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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

A word of warning: this post is quite long. Not AeroSpaceFan-long, but long nevertheless. Proceed at your own risk...

Last Saturday morning I was working at the computer when my sister came in and reminded me that we had an invitation for lunch, and I should be getting ready.

Yawn... Ah, that lunch. One of our cousins (the daughter of Dad's cousin, would that be a "second cousin"?) was celebrating her First Communion. I was feeling rather tired, but just as I was getting ready for my standard I'm tired/too much homework/I'm sleepy/gotta clean the house/have clothes to wash/whatever excuse, my sis started jumping up and down in excitement and yelling "Come on, hurry up! You just have to come to this place - it's where they celebrated her birthday party last year!"

Last year, last year... what was so special about last year? I don't remember attending that party, but I think I know wher-- waaait a second, isn't that the party place at the TACA offices, just next to the airport runway?!  hyper  Screw the homework, I got some spotting to do!

On the way there, I noticed that both my sisters were buzzing with anticipation about going to the celebration. At first, I thought it would be because they would have the chance to play with our cousins and have fun, but suddenly I had a rather disturbing realization.

They were buzzing with anticipation because they were going near the airport and were going to see airplanes.

 eek  faint 

The little one (age 5) was pestering Dad with questions. "Daddy, are we going to the airport?" "Will we see lots of airplanes?" "Are the airplanes parked or flying in the air?" "Daddy, can we get on an airplane?" "Please please please?" My other sister, the not-so-little one (age 10) kept telling me that it would be cool to see the planes take off and land, and she was looking forward to an airplane trip someday (poor little things, haven't had their first plane ride...). Well, I could easily tell they were even more excited about the whole airplane thing than I was!

So, we finally arrived at the place. Take a look by yourselves: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...02347,0.005364&t=k&om=1&iwloc=addr

(I've included a link rather than an image, so that you can play around with the map)

The entrance to the first parking lot is near the top of the image, where you see several cars next to three TA aircraft. IIRC, those were old 737's, but they're no longer parked at that spot. Instead, I saw a TA ATR-42 and two RACSA Nord N-262A-26, TG-NTR and another one (didn't catch the reg):


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In the background, at the gates of the passenger terminal, I could see at least a TA 'bus and an AA plane.

After the first parking lot, we had to proceed to the second one (going south, after the big red roof) to get to the party place. Sadly, that area is just behind the hangars; add to it that the lunch was being held indoors... so much for spotting.  Sad

Anyway, we had a good time there. During the lunch, we got to hear several arrivals and departures; every time we heard the sound of a plane engine, my not-so-little sister would look at me and grin Big grin. Man, this is getting scary...

After lunch all the kids went to the playground, and I took my usual role of responsible adult, a.k.a. nanny. Again, no chance to see the a/c taxiing on the runway, but at least I could catch several departures. And sure enough, my sisters would stop whatever they were doing to watch 'em planes taking off.  worried 

Long story short, the party ended and it was time to go. Dad had to stop for a minute at the first parking lot because the two--well, the three of us wanted to take a last look at the runway. Lo and behold, guess who was there at the gates? An IB A346, the a/c I had wanted to see for months since it started service down here.  cloudnine 


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On the way back home, my sisters were thrilled about the whole airplane deal. The not-so-little one was particularly interested in large airliners, as I had told her that the red and yellow plane we saw is the largest to come to GUA. "Are there larger planes than that? Do some of those airplanes have two levels? Are they like cruise ships, with pools, casinos, restaurants, and everything?" Naturally, I offered to solve her questions by showing her, uh... pictures of airplanes.

People, I'm worried. My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--and it's all my fault. Oh dear, what have I done to them?!  scared 


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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6756 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--and it's all my fault.

What?! You've now got the perfect excuse(s) to go to the airport.



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
People, I'm worried. My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--and it's all my fault. Oh dear, what have I done to them?!

Hang your head in shame! What have you done to those poor kids? Youve converted them to the dark side  Sad



That'll teach you
User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
People, I'm worried. My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--and it's all my fault. Oh dear, what have I done to them?!

Well i think it's great to see them interested in planes. Not long ago I spoke to my Mum about the old plane habit.

She says that as a very young child, I used to enjoy two things. One was watching the washing machine on spin and the other was aeroplanes. I wasn't into cars or trains, it was always aircraft, specifically airliners.

My toy requests were always planes, and I used to create a cockpit inside a cardboard box and sit in it.

If you two young sisters like watching the planes, then I should encourage it! I really don't understand why there aren't more women into planes!  Wink

Kieron747


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
People, I'm worried. My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--and it's all my fault. Oh dear, what have I done to them?!

Dammmit woman, have you no shame? What the hell are you worrying about? get those kids in here straight away - at their age they'll talk a lot more sense than many who post!! Big grin  duck 

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
potential a.nutters!-

how nice ! two new girls on A.net in the future. The 10-year old just has to state to be 18 years old and all is ok !  bigthumbsup   yes 


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

 rotfl 

What you worrying about?

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 3):
One was watching the washing machine on spin

Due to the fact that a washing machine on spin is reminiscent of an idling turbofan  Wink .

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
My two young sisters are well on their way to become airplane geeks--what's worse, potential a.nutters!--

Carmenlu15 Jr. & Carmenlu15 Jr. Jr. ?



JetMech split the back of his pants. He can feel the wind in his hair.
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

I got my 2 year old nephew intrested in planes after begging my sis to take us to NEMA a few years ago. He now goes to Waddington airshow every year, and i cant wait to take him to Manchester for the day

You done good


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Quoting JetMech (Reply 7):
Due to the fact that a washing machine on spin is reminiscent of an idling turbofan

You know what, I never thought of that! Bloody hell, you may be right!

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 4):
at their age they'll talk a lot more sense than many who post!!

Ahhh don't put yourself down Skids!  Wink

Kieron747


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
what have I done to them?!

Nothing until they start showing up to meets/dating.  Wink


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):
Hang your head in shame! What have you done to those poor kids? Youve converted them to the dark side

Yeah, I know, shame on me...  ashamed 

Actually I think it's great that they're showing some interest in this hobby. I remember when we were kids, Dad used to take my brother and I to watch planes at the airport (though my stepmom says it was a pretext to visit a friend of Dad's in one of the duty free stores, but that remains unconfirmed  Wink ).

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 3):
If you two young sisters like watching the planes, then I should encourage it! I really don't understand why there aren't more women into planes!

Sure will... Trips to the airport are out of the question at the moment, since it is undergoing renovations and is open for passengers only. But there's the a.net photo database in the meantime...

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 5):
The 10-year old just has to state to be 18 years old and all is ok !

What, and let her loose among this bunch of horny teenagers?! Hell no!!!  talktothehand 

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 10):
Nothing until they start showing up to meets/dating.

Why, thanks for the scary thought, Ted...  crazy 



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Well, now that you have converted them to the dark side, you need to try and limit the damage....... make sure they become pro-Airbus before the Boeing guys get to them  Silly


That'll teach you
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 11):
let her loose among this bunch of horny teenagers?!

will she be a danger to them ? or the other way round ? as I got it from your story, hardly ! She will be quite up to the usual commotion on this forum ! Just don't know about her command of English.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

At least it will be a diversion from boys...for a while. Why not encourage their interest in airplanes and aircraft, it may encourage them to get into flying and perhaps be pilots. It is good to get them interested in something that far too few women show an interest in and are opportunites for.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

Carmen it's alright, it's happening to me too. What can I say, we're so cool and such good role models that our siblings want to be just like us? Big grin

My brother who's five now loves flying, he's been away so many times I'm sure it's getting passe for him! So far in his little life he's flown the A319/A320/A343/DC10/B734/B735/B738/B752/B753/B772/F70/F100/ER4/E70 which is pretty impressive for somebody in his second month of primary school!



That's him on a shuttle flight from MAN-LGW last year.

Then there's my three year old sister who fell in love with that pink Song B752 a few months ago. It's pretty great how she'll always point out contrails to me when I'm taking her to nursery. She can even show me the engines on any plane now. A.net is a great learning tool for her.  Wink

This is her below a few months back on a brief layover in AMS. I think some loud noise made her start to run away!




One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
That's him on a shuttle flight from MAN-LGW last year.

looking like a "professional" flyer !  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 12):
Well, now that you have converted them to the dark side, you need to try and limit the damage....... make sure they become pro-Airbus before the Boeing guys get to them

Oh, that won't be a problem... the airline I used to work for has an all-Airbus fleet, so that shouldn't be an issue.  Wink

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 13):
the other way round ?

 yes  Come on, she's still a child...

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 13):
Just don't know about her command of English.

Pretty good for her age, but still far from fluent.

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
What can I say, we're so cool and such good role models that our siblings want to be just like us?

 bigthumbsup  Gotta agree there... Being the oldest has some advantages, after all!

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
That's him on a shuttle flight from MAN-LGW last year.



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):

This is her below a few months back on a brief layover in AMS.

Aww, what cute kids!



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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Yeah, they'll be plane nuts too.

A few weeks ago at our school a new course started, "Intro to Trades". A friend of mine had little knowledge about planes, and didn't really have any interest in them. He got his work placement with Air North, the teacher suggested that to him and he thought well might as well try something new. I told him once aviation gets him, it will never let go.

Last I heard he is now almost as much of an aviation fan as I am.



CanadianNorth



What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 17):
Just don't know about her command of English.
--
Pretty good for her age, but still far from fluent.

-
So, no problem then. Her fluency will gradually improve. And she most certainly will be able to get through !
-


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 19):
So, no problem then. Her fluency will gradually improve. And she most certainly will be able to get through !

Well, come to think of it, her English might make more sense than some of the posts by native speakers here! Big grin



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
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