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I’d just like to say, as one of the older, wiser members on the site, that I still love a-net as much as ever, and it is still an invaluable tool for me in my professional life, and a staple of my browsing habits in my personal life. The photos are stunning, the site works well (most of the time) and the people I’ve met through the site have often become good friends.
The real standout on here are the forums though, which are the best bit of the site, and the reason I keep coming back. Much maligned they may be, but I’ve been coming here for seven and a bit years now and am still learning. I work as a Shipping and Commercial Aviation Business Analyst for a very well respected business analysis firm in London and have my degree in Maritime Business. The airline part of my job is sourced and referenced solely from personal knowledge and the majority of this I glean from A-net. Indeed, most of what pays the bills and keeps the rain off my head comes from what I’ve learned in Civ-Av.
I have had a few run-ins with some of the Mods but some are very good actually, and without wishing to name names, PanAm-DC10 has been brilliant. None of the other mods have anything much to contribute to CivAv as much as he does as far as I can tell, and his running of the orders threads at the various airshows in the past have been a credit to him and the site. He deserves our thanks. From what I can tell, he keeps things ticking over and is fair, balanced, sensible and mature. Civ-Av would be completely unworkable if it wasn’t for him and his colleagues. All that A vs B stuff can get a little boring and out of hand sometimes so its nice to know we have someone decent and reliable to keep things cool. People do love to slate the Mods on here and on other sites, and I guess it is a pretty thankless task, so its good we have him and people like him.
Other honourable mentions should go to the surprisingly large group of contributors to the forums who actually contribute and who everyone can learn from. People like WingedMigrator, Stitch, Jacobin777, Astuteman, CygnusChicago, Lightsaber, Mariner, Cornish, LipeGIG, BestWestern, Toulouse, Hamlet69, Planeinsomniac, SandroZRH, BlueShamu330, Pihero, Stylo777, Philsquares, Tdscanuck, ConcordeBoy, RayChuang, Columba, FbgDavidson, Zeke, PM, Glareskin, OldAeroGuy and many, many others. It wouldn’t be half the site without the massive knowledge you guys have and I’ve learned loads from you, so thanks.
It isn’t always good fun, and there are some obvious problems, but we should not get bogged down in all that, and just enjoy being here. Say what you like about it, but it’s an amazing site, and I’m glad to be a part of it.
Not wanting to sound like a muppet, just want to say thanks, and keep up the good work.
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