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Old 01-17-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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jlawrence01, are you the dude that calls into Bob & Tom and uses all those ICAO airport identifiers??? Seriously, I've met a few folks over the years that have never flown. Many of my wife's relatives, who live in a small German village, have never flown. My MIL had never flown until four years ago when she finally got up the courage to come see us.

As a fomer maintainer, I don't get people that jump out of perfectly functioning aircraft, though...
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Once you have your electricity and heat paid and decide you want to try flying... look into taking a flying lesson. Some flight schools have introductory flight lessons at bargain prices, and you'll not only get to fly, you'll get to learn a little about the plane and how the controls work. Don't expect it to be under $50, but you might find something for $100-$200 that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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jlawrence01, are you the dude that calls into Bob & Tom and uses all those ICAO airport identifiers???
Who are Bob and Tom?

I am used to using all the city codes for one reason. When you are traveling 200+ days per year as I was, you want to make SURE that your bags come along for the ride. When you check your bag, you want to make sure that the skycap puts the right tag on your bag.

I guess that nowadays, everything is off the computer and that no longer happens.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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About 8 years ago, I had just started a new job and I was told I had to fly down to Florida, to company headquarters for some training. When the plant manager told me this, I said, I had never flown before, he said, oh is that right, I said yea. Then I said, well I had taken off 8 times but I have never landed. He looked at me like I was a nut. Then I explained, I used to skydive. This was my first time flying in a commercial jet. A few years later I had to fly again. I dont really like it. I felt unsafe, like if something happens, I will die because of someone elses mistake, or by some idiot, or a drunken pilot that I keep hearing about. I heard about another one last week. I always felt safe with my parachute on, and my reserve as a second chance. Just my thoughts.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I dont really like it. I felt unsafe, like if something happens, I will die because of someone elses mistake, or by some idiot, or a drunken pilot that I keep hearing about. I heard about another one last week. I always felt safe with my parachute on, and my reserve as a second chance. Just my thoughts.
I was married to a pilot for 10 years and I could tell you stories that would make your hair stand on end. Just because someone has a pilot's license does not make him/her infallible. I would never fly with my husband nor anyone else. The only way I would get into an airplane is if I were the pilot, *and* the mechanic *and* the air traffic controller, etc. LOL In other words, I will not allow another human being make the decisions about whether I live or die. No way.

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Old 01-18-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I know very few people who haven't been on a plane who are over the age of 14. The ones I do know seem rather provincial.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I was married to a pilot for 10 years and I could tell you stories that would make your hair stand on end. Just because someone has a pilot's license does not make him/her infallible. I would never fly with my husband nor anyone else. The only way I would get into an airplane is if I were the pilot, *and* the mechanic *and* the air traffic controller, etc. LOL In other words, I will not allow another human being make the decisions about whether I live or die. No way.

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I have heard a few. Lets hear some of them.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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I know very few people who haven't been on a plane who are over the age of 14. The ones I do know seem rather provincial.
According to this 2000 report by Gallup, 83% of Americans have flown on a commercial airline. Thus, the percentage of people who have NEVER flown is pretty small -- fewer than one in five. So, yes, The_Rambler, you're among a relatively small statistical minority.

Though Gallup doesn't break out the data, my guess is that the people who have never flown probably tend to have lower education and income levels, and are likely concentrated in rural areas and urban ghettos. Almost by definition, those who do not travel would be considered provincial.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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In other words, I will not allow another human being make the decisions about whether I live or die. No way.
Using this same (laughably flawed and deeply stunted) controlling logic, you would never ride in a bus or train. Nor ride in an automobile driven by someone other than you. Nor be subject to the care of a medical doctor for a serious illness. Nor undergo surgery under general anesthesia.

Sounds like a heckuva life. Hope it all works out for you.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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I was married to a pilot for 10 years and I could tell you stories that would make your hair stand on end. Just because someone has a pilot's license does not make him/her infallible. I would never fly with my husband nor anyone else. The only way I would get into an airplane is if I were the pilot, *and* the mechanic *and* the air traffic controller, etc. LOL In other words, I will not allow another human being make the decisions about whether I live or die. No way.

20yrsinBranson
Actually by getting into a car, you are letting others make such decisions as accidents can happen due to other drivers or pedestrians.
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