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Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:12 pm

Was just wondering what else if anything the regular forum contributors did, connected with airplanes, apart from photography (or is photography your limit).

For example, I’ll kick off and admit to also:

* Flying as a pilot (holder of a private licence)
* Collecting die-cast model airliners (Gemini Jets)

I also used to work in the airline industry (11 years) but don’t any more, and many years ago I used to collect airplane numbers, but again haven’t done for some time.

So, just curious: is photography your limit, or do you have other aviation-related activities?

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:27 pm

Hi Andy

Thanks for the heads up on the WF DH8-400. I had heard already  Smile

Maybe the wrong forum so don't get upset if it is transferred to the Hobby Section.

I also collect, within reason, die casts. Both Gemini and Dragonwings. My 'star' being the Dragonwings A340-600 in Airbus livery  Smile

Anthything that comes my way, avaition related, I will dabble in.

I would like to fly but too expensive.


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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:33 pm

Totally, absolutely 1000%...

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 7:47 pm

Well Andy you already know about my safety cards...thanks for your contributions!  Big thumbs up

I don't collect them as such but I do have a selection (all 11 of them) of Herpa 1:500 models and a few StarJets 1:500...including a nice bright green Braniff DC8-51.

Apart from that I love to fly whenever possible and would love to have the cash to get my day!


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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 8:28 pm

I'll confess to the following:
1. Aviation photography.
2. Aviation writing ( and Propliner mag)
3. Pilot (FAA commercial, instrument, multi-engine)
4. Airplane owner (1966 Beech Debonair)
5. Mechanic (FAA)
6. Dabbler in the flying of classic prop airliners (L749A Connie, M404, DC-3)
7. Aviation book collector
Other than these items, I don't have much interest in aviation!!! Haven't done much flying lately since my airplane is based at an airport within the Washington DC "no-fly" zone (15.6 DME from DCA VOR). Hopefully this will change for the better in the near future.

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 9:21 pm

Well, this is my working place so I guess I'm getting a little tired of planes  Big grin

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 9:22 pm

Well I've had a lifelong love of aviation, but, unfortunately don't work in the area (so that's a big chunk of each day wasted!). I have in the past been a dedicated aircraft modeller, but as of late photography is taking all my free time. But I would have to say that I'm only a partial aviation person as I do find subjects other than aircraft to shoot - yes, I know, wasted film  Smile


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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Sat Oct 27, 2001 12:19 am

Besides photography I make the programming for MS FlightSimulator add-ons. During that time I got to know many people beeing in the airline business - pilots, ATC controllers, ramp agents, guys working in the maintenence area at VIE and guys at the movement. But, hmmm ...., for this job I do also have to take many photos  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

But I am also interested in shooting other subjects - trains, architecture, landscape. Most of you surely think: wasted time.


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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Sat Oct 27, 2001 12:54 am

I am the epitome of an aviation fanatic...

I am a GS-7-rated ATC
I am a private pilot with Private, Complex, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI ratings.
I collect just about everything airline-related, safety cards, timetables, memorabilia, etc...
I build models and also collect Herpa aircraft

...and of course, my full-time hobby, aviation photography and collecting KR slides.

As my mother put it, "even during birth, you did a downwind, base, and FINAL."  Smile

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Sat Oct 27, 2001 1:33 am

Just done with my written exam for PPL.. Saving up money for getting done with my PPL lessons.. (Gonna have my PPL by April '02)... Working two fulltime jobs (non aviation related).. Saving up more money to attend NAIA in South Carolina where I will get my CPL-A, CPL-IR, CFI, CFI-IR and JAA Phrozen ATPL. AND having a wife and two kids  Smile Just starting my spotting "career" and HAD (before mom threw them away, withouth my knowledge) the PAA 727, 747, Airbus 320 and DC10 models ... :/

A HUGE PanAm, Spantax, Braniff, Eastern (see the coincidence here?) fan and Queen of the Skies (B747) fan..  Smile Else I love the Convair 990-Coronado, the B707, DC8, L1011, DC10 and DH Comet  Smile

This post should probably go into the off topic forum, but since I was on a roll, I posted it here..  Smile

So, this is me... and, I'm 25 years old from Oslo, Norway...

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Sat Oct 27, 2001 3:50 am

I've always loved aviation, and as well as one or two photographs knocking about the house, I also have a few (100?) books, and a (pretty small) selection of pretty unexciting safety cards and a few models. The PPL has always been something I was gonna do, but time and (lack of) money has always got in the way, and it's funny actually - now I think about the idea of trying to do it next year, the first thing that comes to mind is the number of good shooting days I would have to spend without a camera in my hand....

I guess the photography has taken over!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Mon Oct 29, 2001 5:00 pm

I will admit to

a) Aviation photography
b) Spotting  Smile
c) Collecting Corgi models (BOAC mainly)
d) Had a PPL
e) Collect flight magazines
f) Collect Aircraft magazine (Aeroplane, flypast, Aircraft Illustrated)
g) Helping to restore a PBY Catalina

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Mon Oct 29, 2001 7:24 pm

Not really obsessed, but here are some features:

* Own an unknown number of small kit planes. (I stopped buying/building them now.)
* Own a RC model aircraft.
* Enjoy taking pics of aircrafts.
* Visit dailly.

But not obsessed.  Smile

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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Mon Oct 29, 2001 9:07 pm

My mother swears that being near DCA while she was pregnant with me has something to do with my intrest in aviation. I'm 30 and being diagnosed as a diabetic 22 yrs ago put up some roadblocks for finding a career in aviation. Diabetics in the US cannot fly or work ATC. So, I went to school to get my A&P and now work as a line mechanic for DL. During school I worked ramp at the local airport and got hired by DL to do manual weight & balance for a contract they had with LTU on L10s, MD-11s and 767s. I've also worked g.a. and warbird restoration on B-17s, T-6s, FM-2s, B-24s, and F-4Us. I find a day at the airport very relaxing and have a small collection of airliner "stuff". I will say I am very surprised how many people in this field aren't intrested in's just a job! Not to me!
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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Mon Oct 29, 2001 10:18 pm

I guess you could say i am.

I don't really have any hobbys other than aviation
I don't collect models
I do have some books (although not many)
I spend alot of time looking through photographs on
I spend alot of time with aviation photography
I am currently saving all of my money for a new camera
I used to live under the approach of Schiphols rwy 1R (kaagbaan) and Manchester's rwy 26 (old runway).
Do not want a career outside of aviation!


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RE: Are You A Total Aviation Person - Or Not?

Mon Oct 29, 2001 11:04 pm

>>>Do not want a career outside of aviation!<<<

Dan now's not a good time so i would start looking down all avenues. I know personaly a few people that have lost their jobs due to recent events and their prospects at the moment are not looking good  Crying



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