In summary, I have a couple of points. When I was seven years old, I saw a TV
programme about the Red Arrows and I knew from then that I wanted to work in aviation. That very day I sat down and wrote to Alitalia, KLM, Air France, British Airways and Aer Lingus asking about what I needed to do in order to achieve a job in aviation. Now, I'm sure that the respective HR
departments of all these airlines had a good laugh at my seven year old writing, but in my view I had to ask the question.
That's what we did then, we went to the library and we wrote letters. Kids these days access the Internet to ask questions. How many times have we all attended a training course or some such seminar to be told that..."no question is stupid; don't be embarrassed and just ask." That's what these kids are doing.
I can think of some of our fellow a.netters who seem to think that they know more than they actually do about the industry, and some that just simply lie about the actual extent of their knowledge. These are not the kids on the forum to whom I am referring, but fully grown adults.
If anyone has a question, then let them ask, and I ask others to respect that they have asked as opposed to flaming them or otherwise for asking something which to them is pointless or stupid.
Many who participate in this site do indeed work in aviation, and I for one wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't ask stupid or pointless questions at the time; in fact, I still do. I know quite a bit, but I don't know everything.
In short, have respect for others and their opinions. You never know, these kids might even end up being our bosses in 10 years!
I shall now step down off the soap-box.
Live long and prosper!