Hustler From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 325 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
I am an aviation enthusiast just like many of you. However I feel that I lack many things. I am seeking advice from you for me to get better at this hobby.
I am asking for you to post any links that may be helpful to me. These are the ones I have so far:
And of course this site.
One that I suck at is about finding news articles. For example. This morning I heard on the Spanish radio station that a man fell out off the wheel bay from an American Airlines jet that was approaching JFK.
I have looked for an article regarding this at cnn.com yahoo.com and msnbc.com
747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
Not much in the way of news, but here are a couple you'll like:
This is Bill Harms' airliner census: It's the airplane bible, recording every single Boeing, Airbus, L-1011, and Concorde jet out there whether still in use or retired - and even a few that have yet to be delivered. It's quite incredible. Whenever you see a picture in here with the registry, you can click over to the census and find out when it was delivered, what engines it has, etc., - also, if you ever post a picture and wonder "Is it a 737-200 or a -2H4" and want that technical last 3 digit code, the census will help you out (as well as telling you the line number, delivery date, etc.). http://www.bird.ch/bharms/asr_sh00.htm
This is the route calculator. It's an awesome sight that allows you to input starting and ending destinations and see the quickest route and the distance in nautical or statue miles or kilometers. It also allows you to put in a starting destination and an aircraft's range and it'll show a circle of how far it can go. http://gc.kls2.com/
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
Exactly 'what' are you trying to get better at? Are you looking to be more knowledgable vis a vis a/c recognition, airline history, hubs, routes, etc?
All I can say is that it will take time my friend. Some of us were airliner enthusiasts long before some of you were even a glint in your fathers eye. So of course some of us are going to be 'better' enthusiasts. We have time and experience on our side. And keep in mind, that those of us 'experts' did not become 'experts' overnight. And neither will you.
My advice to you:
Read this site (many of us didn't have it growing up)
Go to your local newsstand or library and pick up copies of Airliners, Airways, Air Transport World, Aviation Week, and so on.
Learn to read timetables from all the airlines. Learn to count the number of flights from a given city, and where they fly to.
Hang out at the airports whenever you can. Take pictures when you can, always trying to improve. I remember when I first started taking pictures in 1992 or so. I though they were 'da bomb' at the time. I compare them to pix I take now, and they are comical. It takes practice, perseverence, and a certain level of awareness on your part.
Follow airline related stories in the newspaper business sections.
Invest in a couple of hard cover airliner books. There are a number of good books out there, both technical/informative and historical. Get a hold of some of them and read them until you have them memorized.
And lastly: have patience. Remember: we all had to start somewhere, and nobody knew "everything" right off the bat. When my interest in airliners was sparked in 1983, I was 9 years old, and knew ziltch about planes. But as the years went on, my knowledge and experience grew to where, with all due modesty, I think I can consider myself to be somewhat of an expert (at least in terms of the US airlines) today.
Hustler From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
Thanks for the advise MattD. 747-600X and Modesto2 thanks for the links. It is really appreciated.
Now one thing. I still can't find anything on that man that fell from the wheel undercarrige of an AA jet approaching JFK. According to the Spanish news station this happened today. They said it so briefly though. It left me wanting to learn more about this tragic incident.