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Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminshed?

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:39 am

Ive seen many people here who claim that their "love" of aviation has diminshed, why is that? It hasnt happened to me, but many people say that they've lost that passion for aviation..
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:50 am

My love of aviaton has not diminished. My love of flying (commercially) has. It's so much of a pain now that it just isn't exciting to me like it used to be. But I still do love aviation and airplanes.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:57 am

I haven't lost anything. My mum tells me i liked planes from the age of 4. I still spend many a weekend at LHR, and I still look out of my window to see the landing pattern at Heathrow. I still read this website and I just bought a British Airways L-100 (my fave plane) from a vendor in Singapore for 20 quid.

I knew from an early age I couldn't be a pilot, even though I had the grades (I'm colour blind), so I am now an editor in the field of chemistry. This job gave me the opportunity to live in London, and in my spare time enjoy my passion, which is aviation.

I'll never lose the passion.

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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:00 am

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):



Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 2):

Good to hear, both of your are still nuts about airplanes

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
My love of flying (commercially) has.

I can probably say the same, it really is a pain now

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 2):
I'll never lose the passion.

I hope I'm the same, and youre right in London you are in great city to spot aircraft from all five of the commercial airports in the London area, I would love to spot at any of those airports.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:00 am

I would say it has changed. I am still interested in aviation, but not in the same way I was when I was 15. Simply other things have taken a more prominent role in my life.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:34 am

Somewhat. After I had my first flight when I was 8, I wanted to fly so bad. I was still a child, and I had huge dreams and goals of becoming an airline pilot. I used to love flying greatly. Well, that dream still holds today...however, since I am now a pilot, the enthusiasm for flying has faded somewhat. Maybe 'cuz as a kid, it seems so impossible to get a pilot certificate, and now, I have it...

In addition, the after-effects of 9/11 gave me a wake up call, and now I developed a sense of doubt. I still want to fulfill my childhood dream to fly, but knowing that pilots are now considered "disposable labor" in times of severe downturns in the industry, makes me rethink my idea of flying A320s, 737s, etc. as a professional pilot. While the military seems as a good alternate opportunity on the surface, all of the horror stories about pilots becoming desk-job-zombies I hear gives me second thoughts.

However, my love of aviation in general has not faded. I still enjoy reading manuals, books, etc. on airplanes, engines, etc.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:50 am

I definately haven't lost the passion for aircraft and the whole general aviation scene. I love chasing rare aircraft around the world more than ever now, even if regular commercial flying has gotten a little more boring. There's no doubting though that I've become lazy, I only ever go to the airport these days if I'm flying somewhere, otherwise I just get itchy feet, go home and start looking for places to go! Big grin

Currently I'm just about to start my third year of university, studying Landscape Architecture, which has nothing to do with aviation and I can tell you that having studied it for two years already it's getting rather boring and I already know I don't want to continue with the profession. Once I've graduated, hopefully with a good mark, I shall be looking at entry strategies into commercial aviation - I would love to be a pilot, but I'm not particularly keen on flying large passenger aircraft; I'd much rather fly freighters or perhaps regional props. Who knows though, time will tell!


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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:41 pm

My love for going out on my days off work to the airport I seem to spend my entire life at is not what it once was, but i love visiting new airports, or airports that are big and dynamic.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:55 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
It hasnt happened to me,

You are not Alone  wink 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:32 am

As mentioned above,I'm still interested in aviation but no where near as interested as I was 5 years ago.I still love going to airshows and read magazines and books on aviation all the time but as I began to learn to fly and travel on planes more and more,planes became too common in my life and the fascination kind of went.Still though I plan on seeing my training through to the end,I'm still certain this is what I want to do with my life and hope to reclaim the fascination I once had
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:47 am

The one thing that had brought down my love of aviation (and only slightly) is how nasty some people get in the posting on this site. I guess I don't get the need to have an electronic fight. I seriously doubt people come here to post outright lies - they just might not have all the facts. And when you don't agree - no need to post. There are more important things to worry about in the world (like how to get a ticket on an A-380 or 787 flight...)

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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:01 am

Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 10):

so true, I'm considering putting you on my RR list for saying that

My interest in aviation has faded to some extent. I knew from the beginning that I wouldn't be a pilot because of certain medications I've taken in the past. I don't even have the patience to maintain many things so being a mechanic is out of the question. As a result, that's the reason why I decided to major in aviation management at Western Michigan.
Though as I come one step closer to working in that field, I've been starting to think that it was more of the chase than the catch that kept me going and that really hit me hard during my high school graduation. Therefore the thought of working for an airline (i.e. NW) doesn't intrigue me as much as it used to. In addition, 9/11 made me realize that - even though I like to take on challenges - it will make my future career a whole lot harder.
Not to mention the fact that many airlines don't seem to respect the employees, whom can either make or break the CEO. Unfortunately it appears to be more of the latter. With that in consideration, I do think to myself, "I'd be working my ass off in something that I feel strongly about, yet still be treated like crap. Why should I work in this damned industry?"

and as planeguy727 states, I'd have to run into some people in my job who could throw a hissy fit for a multitude of reasons. For a 6+ hour flight I can understand for IFE, but would it really kill you not to have a PTV on a flight like DTW-ATL? Also at times, I really do question the veracity (truthfulness) towards some of the things on here that are said. Sure I can go on all day about the never-ending NW DC-9 saga, but if no one presents their source(s) for a rumor like LH restarting PHX, then why should I believe them?

Although I do still have some things in aviation that I would like to try.

Fly an A380 or 787
Visit some new airports (i.e. KIX)
Fly a 777 out of here for once (I could easily be a true a.netter and do a day trip to London during the auto show just to get it under my belt)
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:34 am

I live in London and they fly overhead everyday on my way to work and people at work call me a geek because i have a concorde mounted on my PC and at home i have an old model of a BA DC-10...my girlfriend also calls me a geek.

the only thing i miss though is that i rarely see a 727, lockheed 1011's or DC-10s, which are my favourite. Very occasionaly i see an MD-11 cargo plane gracing the skies above London........ahhhhhhh what a sight......

so no it hasnt  Wink

I cant wait for my next trip to LAX with a UA 772


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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:00 am

Well, I'm still just a teenager, so my love hasn't been diminished. But I do have to say that commercial aviation has become sort of a pain in the butt between increased security since 9/11, crabby passengers, etc. So what I have to say is... thank god for GA!!! I'm planning to get my private pilots license when I'm 16-18 at the local FBO, then go to an aviation college such as UND or ERAU to get a degree in aviation business so I can manage a small or medium sized airport and FBO (preferably my home airport, AXN). Some people ask me why I don't want to work at large airports like ORD, LAX, JFK, etc, but you know, everyone has a dream job, and managing a FBO and GA airport is mine! So there's a looooong road in aviation ahead of me.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:33 am

Commercial aviation has become a pain............. true

Brazilian aviation authorities make me feel ashamed.........true



I still can't think of a better place to drink champagne, read and think about my life than inside of a plane...............true !!!


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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:28 am

I still love aviation, Matchbox cars are what got me into aviation in the first place, making airports and wanting to know different airlines etc.. than I found this site than I found Flight Simulator which really gave me a true passion for aviation. I always wanted to be a commercial pilot and I still think about doing it all the time, but the hard work and little pay and lifestyle they live is just not for me. I am not really sure what I am going to do with my career if it is in aviation or not but right now I am just worried about doing well in school. But I still enjoy FS when I am home and being in two of the best aviation cities in the country DC and Miami I enjoy going to some of the aviation places in my free time. Aviation is going to be something I love for the rest of my life, if it is a possible career choice in the future I dont know but it will always be a big part of my life.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:52 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
Ive seen many people here who claim that their "love" of aviation has diminshed, why is that? It hasnt happened to me, but many people say that they've lost that passion for aviation..

Yes, absolutely.

I don't know how your love of aviation could have diminished given that you are between 16 and 20; you haven't had time. I felt the same way when I was your age; now after about 15,000 hours of flying, a furlough, loss of my pension, and a 50% pay cut I am burned out. What else do you need? Yes, airplanes are still interesting technologically, but the act of going to the airport, dealing with security, dealing with grumpy passengers, delays, etc., etc., etc. makes me look forward to retirement. Put it this way: if I won the lottery today, everyone below me on the seniority list would move up a number tomorrow.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:56 am

Quoting MarioSPlane (Reply 14):



Quoting MarioSPlane (Reply 14):
Commercial aviation has become a pain............. true

Brazilian aviation authorities make me feel ashamed.........true



I still can't think of a better place to drink champagne, read and think about my life than inside of a plane...............true !!!

very nice poetry !
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:59 am

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 13):



Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 13):
Well, I'm still just a teenager, so my love hasn't been diminished. But I do have to say that commercial aviation has become sort of a pain in the butt between increased security since 9/11, crabby passengers, etc. So what I have to say is... thank god for GA!!! I'm planning to get my private pilots license when I'm 16-18 at the local FBO, then go to an aviation college such as UND or ERAU to get a degree in aviation business so I can manage a small or medium sized airport and FBO (preferably my home airport, AXN). Some people ask me why I don't want to work at large airports like ORD, LAX, JFK, etc, but you know, everyone has a dream job, and managing a FBO and GA airport is mine! So there's a looooong road in aviation ahead of me

Good for you mate, i wish i had such vision at your age. i wish you all the best in your future endeavours......
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:22 am

Quoting Hoppe777 (Reply 18):

Thanks Hoppe, I really appreciate it!!!
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:50 am

Quoting Hoppe777 (Reply 17):
very nice poetry !

Cheers mate !
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:09 pm

No, it has only grown.

As a kid I went to local air shows, but most of these were sponsored by the local Air National Guard and featured only military aircraft which never piqued my interest. When I went to the ones at BHM, I was far more interested in the commercial jets taking off and landing in the background than I was in the F-4s on display right in front of me.

Occasionally at these air shows I'd get to go up in a privately-owned single-engine Beechcraft or Cessna, but these reminded me of nothing so much as a Type 1 VW Beetle with wings and a whole bunch more gauges.

I didn't have my first flight on a commercial jet until November of 2003 at the ripe old age of 36, and from the moment that Delta MD-88 took off I was hooked. As I never flew in the pre-9/11 years, I've only known going through the TSA line and I accept it as a part of flying: Yeah, it's mildly inconvenient but it's not the end of the world (although I did think that having to go through security just to get on a connecting flight at a major airport like LAX to be an outrage).

I like flying so much that at work I sign up to attend training seminars that I could easily teach in exotic locales like Akron, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina just because I get to fly to and from them. Big grin
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:10 pm

My love of aviation hasn't diminished at all, when looking at just airplanes and the entire operational complexity of running commericial airlines. What has gotten me down are dealing with people--passengers, co-workers, management, FAA, TSA (especially them), etc. The pettiness of management drains me. The stupidity of my co-workers amazes me. The general inability of in-flight to communicate a normal thought bothers me, etc, etc, etc.

The logic behind aviation has gotten clearer and clearer for me as I have spent almost 12 years working in commercial aviation in different locations, different companies, and in different capacities.

I enjoy seeing planes taxi in--I still get a thrill of watching the engines power down--especially being 20 feet away from them.... Wink

I guess I'm more enamored with the "system" of commercial aviation as an idea--theoretically. I like looking at the components and seeing how they mesh. I guess that's why dispatch is an avenue that I hope to explore in the future....you have to look at the big picture from a number of different angles and figure out the maze and make it coherent.

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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:45 pm

I was a cabin crew for about a year and didn't know squad about aviation back then... I became obsessed only after I quit my job... I guess I missed it a lot... My love hasn't diminished and will never diminish... That I know for sure...
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:12 pm

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 2):
I just bought a British Airways L-100

What is a BA L-100 and if theyre only 20 quid maybe i,ll have one.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4):
I would say it has changed. I am still interested in aviation, but not in the same way I was

Sums me up too partly because of the loss of such a great variety of aircraft from the 70,s and 80,s.. Tri jets, and several manufacturers with varying designs and all that. The noise has all but gone, the smell isnt so obvious and most aircraft look the same, an enthusiasts job these days is to spot the difference.

Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 10):
how nasty some people get in the posting on this site.

Same here also, i came here thinking we would all be of the same thinking. Different points of view of course but the bottom line i assumed were all friendly enthusiasts. It appears not though and many posts and articles have faded my love of this site i,m afraid.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:44 pm

I love flying and that is one of the reasons that I work internationally. As well as getting to see the world on someone elses dollar I get to fly on many different countries airlines. I have been in airports on 5 of the 7 continents (I think there are only 7). With my work schedule of 64 on and 15 off I am traveling somewhere every 2 months. In fact, I'll be back in the air in 10 days.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:58 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminshed?  

Yes it has.

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
why is that?

Evolution. Mine and the one of aviation. Nothing last/remains the same forever.

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
It hasnt happened to me

Nobody react/behave in the same way. Perhaps your age and the number of years you've been interested for it are factors. Ask yourself the same question in 2017 ? Perhaps the answer will be the same, perhaps not ? I never thought my interest would diminish, so...

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
My love of flying (commercially) has. It's so much of a pain now that it just isn't exciting to me like it used to be.

I still love flying, but all the security things and requirements... it's so painful where you know that sometimes and can't even seat.  Wink

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4):
I would say it has changed.

Yep! It has greatly changed, and not just because of 9/11. The number of manufacturers has diminished, so has the variety of airlines and airliners. Now it's almost all about white twinjets, large or small, sounding like vacuum cleaners. It's part of the evolution and efficiency, but it's becoming really boring for me. That's probably why I'm turning my attention at other fields or towards aviation history.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4):
I am still interested in aviation, but not in the same way I was when I was 15.



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4):
Simply other things have taken a more prominent role in my life.

Same for me. It's now almost 20 years since I started to "lose" reason for aviation and to go ahead full steam to gather as much knowledge as I could. But since then I've grown up, at least a bit, and evolved too. Which means that I've opened up my mind to other fields, and these are getting more and more interesting for me. But luckily for me I haven't had to go through all this:

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 16):
now after about 15,000 hours of flying, a furlough, loss of my pension, and a 50% pay cut I am burned out.



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 10):
The one thing that had brought down my love of aviation (and only slightly) is how nasty some people get in the posting on this site.

I totally agree with you and have an anecdote to tell about nasty people.

In the last few months, there was an(other) A versus B fight thread. As always the argument was: Who's the best ? Someone wondered what was the real usefulness of such a thread. Another person answered that he thought this was very exiting and added something like "what else can we do on A.net?"

Because I openly asked that person whether there wasn't any better purpose to use all that energy and excitement, another young man, about 15 years younger than me, said he was in total agreement with me. It later turned out that he became the first A.net member to give me his respect, partly because of what is written just above. There are some topics on which we don't agree at all, but nonetheless, he was again the first to express his satisfaction to see me back on the forum last spring. If he reads these lines, he'll probably recognise himself !!

Quoting NEMA (Reply 24):
i came here thinking we would all be of the same thinking. Different points of view of course but the bottom line i assumed were all friendly enthusiasts.

I thought the same, but have discovered it is largely different. There are some nice people around, but there are many who are too proud of themselves, who think/believe they know when it was just a rumour, who need to show off when they have nothing to say. It's too bad.

Quoting DLOnur (Reply 22):
The stupidity of my co-workers amazes me.

I know, but it's not specific to aviation.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:44 am

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
My love of aviaton has not diminished. My love of flying (commercially) has.

Exactly...well said. I'm still passionate about all things aviation. My previous job had me flying all over the United States twice a month, occasionally 3 times a month. Now I do anything to avoid flying. Several of us at work drive rather than fly, even out to Nova Scotia from Ohio. The hassle is just too much, and flying is not fun at all for me anymore. I just drove to ATL, 12 hours one way, rather than fly like I used to do normally, for example. A co-worker just drove to St Louis rather than get on a plane.

There are definitely some of us who still love aviation, but not flying in today's environment.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:45 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
Ive seen many people here who claim that their "love" of aviation has diminshed, why is that? It hasnt happened to me, but many people say that they've lost that passion for aviation..

Has my love for aviation diminished..............HELL NO!!!  Smile
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:05 am

Flying commercially definitely isn't what it used to be....it used to be such an exciting experience back when I was a little kid. With that being said I would say that my passion for the industry and aviation is still the same but flying commercially is definitely more of a hassle and probably not as prestigious as it used to be.

I can remember one instance when I was 5 years old and my Mom handed me this envelope that had the Continental Airlines red meatball logo on it and I opened it feverishly to see the tickets for our flight to Miami we would be taking in a few weeks.....ended up being my first wide body flight as well (on a CO DC-10).

It's definitely changed but just yesterday I felt like a little kid when I was the airport overlook in Charlotte. Everyone who knows me says my eyes light up when talk about planes, the airlines comes up  Smile
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:35 am

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 29):



Quoting Adam T. (Reply 29):
I can remember one instance when I was 5 years old and my Mom handed me this envelope that had the Continental Airlines red meatball logo on it and I opened it feverishly to see the tickets for our flight to Miami we would be taking in a few weeks.....ended up being my first wide body flight as well (on a CO DC-10).

It's definitely changed but just yesterday I felt like a little kid when I was the airport overlook in Charlotte. Everyone who knows me says my eyes light up when talk about planes, the airlines comes up

ahh bless =) I still remember my first time in a plane & looking out the window to see a DC-10 while on stopover in Delhi.
boy was that a good feeling.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:10 am

It did about a year ago, but then it came back. I tend to go through phases with my aviation interest. It is still a passion of mine though.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:48 am

Yes mine has diminished as well. The hassles with security, rude and in considerate people, the one bag rule implemented by the UK government, late arriving flights have all taken their toll. I just don't have the stomach to fly as much as I used to any more. Gone are the weekend trips I used to take to Europe. Gone are the days when I would jump on a plane at the drop of a hat.
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:04 pm

Not diminished, but it has changed over time. My passion for flying is still there, and it still leaves me with a feeling unrivaled and thus far, unmatched by any other activity I have tried, but I love it in a different way than when I was a kid, or even 2 or 3 years ago.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:54 pm

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 31):
I tend to go through phases with my aviation interest. It is still a passion of mine though.

Yeah thats me and aviation photography, I need to make it more permanent, its a really interesting hobby but sometimes I get depressed after seeing some amazing shots here, but I do have some shots here too.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:21 pm

Ita a Big field is "Aviation" so much happens every day.It can never get boring ever.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:29 pm

Hi!

Well my "love" has not diminshed...but the way people talk about aviation now it's getting too much "over the top"...looks sometime that we have people waiting to be hired by an airline or an airliner manufacturer by the way they talk about aviation. Maybe because I'm from "the old school" I get sick with many things going right now....I used to walk to see airplanes at LIS airport, our group was half a dozen high school kids with one or two adults that worked in the airport, we were humble enough to learn and share our experiences with each other, we used to share our aviation magazines because it was quite expensive to buy all of them, we used to share someone that had a pair of binoculars because we could not afford to buy them, we used to borrow a camera from a friend ( once a while...) split the price of a 36 pictures film and try to get the best possible pictures....those were the times....we would go on windy and rainy days, get really wet just to see a special airplane...but we were happy in those days....yes indeed. We would see other spotters from Europe or from the rest of the world and we would talk with them, share our experiences and some of them would even send to us some of their photos...free of charge!!! Yes, those were great days indeed!!!
Now what do we have? Selfish people that want to make money with the photos they make, they can actually know that a certain airplane is coming but they will not share that information with no one, people fight with the hobby of aviation, there's competition between spotters, the one that have the best camera, the best photos taken and posted in the Airliners.Net, etc. etc. For me aviation is not like it used to be anymore but....I still have fun with my kids and sometimes with some of my old fellows...we laugh when we share about old times at the airport.
Now I don't go everyday to the airport...sometimes it passes weeks until I go again, I delight myself looking to every airplane, and due to my job I've been traveling lately to very unique places like Paraguay, Colombia, Congo, Japan, so I take those times to see other airplanes...and because I still love flying in commercial airplanes every time I try to find the most unusual connections to get to those places.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:42 pm

Quoting CV990 (Reply 36):
we were humble enough to learn and share our experiences with each other

Well I notice this a lot out here,Although it has reduced but I've had folks send me CDroms of Aircraft notes free & helped with my queries when ever I had some.I try to help out Aviation enthusiasts too.

It depends on an Individual too.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:56 am

Quoting Hoppe777 (Reply 30):
Quoting Adam T. (Reply 29):
I can remember one instance when I was 5 years old and my Mom handed me this envelope that had the Continental Airlines red meatball logo on it and I opened it feverishly to see the tickets for our flight to Miami we would be taking in a few weeks.....ended up being my first wide body flight as well (on a CO DC-10).

It's definitely changed but just yesterday I felt like a little kid when I was the airport overlook in Charlotte. Everyone who knows me says my eyes light up when talk about planes, the airlines comes up

ahh bless =) I still remember my first time in a plane & looking out the window to see a DC-10 while on stopover in Delhi.
boy was that a good feeling.

Yeah that was a memorable flight for me.....though it was not my first flight....I flew alot between Dallas and Houston as a little kid and about once a year from Houston to either Charlotte or Miami. To top it off I was actually almost born on a plane so i've always felt this connection with aviation and planes since I was a baby.  Smile

I to remember having the same feelings you had, especially looking at AA DC-10s and Delta L-1011s at DFW and Continental DC-10s and Air France 747s at IAH....don't know why but those aircraft have always stuck out in my mind  Smile
 
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:29 am

well i guess we are all still pretty much in love & very passionate with aviation after all these posts.

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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:58 pm

My love for aviation still keeps growing. As a kid I was interested in aircraft, I liked building models and sometimes visited the airport. After I had seen the movie Top Gun, I became more and more interested in military aviation, especially in the F-14. I was so sad, that I couldn't see it in flight, and I'm still sad, that I will never ever see it fly.
I started collecting everything I could find about it and military aviation.

Nowadays I like visiting different airports, sometimes to take some pictures of the aircraft, sometimes just to watch and dream of flying. I try to visit all airshows that are not too far away.I started to fly in Flight Simulator. Mostly I fly Warbirds like the F4U or P-51. Sometimes I fly F-14 or F-4 F
But I also fly civilian aircraft,Cessna 172, or Piper J3 to Boeing 747, Airbus A 319, or the new Boeing 787.
I still dream of real flying, and maybe I will start making my PPL.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:57 am

It hasn't for me, but the interest has only been there for a year and a half. My love for aviation overtook my love for cars, one that I have had since the day I was born. I still love cars, but I probably couldn't tell you as many specifics about cars as I used to be able to with planes.
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RE: Has Your "love" For Aviation Diminsh

Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:22 pm

Sort of, but that has more to do with the fact that I work in the industry, and although being around planes is always a lot of fun, the problems that go with a career in aviation mean that even the most die hard fan of the industry is going to get a little jaded. Dreadful hours, diminshing terms and conditions, poor pay and often inept management decisions are all things you have to put up with, though I still love the airport environment and the excitement of travelling.
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