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How Did You Learn About Aviation?  
User currently offlineRJ From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 198 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

There are a vast number of people on this site with varied backgrounds and I was wondering where most of you get your information from? How have you learned about aviation over the years?

Was it from the internet? If so what sites?
Was it from books? Which books?
Was it from videos? Which videos?
Or do you know someone in the field of aviation? And how have they helped you along the way?

The only thing for sure in aviation is that the learning process never ends.


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

I got my knowledge about aviation from reading a lot of timetables and also from reading magazines and books. Since I am working for an airline I learnt also a lot of interesting stuff. In my opinion it is also very important to fly on a lot of different airlines because than you can notice the difference between them.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Sorry, I forgot to mention you guys here on the a.net forums! I learnt a lot of interesting stuff from you all.


User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

I've learned from a lot from reading, as well as the Internet. It depends what you're interested in and what you want to learn about i.e: aviation in general, flying, airline histories, military operations/aircraft, day to day airport operations. There is so much involved in aviation and there are probably hundreds of sources you can use to learn.

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

I started learning about aviation when I was about 4 years old, and went with all the family to greet my aunt (who lives in Detroit) on her arrival to MLA for her summer holidays... I also remember going down to the airport to see her off. Then, as a teenager, there was the short 'odd' hop to Tunis and Monastir, until 1998, when I flew to Amsterdam and from there to GUA, via MEX on KLM Royal Dutch. That was when the aviation bug got me and never let hold of me!

BBADXB  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

I learned about aviation from my grandpa. But i learned the majority from books about planes and from my dad.

Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

just like sex, I learned alot on the internet  Smile

honestly before that I learned alot from Airways and Airliners magazines and my own flying experiences.

User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

It started with the old OAG's my dad gave me, plus i flew a lot and i loved visiting the cockpit and asking questions. I moved on to inflight magazines. Then to aviation books like "The Last 9 Seconds" Then it was airline magazines, then A.net and finnaly my job as intern at HPN.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Mostly my dad at first, then reading everything I could get my hands on, then getting a pilots licence.

But mostly my dad. He was a junior engineer at Rolls Royce in 1939, and here's some of the stuff he did:

All the design work around the wingroot instalation of the radiators for the Merlin engine on the Mosquito.

All the design work around the marriage of the Merlin and the Mustang.

Got in on the ground floor of the first RR jet engine in the Meteor (Derwent??? can't remember engine name, but it was a river). Was one of the liaison team that took that RR engine to General Electric in the U.S. which licence built it and called it their own.

More design work around engine installation on Hawker Hunter and a few others I can't remember.

Was in charge of all flight systems acquisitions for the Avro Arrow. Spent lots of time in California doing that.

That's what got me into it big time -- watching that ill-starred fighter fly during its very brief lifetime. It went up like a rocket.

Like most of you -- it's an emotional attachment that won't ever leave me.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Well, one of my grandfathers was a Mechanical Engineer for LOT, the other was a Chief Mechanic. My mother was a flight attendant for LOT before I was born and worked in ground ops after, and my aunt still works for the airline. So you could say that aviation is in my blood and i was literally surrounded by it as a child.

Most of the credit has to go to my grandfathers. By the age of 10, I knew the ins and outs of the Il-62 and the Il-18. From there most of my knowledge came from books and things i picked up at airshows. And now ofcourse the internet and sites like this one.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

What I'm about to write is absolutely true.

I learned almost everything I know about aviation from http://www.Airliners.net.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
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My limited knowledge has been gained from a combination of books,magazines,TV programs,videos,internet etc.

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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Airliners.net is the only aviation-related website I visit regularly. I get most of my information from this site, airline's websites, local aviation authority websites, and aircraft manufacturer websites (i.e. boeing.com).

As far as what got me interested in aviation...

I used to live much closer to MCO's 17 and 18L/R runways. When I was younger, I used to sit outside in my front lawn during rush hour and get quite a show from the inbounds.

My family is rooted deep in aviation (lots of military background), so I got a lot of exposure to aviation-related things almost daily. I eventually was old enough to visit the local libraries and check-out books. I got a computer, and the rest is history.

Chris in Orlando  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
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Simple. I heard a loud noise and looked up.  Big grin

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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3951 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

I've been into aviation as long as I can remember, so I don't know where I started. As time went on, we bought small diecasts (not Schabaks like I have now) and later books. I started picking up timetables when I was about 5 or 6, and enjoyed flying (we did it constantly). We didn't have the internet until 1999, and at that time, the only aviation sites I knew of were the Airline sites, so when I didn't have an updated timetable, I'd see if there were any changes coming to flights into CMH, along with finding info about the planes, etc. I got the Royal L-1011 "Flight in the Cockpit" Video, and later, the Carnival 727 & Challenge 757 videos, which helped me out. Watching planes w/ my scanner while I was at airports (most commonly, CMH & SJU) got me interested.

More recently, airliners.net contributed a great deal!


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5401 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

I grew up a non-rev brat. Mom worked for Ozark, TWA and just missed AA by a few months. Always loved flying and if I was in a car for more than an hour I would bitch to high heaven...."if we'lda flown we'lda been there by now", never mind if the place we were going didn't even have an airport!

User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

My Dad used to be a pilot ( now retired ) and it seems I grew up on planes :-]

However, being a typical airhead female - I didn't begin learning the technical side of things until a year or so ago ...

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