The Begining!

Tim06

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How did everyone first become interested in aviation? Also, what did your parents say when you wanted to start taking lessons?

Tim
 

secretapproach

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I had little interest in aviation until a few years ago when I was doing a lot of commercial flying as a passenger and was beginning to get a fear of flying that wasn't there before. I decided that if I understood why airplanes stay in the air that I would lose at least some of my fear. I started reading as much as I could about how airplanes fly; I lost my fear and now have a private pilot license.
 

Ecl!pse

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Around when I was 3 years old...we lived near a military base (Fort Hood, Texas), and had two HUGE windows in the back of my house. My parents said i sat at the window and watched for hours on end...then, about 2 years ago, a spark lit that really got me to want to do it more than ever
 

davidhigbie

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Around when I was 3 years old...we lived near a military base (Fort Hood, Texas),

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Yea! Ft Hood.....long 4 yrs of my life there, but fun.
 

isotope

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My Grandparents lived directly across from Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. When I was a kid I would sit on the porch and watch the heavies fly in and out of Tinker all day. Loved aircraft ever since.
 

EatSleepFly

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Grew up close to a little GA airport. Watched crop dusters working the fields around my house. My parents used to take my brother and I to a road near the end of the runway to watch the planes take off and land. My dad's cousin was an A-10 and later F-16 driver, and we'd go to his base open houses whenever they had them.

Took my first lesson in April of '98 and have been current since.
 

flyguy

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I've always been interrested in aviation as long as I can remember, not sure how or why. I began thinking about a career in aviation my junior year in high school when a classmate of mine had a father who was a UAL DC-10 captain (that was back when UAL still had DC-10s) and he arranged for my physics class to fly one of the DC-10 sims at the United training facility in Denver. That was just about the most exciting thing I've ever done, and I've been very hooked ever since.
 

Johnathan

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I was interested in about grade 2 when my family flew a lot, the pilots always brought me up to the cockpit. In grade 6 I bought FS2002 and loved it, the next year I decided the pilot life was for me. Then in august 2003 my parents and grandparents surprised me with my Familiarization flight scheduled 45 min. after my party, so I went completly unprepared and it was very unexpected as my parents acted unsupportive of taking lessons. I now fly a C152 out of CYSN am training for my Student Pilot Permit (which I can get at the age 14 and solo), am the flight school's fastest learning student, I know the pilot for the president of Wal-Mart, I am an avid visitor to JC and I collect 1:200 scale airplane models. Any questions?
 

Sprint100

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I didn't start off interested in flying. I was more interested in the design, build, and use of miltary aircraft. Got the flying bug at about 17 as I got more and more into engineering, etc.
 

PhotoPilot

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I've been hooked for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I always liked vacations more for the airports and plane rides than for the destinations. I flew in a C-177RG as part of a community ed program when I was in 5th grade and BEGGED for lessons. They were too expensive and I got into sea kayaking instead. Then after graduating from college and starting a successful photography business, I spent a lot of time in Cessnas as a part of my job. That was enough to add fuel to the already raging fire and I quit the business, my wife and I sold off most of our stuff, packed the cars and moved across the country so I could pursue a flying career full-time.

Smartest way to go about it? Maybe not. Most fun? Heck yeah!


P.S. Thanks for humoring me, babe!
 

flycanuck

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I basically took interest in aviation from flying the airlines. That led to taking some lessons and it went on from there.
Whether I will pursue it as career is very questionable though.
 

CK

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My mom flew Dash 7's during 7 months of her pregnacy with me which may have helped a little, but living on an airport and doing a lot of flying with my parents defiently set it off. We used to fly every weekend when I was a baby so I've just always been around aviation.
 

Joe

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I'd say I was fascinated by airliners ever since I was about 5 when my family went to Florida for vacation. Around 16 or so I started getting the wacky idea of eventually becoming a pilot myself. I had started reading some of my mom's old Jeppesen manuals from the late '70s-early '80s that she had when she wanted to be a pilot (instructor was killed in a crash before she even soloed, and she never pursued it after that). Anywho, I was suprised in mid-January with an intro-flight for my 17th birthday, and after that I was hooked. A few months later I stumbled across this site, and decided I wanted to pursue it as a career.
 

bluelake

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in 1982,
I rode in the jumpseat of Empire Airlines Fokker F28 from Utica NY to Syracuse NY.

I felt sick cuz both of the pilots were smoking, and I was really worried cuz on the approach we were "crooked".

Since then, I loved aviation. Along the way, I had lots of other interests and now I am back to aviation.
 

Nutmeg_Pilot

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I think I was hooked back in the '70s...back when the Apollo missions were going on. Got to ride on a Piedmont 737, and I knew I had to get my wings. Had to wait until the '80s to do anything about it (when I was making some money part-time).....then got my Private-Glider rating in 1990, along with some early C-172 rides through CAP.
 

Lima_Charlie

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I guess I have been "interested" in aviation every since I was a little kid. I LOVED to build minature models. My favorite was the F-14 w/ the movable wings. I kinda lost the interest when I learned that my eyesight wasn't good enough to be a pilot. In addition, I didn't have anyone in my family that was involved in aviation, so I never really got fully exposed to the experience. All I knew was that I LOVED getting on big planes. A few years ago, I got my eyes fixed, and that opened up a whole new world. The flying bug bit me hard, and I decided to finally pursue the dream that I had buried for so long. Now I am in the midst of making my dream a reality!
 

ScorpionStinger

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Asking my Grand-Mama what those tiny birds that reflected off the sun was when i was 4 years old. And then learning people were in there. At that point i wanted to Fly up there !!
 

mtsu_av8er

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In 1979, I rode on a Delta L-101 from San Francisco to Atlanta, and I had a blast!! I remember sitting on my father's lap, asking him why those things on the wings were moving. Those are truly my earliest memories!!!

I was but a few years old then, and I never flew again until I was in the 9th grade. I rode a Navy C-9 from the Alameda Naval Air Station down to North Island, and bak a few weeks later. I didn't know much about flying (I was always asking my mother and father about airplanes, but I couldn't get much out of them...), but I thought that it was the coolest thing around! That flight was just incredible!!

After that, I flew again in my senior year of High School, on a Continental MD-80 from San Francisco to New Orleans (don't remember where we stopped). A few months later I flew a United 737 from San Francisco to San Diego (let's just say I remember NOTHING about that flight - I was on my way to recruit training...
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While I was in the Marine Corps, I flew more than I care to remember, on pretty much every airline and type of aircraft around. But after about 4 years in the Marine Corps, I ran across a copy of flying magazine in the PX, and I realized that I might actually be able to fly airplanes!!!

The rest is history!!!!
 

RiddlePilot

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I used to belong to the Civil Air Patrol as a kid, and I my interest grew from that. From about my sophomore year of highschool, I knew what I wanted to do. I got some flak for it, as most people at that age were thinking more about being cool and smoking. Heck, most of my peers thought what I wanted to do was "far-fetched." Now a few of those girls from back then want me to take 'em flyin. Buahaha.


Wait, what were we talkin' about?
 

mtsu_av8er

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. . .I knew what I wanted to do. I got some flak for it, as most people at that age were thinking more about being cool and smoking.

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Hey, that's all I cared about in the 10th grade....
 
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