When I was little I always used to stay at my grandparents place for part of the holidays. They had planes flying over there house which I always ran out to see, i'd see what airline they were from and that was all I knew about those planes at the time.
As I grew older I went to my first flight to my Aunty and Uncles house, this was on an Air New Zealand Q300, I researched about this plane and this is when my passion of aviation really started, I kept looking around on the internet for more information about Air New Zealand planes.
When I arrived at the airport to board my flight I saw all of these different planes and I attempted to identify them (I could only identify a few). When I got to the plane I was amazed at it, I was looking and looking at all the different parts.
After I got back home from their place (I also flew on another Q300) I researched more and more about aircraft, I realised how big the industry was and how many airlines and aircraft there were in the world. I couldn't wait for my next flight.
After that I convinced my parents to go on a weekend trip to Wellington, we flew on an A320 which is the biggest aircraft I have flown on so far, It was such a different feeling being on a jet, it was only a short 30 minute flight at night, but I still loved it!! On the way back we flew on another A320 and the weather was really bad, but I LOVED it! It felt cool and I was looking out the window at the wings moving and I thought it was amazing!
A few months later I flew on another Q300 again to my Aunty and Uncles place, but on the return I flew in a ATR 72-500, I was disappointed on this flight as it felt all dark and gloomy, but it was cool as we were turning on final into NZCH I saw the Emirates 77W take to the skies which I thought was so cool!
It has been a yearly thing now, that I fly to my Aunty and Uncles place, I try to fly and a Q300 each time as they have been my favourite aircraft on this route.
My family look at me weirdly when a plane flies over and I name it and say how many people it can hold and other information about it.
I have recently joined a Young Eagles group and it has really broadened my knowledge of aviation as I have been able to take controls of an aircraft a few times now, it has shown me that there is more to aviation than just airlines. We have flown our own aerobatics in a Cessna 150a, we have flown to other airports for the day and we have flown in an old Tiger Moth which was a whole different experience as it is an open cockpit and it felt like I was going to fall out when we did a loop and barrel roll
I am about to start "formal" lessons at the Aero Club, my dream is to become a pilot for an airline, but i'm not sure if I want to fly regional, domestic or international yet.
I'm not really sure why I like aviation but I just do, it is a big passion of mine.
While I am writing this a Corvair 580 flew over which is rare for me, as we only get ATR 72's or the occasional A320 fly over our house.
I live in a small town in New Zealand