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Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:32 pm

Hello all,
I am relatively new here (having a registered account) however, I've been an avid visitor for the website for years. One thing caught my attention though, was the a.net meeting that are held. What is discussed there and who is qualified to attend them ? Thank you!
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:18 pm

Quoting RJ321 (Thread starter):
who is qualified to attend them ?

Anyone that can tell a 747 from an A320

Quoting RJ321 (Thread starter):
What is discussed there

Who's buying the next round!

A.net meets are normally just a gathering of fellow enthusiasts, normally either at a popular spotting location, or a nearby bar (if that bar happens to also be a spotting location, then even better). There's no requirements or formalities. Turn up, watch planes, get drunk (if you're old enough).
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:21 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 1):

Do you know of any meetings being held in the summer ?
Where can I know of these meetings ?
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:57 pm

You just need to have genuine interest in airplanes, aviation and your fellow a.nutters. Myself, I'm not an aviation professional nor a hobby pilot. I'm just eager to learn about stuff that flies.

I've attended a meeting at ZRH. We just watched planes, talked together, and some people ate a meal together, just anywhere... at the McDonald's or something like that.

We've toured the new terminal together, visited the baggage sorting halls... it's quite easy. There isn't much you really have to adhere to - there might be a meeting point, or a tour that you'll do together.


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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:14 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 1):
Anyone that can tell a 747 from an A320

Damn - that leaves me out  
Quoting RJ321 (Reply 2):
Do you know of any meetings being held in the summer ?

Most of them are in the summer - no one wants to stand outside for hours in the cold to watch airplanes...brrrrrrr

Years ago we had a pretty good meet in Seattle - all met at a local watering hole Friday evening then reconvened Saturday afternoon at a good spotting location and chowed down on Costco fried chicken.

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 3):
We've toured the new terminal together, visited the baggage sorting halls..

It's good if one of the members works at an airline or the local airport because sometimes tours can be arranged to help feed the inner airplane geek in us all. Had the good fortune to be invited to tour the 787 and 748i test planes at BFI by a fellow member a few years back. I was like a kid in a candy store!
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:30 pm

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 2):
Unfortunately, I do not drink, however, it's all about the company   and the subjects discussed (AVIATION !!)

Yeah, you see... ahmm... If you could go ahead and .... ahhh... start drinking.... that would be great....  
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:51 pm

Is it just me, or are there fewer A.net meets these days than about 5-10 years ago?
I used to attend these quite often, I have been to ZRH several times, they used to be yearly. I've been to a PRG meet, one in Kiev / Chernobyl, several in FRA, once I even organized one in Svalbard at 78° North which was the northernmost A.net meet ever, that record can never be beaten. 4 people turned up.

Those were the good times and I made a lot of good friendships in those days.

But nowadays I hardly ever see any A.net meets announced here in the forum. Maybe because we're all getting older and the young people from today have grown up with the social media and they're not used to real-world meetings any more.

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:10 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):
Is it just me, or are there fewer A.net meets these days than about 5-10 years ago?

There are a lot less meets. Both AMS and ZRH were annual. With FRA, BCN, MAN and PRG also quite common.

The meetings that are held attract fewer visitirs as well. The last AMS meet, not counting the MD-11 farewell flights, attracted just two people. Myself and a German guy.

It does not surprise me though. The forums in general are less personal then they used to be in the ye olde days. There are a lot if people, but for the most part it is no longer a tight knit group of people that actually know each other.. even if only through usernames. In that regard the growth of A.net has not really improved the site.
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:21 am

Meh. Used to be a site for enthusiasts, started and operated by an individual, infused with the spirit that implies. He sold it to a for-profit enterprise, it's gonna feel different (and some of us who donated money for a new server? Feel kinda silly.).

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:36 am

I think you guys pointed it out. We are getting older. Hell, I just realized I've been on this site for over 11 years. Unreal. What's different? Well for starters, I'm 11 years older with a busy career, married and with a 5 month old.

I would love to attend some A.net meetings, especially the ones in Europe. I just never seem to match my schedule to any one of them. It would be quite easy for me to jump across the pond on AC.

Well such is life. Maybe one day.
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:15 am

Quoting sccutler (Reply 8):
I have only directly met one A.nutter, a prominent one, good guy. We are a good dinner, drank a fair quantum of likker...

So far, I've met about ten of them. But I only remember the a.nut usernames of two...      


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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:15 am

I've been to 0 of the meets. yes absolutely none of them, but I have had the chance to stay with one yet meet quite a few others! Thanks to facebook, all the a.net meets are there lol

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:26 am

Why not meet on the upcoming Paris Airshow ?

Quoting vio (Reply 5):

It's not about my age, I just think it's unhealthy and against my beliefs  
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:30 am

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 12):
Why not meet on the upcoming Paris Airshow?

Actually, if you're planning to go there, you could go ahead and organize such a meet. These kinds of A.net meets are never "official" or organized by Airliners.net, it always takes somebody who starts a thread about it and organizes it. I've done it once (and it was far far away from my home, so it doesn't take a local) and it was a great success.

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 12):
It's not about my age, I just think it's unhealthy and against my beliefs

Same for me! No alcohol and no pork. Difference is that I'm not a Muslim   it's just part of the healthy lifestyle I'm trying to live. So you'll be fine on the A.net meets, I've been to lots of them and never touched a drop of booze. No problem!

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:32 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 13):
Actually, if you're planning to go there, you could go ahead and organize such a meet. These kinds of A.net meets are never "official" or organized by Airliners.net, it always takes somebody who starts a thread about it and organizes it. I've done it once (and it was far far away from my home, so it doesn't take a local) and it was a great success.

There is an [unofficial] gathering at Paris this year, in memory of the late jkw777, many a good Paris air show was had with Justin.

So far according to facebook 20 or so people will be attending, including some (large] former members, including the legend JGHP1A.
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:42 am

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 14):

I would like to attend, can you please provide us with the dates ?
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:10 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):

Is it just me, or are there fewer A.net meets these days than about 5-10 years ago?
Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):
But nowadays I hardly ever see any A.net meets announced here in the forum. Maybe because we're all getting older and the young people from today have grown up with the social media and they're not used to real-world meetings any more.

Ever since Demand Media took over the running of a.net, they kicked out some of the more active posters. Ever since Non-Av has died, and along with it the community spirit of the site.
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:45 am

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 15):
I would like to attend, can you please provide us with the dates ?

Friday 19th - Saturday 20th of June, with the main visitors show day the 20th.

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 16):
Ever since Demand Media took over the running of a.net, they kicked out some of the more active posters. Ever since Non-Av has died, and along with it the community spirit of the site.

Watch yourself ! You might be next with statements like that!
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:00 pm

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 14):
So far according to facebook 20 or so people will be attending

Which facebook page?
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:10 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 13):
Same for me! No alcohol and no pork. Difference is that I'm not a Muslim   it's just part of the healthy lifestyle I'm trying to live. So you'll be fine on the A.net meets, I've been to lots of them and never touched a drop of booze. No problem!

Okay, I get the "no pork" part. Actually meat in general is not exactly ideal for us, but no booze? Are you kidding me? Sorry boys, no A.net met would be complete without a pub. 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:40 am

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 2):
Do you know of any meetings being held in the summer ?

The big meet is the 10th anniversary of the 2005 Paris Air Show meet.

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 2):
Unfortunately, I do not drink, however, it's all about the company

No need to drink. I didn't drink until 5-6 years ago.

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 12):

Why not meet on the upcoming Paris Airshow ?

Funny you should ask  
Quoting idealstandard (Reply 14):
There is an [unofficial] gathering at Paris this year, in memory of the late jkw777, many a good Paris air show was had with Justin.
Quoting RJ321 (Reply 15):
I would like to attend, can you please provide us with the dates ?

The gathering is quite official, at least in the eyes of us old fogies, and I'm the one who has taken on a lot of the organization (including the aforementioned Facebook invite.). After Justin Wood died, I renamed it in his honor, as I met him just days after the big 2005 Paris meet.

So far, there will be quite a few of us "old school" people there, including many of the victims of the Purge. All are welcome.

If you are FB friends with anyone from A.net, see if they have an invite - they can invite you. If not, PM me with your FB contact info and I will invite you.

As we get closer to the date, we will all work together to come up with a meeting time and place.
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:58 am

We are planning one in BCN in June, you are more than welcomed to join  

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:27 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):

Thanks a lot   my Facebook contact info are as follows: Leo Nabulsi and my email is [email protected]

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):

What are the exact dates for the meet in BCN ? I'd love to if time allows  Smile

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:57 pm

Is there any meet in NYC coming up? I hope I can come to the meet in Paris.
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:50 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/385276478239469

Its an open event.
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:56 pm

Quoting RJ321 (Reply 22):
What are the exact dates for the meet in BCN ? I'd love to if time allows

June 13-14 

We are still planning what to do, mostly head to the beach next to the airport for photos, then dinner  

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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:39 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):
Is it just me, or are there fewer A.net meets these days than about 5-10 years ago?

Yeah there are fewer.

Honestly, I would prepare to be disappointed. Most of the people on this forum aren't that bright and probably couldn't find Jordan on the map if their life were at stake. You can find a good spotting location and just meet randoms and meet just as good a group.
 
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RE: Airliners.net Meetings-Question

Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:40 am

I used to go to meets a lot. The last one I think I made was the Reykjavic Iceland meet in 2007. As someone else mentioned, the people that would put these meets together left the site. I can say the people I met were great people.
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