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How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:31 am

So, how did you become interested in avaition??

My grandparents lived in St Albans about 10 miles from LTN. In school holidays, we always went over there every Wednesday. They sometimes used to take us to LTN as something to do, somewhere to take the grandkids. My grandad was interested in planes as he was pretty high up in Royal Mail and he set up Datapost and the flying of mail by night using regional airliners which had nothing to do once the days pax flying was done. As a result, he knew a lot about the different aircraft and airlines at LTN and was able to explain it all to me. I was pretty interested and he got me Gordon Swanborough's airliner recognition book and my aunty got me an airlines of the world book for xmas 1991 - I was 10 years old. My birthday present from him next summer was a pair of binoculars which I still have. Around the same time, we randomly received in the mail a sample pack of 'warplane collectors club' cards and I persuaded my parents to sign up and I got a pack of these every month for a few years. I then started to realize that aircraft had registrations and got the Civil Aircraft Markings book for the UK & Ireland and all the aircraft for regular airlines seen in the UK, so I then started ticking of registrations, I have hand written schoolboy scribble back to 1994. It then became a standard fixture that I went to see my grandad every week in school holidays and we would go to LTN. We then branched out into GA, and he took me to several airfields within a reasonable drive from St Albans - Leavesden (now closed), Elstree, Rush Green, Panshangar & Denham and he got me Peter R March's excellent Light Aircraft Recognition book. I also stayed for several days at a time in summer and we did little day trips out to LHR, LGW & STN as well as LTN. My family always got me plane books for birthday or xmas presents. I then started getting Aircraft Illustrated magazine on a regular basis as well as others when I had spare pocket money, then switched to Airliner World as soon as it came out - it caught my attention as the main article of the first issue was on LTN and I have not missed an issue since. By the time I learnt to drive, I used to take myself to LTN or LCY at weekends and watch the planes, sometimes I would pick up my granddad or use my work London Transport travelcard and head to LHR or LGW by train and visit as many air shows as possible - by this time I knew far more about planes than my granddad did and had discovered INTAG and later the JP Fleet Guide which I currently use.

I then emigrated to Canada for work and am located at YVR - funnily enough, my love for planes got me into my job, though I rarely work with aircraft (Im a freight forwarder, so as a company we book cargo on commerical flights but I actually look after the ocean freight). I never started taking photos of planes until I got to YVR, those bizjets clearing customs right in front of the south terminal parking lot was too tempting and finally the wife allowed me to splash out on a nice digital SLR. I am interested in all types of aircraft from GA through bizjets through airliners through military. My main focus today is ticking of as much as possible of my JP book and catching uncommon visitors to YVR on camera.

So how did you become interested in aviation & what aspect of it are you interested in??
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:33 am

It's funny, since I don't remember. I know it was a few years ago, but the exact date and how I don't know. It might have been triggered by my first aviation memory, which I know was on a QF 767 from Sydney to the Gold Coast way back in Nov '01.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:57 am

There wasn't one event, I guess, but I can't say its in my blood either. Only one distant relative of mine was a pilot, and I never met him. I really don't know where it came from, or how the bug bit me. I've just always had a fascination with the sky. I remember plastering my face against the airport window looking at a 727 or a DC-10. I practically grew up at the local aviation museum. I've been very lucky to have such great exposure and such great encouragement along my journey through aviation. Now, I've soloed and am going to finish up my PPL in the next few months. From there, its onwards and upwards!
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:38 am

My first ever flight. Nuff said
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:46 am



Quoting FuturePilot16 (Reply 3):
My first ever flight. Nuff said

That did it for me.
Just took a second in the air, and I knew what was good.  Smile
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:59 am

It was a mix of many things I liked as a child. I always liked stuff with transportation. I liked playing with my matchbox cars a lot and I would make small cities and every city had an airport so I stared focusing more on airports so I started looking for toy airplanes. Than I found Airliners, started just looking at photos all day of all the different airlines flying to different cities. I always liked geography when I was younger too and I studied populations of cities and with that came a curiosity of what airlines fly where, what cities have a lot of international flights etc.. Than i become a member on the forums I look back at my post and man are they funny I must have been really annoying to some people on the forums.

But the biggest thing was when I got Flight Simulator 2000 it took a while to learn I remember my first time flying with just a key board I could not figure out anything. But I started teaching myself stuff and more things, than came FS2002 where I really started flying around. FS2004 came and that's when I wanted to be a commercial airline pilot. Obviously with that goal in mind aviation became a huge part of my life. Even though I am not following flying as a career anymore due to the poor pay, benefits job security etc.. in the US. But as I am still on these forums aviation is still a huge part of my life and much of my free time involves it. I am not really sure why its great but just watching a 777 take off into the sky, looking at a route map flying on a new route, seeing the world below at 35,000ft its just something special all aspects of aviation from ATC to piloting are just amazing.

[Edited 2009-07-18 22:01:50]
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:36 am

My dad always liked planes and we traveled a lot when I was a kid so I grew up hanging around SGF and later on DEN (Stapleton). Then in 1983 My dad and I went and saw "The Right Stuff" and that sealed the deal. I have been into airplanes ever since.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:42 am

My and family went to the dog park right next to MSP. We started going there in 2004 and I was very fascinated with airplanes. I started to become more interested in aviation in 2006 and joined airliners.net.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:09 am

I Always seemed to like Aviation.....I found time move quickly whenever I was watching an Aircraft.it seemed to interest me.as I knew more about the Technology,the Interest grew.

Most kids in my group wanted to be pilots/Astonauts.I always wanted to be a Mechanic.I used to fix their cycles when we were kids.

Aviation mechanics was very Interesting to me.

Till date I've spent over 20 yrs in Aviation & never felt even a day bored of it,In fact I feel Aviation Maintenance is the only thing I can do.

Currently I'm working on B737/757 types & mainly at nights.Its tough,but if you love the job,then I feel they pay me to enjoy myself.  Smile

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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:39 am

I took a greater interest in aviation to help counter my extreme fear of flying at the time. I figured that the more I knew about it the less I would fear it. It has stuck now - I am no longer scared of flying and love anything aviation related (although would still love to get more flights in that I currently do!!!)
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:38 am

Well I lived under the flight path at LHR so that might have been a start lol.. Also family worked in the business, An Uncle who was an engineer for BA and I had two Aunts who were Cabin Crew. Also from a very young age I was always travelling to and from Greece by myself as a UM. I also used to go spotting at LHR with my Dad. Many fond memories standing on top of the Queens Building.

I dont do spotting much anymore, just dont get the time. I do alot of flying though so these days Im more of a passenger than a spotter but its all good.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:47 am

I have no Idea, but I have been interested in it for as long as I can remember!
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:48 am

I was doomed from birth, My dad worked for boeing until he retired, He would bring home posters for my brother and I, And would take us to work with him when ever he could. We were lucky that growing up he worked in Renton, then BFI, and ended up at PAE. That plus airshows, and traveling a lot. I was hooked. Now that I work on A/C everyday my one time passion is almost becoming a problem, but not quite.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:29 pm

I grew up in Hong Kong in the 1980s when Kai Tak was still operational. I frequently saw planes flying overhead, and since then I've always wanted to fly. I was never really bothered by the noise they make. Rather, I was fascinated at how a plane would look and sound like from inside it.

I had a chance to fly for the first time in 1990, HKG-PER via SIN on an SQ B743, and I remember that vividly, as though it were yesterday. Even though we were in Y class, I thought it was the most comfortable journey I've ever had (if anyone's been on KMB buses in the 1980s, you'll know they aren't the most comfortable form of transport). I spent most, if not all of that time looking out the window - as you do!

I've loved flying ever since then, and I don't think I fly often enough. I joined the Australian Air Force Cadets in the late 1990s, and had several flights in a C152 and C172, and one of my most memorable moments was to take the controls in a C172 on take off. I still prefer airliners, though - if I wasn't so prone to air sickness (never happened on an airliner, but was almost threw up in a light plane) I'd try to become a pilot myself.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:40 pm



Quoting HercPPMX (Reply 12):
I was doomed from birth,

I was too. My dad had a cropdusting bussiness before I was born. He then became a mechanic. When he would work on the airplanes I would sit inside the airplanes and "hangar fly" them.

Quoting HercPPMX (Reply 12):
Now that I work on A/C everyday my one time passion is almost becoming a problem

I think my passion is a problem, not sure. It really screws up the social life.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:46 pm

When I was younger, my aunt lived in East Molesey, which just 10/15 minutes drive from LHR. In the holidays, I'd go down to her house and spend some time with her and my uncle. Most mornings at 1030ish, providing 09L/R was in use for take offs, the windows would suddenly start to rattle, getting more and more violent until all of a sudden, Concorde flew up from behind the trees across the river. We'd stare at her until she was out of sight from the sitting room windows (which were now rattling somewhat scarily) and as soon as she was over the roof, we'd all run through the hall, into the bedroom, over the bed and out onto the roof terrace in time to see her appear over the house again and start the bank west to New York, where she would arrive some 3 and a bit hours later. From my first sighting of Concorde over the roof of 41 Feltham Ave., I knew I wanted to be a Concorde Pilot. Sadly that dream will never come to fruition, but that's what Flight Sim is for  Smile

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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:52 pm



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
how did you become interested in avaition

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<> relatives from Texas came over to visit us and arrived first in 1955 per Super Constellation of TWA and then again in 1958 per Starliner of TWA. On the second occasion, they were delayed. As Uncle Bill much later told me, they had been enroute from Mobile/Alabama via Montgomery, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Washington-DC, Philadelphia to NY LGA first, for some 12 hours. And then, after an overnight stay, departed on Idlewild, with stops in Gander, Shannon, London and Paris, but again delayed to adverse wheather conditions in Shannon (one hours), London (three hours) and Paris (one hour) which was the reason why they did not arrive ZRH at 13.00 but at 18.00 on that memorable Wednesday, when my brother and me spent almost all afternoon on the spectators terrace. With Mother sometimes joining us and often wandering down to information to enquire about TWA. We of course were extremely fascinated when the huge and supremely beautiful Starliner came in to the tarmac !
<> civil aviation to me was the link to the world. And so, 20 years later, I went to the airport by bicycle together with Hüseyin. My things were the arrival of the Comet 4C of UAA United Arab Airlines and MEA Middle East Airlines, and HIS delight was the first arrival to Zurich of THY Türk Hava Yollari
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:44 pm

At a very young age my father would drive my sister and I to the Wheeling, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania airports. Something about hearing those engines and seeing the aircraft lift off.
Had an uncle in the USAF working in Bogota, Columbia. Went and lived with them for one and a half years. On my return home I went into the USAF. After sixteen weeks I was flying with
SAMS out of Andrew AFB, Stewart AFB, NY and Rhein/Main at Frankfurt, Germany.
After the AF I became part owner of a Duty Free Shop sold my part at age 49 and have now just completed my 18th trip around the world.
"What A Wonderful World"
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:09 pm

I flew Olympic 737 and I was hooked by the take-off thrust, noise, feeling etc. At first I was very scared, but as I flew more I loved it. At the beginning I was interested in airline routes, cities, airports and then my interest moved to aircrafts flying and more. Then I enroled at aviation college.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:31 pm

Well, as a child I always was interested on helicopters and military aircrafts (now I don't like too much!) but growing up and taking flights, aviation (commercial aviation) really became part of my life.
I'm personally glad (and believe you all are) to have a hobby like this. I just cannot imagine my life without it.

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Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:30 pm

My father was (and, in fact, still is) a fan. So, at an early age I would go with him to the airport, etc. This grew into a major obessesion, and it is today stronger than ever. Indeed, I am doing an Aviation Management degree, and various things within the industry, and I intend to specialise in airlines my entire career and life.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:08 pm

Back when I was a little kid (circa early 90s) in the days when there was a fence instead of a wall, my family and I would drive up to MDW on a saturday after, park on central ave. and watch planes for a couple hours. The first flight I was ever actually on (UA when I was 3) scared me to death, so it kind of ruined it for me, but the next trip I took (DL when I was 7) really solidfied my plane nerdiness
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:45 pm

I loved to travel and I love geography. Anytime I could travel, I did and when I eight or so, I flew with US and the rest is history. My frist flight was NW1712 ORF-DTW on a DC-9
 
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Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:36 pm

I was hooked after my first flight in 1971. My family went on a tour of Italy. We flew SFO-JFK on a 747 and JFK-Milan on a 707. During my senior year in high school I would drive out to the Stockton Metro Airport to watch the late afternoon Hughes Airwest F-27 flight come in for a light to SFO. I knew the UA and PSA schedules. In those days you could stand at a fenced walkway to watch the planes up close. When they turned to depart I could feel the jet blast.
 
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Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:58 pm

My first flight on a DC9. Since then, I became an aviation fan.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:31 am



Quoting FuturePilot16 (Reply 3):
My first ever flight. Nuff said

Same, my first flight was when I was 6, back on Australian Airlines, just loved it, visits to the flight deck, it blew my mind, and I have been crazy about planes ever since. Years later im now working in the industry for multiple airlines at airports across the country...its like my childhood dreams come true lol
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:18 pm



Quoting Sbworcs (Reply 9):
I took a greater interest in aviation to help counter my extreme fear of flying at the time. I figured that the more I knew about it the less I would fear it. It has stuck now - I am no longer scared of flying and love anything aviation related (although would still love to get more flights in that I currently do!!!)

That's exactly how my interest in aviation started too! Living near LHR has helped to fuel my interest  Smile
 
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Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:01 am

My first flight ever was in 2004 when I was 56. Since then I have logged +1.3 million miles, 16 airlines, 782 flights, and 57 airports on 5 continents. Now I have to fly every week and I do.
 
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Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:41 am

I became interested on my first flight at age five flying from LAX-HNL.

As I got older my parents bought me a book that showed each airplane in service throughout the world.

Then starting at around age 11, my parents would take me to watch planes at SAN, and even to this day I go out to the parking lot at SAN to watch planes every other weekend.

At age 12 I got FS2002. At 13 I got an airband scanner. At 14 I did my first real intro flight. At 16 I did my first solo. At 18 I got my PPL. Now I'm working on my Instrument and working my way up to the airlines. Smile
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:47 am

Always liked to look at Aicraft,collect pics of them.
Finally stated a carrier in Aviation Maintenance & still not bored of it  Smile
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Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:54 am

My grandad used to fly a lot and brought back tonnes of stuff from the flights etc. I don't know how I got interested in them but I just did, a long time ago. Then my passion seemed to dwindle for a few years until September 2000. That's why my username is as it is - the flight that got me back into it. NZ107 AKL-SYD, 21 September 2000, on a 767-200ER. I used to have tonnes of pictures and books of planes. Now all I need is A.Net!
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:30 pm

This is a little embarassing, but does anyone remember the Disney cartoon "Tailspin"? The earliest time I can recall liking airplanes was due to watching that show as a kid. Around that I remember thinking I might like to become an airline pilot when I grew up, but that never quite became my first choice, and I ended up becoming an engineer.

I also remember taking a trip to Washington, DC with my family when I was just a bit older, and not wanting to leave the National Air and Space Museum until I had looked at every exibit there in detail.

Then I sort of forgot about aviation for a while, until I took my first flight (which wasn't until I was 23 years old). I knew absolutely nothing about commercial airliners at the time, but I was quite excited to learn what the differences were between the BAe 146, B757, and A320 (which were the aircraft on my itinerary). I found it amazing that I was in ORD after only 2 hours, when a trip to Illinois would take us over a day's driving. Even though lots of people hate O'Hare, I was completely captured by all the activity there, the people in the terminals, and seeing planes from all over the world. A few months later I took another trip, this time on Delta, and again found myself excited to find out how the MD-88 was different from the planes I had previously flown on. I still remember seeing the plane pull up to the gate and thinking it was the sleekest looking aircraft I had ever seen (the MD-80 is still one of my favorites). Then I took a flight on Southwest, and aside from the same excitement as before over flying on a 737 for the first time, they had their route map printed on the napkins. And I found that completely fascinating, as well. I soon found myself going to airline websites and studying the route maps, as well as searching the web for information on airliners. In fact it was the Aircraft Data and History section, not the photo database, that brought me to airliners.net. And now, well, here I am.

[Edited 2009-07-27 13:33:48]
 
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Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:36 pm

I used to carry a little SAA 747 around with me everywhere, starting when I was 3 or 4, according to my parents. It just kind of stuck.

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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:04 am



Quoting Yflyer (Reply 31):
Then I sort of forgot about aviation for a while, until I took my first flight (which wasn't until I was 23 years old). I knew absolutely nothing about commercial airliners at the time, but I was quite excited to learn what the differences were between the BAe 146, B757, and A320 (which were the aircraft on my itinerary). I found it amazing that I was in ORD after only 2 hours, when a trip to Illinois would take us over a day's driving. Even though lots of people hate O'Hare, I was completely captured by all the activity there, the people in the terminals, and seeing planes from all over the world. A few months later I took another trip, this time on Delta, and again found myself excited to find out how the MD-88 was different from the planes I had previously flown on. I still remember seeing the plane pull up to the gate and thinking it was the sleekest looking aircraft I had ever seen (the MD-80 is still one of my favorites). Then I took a flight on Southwest, and aside from the same excitement as before over flying on a 737 for the first time, they had their route map printed on the napkins. And I found that completely fascinating, as well. I soon found myself going to airline websites and studying the route maps, as well as searching the web for information on airliners. In fact it was the Aircraft Data and History section, not the photo database, that brought me to airliners.net. And now, well, here I am.

That is pretty similar to what got me interested in Aviation. I have always had a knack for transportation (namely trucks, trains and aeroplanes). At about 10 or 11 I guess, I ended up semi-in charge of looking for flights from WAS-SFO. As I compulsively looked up flights, I began to gain an interest in the airlines, airports and different aircraft types. Then I found a.net and now, here we are. I ever dreamed my first flight would be on such a first class airline as Midwest. My first remembered flights then cemented my love of aviation. My itinerary went DCA-MCI on YX491 (iirc) on a 717. I was a bit nervous about landing, but not very. And because I was already actively reading the a.net forums I understood that there was near to nothing to be concerned about. Then I flew MCI-SFO on a M80 on YX98?(iirc). Now not only do I have a love for all DC-9 derivations, but I have an unexplainable love for MCI airport. My goal now is to become a pilot, although, quite obviously is subject to change, as I am only 15. But I believe I will for sure be involved in Aviation for the rest of my life. Wheeeee!  Smile
 
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Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:16 am

I personally was born into the life and was "working" tons of flights out of CLE in the whom  Smile
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:38 am

Growing up directly under the approach path less than 1 mile from touchdown of ETNW (GAF Wunstorf) with civil a/c on approach to HAJ overflying the house at 800 ft..

Back in the 70ies occasionally some foreign pilots / aircraft approached the wrong airfield, resulting, among others, in a BX (Spantax) CV-990 applying TO/GA-power overhead my/ my parent's garden.  cloudnine 

Those were the days ...
While I still live in the same place, such occurances are nonexistant nowadays; only occasional variation from the usual C160 at ETNW nowadays are some fighters or E-3 Sentry performing touch-and-go.
And the props from LH's Verkehrsfliegerschule in Bremen (BRE).
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:45 pm

This is a great discussion. I simply have an innate passion for aviation. My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and after he was liberated from Dachau, he joined the French Foreign Legion and made his way to the Royal Air Force of England flying the VC-10 as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force flying the 707 (CC-137) while also flying for "Southern Air" on C130s and 707s and anything else they put him on. My first flight was in 1995 at less than six months old on 01JUL on COA1610 MIA-GSO-DCA on N69351 and I have always loved airplanes and I remember one event when I was three and I got a model of what I then knew was "a two floor plane" and it said "World Plane" on it and had all sorts of designs. Little did I know it was NWA's 747-451 N670US.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:23 pm



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
So, how did you become interested in avaition??

I flew as unaccompained minor too often.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:45 pm

Frankly, I'm amazed there aren't more of us. Why AREN'T more people fascinated by it all?

I've found that a lot of plane spotters are dreamers and lovers of fairy tales. Sometimes, we believe them. You have to be to be into flying.

As a kid, I heard stories of fantastic flying machines and contrivances that had been passed down for generations and generations. Those told of fantastic, romantic machines that could do the impossible. Flying carpets that could transport people in comfort to far-away places and flying palaces.

Of course, in the stories as in reality, only the royalty got the flying palaces. Obama has his, the King of Saudi Arabia has his, the Prime Minister of Japan has his, and so forth. The rest of us fly in similar machines, but the romance is gone. The aluminum tubes do the flying and we sit inside them and become accustomed to spending this time traveling to far-off places inside these drab environments.

Outside that window, vast amounts of energy are drawn from a chemical reaction that is so tightly controlled that to call it "fire" is inaccurate. Truly massive fans are generating the force of thousands of horses pulling that plane forward. As a few hundred tons accelerates to faster than a speeding train, wings cut into the air and lift that speeding building into the sky. Day after day after day.

The stuff of hundreds of thousands of years of human (and pre-human) dreams is happening outside the windows of airliners all over the world all the time.

We spotters, I believe, are the only ones who stop to appreciate it.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:31 am

As a kid I lived under the flightpath to LHR so I was always looking up at the sky.

I was also facinated by the contrails of aircraft passing high up overhead and wondering where they were going and me and my friends in the playground pointing them out.

It never stopped from there.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:14 pm



Quoting Babybus (Reply 39):
I was also facinated by the contrails of aircraft passing high up overhead and wondering where they were going and me and my friends in the playground pointing them out.

It never stopped from there.

I have the same feeling, and I still look at the contrails very often... Also flying with my parents to Tunisia or Morocco for holidays when I was a kid surely helped, I don't remember but my mother does, and from what I've heard I was terrible  Wink At that time I was playing with cars but also little Matchbox planes, I even had my "airport" drawn on the cement in the garage, with countless departures for New York... I also had a small radio that allowed to hear some communications between the pilots and ATC, the only thing I was able to understand was "three, nine, zero" with no idea about what it meant (found only years later !) but I was happy  Silly
Of course I wanted to become a pilot, and it had to be on a 747 ! Today I don't work in the aviation industry but I just enjoy travelling as much as possible, and I really can't see an end to this.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:36 pm

As an young employee of the no more Maersk Air, standing air side next to one of our 737´s, while a MASSIVE SQ A343 parks next to us......

I was sold for life there and then!
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:03 pm

When I was only a young child my grandparents used to bring me over to DUB to watch the planes. One of my earliest memories of "spotting" at DUB was with my grandparents, can even remember listning to a famous sports commentator on the radio in the car at the time. I dont live to far from the airport either so thats where I got my interest in aviation I guess.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:44 am

I moved onto my new (current) street back in 1997 and I am right under the approach path for RWY 23 at YYZ (hence the username....) Ever since I saw aircraft flying ove r my house everyday my interest was sparked. Now I lie on my deck and watch the heavies approach all afternoon.  Smile

Jason
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:39 am



Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 43):
Now I lie on my deck and watch the heavies approach all afternoon.

Lucky guy ! Welcome to A.net by the way  Wink
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:21 am

When I was a toddler my dad worked for Fokker in the Netherlands and he was pretty much obsessed with the industry. As such I was flying from an early age but didn't see it as anything special, just something we always seemed to do. I would have been about 8 or 9 and the family had moved to Australia, my dad took me on a trip to Europe with the strangest route possible that included one sector on the brand new 747-136 of BOAC. That trip just changed everything because this aircraft was so much bigger than anything I was even aware of. Each Christmas dad and I always compare trips and opinions on airlines or particular aircraft.
 
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:46 am

Its been 20 yrs a week back in Aviation & still not a bored night shift yet  Smile
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RE: How Did You Become Interested In Aviation?

Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:28 pm

My mother used to work for Branniff Airlines (remember?), and their offices were at the airport. As a child, I could spend hours watching planes come and go...and then I had my first flight. That was all that was needed....

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