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Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:59 pm

I just got my first job in aviation and was wondering if your interest in aviation started to wane after you started being around it all day.
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 1:12 pm

I think thats a nightmare we enthusiasts never want have to face.
 
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:21 pm

what do you mean by night mare? "I think thats a nightmare we enthusiasts never want have to face."
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:32 pm

I wouldn't say my interest started to wane, but familiarity can certainly breed contempt in some cases.

The thrill of flying, for example, starts taking second place to the irritation of airport delays. Or I'll be less enthusiastic about the prospect of visiting a maintenance hangar that I've seen twice already.

It's very much a case of looking a gift horse in the mouth. I'm lucky enough to be able to meet the most senior figures in aviation, but even that can somehow seem a little routine - even though I know a lot of aviation enthusiasts would give their right arm to be where I am.
 
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:38 pm

I grew up in Cape Canaveral FL watching Saturn V's and other rockets taking off, and have been at Boeing for 20 years in August. I've worked in the machine shops in Portland and Auburn, and 737, 747, 757, 767 Final Assy, Pre-Flight at Renton Field and 747-400 flight test, and the delivery center at BFI. Now I have the Lead Tech Designer spot for Engineering Supplier Liaison. We get any issues with manufacturing of details and assys by our domestic and overseas suppliers on every airplane Boeing builds that starts with a 7. Including out of production (707, 727), in production (737, 747, 757, 767, 777) and future production (7E7). I dislike parts of my job sometimes, but I still love aviation and photography of aircraft. Enjoy the heck out of it, and if things get boring, look for other doors to open somewhere else in the Av market.

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:44 pm

I have worked in the airline industry for 2½ years. And I'm still not tired of it.
I'f im bored at work I always leave my desk to go and watch landing and take off's.
That is really great actually to do something else if you have nothing to do.
 
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:06 pm

After 5 years in the aviation industry... I may get tired sometimes about several aspects of working for one of the very best companies to work for... but absolutely not tired about anything related to the aviation portion of my job...

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:56 pm

I have my first aviation job at AMS since 2 months now. I work at the ramp and I'm still impressed when an a/c (larger than a 737) arrives at the ramp and turns to you with the awesome sound of their engines.

My enthusiasm about aviation is actually increasing. And I like the whole atmosphere that comes with working airside. I feel like a fish in the water.
I say that aprox. 40% of my colleagues are enthusiasts too and they are working airside for years. Talking about aviation with each other keeps you enthusiast too.
My company is situated at B-pier and B18 is a 2 min. walk right next to 06-24 which is always active with 2 congested taxiways between the runway and B18. So guess where I can be find when I'm bored.

What is it what you guys do in aviation?

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 4:30 pm

Well, since I get to hang out at airports now professionally, I don't go there in my free time in order to spot anymore. I am actually pretty glad to have a few days away from runways and aprons, however, I am still as interested in commercial aviation as ever before. It is just that it has become much more professional, i.e. I don't care about fancy colorschemes etc., but instead about economical backgrounds, operations and processes.
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:14 pm

I guess my work and interest are seperated far enough not to interfere really.
At work I manufacture components for airbus to be used in their A318-19-20-21 aircraft and until about a year ago I was doing the same for Boeings 757 and yes we make bits of both in the same factory.

My interest however is more in the operations side of an airline and actually travelling of course and I rarely think about work when I fly although I recently went to China for work so there is some cross over.
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 8:07 pm

My interest and work suffering. Most that I work with no matter how long they have been working still look when a 732 goes shooting off the runway while doing a reduced EPR take-off ( our hangar is at the end of the runway and on a hot day they rotate buy us. It is quite impressive)

One of the older peeps I work with explained it like this to me. "some point when we were young we saw our first airplane flying and went WOW....Now we see that airplane flying by and we still go wow." Aviation is a ugly business work in, but that does not kill the enthusing for the airplanes.

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 8:26 pm

KLM employee here.

I love being around airplanes. I've been doing this job for about seven years now and I still love it. Due to the stations I work at (Aruba & The Netherlands Antilles) I deal with mostly widebody aircraft. (MD-11 and 747-400)
Though I must say that because my non-rev capabilities and frequent duty travel I am less enthusiastic about flying itself. After a while it just becomes routine. Most probably because I fly a lot between AUA - AMS, which is a ten hour transatlantic flight. If you do that about 10-12 times a year it becomes less special.
I also have to say that when I am away from work, I leave aviation completely behind me. It is not a 24 hour thing for me.

As for being a member of this site, I do it because even after seven years in aviation I find myself still learning a lot from other people on this site and I find it fascinating to read how other stations around the world do their thing.

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:05 pm

I just started working in JetBlue Technical Operations last week. I've only been working for a few days, and I absolutely love it! I understand that it's still a new experience, so I'm trying to learn much and meet many new people. There's nothing better than spending an afternoon on the ramp and inhaling Jet-A while hearing the whine of APUs and air conditioning packs...
 
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:45 am

Having been working for 4 years at the DoD flight test center, I get to see many types of military aircraft or helicopters, not speaking of the testbench aircraft me modify ourselves, and which sometimes look odd! Then you add the thrill of flying and I tell you I'll never get enough of it!
 
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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:08 am

I think the phrase that sums it up is "we all have a little Jet fuel in our blood."

Even after being at the airport all day, I still look up every time a plane passes by the house...

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RE: Aviation Interest And You Job In Aviation

Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:29 am

I've been in the industry for 10 years this year.

I still enjoy watching planes, but for most of that time I didn't bother going to the airport just to watch them, as I don't need to as I see them everyday at work.

I have lately started going to meet some of the A.net crowd at LHR, but I tend to get a little bored watching a/c fly into the airport I work at and see everyday, but to those who don't work there it is like their Mecca.

I do however like watching a/c at other airports and am looking forward to going upto MAN in a couple of weeks. At least I will get to see lots of differant things there.

There is nothing like the smell of fresh jet fuel wafting in your face or the jet blast from a 747 when it turns onto stand on a cold winter morning.

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