hustler
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I Want To Get Better At This!

Wed Aug 08, 2001 10:33 pm

Hello everyone.

I am an aviation enthusiast just like many of you. However I feel that I lack many things. I am seeking advice from you for me to get better at this hobby.

I am asking for you to post any links that may be helpful to me. These are the ones I have so far:

boeing.com
airbus.com
airnav.com
fboweb.com
And of course this site.

One that I suck at is about finding news articles. For example. This morning I heard on the Spanish radio station that a man fell out off the wheel bay from an American Airlines jet that was approaching JFK.

I have looked for an article regarding this at cnn.com yahoo.com and msnbc.com

Can't find anything.

Please help me.

...Hustler.
 
747-600X
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Wed Aug 08, 2001 10:45 pm

Not much in the way of news, but here are a couple you'll like:

This is Bill Harms' airliner census: It's the airplane bible, recording every single Boeing, Airbus, L-1011, and Concorde jet out there whether still in use or retired - and even a few that have yet to be delivered. It's quite incredible. Whenever you see a picture in here with the registry, you can click over to the census and find out when it was delivered, what engines it has, etc., - also, if you ever post a picture and wonder "Is it a 737-200 or a -2H4" and want that technical last 3 digit code, the census will help you out (as well as telling you the line number, delivery date, etc.).
http://www.bird.ch/bharms/asr_sh00.htm

This is the route calculator. It's an awesome sight that allows you to input starting and ending destinations and see the quickest route and the distance in nautical or statue miles or kilometers. It also allows you to put in a starting destination and an aircraft's range and it'll show a circle of how far it can go.
http://gc.kls2.com/

This is where you can look up or download tons of really cool technical data and low-detail schematics on all of Boeing's airplanes. Very cool stuff...
http://www.boeing.com/assocproducts/aircompat/

And last but not least, this'll allow you to locate any airport by inputting the city - it'll give you the airport code (Chicago O'Hare = ORD / KORD)...
http://www.ar-group.com/icaoiata.htm

That's about it for now!
 
Matt D
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Wed Aug 08, 2001 10:47 pm

Exactly 'what' are you trying to get better at? Are you looking to be more knowledgable vis a vis a/c recognition, airline history, hubs, routes, etc?

All I can say is that it will take time my friend. Some of us were airliner enthusiasts long before some of you were even a glint in your fathers eye. So of course some of us are going to be 'better' enthusiasts. We have time and experience on our side. And keep in mind, that those of us 'experts' did not become 'experts' overnight. And neither will you.

My advice to you:

Read this site (many of us didn't have it growing up)
Go to your local newsstand or library and pick up copies of Airliners, Airways, Air Transport World, Aviation Week, and so on.

Learn to read timetables from all the airlines. Learn to count the number of flights from a given city, and where they fly to.

Hang out at the airports whenever you can. Take pictures when you can, always trying to improve. I remember when I first started taking pictures in 1992 or so. I though they were 'da bomb' at the time. I compare them to pix I take now, and they are comical. It takes practice, perseverence, and a certain level of awareness on your part.

Follow airline related stories in the newspaper business sections.

Invest in a couple of hard cover airliner books. There are a number of good books out there, both technical/informative and historical. Get a hold of some of them and read them until you have them memorized.

And lastly: have patience. Remember: we all had to start somewhere, and nobody knew "everything" right off the bat. When my interest in airliners was sparked in 1983, I was 9 years old, and knew ziltch about planes. But as the years went on, my knowledge and experience grew to where, with all due modesty, I think I can consider myself to be somewhat of an expert (at least in terms of the US airlines) today.
 
modesto2
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 12:20 am

If you want news, check out:

http://www.airwise.com
http://www.airlinersonline.com

Both are excellent sites with daily news about airports, airlines, whatever.
 
hustler
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 1:03 am

Thanks for the advise MattD. 747-600X and Modesto2 thanks for the links. It is really appreciated.

Now one thing. I still can't find anything on that man that fell from the wheel undercarrige of an AA jet approaching JFK. According to the Spanish news station this happened today. They said it so briefly though. It left me wanting to learn more about this tragic incident.

...Hustler.
 
hustler
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 2:07 am

This is really interesting. 71 views on this post and only 3 responses.

hhmmmmm.

...Hustler.
 
OO-VEG
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 2:23 am

http://www.justplanes.com Almost as good as A.net and offers a lot of links.

http://www.aeroseek.com An aviation search engine.

http://www.crewstart.com A portal site with flight-tracking, links to webcams, news etc.

yahoo also has Aviation news, maybe you can find that report of the AA jet you are looking for over there.

I don't want to advertise my own site a lot but it may be usefull to? http://fly.to/aviationonline

Hope these URL's are helpfull to you..
 
A330-243
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 2:48 am

Hi Hustler

You should check out justplanes, they have a useful news section and are usually first with new a/c photos. OO-VEG has provided the url.

To keep up with events in the aviation world, the airliners.net news section is good too. http://www.airliners.net/news/

Still looking for the news article?  Smile Click here.

You already know the best link. Thats this site especially the photo search and the forum.

Bye for now.
 
hustler
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 3:34 am

Thanks A330. Greatly appreciated.

...Hustler.
 
Miguel
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 9:45 am

These are the sites I have in my Favourits. Some of them may not be very good, but you can explore the many links they have.

Air Transport World
http://www.atwonline.com/index.cfm

Air Safe
http://www.airsafe.com/

Air Wise
http://www.airwise.com/

Aviation humor and cartoons
http://www.aviation-humor.com/index2.htm

Aviation Top 100
http://www.avitop.com/

AVweb
http://www.avweb.com/

Pilot Pointer
http://www.pilotpointer.com/

WebRing Navigation
http://nav.webring.yahoo.com/hub?list&ring=aero

The best ones, for me, are this site and Pilot Pointer
Miguel
 
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 10:05 am

"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
 
SSTjumbo
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RE: I Want To Get Better At This!

Thu Aug 09, 2001 1:35 pm

I don't know, so this is my signature.

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