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An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell  
User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

First, The Anniversary

Today we celebrate a very special anniversary. On the 6th of August 1999, 5 years ago today, I officially joined Airliners.net! Who would have guessed back then that we would still have the same top-of-page logo as today? Fascinating stuff....

That date might sound a bit more interesting when you consider that on the 6th of August 1999, there were only 331 other members of these forums, and many of our junior right wing extremist friends (not mentioning any names!) were only 10 years old... but I suspect even younger.  Insane

For the benefit of the 13,210 users who were not there in the early days, you will be happy to know that it took only 9 topics for the Civil Aviation forum to get into an Airbus vs Boeing war, 17 topics for the Non-Aviation forum to get into a religion war, but more than 500 to have our first Israel vs Palestine shouting match.

I admit to being one of the site's most boring users, making an average of only 0.756 posts per day, or 1384 in total. According to my records, 14 of those posts have been deleted, and only 4 for any reason other than "The referred to post has been deleted", which don't really count.

On the positive side, the highest RR I achieved was a lofty 64. wow.. how cool am I? only 29 places from top spot!

One of the few useful things I have contributed to this site was the audio of the last Concorde takeoff. You can listen to it here in MP3 format. Right-click the link and select 'Save Target As'. (The "American 137" comment is at 2:12, and the emotional bit is at 2:59). I can supply it as a 7MB .WAV for anyone who wants better quality.

...and of course I uploaded the odd picture:

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© Big Ben and his Big Zoom Lens


Now for the interesting bit...


The Confession

As some of you suspected, http://www.eurowhiners.net was my doing.

I acted completely alone, so nobody else should get the blame. All hate-mail to me, please.

It was done as a bit of a joke, mostly to amuse myself (small things amuse small minds.....) but it has been a bit more popular than I thought it would be.

Just the main site, not including the forum, has received more than 20,000 hits and 4,000 unique visitors in the last 3 weeks. Therefore, to offset Airliners.net's loss of advertising revenue by losing all those hits, I have made an appropriate donation to this site which takes into account current advertising payment rates. It was never supposed to get that popular and take traffic/advertising revenue away from this site.

Among those 4000+ visitors, I have had 2 of particular interest from a small town somewhere in Northern Europe. At least we now know that Johan's computer is called 'Joey' (or at least his proxy server is) Big grin. I hope he got a laugh out of the site. Adding a link to eurowhiners and airwhiners at the top of the Non-Aviation index page was a great move! Thanks Johan!

I promise I will get the Singapore_Air section online soon. I haven't had even one free second to upload it in the last 2 weeks.

Now, getting way too serious, we move on to...


The Farewell

Having said all of that, the time has come for me to move on, so I shall (etc..) now bid you all farewell.

Before I go, I will leave you with one very important piece of advice for the future: If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of hearing First Officer (or even Captain?) Ben welcoming you aboard your CharterScumAirways flight to Ibeefa, I urge you to think up a reason to get off. Anything.. feign a heart attack, a horrible illness, sudden fear of flying (very justified), whatever... it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls (that explains the four red PAPI lights all the way down final approach to MAN, as Leezyjet's video shows).

Cheers everyone, and goodbye...

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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Rhaa, rhaa, rhaa.
You cannot be leaving !

Funnily enough we arrived on a.net at almost the same time :

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Note the dates.
What can I say ?
You a very valuable asset to the forums and to this website in general; without you the LHR or the mAN meets would not have been the success that they were.
Hope to see you and your rocket launcher in Dublin soon !
However I hope you will reconsider your decision, I don't know, if you are bored from the site just get banned for a week or so and then come back Big grin

All the best !

UTA

[Edited 2004-08-06 09:13:47]


Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Rhaa, rhaa, rhaa.
This is not possible.

Hold on, I have to device a new cat for this sad occasion

707


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Ben - don't go !!

Thanks for Eurowhiners especially - great place to rant ! Best of luck for the future, and all the best with ChavScum Airways or whichever barrel-scraping outfit hires you  Laugh out loud

Rgds
J.


User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Ben im sorry to hear you are leaving you such a good friend I my self will miss you from this site aswell as a hell of a lot of other users, keep in touch and all the best for the future!

Glenn



http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Ben,

if you leave I will leave!, u are NOT leaving this site do you hear me?? You re NOT leaving

Glenn help me out here,

reasons:

1. I cant write good trip reports and we need you to do it after 2moz
2. Oh common Ben you rule!
3. Because I say so!


User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Oh well, Bens account is no longer active..
Farewell matey.. see you at TGM sometime for a drink.. and you owe me dinner!! He he..
Well Done for escaping, im sure my time is up and coming fast..
Good Luck..


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

ben wont be able to tear himself from TGM.
whats up hannah? what you mean your time will come soon?


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24922 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

He hasnt deleted himself so he can still use the site, so long as he keeps paying $5 a month.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Ok, just in case all this pleading doesn't help (Please read very loud using a heavy German accent!!):


YOU VILL STAY HERE, YOU VILL NOT DARE TO LEAVVE, NOW SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND CARRY ON!!!!!

Now does that help...is that what you needed? If so, you're free to repeat all over!  Big grin



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

That's what we need - someone Teutonic to take charge (oo er ! Jwenting will go mental).

Ben - listen to the nice German !


User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Well whatever, i'll see you tomorrow.


One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Andreas,

You forgot:

"If you insist on leawing, ve vill bring ze rubberhoses out!"  Wink/being sarcastic

Jan


User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

Ah you bailed....Just when things were getting good.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Oh dear what will shamrock_747 say when he gets back from sunny Florida? Dec will not be pleased Ben!

User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

So long, and good luck old timer! A small toast to your alternate endeavour from an ordinary 'ole joe-6-pack. May your alternative site bring a healthy following of humorists and cynics and hours of entertainment to readers across the globe!

Cheers

TF



Paper makes an airplane fly
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

I said it was Ben from the start (eurowhiners)... did anyone listen? No  Laugh out loud

Tom


User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1524 times:

Before I go, I will leave you with one very important piece of advice for the future: If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of hearing First Officer (or even Captain?) Ben welcoming you aboard your CharterScumAirways flight to Ibeefa, I urge you to think up a reason to get off. Anything.. feign a heart attack, a horrible illness, sudden fear of flying (very justified), whatever... it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls (that explains the four red PAPI lights all the way down final approach to MAN, as Leezyjet's video shows).

No Ben, I expect you to offer me a ride on the jumpseat. Big grin


This is a big loss. I am going to miss you in the Forums. You sure know how to shock us.  Sad

All the best and take care.

Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1454 times:

it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls

Cowboy?? You've got to be kidding me

I would also like to warn that in the far far distant future that he will be captain and me first officer, then I will deffinently recommend you get your sorry ass off the plane and FAST hehe.


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Not to forget:

Ve haff ways to make you talk..and then ve spick about ze war!!

Buddy, no way you can ignore that and just leave!
besides you can't leave with such a pathetic farewell note...JESUS!!!..sounds like you took it from the crappiest Hollywood movie ever made  Big grin Big grin


btw JGH: Jwenting can't go mental...there's a vital part of his body missing you normally need to go "mental"  Big grin



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Funny guys zem Germans.

No Kaz, I would still want the jump seat. Dying in an a/c crash is the best way to go in an aviation enthusiasts point of view me thinks. At least we go with great balls of fire then.  Big grin

Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

LOL Sander,

In-Flight entertainment:

TopGun
Airplane
worlds deadliest air crashes


hehe


User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

LOL dyeing in air crashes, nearly happened sunday evening with Kaz at the wheel  Big grin, so if you do hear Captain Ben and F/O Kaz then definatly head for the nearest exit!

Glenn :P



http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

I've been working lots for the last 4 days, so missed this thread - only saw it this arvo.

Was quite shocked to see that there is a mass exodus of all the people that I know through this website.

Do you all really have to leave ?. Can't you stay members but remain inactive for a while if you have had enough ??.

 Sad




"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

I second that!


Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
25 QIguy24 : I agree with Sander and Leezyjet. You could at least come back to us later.
26 Pilot kaz : QIguy24 , I have said I will only Return to A.net if i reach my goal to become a civil pilot hehe
27 Post contains images QIguy24 : And you will reach that goal. Trust me. I just called the people who's going to give you pilot lessons and said some nice words to them. So that's all
28 Post contains images Pilot kaz : wow, How is Ben doing then
29 Post contains images QIguy24 : He's fine. He told me to say hi. hehe And by the way he missed the life here on A-net so he promised me to come back as soon as possible
30 Post contains images SafetyDude : Ben, well said. That certainly tops my list of some of the better ways people have left. -Will
31 Pilot kaz : QIguy24 , u scare me, from me and ben.
32 Post contains images QIguy24 : Kaz, Why is that? I don't even know you guys... But don't worry im not a scary person
33 Pilot kaz : ^^ lol the whole phoneing thing
34 Post contains images QIguy24 : Hehe.. Dont worry . I would never interfer in other people's life. I just wanted you and Ben to stay here on A.net But now when it's Ben who will be y
35 Post contains images Pilot kaz : lol he is not an Instructor yet. but he is going to help me with it all lol. but im sure it will not be long before he will be an instructor
36 Post contains images QIguy24 : Aaahhh... Ok now I understand.. My head has been a little bit slow the last couple of weeks because of the heat. I thought he was finished already.
37 Post contains images Shamrock_747 : I'm making my return to airnet having come back from my holiday... Sorry you're leaving Ben. You will definately be missed. I'll have to catch up with
38 Post contains images Pilot kaz : yes dec, It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins
39 JGPH1A : Re: It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins ...with lovely pouting Lolita, the leggy ChavAir Premium Class
40 Post contains images Pilot kaz : Re: It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins ...with lovely pouting Lolita, the leggy ChavAir Premium Class
41 Post contains images KiwiNanday : alls i can say is, Thank GOD it was not the First officer ROFLMFAO! ~Jake
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