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You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:23 am

Ok, we had this post many times in the past, and truly enjoyed it, so I'd thought I would start it again!

You know your an airliner freak if...

When accelerating onto a freeway, you say softly to yourself: "V1....rotate."

You miss seeing your loved ones board their flight becase you were too busy walking around the concourse looking for a better window view.

You know the flight number and arrival time of every 'heavy" jet coming into your local airport.

When your on a relatively empty flight, you sit in 10 different window seats before you find the one you want.

Just some from personal experience!
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:27 am

...you spend hour after hour at this forum!
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:29 am

When you go over the median's or the shoulders while driving, trying to spot a plane

When you can tell what pane it is just by the sound...

just two, that happend to me...
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:30 am

....You can tell the exact type of aircraft flying above you, just by the sound! (I'm sure you guys have taken note of that very distinct "heavy" sound that wide-bodied airliners make.)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:37 am

AA61Heavy.....You beat me by 1 minute on the "sound" post. Good man!  Big thumbs up
 
rwy31r
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:37 am

Hey Doc.. this subject was already brought up.. but to tell ya the truth its great fun..

here are what i posted last time...

1- MUST touch a plane's fusulage while boarding (when I am just going to hand my bording pass to the FA).. And yes I admit it.. I have once hugged a 777-200 just before boarding.  Big thumbs up

2-Get a tad annoyed when the FA tells me which direction to get to my seat.. and I read out my seat number (eg. 33 Alpha) to stress that I know what and where it is and how to get there (as I have studied the plane from past experience and memorizing the time table.  Big thumbs up

3- go to travel agents and look for timetables, regardless of travelling or not.

4-saden when I buy a ticket that doesnt have the airline's logo just IATA's logo.  Big thumbs up

5-perferring to have 5 seperate tickets (one for each airline I will use) then having one or two joing them all.

6-surfing airliners.net (best site on the net)!!!!  Big thumbs up

7-Love the sound and smell of airports that can be scensed as soon as you reach the parking area at the airport.

8-Going at least 1 hour before meeting someone. (and being teased, beatin up or killed when you are dropping one off an hour early so you can enjoy your time at the airport)

9-when Gov. officials arrive, they have these formalities at the Apron which are televised.. you are like "AHHHHH.. get out of the way, show me that 747-SP!!"  Big thumbs up

10-get really annoyed when one tells me: "yeah I was on one of the big planes.. a jumbo or something" finding out that it was an airbus.  Big thumbs up

11-get really annoyed when one tells you: "yeah they had these small TV's on the plane but didnt feel like learning or asking how to operate them"

12-Using all your expensive Ink-Jet color cartridges on your printer to print out your airline photoes rather than your family photoes.  Big thumbs up

13-Get so disaapointed and feel cheated when an airport shop sells no airline goodies.  Big thumbs up

14-Seeing ground personell walking about the Apron and realizing that it's not you.  Big thumbs up

15-Wanting to operate the movable gate to the aircreaft, the inflight coffee machine, and play around the small room where the PTV are actually conrolled (eg on the 777)  Big thumbs up

16-posting your heart and soul about airlines on a WONDERFULLY NUTTY post such as this one.  Big thumbs up

17-Wearing a full airline pilot uniform for fun (preferbly 4 stripes)

18-Studying airline timetables, IATA airport and airline designators.

19-when spotting, squeezing your head thinking why that airline used that type of aircraft and not the other.

20-Applying for frequent flyer programs to get those snazy airline cards you can put in your wallet.  Big thumbs up
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:40 am

....your friends call your photos/slides/magazines/posters and general love for aviation AIR PORN.
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 8:48 am

...your local airport is your second home.

...you´re first looking forward to flying, then to enjoying your holidays.

...you don´t feel disturbed by an airplane´s loudness, because you like it and you analyse it.

...you just shake your heads about people who close their window shades during a takeoff or landing.

...you´re proud of having been on many different airlines and airplanes.

...you really like to be here at this forum!

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 9:15 am

...you throw away paycheck after paycheck on airline memorabilia on ebay, collector shows, and model shops...

The Airplane Shop's main showroom in Fairfield, NJ is about 15 minutes away from me. BAD BAD, VERY BAD!

-Ant
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 9:55 am

- you shake your head in disbelief when you read COMPLAINTS about airport noise from those that live right near the runway.

- a workmate says his girlfriend is a stewardess for Air New Zealand and that she's just flown off to SAN FRANCISCO...and then you try to be tactful when you tell him.....um...ahh...Air NZ don't fly to San Francisco; never have!!

- the top electronics "expert" at work tells you that a 747-400 has a three crew cockpit because he saw a photo and there were three people sitting there.
And then he doesn't believe you when you try to tell him that, "no! that other guy is just part of the relief crew because of the length of the flight etc.
Even when you show him other pics to prove the point....he still doesn't believe you!! Arghhhhh!!!

- someone says they flew from London to Singapore non stop on a 737...and you just smile and nod to him....because you just wanna keep the peace.

- you're telling your wife/kid/friend all about the 767 on the taxiway and you turn around to see the've fallen asleep.

- it's pouring down with rain and blowing a gale, so you open the car window just to hear the sound of the plane taking off.

- you're a passenger on the flights second approach in a howling gusty crosswind.......you look around the cabin, and you're the only one enjoying it.
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:02 am

Read, laugh, and of course Answear to topics like this in several forums of the web...

Recognize you`re a freak plane lover...

Rich  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:05 am

i kissed an a300 prior to boarding, i think i did it for the 763 as well. i figured i touch 'em b4 domestic flights i'd kiss it for trans atlantic
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:21 am

look up to the sky while crossing the road when heard a plane flying over your head (and try to spot it between all the buildings) and got scold by your friends/parents for doing a dangerous act!!!!

change the wallpaper of your computer every now and then....

keep all the inflight mag that you got from your previous flight.....

actually enjoy turbulances.....

spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on aviation related products......

keep looking at the apron while driving to the airport....

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:42 am

You rearend the guy in front of you in a late-model Lexus because you are too busy looking at a plane flying.

You laugh like a crackhead when you go through heavy turbulence.

Your friend pics you up from the airport and you lose track of what she's saying because you are hanging out of the window taking a picture of a plane.

Everytime you start driving in your car you hear your CFI saying, "Tac is up, pressure's green, airspeed alive" and then you pull back on the steering wheel.

Your mother says, "Ohhhh, so you've got a thing for pilots now huh?"

(Okay, so I never actually rearended the Lexus....all others are true...)
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:53 am

When your teacher says she is going to Dallas, you ask what airline? then someones says "Who Cares?"
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 11:01 am

When someone tells you they are going from ATL-HNL and you instantly know what airline, type, meal service in coach, PTVs, and the seat pitch they will be on.

Then they look at you funny...
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 11:07 am

Here's my confession of "guilt":

You know you're an airliner freak, when you operate your car checklist style, ie "marker lights ON, headlights ON, parking brake, check, engine start, etc" and every time you back out of a parking stall, you treat it and drive it like a pushback, ie back out, turn, go back straight, stop, turn everything else on, and drive.

Hee hee hee, so good to know I'm not alone out there, this is such a great support group Big grin

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 11:38 am

...you are extremely pissed off about the new secturity, because you cannot go look at the jets.

...you dream of being a high ranking pilot for United, and you are only 15!

-Nick

I would know, I experience both of them  Sad
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 11:46 am

Oooh, got another one:

-When you actually help out the flight attendants, because you know just what they have to go through (yep, I really did that on KLM flight 611 back to Chicago)

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 12:17 pm


1) Because your Honda Civic's 1.5 liter engine is so underpowered, you are forced to turn off the air conditioning to properly accelerate onto a freeway. When doing so, you announce "Bleeds off".


2) If you guys think it's distracting to spot while DRIVING, imagine doing so while FLYING. For example, forcing yourself to ignore the 777 that ATC advised will pass underneath you momentarily so that you can pay attention to the instruments.

 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 12:53 pm

Rushing to the airport at all hours to see that special flight ro plane.

Spending all of your money on spotting gear (scanner, camera)

Your known be others as an airport bum

You know which airports have a 7-11 in which you can bye slurpee's for spotting

Collecting countless bagagge tags for your own collecting

Signing up for every know frequent flyer program to get the cards and try for a world record

When you can tell the type of plane by its contrails
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 1:05 pm

There are SO many cool responses, a few I admit I have done myself, and probably some I will now do!  Big grin

I'm such an airline nut I went to WORK for the airlines!  Smile  Smile  Smile

Andrew
..uh, we'll need that to live......
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 1:23 pm

...If while spotting you can tell what arcraft type you are seeing on approach simply by analyzing the landing light configurations.
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:01 pm


  • When you are told that somebody is flying to, say, LAX from CLE, you run through all the possibilities of carriers and aircraft they could be on.

  • You know the times, flight numbers, and terminals of all the heavies that serve your airport.

  • Even though your flight is at 7:00pm, you get to the airport at 3:30pm (at IAH) so you can see the KLM and BA 744's before they leave.

  • When friends/family arrive at your airport, you give them a complete tour of your airport.

  • You go out of your way to fly the more interesting aircraft. I once flew IAH-EWR instead of HOU-LGA because I'd get to fly a 757 instead of an MD-80. I also flew HOU-ATL-CVG instead of HOU-CVG nonstop so I could fly a 757 on the ATL-CVG leg.

  • Get upset when your itenerary changes from IAH-EWR-CDG to IAH-CDG nonstop, because you wanted to fly a 764.

  • You prefer connections over nonstop flights because you get to visit new airports, and fly more on more planes.

  • You try to decide how to spend the frequent flyer miles you haven't earned yet. I've already planned out a trip from the mileage I'm getting from my next flight, which isn't for a month!
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:31 pm

You spend 10 hours in transit when you could have only spent an hour !!!
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:34 pm

When you want to buy 44 L1011's  Big grin Big grin Big grin
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:05 pm

When you get sad that a piece of metal that you have been inside of has been retired.

(UA 727 cough cough)

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:06 pm

When on your way to and from work, you stop at the airport to see the planes on approach...

When you find out about your school's band trip to Pasadena (chartered flight, 2x Alaskan's 737-200) correct your band friends by telling them that there is no first class on Alaskan's 737-200's...

You find their flight is leaving at 2 AM 2 days after christmas, and you think "I can get up that early, because I've never seen a 737-200"...

When you point to the line on the band member's info packet that says "Airplanes were designed for comfort" and say "it's a 732, and because you're not me, you'll go crazy at the engine sounds and vibrations"...

You have a camera in your flight bag so when you hold short of runways or taxiways you can get shots of the planes...

You can answer any question in ground school before the instructor finishes answering it (i.e. Instructor: "Does anyone know what these little tabs on the wing are?"
(me raising my hand)
Instructor: "Anyone, anyone at all??? Ok, Alex?"
Me: "Vortex generators!"
Instructor: "Yeah, and what do they do?"
from here on I give a long explanation about the boundry layer and how vortex generators increase aleron affectiveness...)
Also, my ground instructor waits untill no one knows the answer and automatically calls on me...

When you call out aircraft traffic while driving...

when you spend a total of 10 hours or more at the airport in one week, and that would be more if it wern't for work or school...

When on your third lesson, your instructor says "Got your medical yet and have you finished that pre-solo exam?"...

When you hangar fly with your instructor and his CFI buddies and have more stories then them...

When your AOL buddy list "Aviation" sub-section has more then 10 people...

When you find out someone is a pilot, you exchange phone numbers and meet at the airport resteruant to hangar fly...

When the only resteraunt in town you'de ever take a date to is "Florentina's at the airport" and you ask the different waitresses at least 2 times each what the VOR is; "Excuse me, what's that red-and-white cone-shaped building out there?" and crack up when they can't tell you...

When you hear someone talking about planes, you walk up, shake their hand, and say "Alex Archer, ________ hours" and they know what you mean...

Many more... and these are all from my own experiances...

 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:20 pm

Ok, you guys will laugh...

This is in relation to what the first guy said about when accelerating on the freeway and such.

Pretending different types of cars are different types of planes and when you are in a line coming out of a parking lot to main road you are getting ready for take off. So far I sound like a crack head eh???

Example small cars...

Geo Metro, Festivas etc are 19 passenger props such as B1900s, Jetstream 31s

Pickup trucks full size vans such as Dodge Rams, F150s Suburbans are large jumbos such as A340s, 747s, 777s

Minivans, smaller SUVs such as Grand Cherokees, Explorers etc are smaller heavies such as 757s, 767s, A310s, DC-10s

Cars about the size of Tauruses are 737s, 727s etc.

Usually I have European cars be Airbus 320 family.

Sports cars are private biz jets

Then I take their color and match it to the nearest related airline scheme ...

Yeah I know it sounds crazy, but I'm an airliner freak
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:30 pm

You move to a first class window seat when the pilots can't get the gear down because you know the FA is too frightened to care.

Hisham.
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:38 pm

I guess my Chevrolet Malibu would be a A319 because of all the European and American Parts?  Confused

When you get you bosses' flight schedule so you can watch their flight on the computer at work instead of working  Innocent
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 4:13 pm

You think jet fuel would make a good air freshener scent! Big grin
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 4:53 pm

LOL! Every single of your posts is true

...when u skip school to drive anybody in the family out to the airport (at least one hour) even through snow-storms and rush-hours just to spent some time in the terminal, then buy a ticket for some bucks to do spotting to get beyond security and upon leaving you return the full-fare ticket to an annoyed CSA  Smile

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 5:03 pm

...you find yourself correcting the aviation "experts" on the news. I also identify with the comment on the televising of VIP's and they do not let us have a good look at the aircraft.
"So many planes; so little time..."
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 5:37 pm

I dont freak out in an airport like other freaks.... right.....

Baec777  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 5:54 pm

...you seriously dream of creating your own airline one day, including a hub and ponder whether to go Airbus or Boeing and what engine manufacturer to go with for your fleet

...getting ready to enter a highway with your car includes pushback, brake tests, run-up test and taxiing to the onramp

...wishing your car steering wheel had handles on the sides and was not a circle, and that a throttle lever was at your right hand

...when you go somewhere and the part of the trip that matters most is the means that got you there, not where you went to

...you could fly and fly to get to some warm-weather destination and it could be crappy weather, but as long as you got to fly on some kind of "exotic" aircraft that you have never been on before or got to try an airline that you have never been on then things are going well

...you have a wall of boarding passes, similar to a guy I know who was a die-hard Grateful Dead fan who created a gigantic poster of all the tickets to the countless Dead shows he went to before Jerry Garcia died

...you get very upset with people who go places and don't even know what kind of aircraft they rode on, generally what route they took or perhaps what airline they flew on. You get even more mad when they respond with something like "well they served us peanuts AND pretzels!"

...you begin to memorize series of tail numbers for various airlines and planes that come and go from your airport become "familiar faces" to you. People look at you funny when you go to an airport in another city and you point at some aircraft and say "hey, I remember him"

...you drive around your local airport looking for that rare, "out of place" airplane that once in a while (sometimes once in a lifetime shows up). For me that was the time when I saw the Antonov 125 at MSP. And I keep missing those periodic 767's and 777's that occasionally get diverted from ORD. And I'd still like to see an A340 show up one afternoon. So when you finally remember to bring your camera it never shows up, or it's too far away for your lenses or you are all out of film.

...spelling out a word entails you using aviation phonetic alphabet and people look at you funny when you utter "niner" in a normal conversation

...your friends say "OK we're going to look at porno pictures and then you can look at your airplane porn on airliners.net after us cause we're not into that kind of dirty fetish"

...you can't accept the fact that there are people in the world who seriously think that Airbus is some thing that people take to the airport to catch a flight

...you spend countless amounts of time writing posts on Airliners.net, solely out of love for the field of aviation and your desire to talk about all things aviation.
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 6:41 pm

What about that:

...when you design and print your own safety cards for your car!!!

I did it, and it's always funny to see the people reaction, when they have a look at it!!  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 10:30 pm

Driving a 260km round-trip in the middle of a work day to photograph two AN BAe146-200s and an AN BAe146-300. Not to mention a GIV, Citation VII and 5 Saab 340s.....
Like a seagull on the MCG of life...
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Fri Nov 23, 2001 11:51 pm

Rwy31R - hoooo noooo, I thought the tapping the fuselage thing was just one of my silly habits...

Hkgspotter 1 - 44 Tristars! L-O-L !!!!

Twa902fly - yeah, mine is N601US!

Acidradio - in London, the Airbus IS some thing that people take to the airport to catch a flight!

My contribution:

* When you are absolutely, positively the ONLY person in England who looks forward to getting stuck in the perma-traffic jam near the Heathrow junction on the M25 motorway, just so you can open the window and watch 'em rollin' in overhead!

* Flying to STN - SXF for work which is a pig of a journey considering where I live / am going, but really looking forward to it because I might finally get to fly on a BAe 146!

Hey, it's nice to be nuts.

Fraternal greetings

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 1:02 am

I can remember BEGGING my mum and dad for weeks and weeks to let me take a day off school to go and see a BA concorde on one of it's rare visits to Belfast when I was 12!
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 3:10 am

Whisperinggiant:

True, in some places an "Airbus" is what you take to get to the airport. But once I had to seriously sit down and explain to my mom that Airbus was an airplane manufacturer, after seeing a news report of a hijacked aircraft in India. Of course the news neglects to report what model of Airbus it was, opening the door for my mom to believe that some kind of bus (not an aircraft) was hijacked in India.
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 10:04 am

Well, from my own experiences, you can call yourself an airliner freak if:

-you get up early in the morning and go to the airport with your camera near the active runway, and stay there for more than one hour
-you enjoy eating airline food as much as you enjoy eating food from your home
-you are on the street in town, you see a toy store and you want to go into it just to see what airliner models they have if they have any
-you touch for a few seconds the aluminium skin of a plane upon boarding
-you look at the registrations, sometimes you even notice seeing twice the exact same aircraft on different days
-when your dad goes on a business trip, you are more interested to know what airline and aircraft he flew on rather than knowing how his business meeting went
-you never get bored at the airport and on a plane
-when you get on a plane you always look at the cockpit before you go to your seat
-you disagree with people who think being on a plane is like being on a bus
-you don't get upset when your flight is delayed
-when you plan a trip you choose your flights according to what aircraft type you'll be on rather than the time of departure and arrival
-when your dad sends you to the airport to pick up his plane ticket, you don't go there just to do what he asked you to do, you hang out there for a while after you picked up you dad's ticket
-you don't mind waiting three hours in an airport between two flights even if you are jetlagged
-each time you go say hello to your dad in his office, the first thing you look at is the airline schedules on his desk
-when someone goes on a trip, you always think what airline and aircraft he or she could be on and through what major airport he or she could go
-when asked "window or aisle?", you always say "window!"
-you enjoy the smell of jet fuel at the airport
-you study airline schedules at 2'O Clock in the morning
-when you open a newspaper, you always look at the airline ad's even if you don't plan to travel
-you continue to fly your favorite airline even if they cut the direct flight to the city you fly the most
-you sat several times in the captain's seat
-put the volume louder on the TV or the radio once they start talking about a plane crash or hijack, a major aircraft order, a planned merger, or an airline that just ceased operations
-you take a flight somewhere just for the pleasure of flying on an aircraft that you know the airline will get rid of in the near future
-you keep an updated database which has all the planes you've flown on: airline, flight number, aircraft type and routing

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 1:28 pm

-When you're a 'gold card' member of the mile high club...
-you collect Frequentflyer cards
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 1:35 pm

You open the drawer every half hour to stare at your airline ticket.
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 1:42 pm

*Taking a later flight just to get a window seat...
*Getting annoyed when the travel agent "doesnt know what kind of plane it is"...
*Going out to spot when the winds are strong just to watch planes "crab"...
*Responding to posts like this just because...
*Knowing the time, and gate number that every heavy departs from...
*Annoying friends because you have to pull over in the car near the airport when you see the lights of a plane break out of the clouds...
*Keeping old tickets for sentimental reasons...
*Calling flight attendants by name because you feel "at home"...
*Remembering weather conditions and aircraft types from flights I took in the 70's...

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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 2:02 pm

...when every first date has to be along the road that oversees the runway.
...when the smell of stale aircraft carpets/seats smells even better than perfume.
...when you have to touch the fuselage before you board the aircraft.
...when you must take a picture and note down the reg number of every aircraft that you take and bore the hell out of your friends when you tell point out to them which aircraft you have flown on, while what they see are rows and rows of aircrafts looking no different from each other.
...that aircraft food looks and taste better than Maxim
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 3:07 pm

when you find out that your teacher was a former flight attendent and you start staying after class to ask her questions
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 4:07 pm

SIA_B777, Mine was an ex-navy ATC and he actually used terms like "Heavy", "Flight level", and "Wake turbulance" in his lessons... I was the only one who got it though.
 
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 6:55 pm

You give yourself a 'nuttiness' rating of 9.999 out of 10  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

You spend $$$$ getting software & computer upgrades so you can 'fly' on your home PC (I'm currently in ground school!) Big grin

You suddenly take on bad driving habits when driving under an approach path  Big grin

When you watch an aviation video (ie. Concorde: the ultimate profile) when you're feeling down, ...then feel a lot better..  Nuts

When you watch a Tai Tak approach and landing on Windows Media Player ...a dozen times in a row  Smokin cool

When you're really amazed at how much time you spend on here!!
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RE: You Know Your An Airliner Freak If.....

Sat Nov 24, 2001 9:56 pm

I can't think of any...but those are all good Big thumbs up

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