A320FlyGuy
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New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 4:24 am

Hello Everyone!

I have been a longtime "lurker" of these forums and I decided as a belated birthday present to myself, I would take the plunge and become a full fledged member!

Anyway, a little about myself...

I come from a true Aviation family.....on my father's side of the family, my grandfather was a member of the RCAF and a member of the 1st Canadian Parachute Batallion. He later became a pilot and flew various aircraft throughout Canada. My grandmother was a "flight nurse" very early on in her career and later became a trainer for Canadian Pacific Airways. Sadly, both of these grandparents passed away prior to my birth.

On my mother's side of the family, there is much more aviation data and that's where my passion really came from.

My grandfather who was born in the UK started working for De Havilland during the second World War and spent considerable time working on both the Comet program. Later on, he began working for A.V. Roe...and that's where things get really interesting. Grandpa had long wanted to move to Canada and had developed significant experience in jet powered aircraft. He wanted to move to Canada to be closer to the rest of his family, so he was assigned to the Avro facility in Malton, Ontario. He was assigned to a high urgency project which would materialize into the Arrow. One of his major contributions to the Arrow was the design of the anti-skid system, which for the time was pretty cutting edge. After the Arrow project was cancelled, he moved to California and started working for Douglas before he was hired by Lockheed. His time at Lockheed was primarily in military aircraft, but he eventually transitioned to the civillian side of the business where he worked on the Electra and was one of the engineers who developed the LEAP performance improvement program.

Grandpa's magnum opus was the L-1011 TriStar. He worked incredibly hard on a number of different aspects of the aircraft and he poured his heart and soul into that aircraft. Despite not ever flying on a L-1011 personally, I still have a fondness for the aircraft. It was such an advanced aircraft with so many intelligent features and was so far ahead of it's time that you can't help but be amazed by what was accomplished in a time where computerized design and manufacturing was in its infancy. It has always bothered me how the L-1011 has never been recognized for the marvel that it is. It especially bothers me that Lockheed has almost no mention of the Tristar on the corporate website.

Aside from my aviation passion, I have a love for vintage VWs....I am almost finished with the restoration of a 1990 Jetta GLI Wolfsburg Edition - after that, I have a 1968 Beetle that is awaiting it's turn. I work for VW Canada, so I might be a tad biased.

With regards to my user name.....I was about 3 months from completing my type certification on the A320 when I was involved in a major traffic accident that caused head injuries.....that more or less ended my goal of being a pilot. I have flown the A320 and loved every minute of it. As far as whether I am an Airbus fan or a Boeing guy? Well, quite frankly I admire both companies. I still marvel at watching a fully loaded aircraft sprint down the runway and take to the sky with such ease. I understand the physics behind all of it, but at the end of the day, if it has turbofans or turbojets, is equipped with wings and carries passengers, I am in awe of it. I believe that Airbus needs to get credit for several of the innovative aircraft that they brought to market...but they need to get a handle on the constant verbal excrement spewing from John Leahy.....I Like Boeing because, well...I just do. I think that they build a great aircraft, have an excellent reputation in the industry, and have incredible heritage.

I look forward to participating in some of he lively discussions on these forums! Sorry for the uber long post....

Best Regards;

Pete
My other car is an A320-200
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 5:03 am

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Thread starter):
I was about 3 months from completing my type certification on the A320 when I was involved in a major traffic accident that caused head injuries.....that more or less ended my goal of being a pilot

That's a damn shame..sorry to hear that. Anyway, sounds like you'll be able to bring plenty to the discussion table..judging by the impressive bio, you're certainly qualified than I   
 
CM
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RE: New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 5:08 am

Welcome to A.net, Pete!
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 9:00 am

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Thread starter):

Welcome to Airlieners.net. It's all downhill from here.....



Just kidding! 
It's great to have some true aviation purist in the forums. Sounds like you come from a long, proud family history of aviation. Great to have folks like you around.
Also great to have a car guy around as well - even if it's just Volkswagen.   

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Thread starter):
I have a 1968 Beetle that is awaiting it's turn.

A friend of mine restored a 1972 Karman Ghia. Great little cars.
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 11:16 am

Welcome to A.net!

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Thread starter):
I understand the physics behind all of it, but at the end of the day, if it has turbofans or turbojets, is equipped with wings and carries passengers, I am in awe of it

What, turboprops, and props in general, get no love? Considering that some of the best ones built were Canadian, that's a shame.


(As an aside, since this was posted in Non-Av, I can't seem to find that cargo bay...)

[Edited 2012-05-17 04:17:55]
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RE: New Member Introduction

Thu May 17, 2012 7:25 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Welcome to Airlieners.net. It's all downhill from here.....

Oh yes, prepare for the amusing words of wisdom from Superfly's and DocLightning's mouths.... 

Well hi there, Pete! Nice to meet you. Welcome to A.net!

I've been a member here for about 2 months now (actually, a bit over two months) and I somehow already feel like I'm at home. Even with Superfly's trolling   

I somehow can balance my daily visit to the forums with my preparations to transfer to Japan, my consistent (and disappointing) job hunt, my buddy's ex hitting on me, as well as good ol' Arizona State University!

Nice to meet you and enjoy the forums! 



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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 1:09 am

Welcome to A.net, Pete   Looking forward to your future contributions.

-J.
Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 1:30 am

WELCOME FRIEND!!!!!!!

Someone really needs to fill you in on the important threads ...THE MUST SEE ones..from the last many years...

Lets see there was a dude who stalked a girl he liked...and it was hilarious as all *****!!! THIS ONE YOU HAVE TO READ!!!!! I damn near got a coma from laughing a few years back..or whenever it was.

Its all of Bush's fault, its all of Obama's fault.

Airbus vs Boeing...

Global warming and Al Gore...


and welcome to airliners.net
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A320FlyGuy
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 1:32 am

Thanks for the nice posts people...

I am proud of my history.....the TriStar is what I'm most proud of.....having flown on Concorde, it was cool...but I would kill for the chance to fly on a TriStar....I will never be complete until I can at least see a TriStar in person.....oh well.
My other car is an A320-200
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 4:00 am

Quoting flanker (Reply 7):
Lets see there was a dude who stalked a girl he liked...and it was hilarious as all *****!!! THIS ONE YOU HAVE TO READ!!!!! I damn near got a coma from laughing a few years back..or whenever it was.

was that me? I don't think it was me. I'm not stalking that girl you know!

(can you post the link to that thread?)
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 6:53 am

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Reply 8):
I am proud of my history.....the TriStar is what I'm most proud of.....having flown on Concorde, it was cool...but I would kill for the chance to fly on a TriStar....I will never be complete until I can at least see a TriStar in person.....oh well.

Probably your best chance to see one is in Vegas. The Las Vegas Sands corporation still uses one quite actively for a VIP aircraft. I have seen it many times over in Macau.
 
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 6:11 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 9):
(can you post the link to that thread?)

FLAIRPORT
Friend Flying FL FLL-ATL Friday. (by FLAIRPORT Feb 17 2005 in Non Aviation)

[Edited 2012-05-18 11:25:38]
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RE: New Member Introduction

Fri May 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 5):
Oh yes, prepare for the amusing words of wisdom from Superfly's and DocLightning's mouths....

#1: Never listen to PHX 787.   #2: If any women you care about are a bit on the chubby side, keep them WELL away from Superfly and Fridgmus.
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