Actually thats an interesting point. "Having your aviation skills questioned" is quite a telling little slip of the tongue.
A lot of people seem to think that being able to tell where a plane is from or where its going, how many passengers a plane can carry, or being able to say that such-and-such a plane is lightly loaded because it rotated early is a skill. Its not. Its a knowledge.
Its indicative of the feeling i get from a lot of people on here (not just the American teens) that knowing how many A340s Lufthansa has in some way makes them special. It does not. It isnt a skill, and it will not help you get a job in the industry later on in life. Of the people on here, i could cite only a few who i would say are properly "skilled" in terms of commercial aviation, and you dont have to look too far in the Tech-Ops to find them. Otherwise, this place is just filled with knowledgable (some more than others, and arnt we sick of the catfights to prove it?) amateurs. To be skilled at something makes you valuable and special, but just interested knowledge does not. Its not even valuable knowledge!
Knowing that the VS
744 high above you making the Ockham VOR turn is "Mustang Sally" and that she is the newest of of the LHR
based 744s, and that shes departing for BOS
is one thing.
Being typerated to sit in the left-hand seat and fly her, is something else.
One is merely an interest, which gains you nothing but personal satisfaction.
The other is a skill, which sets you apart, makes you special, and will earn the rightful respect of your peers and other people.
I get the impression that the holes in people's lives where they wish the latter was, is compensated by overstressing the importance of the former.
Im not putting it down, as im only the same myself, and take a great personal pleasure in knowing a great deal about airlines, airliners, and commercial aviation in general, and i do make a very good career out of it to be fair. But as far as a-net is concerned, lets not kid ourselves. The vast majority of people on here are not professional, but wish they were. I am and sometimes wish i wasnt!
So - can we all take a reality pill please (that will be the day!) and be a little more humble when it comes to what you know - you are no more special than anyone else on here, and nobody but you cares anyway.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???