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Bernard Shakey
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Young Virtual Airline CEO's

Thu Nov 08, 2001 4:26 am

Let me begin this by saying that I completed my required seven year stint as a teenager many years ago. As I have become active in a VA, and A.Net, it is hard to miss that a number of folks in both communities are teenagers, and some even younger. From time to time, nasty responses on A.Net and negative OPEds on have been posted, and it is my thoughts on this subject that bring me in from my ongoing battle against autumn leaves to sit before my computer.

Every generation loves to relay to the next one how primative the world was when they were youngsters. However, there have been some tremendous changes in the last 20 years, so many that this era may be looked back upon as being similar to the industrial revolution. (Pong vs. FS2K2 comes to mind as I search for my next thought.) I am encouraged to see so many young people taking advantage of the resources available to them. I can't imagine how cool it must be to be 14 and landing a 1970's livery Pan Am 707 at Hong Kong, or recreating the flights you took on your summer vacation. I also can't imagine how cool it must be to have the ultimate alter-ego, CEO of a major airline.

The VA for which I fly is run by a teenager. He does a fine job, in fact since my interest in VA flying is casual at best, he puts in far too much effort than I deserve. Why then do teenager VA CEO's endure so much heat from adults? If you want to join a VA but don't want to be in one run by a teen, than feel free to join a different VA. In fact, I can't see the point of any negative opinions on something that is a hobby done for entertainment. Let the kids learn about the real world in a safe environment like a VA. How much I wish I had learned some of life's lessons in a setting like that. A teenager running a VA will learn:
-The real world is just like high school, you just switch the football jersey for the sports car and the nerd glasses for the....ok the nerd glasses stay.
-You can't make everybody happy all of the time.
-When your decisions affect more than just yourself, you must think them out.
-Ask for advice from people you trust, and be wise in who you consider trustworthy.
-No matter what you do, somebody will always be critical. Listen to their criticism because you might find they have a point, but don't let it get you down.
-Make a decision and stick to it, wishy-washy doesn't cut it.

I have no desire to be the trumpeter of the young man's cause. I think music today sucks, baggy pants look ridiculous, and for the love of God quit sitting in front of that computer and go do something! Flight simulators, VA's, A.Net, and PlayStation are all cool, but go meet some girls or play sports or drive around town (at or below the speed limit) or do all those things that a few years from now will be a memory. And make sure you go to college because that'll be the best years of your life.

Now for us adults, let the kids learn. If your VA CEO is a teen, be patient. Chances are at some point, he or she will do something that defies logic. Just be kind. If you can't be kind, be constructive. If you can't be either, then go stare in a mirror for a while and try to figure out what's wrong with you.

Let's all be a little kinder to the "yutes," because it's a jungle out there.

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RE: Young Virtual Airline CEO's

Thu Nov 08, 2001 8:34 am

Thank You!!! I am 16 and have been criticized many a time by older people who think I am too immature to do things that they do (for example belonging to a VA). I appreciate your post and I'm sure every other teenager does also.

P.S.- I added you to my respected users list

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RE: Young Virtual Airline CEO's

Thu Nov 08, 2001 4:29 pm

Get this guys,

im 12 and im CEO of a new virtual charter airline  Wink/being sarcastic

BA777  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Young Virtual Airline CEO's

Tue Nov 13, 2001 4:11 am

I run BMIVirtual and I am asked quite regularly if i am over 18. I think that it isnt fair that we get put down because we are under 18. I do a very good job at running my VA and I can perform better that alot of the adults. I feel that the Child + Adult scare has gone on too long. Adults feel that if they are a member of an VA that is run by a teenager that they will be seen as a Paedophile or worse. This is totally Unfair to teens and adults. It is true that we spend toomuch time infront of a computer and things like that. Just one more thing.
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RE: Young Virtual Airline CEO's

Wed Nov 14, 2001 10:00 am

Bernard Shakey,
Well its good to see that someone is ok with a 14 year old running a VA. Though im only 16, its great to see someone support us. I am currently Chairman of Mountain Springs Air which is currently set to open in the near future
And yes, I'll encourage other people to go out and live a life. Alot of my friends just sit all day at home on the computer. Go hang out with friends, see a movie. And If you dont have friends, you aren't gonna make them sitting at home. Go Volunteer at a museum or church, you'd be surprised at the people you'll meet and the friendships you build. Talk to ya'll later.

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