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Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:54 am

It's been a while since we had one of these, and since I see a lot of fresh faces on, recently, I think it may be worth it to have another self-introduction thread!

Well I'll get the ball rolling:

Name- Zach K
Age- 21
Occupation- 3rd year Japanese Language student at ASU, soon to be transferring to Sophia University in Tokyo where I'll be an FLA student.
Non-av interests- Guitar, drums, Japanese history and culture, cars, ice hockey, baseball, football, soccer, and politics
Political Views- Right winger but sort-of hybrid right wing libertarian
Religious views- grew up catholic but non-religious now

What got me into Aviation- I'm not sure. I think it's in my blood, since my birthmom is an Air Force pilot. (she flew the C-5 for a while but I'm not sure what she's doing now) I just absolutely love the fact that a bunch of metal tubes can swoop up into the skies, i guess. I also love the sound of engines, especially when they take off right above me.
I've done a lot of research into aviation since I was young, and before I came to ASU I was gonna go to flight school....then the economy fell down into the crapper  

Airport base- PHX right now.
Favorite airport- NRT
Favorite Airplane- A340-600
Favorite Airline- ANA

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:24 am

Can you host?
I think you meant to post in the 'casual encounters' ads at another popular website. Are you looking for LTR or NSA?


Just kidding! 

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:37 pm

Name: Sam

Age: 31

Occupation: studying for a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Finished my law degree earlier this year, now doing the GDLP so I can get my Practising Certificate. I hope to practice in intellectual property law (specifically copyright and trade mark law) and am passionate about protecting people and corporations from piracy, passing off and counterfeiting.

Non-aviation interests: cars, buses, Formula 1, AFL football, Star Trek, James Bond novels/films.

Political views: Indifferent. As long as Australia remains a Constitutional Monarchy, I'm happy. I couldn't care less which political party is in power.

Religious views: Christian

What got me into aviation: Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1980s when Kai Tak was still operational, watching planes fly overhead just metres above rooftops. I lived not far from where I could get a vantage point of Kai Tak's runway, and vividly remember seeing many CX green and white striped 747s and L1011s, as well as JL DC10s.

Airport base: PER

Favourite airport: HKG

Favourite aircraft: Boeing 777 family

Favourite airline: CX

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:37 pm

Name: Umm never you mind lol

Age: 30

Occupation: ISM

Non-Aviation interests: Texting, Watching, movies, cooking, blah blah blah blah etc etc etc.

Political Views: Democrat I guess idk never voted

Religous Views: Catholic

What got me into aviation: Alot of my family is the airline/aviation industry.

Airport Base: EWR

Favorite Airport: EWR, BDL, IAH, FLL, MIA, HNL, NRT, HKG, AMS, FRA, LHR, DXB and so on.

Favorite Aircraft: B757-200 (RR Engines), B777-200/300 (GE Engines)

Favorite Airline: CO
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:52 pm

Name: Thomas

Age: 31

Occupation: Tech Support Agent

Non Av Interests: Music, Acting, History, Politics (though that is going away rapidly), Gaming..

Political Views: All over the place, staunchly leftist on religious matters, and minority matters, hardline liberal (in the european sense) on religieous matters, right winger in matters of defense & energy politics and so on.

Religious Views: Agnostic.

What got me into aviation: I grew up between two Airbus factories (Component assembly in Stade, and shipping and later final assembly in Finkenwerder), and I got infected at a really young age.

Airport Base: FRA until mid-August, ORK from then on.

Favourite Airports: SZG, DUS, JFK, HAM, GRZ, KLU, HHN, LCY

Favourite Aircraft: Civilian - Any Boeing 727 model, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Lockheed Tristar, Boeing MD-11 (Notice a pattern here?) Military - F-14 Tomcat, Tornado (all varieties), Avro Vulcan, Handley-Page Victor, Blackburn Buccaneer.
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:56 pm

Hi. I'm a man of few words...
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:45 pm

Name: Jezrel S.
Age: 17
Ethnic Background: Filipino, born and raised, moved to NYC when I was 12. Dad's side is of Pakistani-Turkish descent.

Occupation: Student (11th Year / Junior ) at Aviation High School in New York City.

Classes that I take:

- Shop Class: Basic Airframe: Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ; rotating to welding, basic hydraulics, electricity, etc. Taking Basic Powerplant in the Spring term. Still deciding if I should pursue a profession in the aviation industry and get my A&P license (which we get for free, granted we pass all required tests and qualifications)

- AP United States History & Government
- AP English Language and Composition
- Hrs Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
- Chemistry (technically a Sophomore class in most NY high schools, but I took Physics last year)
- Physical Education
- Tech Drawing

and going to take SAT prep lessons in a few weeks.

Non-AV interests: cooking (or as I call it, edible art), backpacking, canoeing, ultimate frisbee, walking around Manhattan for no apparent reason, etc

Religious View: Christian (Born-again)

What got me into aviation: My uncle works at CEB, and when I was 4 or 5, he would take me to the tarmac and around the hangars, up close and personal with the action. I believe he's the head of security at the airport now.

Airport Base: JFK and LGA, I prefer JFK because it's more accessible

Favorite Airport: SIN and ICN
Favorite International Airline: Asiana (OZ)
Favorite Domestic Airline: United (UA)
Favorite Aircraft: B777-300ER


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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:14 am

Name: Norman G
Age: 33
Occupation: Student
Politics: liberal, Democratic, civil and working rights
Religion: Agnostic, former Catholic, born again and Buddhist

Non Aviation: Astronomy, History, Ships, Trains, Cars, Art, Music, Architecture, Hollywood, Politics, Hot Women

Favorite TV Shows: The Simpson's, Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama, Home Movies, Mythbusters, others

Favorite Movies: Star Wars; first Trilogy, Batman (1989), Airplane, Airport (1970), Blade Runner, Terminator, others

Favorite Websites:, Huffington Post,, SkyscraperCity, Wikipedia, SkyscraperPage, more

Favorites In Music: Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Depeche Mode, Linkin Park, The Police, U2, others

Favorite Foods: Pizza, Macaroni & Cheese, Ham, Steak of all sorts, pickles, cheese of all sorts, Hamburgers

Favorite Video Games: Super Mario Bros series, Metroid, Mega Man, Sonic The Hedgehog; most games, others

Favorite Airport: LGB
Favorite Civilian Aircraft Built: 777-300ER
Favorite Civilian Aircraft Not Built: 2707-200
Favorite Military Aircraft By Type: C-17, F-15, B1
Favorite Airlines: Jet Blue, Virgin America, ANA, Asiana, British Airways, Lufthansa, Austrian, Turkish
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:24 am

Name- Leo

Age- 25

Occupation- I work in the timeshare industry

Non-av interests- Languages ( I speak English, Dutch, little Polish, little Bosnian) Euro football, American football, music

Political Views- Liberal Democrat

Religious views- Don't share your thoughts with me. I'm not interested, baptised Episcopalian though.

What got me into Aviation- I have no idea. I've flown many times as a kid and I think there's just something about going up in the sky 7 miles high.. Also worked in the airport with wheelchair passengers.

Airport Base- ORD

Favorite airport- AMS

Favorite Airplane- Boeing 747

Favorite Airline- KLM

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:57 am

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste...

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:11 am

Name - Chris

Age - 25

Occupation - Commercial Leasing

Non-av interests - Politics (majored in polysci), computers, cars, NCAA football, traveling

Political Views - Conservative but am pro choice and pro gay marriage

Religious views - Catholic, went to Catholic school for nine years. Hardly practice now.

What got me into Aviation - I have no idea to be honest. I've been a huge fan for as long as I can remember. I know my dad was a fan and can remember spending many days at SFO including Terminal 2 back when it was the International Terminal. My first flight was at just a few months old, SFO - ITM and my parents say I was great.

Airport base - RNO... yawn

Favorite airport - SFO

Favorite airplane - DC-10

Favorite airline - Northwest Airlines as I used to fly them all the time to visit family in Michigan. I'm well aware how sub par they really were, but it's what I grew up with and will always have a special place for them.

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:32 am

Age: 43
Occupation: Aircraft Maintenance
Non-Av: In no particular order: sports, martial-arts, TV, movies, firearms, running, playing with my kids, reading, cooking.
Political views: conservative libertarian
Religious views: non-practicing Greek Orthodox
What got me into aviation: spent my summers in Greece about a half mile from the approach end of the runway at the old airport watching take-offs and landings.
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:23 am

Name: Well, I believe there is an aircraft with a master caution warning that says "Dave... you cannot do this... Dave...". Made for me.

Age: 30

Occupation: research assistant (biologist)

Non-Aviation interests: running, hiking, reading, movies watching, cooking, dozing, drawing, mountains climbing.

Political Views: If human dignity is assured first, I'm all for laissez-faire capitalism and libertarian thoughts. I believe the officials from every party would shoot me on sight.

Religous Views: Protestant on the paper, and I believe my God is a big, snug and slightly lazy Eagle Owl somewhere in a forest.

What got me into aviation: Technological learnings from to make benefit great FlyingTurtle of Switzerland! Really, I'm not a spotter, I won't ever be a commercial pilot, but I really love to learn more and more about aviation and aviation-related engineering.

Airport Base: BSL

Favorite Airport: BSL, because it's a short bus ride away, and the ones I have travelled to until now, ZRH, AMS, LTN, SXF, Chios (JKH/LGHI), RHO

Favorite Aircraft: A321, A346, 747, the Concorde

Favorite Airline: U2 and the former LX. And I would really have loved to fly SR, PA and BA thirty or forty years ago.

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:37 pm

Why not:
Name- Steven
Age- 23
Occupation- 2nd year law student, currently hold a paying 15 hour a week job at my school assisting first year students with a substantive class. Was working for a federal government agency the past summer and plan to go back this spring and hope to gain a paying legal summer job this summer, we will see how that goes. Sometimes it is even hard to get a FREE job these days. It is insane.

Non-av interests- Geography (have a degree in it) cars, meteorology, basketball, travelling, food, a few video games like Sim City and GTA, science in general, and politics

Political Views- Republican, many see me as a moderate one others see me a bit more right of moderate.

What got me into Aviation- I can't say for certain but it was a mix of previous interest when I was young. First there were matchbox cars and making "cities" my city would need an airport and airports needed airplanes so a collection of airplanes ensued, then I would have to decide destinations for the airplanes leaving my "city" and it just grew on from there. I also always like geography and statistics and that just seemed to mesh well with airports and airlines. Finally came the real obsession. Flight Simulator. Been hooked on it since FS2000 and do not see myself stopping now. Wanted to be a commercial pilot for years but realized it is not a great career hope to get up to my commercial license though once I have the funds and time for flight training. Besides for school and whatever job I have FSX is right up there in time consumption oh and I guess my girlfriend beats FSX out too, most days 

Cities I have lived in: Miami Beach, Miami, Washington D.C., and Barcelona Spain for 5 months.

Airport base- MIA with FLL once in a while.
Favorite airport- If I had to chose one besides for MIA no doubt it would be DCA. BCN and LAX close behind.
Favorite Airplane- 777-200LR, 737NG after that or maybe a DC-9-30 or 747-200, too many great planes.
Favorite Airline- AA, with B6 in second.
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:53 pm

Name-Kyle J.


Occupation-Second year college student, currently studying Aviation Flight Management, soon to become Transportation Administration. as well as a volunteer gymnastics coach.

Non-aviation intrests- Football, soccer, swimming, cars, racing, gymnastics

What got me into aviation? I think I was just born with the bug. Ever since I can remember I have always been looking to the skies watching the planes departing MDW and on approach to ORD.

Political Views- I just vote to the the "I voted" sticker

Religious Views- Presbyterian

Favorite Airport- HNL

Favorite Airplane- 77W

Favorite Airline- Hawaiian
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:45 pm

Lots of 77W fans on huh.

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:21 pm

Aviation lawyer in my 30s based in WLG but from DAL. Loved aviation my whole life. Other interests include running, swimming, baseball, politics, Medieval Spain, reading, writing and teaching writing. Adverbs pave the road to Hell. The Texas Rangers are my favourite sports team. Three Boys makes a damn good Coconut-milk Stout.

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:58 pm

Name- Paris
Age- 28
Occupation- Data Analyst - Forensic Accounting
Non-av interests- photography, traveling, food, video games
Political Views- libertarian
Religious views- grew up Christian Greek Orthodox - not practicing

What got me into Aviation- Family in the industry, grew up in airplanes.

Airport base- LAX at the moment
Places I have lived: Athens GR, Colchester UK, London UK, Los Angeles USA
Favorite airport- MUC, ZRH
Favorite Airplane- B727 for aesthetic reasons
Favorite Airline- LX
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:08 am

Ok, I jump on on this  

Name: Phil

Age: 34

Occupation: Senior FIrst officer B 747

Non- Av interests: Photography, cars (especially Mercedes Benz) and Formula 1, biking

Political views: a little bit of this, a little bit of that

Religious view: basically nothing...

What me got into aviation: well, good question, there was nothing I can remember which actually made me look into aviation. My mother told me I always wanted to be a pilot, since the very first day. And now I am where I always wanted to be! Flying Boeing 747's around the globe.
I remember when I was 14, I took my very first flight, a Boeing 737-200 of TunisAir. Flying HAM-TUN. Since that day I was even more sure that I want to become a pilot!

Airport base: DUS

Favorite airport: LHR (always liked the approach), LAX, SEA, HKG (and for sure not FRA  )
Favorite Airplane: ah well, that's easy: Boeing 747 (no matter which)
Favorite Airline: Well, LH for obviously reasons. But in July I fell in love with Air Greenland 

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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:13 am

Name: For that information, I would need to see your security clearance .. 

Age: late twenties

Occupation: Human Factors for an avionics major.

Non- Av interests: Football, cooking, touring on motorcycles, travelling, miscellaneous adventures of all sorts..

Political views: a bit to the left of center.

Religious view: atheist

What me got into aviation: Can't point out any specific reasons.. there's no one in my family working in the industry, we never lived near airports, and while my dad travelled a bit on work he didn't know much about airplanes (he once told me a 757 was bigger than a 747, 767 bigger than a 757, and so on.. ). However, I caught the bug early, and now I'm fortunate to hold a private pilot's license, and I work on avionics for business jets.
First flight : IAF Mi-8, but was too young to remember. First flight I remember is on an AI A310 from BOM to COK. First plane flown, VT-CAH (C172R Nav III).

Airport base: BLR

Favorite airport: DXB, cos I got to work on some ATC related stuff there. Airside is just amazing.

Favorite Airplane(s) : A340-500 (IMO the most beautifully proportioned plane out there), Il-2, C172, Tu-144, Tu-154, Mig-29, Su-34, Gripen.. the list goes on.

Favorite Airline(s) : LH, SU, 6E
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:13 am

Ok - I've been a member of the for a while now, but I've never taken the plunge and properly introduced myself - so, here goes!

Name: Ross

Age: 24

Occupation: Translator/ Interpreter and Translation Studies teacher

Non-Av interests: Politics, reading, travelling, cooking, ice hockey, good wine  

Political views: Left of Centre - basically more lefty on social issues and welfare but more centrist on business and infrastructure. I believe in nationalised healthcare, good public transport and fair benefits for those who may need them. But I don't believe people should be villified or punished for being successful and working hard to earn a good salary.

Religious views: Ex-Catholic - I wouldn't be against practising again if the church dragged itself kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Until then, I can't be a part of something that spreads so much bigotry.

What got me into aviation: My parents always took us on international holidays when we were younger instead of staying at home. As a consequence, I've travelled all over the world, and indeed work abroad now, but I can tell you next to nothing about my own back yard! I always remember being more excited about the flight than the holiday - the feeling of excitement upon seeing the tails of the aircraft in the distance as the car got closer to the airport! Even going to an airport now brings me back to being a kid again!

Airport base: LYS (where I work) DND (where I call home!)

Favourite airport: EDI - I think the airport flows amazingly well for the size and number of passengers moving through quite a small space. The variety of aircraft and destinations are also impressive for a "provincial" airport. Plus, nothing can beat the view from the departure lounge!

Favourite aircraft: A321, A346, B757, B747
Favourite airlines: AF, WX, CO, LC
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:42 am

Well then, seeing that I've been posting a bit more than usual recently...

Name- Ben

Age- 28

Occupation- Currently working at a large research institute in Berlin

Non-av interests- Sustainability and resources, China and the Chinese language, food, cooking, travelling, wine etc.

Political views- I'm not very decided on how politics should be, more interested in causal analytics, comparisons between countries etc. From an analytical point of view, I probably lean to the historical materialism side with a good bit of Critical Theory and a dash of Marx

Religious views- nah

What got me into Aviation- flying as a kid with my parents (I grew up among LH folks), I thought flying was the greatest thing on earth, and in some ways I still think so. First flight I remember was on a TunisAir 727... blimey that was exciting.

Airport base- BER  

Favorite airport- HKG

Favorite Airplane- MD11

Favorite Airline- LH (love-hate relationship, like every German)
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RE: Self-Introduction Thread September 2012

Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:23 am

Name: Bevan (I could have left it blank but I have so many Facebook friends it would be hard to hide.

Age: 40

Occupation: Accounts, well I do a bit more than that but that is what I put on immigration cards.

Non-Av interests: Travel, Boats both power and sail, skiing and football all codes.

Political views: Anything that gets me more money, swinging voter,

Religious views: Anglican

What got me into aviation: The travel part, fact you could get from one city to another 500 miles away in an hour.

Airport base: BNE

Favourite airport: SYD.

Favourite aircraft: A380, 747.

Favourite airlines: Qantas, Virgin Australia is gaining.
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