From the age of 3 (me, pictured in my pilot uniform), I've been fascinated by airplanes and stuff that flies. I remember many trips to the airport as a kid when I went outside onto the observation deck and would watch the planes take off and land as long as my Dad would let me.
That fascination remains intact today. I have flown several hundred thousand miles between North and South America, Europe and Africa. East to West and North to South. And the other way round. I always try to arrive at the airport 2 hours or 3 hours or 4 hours early. Just so I can watch the planes. I know airport operations and pilot lingo. I have a basic understanding of weather patterns as they relate to flying. Until I got this particular computer, I had Flight Simulator on my hard drive and flew a variety of aircraft often. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to pilot a Canadian Coast Guard/Fisheries and Oceans aircraft for half an hour offshore Newfoundland. What a thrill!
I have flown on various styles and sizes of helicopters, two-seater planes to 44-seater planes and of course, all types of larger commercial aircraft. It's now been over 3 years since I have flown and I kinda miss it. When my life settles down a bit, I'm going somewhere.