DE727UPS From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 13 Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
I was born with this genetic defect that made me like planes. No aviation background in my family. I loved things that fly as long as I can remember and worked at an airport at 16 pumping gas. As an airline pilot now, I've lost some of those initial feelings, but I still wouldn't want to do anything else for a living. How did you become involved in aviation?
Zsx81 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
Absolutely no idea how I got the bug, but right now I m enrolled in Westrern Michigan U, majoring in Aviation Flight Sciences, or commercial pilot program. My mom tells me as a kid I used to start shaking and screeming everytime I went to the airport, and I still do.
Ganymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
My Dad used to be an a/c enth.Guess that he unloaded the virus upon me first.Together with my mom & my brother we were regular visitors to both general av. airfields & airports in Kinshasa(Congo),in Belgium and here in Luxembourg .And finally -not surprisingly at all to me -about 2 years ago my brother suddenly started displaying thypical "airsickness syndrome" of a freaky kind as well.
OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
Well, it started when at my homebase, MST, after I visited it with school on an excursion where we got pretty close to some aircraft, that was really cool (although that airport is pretty small and the only aircraft at that moment were an ATR-42, emb-120 and IL-18!). I definately wanted to go back soon to see more aircraft because it impressed me pretty much (especially the IL-18 which we saw departing at only 200ft distance) and shortly after that visit an An-124 just was impounded. A few days later I went to the airport with a friend who was also pretty curious to see that thing. When we saw it we decided to go back sometime to see it again. From that day on aviation became my biggest hobby, also my friend got totally involved in aviation after that first visit.
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4200 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1843 times:
Its a family bug i guess. My dad is a Northwest pilot and used to also be in the Air Force. My grandfather (my dad's dad) flew in WWII but i never knew him. I grew up loving planes and flying. Now i am well on my way despite how much my parents wanted me to be a doctor (b.c im good in science). I honestly cant imagine doing anything else. God would really have to change my heart and flip over my life if He wanted me doing anything else.
CleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
It's just interesting. I love the background of all the organization that goes into an airline. I love watching planes. I love airport architecture. It has just been a passion of mine since I can remember. Im 16 now and have probably been into it since I could understand it.
SashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
Well, I got to fly on planes from early age. And those were kinnda long-haul flights around former USSR. The variety of planes, connections at the airports, checking-in, runway views from airport windows - all started to get me interested.
The final "influential factor" was when in-flight from Yakutsk to Moscow on Aeroflot IL-18 (early 80s, now this route is flown by IL-62s, Tu-154Ms and IL-96-300). The plane was REALLY noisy and flight was long, with a stop-over or two. So, my mom wasn't feeling well and we had to call for a FA to get her a glass of water. FA also had to give her a medicine for headache.
While doing all this, she (the FA) must've noticed anxiety and curiosity on my face (I was only about 4 or 5 years old). She said: "Don't worry, your mom is gonna be ok very soon".
Then, she went somewhere and came back with an Aeroflot corporate postcard, with a photo of Tu-154 on it! "Here, it's a present for you. Kewl plane isn't it?" - she asked. I nodded: "Yes". Then she patiently explained to me parts of the plane: the three engines, wings, T-tail, landing gear (the plane on photo was taking-off) and also described how it compared to IL-18 we were on. I found it all fascinating.
These days, I can still remember her smiling in her strict, neat Aeroflot uniform.
707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1835 times:
My mom and dad worked for Remnert-Warner at Burke Airport here in Cleveland in the 60's. (They outfitted Sabreliners for Rockwell...) I picked it up from them. My dad used to take me to work with him when I was really small. After my dad passed away, my mom would take me out to Cleveland Hopkins on Fridays during the summer. I'd sit there until it got dark watching all the planes. I even used to write down all the types, airlines, and N#'s. I joined the Navy and was assigned to an F/A-18 squadron, and then an eval squadron at Pax. Aviation just seems to get into your blood!
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1827 times:
My mom used to be a travel agent, and I'd always come to her office after school. She'd give me calendars from the airlines with pics of their a/c on them, and she'd give me all kinds of other plane related stuff to keep me entertained. Even a book full of seating charts for every airplane. She's no longer a travel agent, but I still love planes. Airliners.net has only made this love stronger.
LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1829 times:
Maybe i got it from my grandpa? he was a airplane engineer at Warsaw Okecie, but my whole family thinks im sick or something although their joking they cant believe that i sit by an atlas hours studying flight-paths, airports, runways and everything. They flipped when they heard LIVE air-traffic control at O'hare, LOL for ORD!
Vetteman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
I started working for AirTran a few years back on the ramp and after a brief stint there as lead went to catering, and finally to the ATL control center. Then I decided I would much rather fly the birds than talk to them on the radio and find parking spots for them, so it was off to school. Now I'm working on my private liscense at Georgia Avaition and Technical College... What a beautiful story, eh?
Accidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
My best friend's dad was a corporate pilot flying the DA-50, G-IV, and a king air B200...One day they asked if I wanted to go to the aiport..I did...we went...after going quite a few times, and working on these airplanes I was totally hooked...I then decided to start flying lessons...I built up some hours and thats where I am today. Luckilly I moved and my neighbor owns his own runway and two airplanes right out back!
SIN_SQ From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
I first became interested in aviation when I was small...Here in Singapore, in Southeast Asia, when Changi International Airport, Terminal 1 opened in 1981, my parents would take me there to see my relatives off.
Everytime I come to Changi, I would race with my brother from either Arrival Hall or Departure Hall to View Gallery where I had a view of runways, taxiways and planes. This was my sweet memory when I was a kid.
With Terminal 2 in operation, it is still very popular with teenagers who sit in air-condifioned viewing gallery, studying for their examinations. The airport authority officiers had headache telling teenagers not to study there. However students do flock to Terminal 2 during examination period because of its spaciousness and nice atmosphere where you can hear music flowing in according to many teenagers there. I was there when I was having examination "fever".
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whenever I stay with my family in my grandma's home, I could see planes flying over my head! Her home is located near Subang Airport. Before all international flights moved from Subang to Sepang International Airport, I could see planes of all types flying so low over my grandma's home. I would run out of house and looked up to the sky when the planes are approaching.
But now, sad to say...I am not working in aviation field...Now working in a Information Technology field. Nevertheless, I still go to airport, watching planes taking off and landing...my dream is to work at airport.
Terminal 3 is now under construction. You can bet what I would do next. Terminal 3 will be ready in 2006, just in time for new SQ Airbus A380 aircraft to arrive.
PlanningGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
OK, as one of the older farts on this forum, I'll expose a bit of personal history.
One of my earliest memories is being with my parents at Bachman Lake (which is at the end of the runways of Love Field in Dallas) feeding the ducks. This was before DFW was built, so Love Field was one hoppin' place! We used to go at least every few weekends to watch the planes and feed the ducks.
I could not have been more than 3, as my brother hadn't been born yet, and I was still with a pacifier tied on a ribbon around my neck. I very clearly remember walking out to give a large greenish mallard duck a cracker, when I stopped to watch an American 707 scream overhead (and yes, I remember the exact type of aircraft!). After the duck took the cracker, and while my head was craned above watching the airplane, the duck decided he REALLY wanted my pacifier--so the next thing I knew the duck was at my throat, grabbing the pacifier which was tied to my neck by the ribbon, and then trying to run headlong back into the lake--dragging me behind it!
After my parents stopped laughing (and taking pictures, which I remember but can't find now!), they snatched me from the clutches of this foul fowl.
If that didn't count as a baptism by fire into the airline biz, I'm not sure what does!
Later in life, I actually told my wife we were going to the airport at night to "watch airplanes" -- and, unlike submarine races, that's what I meant. For some reason, she understood.
For complete "freaks" like me, aviation isn't a job, or a hobby, or an interest--it's a wonderful combination of a vocation, in which I make a living, and an avocation, which I am totally involved in. True, I may never win a net worth challenge--but no one can EVER out-do my enthusiasm for my job. May anyone reading this have the same luck--and happiness--in their career!
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
My dad was kinda into aviation and used to take me out to ORD to watch the planes on weekends. I got really hooked during one of our many family trips to SJU on Eastern in the '80's. I was really into military and commercial aviation but once I got into High School, aviation took a back seat to sports, girls, and getting into trouble. I still managed to go out to the airport every once in a while to check stuff out. I got back into it big time when I started college and discovered there are other freaks like me on the internet talking about planes and stuff.