing up, but it still is such an excitement when that plane revs up its engines and careens down the runway.... I still have a collection of blankets from Pan Am (the red ones and the later blue ones), Air France (white with "Propriete d'Air France imprinted in big brown letters, 2 versions of red ones), salt, pepper & sugar packets and soaps, playing cards from Pan Am, UTA, AF, British Airways and Qantas. Couldn't get enough of the art of traveling when I was a kid. Still love it at 36 yrs of age!! Can't wait until the new Intl terminal at SFO opens. Probably more airlines will come to it too!

User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 1337 times:

I am more attracted to the business aspect of the aviation industry. When i look at Aviation, i see the enormous untapped potential it holds.

Dont get me wrong, i love planes, but they got to make business sense!


User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1334 times:


Up to 400,000 kilograms of man-made machine, hurtling through the air at 40,000 feet, doing 85% the sped of sound.

Sounds like a damn good hobby to me.

B727-200.


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1995 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Ever since, as a little boy, I looked out the window of a United DC-8 back in '65 and saw the planes and terminals at JFK get smaller, I have been hooked on the very idea flying.

I still feel the excitement of those 707s, DC-8s and occasional CV990 taking me all over the world. The sounds, smells, exotic color schemes.

As an adult (chronologically, not in necessarily in terms of maturity), I still feel the magic. I don't care about speed; I love the fact that an aluminum tube can provide a safe sanctuary for a number of people and take them to exciting places. Thus, military aircraft do not excite me; like Avion757, je deteste la guerre (I despise war).

Daniel



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

It's great to soar tens of thousands of feet above the rest of the world and have it be normal.



Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

LOVE PLANES!!!!


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

just do,it's in my genes. but i have no interest in war planes though! only commercial and biz-jets.
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

I can't get enough of commercial airplanes. They amaze me everytime I see them...

User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

I thought you said, "a couple of words." Actually you spelled it "worlds."

SR3496 said it, "why not?"

Greeneyes53787 said it, "just am."

GE


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