SkyWestPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1645 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.
Avion757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1640 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!
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1617 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.
Eraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1588 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!
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2089 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1564 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).
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery