Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 23 Posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
I know this topic must have been slaughtered many times over, but I guess you could say I had a "moment" today.
I was driving home and a storm over Southern California had just broken up and the skies were crystal clear, with a few spotty storm clouds here and there. It was about five o'clock and the sun was on its way down. I look up, and clear as daylight, with the sun glinting of the metal, was a United Airlines 777. It just caught my eye, and I sighed "What a beauty."
Its things like this that make me love aviation. There are many other reasons as well. Knowing that it is aviation that connects our world, which lets people travel freely and with ease anywhere they so please, is a wonderful thought. Knowing that when one is flying, they are free from any worldy worries on the ground, they are up in the wild blue yonder. Knowing that one is safer in an aircraft than in automobile, and knowing that when at the controls the possibilities are endless.
I know that this may sound corny, and that many of you say that flying is becoming more a hassle than it should be, but I look at it positively and get nothing but pure enjoyment whenever I think about it, or experience it.
And I also love knowing that there are many more out there who love it like I do.
Leftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1970 times:
That just brightened up my day Tzvika!!!
I too like to sit on the hill my school is on with my scanner and watch the beautiful sight as airliners from around the world dip in and out of clouds over LA going into LAX. People think i'm a wacko 'cause all I do at recess and lunch is sit on the hill and watch the arrivals come through the sky and arrive at LAX.
I LOVE AIRPLANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
Tzvika: I know EXACTLY what you are talking about...I experienced the same thing with a BA 744 when it took off right after a storm...it was sunset so the clouds were bright orange and it was crystal clear...seeing the plane maneuver around the huge clouds was an awesome sight.
An-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1966 times:
When I was growing up, I was growing up in Moscow, near Domodedovo Airport. It had many nice planes, and planes were flying low in the area I lived in. The first plane I knew was IL-62. It is still one of my favorite planes, and I dream of flying in one some time. But IL-62 is what got me into aviation.
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SophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
Well, compared to some people here I don't know how much of a fanatic I would be considered, but I just happen to like airplanes. Don't know why exactly. I like dogs, chocolate, etc. Some things you just like. I had a similar experience with weather and a plane the other day. I was waiting outside for a friend to get home and the sky was all dark and yucky, threatening bad rain. A small airplane (a Cessna I think) was circling around and around. We were getting ready to go to a parade. I was having much more fun watching the plane and wishing I were up there instead of sitting on somebody's porch getting ready for a Mardi Gras parade.
N766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
...and good weather most of the time, Tzvika. Here in Seattle, while the airport is busy, the weather is always nasty. The only good place to watch is at the airport itself sometimes (which is kind of cool with <1/2 mi vis. and watching the planes come into view right over the threshold).
I guess I am a fanatic, too. I even have my ATC radio on 24/7 in my bedroom (tuned to Seattle Center ) and go to the airport every chance I get. And when I get a chance to actually fly in a Cessna over Seattle... there is no feeling that could begin to describe it. I wonder if it'll subside a bit once I start lessons soon.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
Over my area to the NW of PHL, we get all sorts of military traffic (from all four branches) due to NAS/JRB Willow Grove being about two miles from my house and I see airliners out of PHL and ABE at somewhat high altitudes, although once at school I saw an AA 727 at real low altitude, which was odd because PHL is about 25-30 miles away and this plane was under 3,000 feet-low enough that I could determine that it was AA-I cant figure that out-we also get lots of light av traffic overhead out of two general av. aprts-Northeast Philly and Wings Field, and lately there has been a lot of chopper traffic...
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DG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
No, it will not subside at all. Your love of aviation will increase atleast 10 fold once you start flying yourself. Look forward to it. I love everything from the oil that gets on your hands, to "hitting the books", to the crosswind flare. It is all a great, lifechanging experience. I would not trade it for anything.