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You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....  
User currently offlineDr.DTW From United States of America, joined May 2000, 290 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Ok, we had this post many times in the past, and truly enjoyed it, so I'd thought I would start it again!

You know your an airliner freak if...

When accelerating onto a freeway, you say softly to yourself: "V1....rotate."

You miss seeing your loved ones board their flight becase you were too busy walking around the concourse looking for a better window view.

You know the flight number and arrival time of every 'heavy" jet coming into your local airport.

When your on a relatively empty flight, you sit in 10 different window seats before you find the one you want.

Just some from personal experience!

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5222 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

...you spend hour after hour at this forum!

The best IFE: A window seat and a good book.
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

When you go over the median's or the shoulders while driving, trying to spot a plane

When you can tell what pane it is just by the sound...

just two, that happend to me...

Go big or go home
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

....You can tell the exact type of aircraft flying above you, just by the sound! (I'm sure you guys have taken note of that very distinct "heavy" sound that wide-bodied airliners make.)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

AA61Heavy.....You beat me by 1 minute on the "sound" post. Good man!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineRwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

Hey Doc.. this subject was already brought up.. but to tell ya the truth its great fun..

here are what i posted last time...

1- MUST touch a plane's fusulage while boarding (when I am just going to hand my bording pass to the FA).. And yes I admit it.. I have once hugged a 777-200 just before boarding.  Big thumbs up

2-Get a tad annoyed when the FA tells me which direction to get to my seat.. and I read out my seat number (eg. 33 Alpha) to stress that I know what and where it is and how to get there (as I have studied the plane from past experience and memorizing the time table.  Big thumbs up

3- go to travel agents and look for timetables, regardless of travelling or not.

4-saden when I buy a ticket that doesnt have the airline's logo just IATA's logo.  Big thumbs up

5-perferring to have 5 seperate tickets (one for each airline I will use) then having one or two joing them all.

6-surfing airliners.net (best site on the net)!!!!  Big thumbs up

7-Love the sound and smell of airports that can be scensed as soon as you reach the parking area at the airport.

8-Going at least 1 hour before meeting someone. (and being teased, beatin up or killed when you are dropping one off an hour early so you can enjoy your time at the airport)

9-when Gov. officials arrive, they have these formalities at the Apron which are televised.. you are like "AHHHHH.. get out of the way, show me that 747-SP!!"  Big thumbs up

10-get really annoyed when one tells me: "yeah I was on one of the big planes.. a jumbo or something" finding out that it was an airbus.  Big thumbs up

11-get really annoyed when one tells you: "yeah they had these small TV's on the plane but didnt feel like learning or asking how to operate them"

12-Using all your expensive Ink-Jet color cartridges on your printer to print out your airline photoes rather than your family photoes.  Big thumbs up

13-Get so disaapointed and feel cheated when an airport shop sells no airline goodies.  Big thumbs up

14-Seeing ground personell walking about the Apron and realizing that it's not you.  Big thumbs up

15-Wanting to operate the movable gate to the aircreaft, the inflight coffee machine, and play around the small room where the PTV are actually conrolled (eg on the 777)  Big thumbs up

16-posting your heart and soul about airlines on a WONDERFULLY NUTTY post such as this one.  Big thumbs up

17-Wearing a full airline pilot uniform for fun (preferbly 4 stripes)

18-Studying airline timetables, IATA airport and airline designators.

19-when spotting, squeezing your head thinking why that airline used that type of aircraft and not the other.

20-Applying for frequent flyer programs to get those snazy airline cards you can put in your wallet.  Big thumbs up

"Saudia Three Five hold short Three One Right"
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

....your friends call your photos/slides/magazines/posters and general love for aviation AIR PORN.

Bonjour Chef!
User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

...your local airport is your second home.

...you´re first looking forward to flying, then to enjoying your holidays.

...you don´t feel disturbed by an airplane´s loudness, because you like it and you analyse it.

...you just shake your heads about people who close their window shades during a takeoff or landing.

...you´re proud of having been on many different airlines and airplanes.

...you really like to be here at this forum!

Regards, Daniel

User currently offlineBraniff From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 108 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

...you throw away paycheck after paycheck on airline memorabilia on ebay, collector shows, and model shops...

The Airplane Shop's main showroom in Fairfield, NJ is about 15 minutes away from me. BAD BAD, VERY BAD!


Believe it!
User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

- you shake your head in disbelief when you read COMPLAINTS about airport noise from those that live right near the runway.

- a workmate says his girlfriend is a stewardess for Air New Zealand and that she's just flown off to SAN FRANCISCO...and then you try to be tactful when you tell him.....um...ahh...Air NZ don't fly to San Francisco; never have!!

- the top electronics "expert" at work tells you that a 747-400 has a three crew cockpit because he saw a photo and there were three people sitting there.
And then he doesn't believe you when you try to tell him that, "no! that other guy is just part of the relief crew because of the length of the flight etc.
Even when you show him other pics to prove the point....he still doesn't believe you!! Arghhhhh!!!

- someone says they flew from London to Singapore non stop on a 737...and you just smile and nod to him....because you just wanna keep the peace.

- you're telling your wife/kid/friend all about the 767 on the taxiway and you turn around to see the've fallen asleep.

- it's pouring down with rain and blowing a gale, so you open the car window just to hear the sound of the plane taking off.

- you're a passenger on the flights second approach in a howling gusty crosswind.......you look around the cabin, and you're the only one enjoying it.

User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5236 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Read, laugh, and of course Answear to topics like this in several forums of the web...

Recognize you`re a freak plane lover...

Rich  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

i kissed an a300 prior to boarding, i think i did it for the 763 as well. i figured i touch 'em b4 domestic flights i'd kiss it for trans atlantic

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

look up to the sky while crossing the road when heard a plane flying over your head (and try to spot it between all the buildings) and got scold by your friends/parents for doing a dangerous act!!!!

change the wallpaper of your computer every now and then....

keep all the inflight mag that you got from your previous flight.....

actually enjoy turbulances.....

spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on aviation related products......

keep looking at the apron while driving to the airport....

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzyCathay Pacific....The Heart of Asia Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy

cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

You rearend the guy in front of you in a late-model Lexus because you are too busy looking at a plane flying.

You laugh like a crackhead when you go through heavy turbulence.

Your friend pics you up from the airport and you lose track of what she's saying because you are hanging out of the window taking a picture of a plane.

Everytime you start driving in your car you hear your CFI saying, "Tac is up, pressure's green, airspeed alive" and then you pull back on the steering wheel.

Your mother says, "Ohhhh, so you've got a thing for pilots now huh?"

(Okay, so I never actually rearended the Lexus....all others are true...)

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

When your teacher says she is going to Dallas, you ask what airline? then someones says "Who Cares?"

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

When someone tells you they are going from ATL-HNL and you instantly know what airline, type, meal service in coach, PTVs, and the seat pitch they will be on.

Then they look at you funny...

Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
User currently offlineNtcrawler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

Here's my confession of "guilt":

You know you're an airliner freak, when you operate your car checklist style, ie "marker lights ON, headlights ON, parking brake, check, engine start, etc" and every time you back out of a parking stall, you treat it and drive it like a pushback, ie back out, turn, go back straight, stop, turn everything else on, and drive.

Hee hee hee, so good to know I'm not alone out there, this is such a great support group Big grin

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User currently offlineB747forlife From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

...you are extremely pissed off about the new secturity, because you cannot go look at the jets.

...you dream of being a high ranking pilot for United, and you are only 15!


I would know, I experience both of them  Sad

User currently offlineNtcrawler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Oooh, got another one:

-When you actually help out the flight attendants, because you know just what they have to go through (yep, I really did that on KLM flight 611 back to Chicago)

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User currently offlineWhiskeyNovembr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

1) Because your Honda Civic's 1.5 liter engine is so underpowered, you are forced to turn off the air conditioning to properly accelerate onto a freeway. When doing so, you announce "Bleeds off".

2) If you guys think it's distracting to spot while DRIVING, imagine doing so while FLYING. For example, forcing yourself to ignore the 777 that ATC advised will pass underneath you momentarily so that you can pay attention to the instruments.

User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Rushing to the airport at all hours to see that special flight ro plane.

Spending all of your money on spotting gear (scanner, camera)

Your known be others as an airport bum

You know which airports have a 7-11 in which you can bye slurpee's for spotting

Collecting countless bagagge tags for your own collecting

Signing up for every know frequent flyer program to get the cards and try for a world record

When you can tell the type of plane by its contrails

Contact Winnipeg center now on 134.4, good day.
User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 748 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

There are SO many cool responses, a few I admit I have done myself, and probably some I will now do!  Big grin

I'm such an airline nut I went to WORK for the airlines!  Smile  Smile  Smile


..uh, we'll need that to live......
User currently offlineBrains From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

...If while spotting you can tell what arcraft type you are seeing on approach simply by analyzing the landing light configurations.

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

  • When you are told that somebody is flying to, say, LAX from CLE, you run through all the possibilities of carriers and aircraft they could be on.

  • You know the times, flight numbers, and terminals of all the heavies that serve your airport.

  • Even though your flight is at 7:00pm, you get to the airport at 3:30pm (at IAH) so you can see the KLM and BA 744's before they leave.

  • When friends/family arrive at your airport, you give them a complete tour of your airport.

  • You go out of your way to fly the more interesting aircraft. I once flew IAH-EWR instead of HOU-LGA because I'd get to fly a 757 instead of an MD-80. I also flew HOU-ATL-CVG instead of HOU-CVG nonstop so I could fly a 757 on the ATL-CVG leg.

  • Get upset when your itenerary changes from IAH-EWR-CDG to IAH-CDG nonstop, because you wanted to fly a 764.

  • You prefer connections over nonstop flights because you get to visit new airports, and fly more on more planes.

  • You try to decide how to spend the frequent flyer miles you haven't earned yet. I've already planned out a trip from the mileage I'm getting from my next flight, which isn't for a month!

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

You spend 10 hours in transit when you could have only spent an hour !!!

25 Post contains images Hkgspotter1 : When you want to buy 44 L1011's
26 Twa902fly : When you get sad that a piece of metal that you have been inside of has been retired. (UA 727 cough cough) -TWA902fly Chicago Illinois
27 FlightSimFreak : When on your way to and from work, you stop at the airport to see the planes on approach... When you find out about your school's band trip to Pasaden
28 HlywdCatft : Ok, you guys will laugh... This is in relation to what the first guy said about when accelerating on the freeway and such. Pretending different types
29 Hisham : You move to a first class window seat when the pilots can't get the gear down because you know the FA is too frightened to care. Hisham.
30 Post contains images Usa4624 : I guess my Chevrolet Malibu would be a A319 because of all the European and American Parts? When you get you bosses' flight schedule so you can watch
31 Post contains images 747buff : You think jet fuel would make a good air freshener scent!
32 Post contains images SailorOrion : LOL! Every single of your posts is true ...when u skip school to drive anybody in the family out to the airport (at least one hour) even through snow-
33 Justplanesmart : ...you find yourself correcting the aviation "experts" on the news. I also identify with the comment on the televising of VIP's and they do not let us
34 Post contains images Baec777 : I dont freak out in an airport like other freaks.... right..... Baec777
35 Acidradio : ...you seriously dream of creating your own airline one day, including a hub and ponder whether to go Airbus or Boeing and what engine manufacturer to
36 Post contains links and images Airways : What about that: ...when you design and print your own safety cards for your car!!! I did it, and it's always funny to see the people reaction, when t
37 Twr75 : Driving a 260km round-trip in the middle of a work day to photograph two AN BAe146-200s and an AN BAe146-300. Not to mention a GIV, Citation VII and 5
38 Whisperingiant : Rwy31R - hoooo noooo, I thought the tapping the fuselage thing was just one of my silly habits... Hkgspotter 1 - 44 Tristars! L-O-L !!!! Twa902fly - y
39 2000first : I can remember BEGGING my mum and dad for weeks and weeks to let me take a day off school to go and see a BA concorde on one of it's rare visits to Be
40 Acidradio : Whisperinggiant: True, in some places an "Airbus" is what you take to get to the airport. But once I had to seriously sit down and explain to my mom t
41 American 767 : Well, from my own experiences, you can call yourself an airliner freak if: -you get up early in the morning and go to the airport with your camera nea
42 Aerorobnz : -When you're a 'gold card' member of the mile high club... -you collect Frequentflyer cards
43 Climbout : You open the drawer every half hour to stare at your airline ticket.
44 Darrell : *Taking a later flight just to get a window seat... *Getting annoyed when the travel agent "doesnt know what kind of plane it is"... *Going out to spo
45 SQ772 : ...when every first date has to be along the road that oversees the runway. ...when the smell of stale aircraft carpets/seats smells even better than
46 SIA_B777 : when you find out that your teacher was a former flight attendent and you start staying after class to ask her questions
47 FlightSimFreak : SIA_B777, Mine was an ex-navy ATC and he actually used terms like "Heavy", "Flight level", and "Wake turbulance" in his lessons... I was the only one
48 Post contains images VapourTrails : You give yourself a 'nuttiness' rating of 9.999 out of 10 You spend $$$$ getting software & computer upgrades so you can 'fly' on your home PC (I'm cu
49 Post contains images Jaspike : I can't think of any...but those are all good Josh
50 Post contains images Climbout : Good ones, VapourTrails!
51 Post contains images SafetyDude : You really don't care WHERE you're going as long as the flight stuff is good You get really mad when the person sitting next to you that you have neve
52 Post contains images Matt777 : Hi everyone! All above are really nice, but my worst thing of me being an airplane freak is that when I went to renew my passport I went with a shirt
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