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What do you do in "Real Life"..when you aren't simming?

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Those of us (from around the world) that enjoy this wonderful hobby are probably a very diverse collection of people. I was curious if anyone has ever asked for feedback as to "What we all do in our REAL lives when we aren't flying from our desks?" Just curious!I'm a Pediatric Dentist, age 55, been flight simming since 1989.R/Mike

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>Those of us (from around the world) that enjoy this wonderful>hobby are probably a very diverse collection of people. I was>curious if anyone has ever asked for feedback as to "What we>all do in our REAL lives when we aren't flying from our>desks?" Just curious!>>I'm a Pediatric Dentist, age 55, been flight simming since>1989.>>R/MikeI am in law enforcement, have been for the past 30+ years looking forward to retirement in the next several years.Been simming since Sublogic came out in the early 80's with a flight simulator.Still enjoy the thrill of completing a successful landing in near zero visibility.Be safe:)Kenny G.

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I am retired from a business I owned, one I inherited from my father, which was an off-shoot of the business founded by my grandfather: http://www.betson.com. That's short for "Betti and Sons". I wanted to become an airline pilot, and was on that route, but when my father died in 1978, the business called!Otherwise, I get my enjoyment by sharing my love of flying via the FS add-ons we produce, and also flying my Piper Dakota. :-)FS allows me to enjoy what I really love most: Flying, computers and photography / computer graphics.I am actually happy that I strayed from the airline career, as I always wanted to work for TWA, and at the age of 46, that would not have been the best deal for me now!Thankfully, I do not depend on producing FS add-ons for a living. I / DF just want a return on the many hours we invest producing them.I say that due to a recent post here, where someone suggested that I was flying my Dakota on the "backs" of our FS customers!My family owned Pipers, and I had a pilot's license since before the PC was invented (1975 in my case).So, what do I do when I am not "simming"? Producing stuff for simmers, and..... well, keeping busy! ;-)Regards,http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/gfx/images/F...R_FORUM_LOU.jpg

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Hi. I am a carpenter. 58 years old and getting younger every day by flying about in the virtual world. We bought the computer for some other reason! and I got FS9 as a non-violent game to see what it was like and to pass some time with. In fact I have become hopelessly hooked and my partner now only has very limited access to the machine to do her work, and I keep telling her to get her own if she wants to spend so much time on it!! I am just praying she never fires up FS9.Andy.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/114438.jpgHooked.

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good background info Lou, I was always curious. Never thought anyone really made much money with this 'add on' stuff (probably lucky to even recoup but I doubt it).I thought at one time you were in radio or broadcasting, not sure why, just heard it somewhere.Me, I am an architect (aviation, industrial) with David Evans and Associates (deainc.com). Been a PPL since late '88.

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I'm a sworn translator. Besides speaking English and Spanish I speak a little French and German. I'm almost 30 and living in Caracas.Simmer from FS95, and joined Veneaviones in 2002 with Arnoldo, Oscar and Juan. Currently working in a freeware King Air 200 we hope to release soon... Future projects? many, we hope to be around for a while yet ;).Kindest Regards from Venezuela,

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I am retired now aged 65 in the UK and was in Ready mixed concrete as a Plant Manager for 38 years.Been simming for around 10 years and into helos but like the "big jets" too. Have spent a fortune on addons but enjoyed it.Still get the buzz in preparing for take off and landing and like flying into and around Spain.

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Hello Mike,I am 67 and retired from managing a medical equipment company in Europe. I started flightsimming on Sinclair's Spectrum. I also have an Ultralight pilot licence. I spend most of my computer time on flightsimming and video editing.J.J. http://jdtllc.com/images/RCsupporter.jpg

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if i'm not simming,i'm trying to understand this strange world i was born into.somehow,this planet is the wrong one,and that gives me loads of stress.also,i am repainting,or surfing the web.i used to be a warehouse employee,on the road to truckdriver,butsomehow,i ended up being diagnosed Asperger/ADHD and a Depression,and i'm still working hard to become just normal enough to fit in your world a littlebit.i'm also revalidating from a back injury.in a year or maybe 2 i should be able to workagain(according to doctors and folks like that),and i can't wait.being at home sux,and i'm happyi at least can escape to my own world of virtual flight.tataJP.

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Great thread Mike,I'm 39 and am a licensed A.M.E. (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer)in CYYC working for an airline that operates B727's under contract to FedEx Canada. My other hobby is radio control aircraft so you can see that aviation is in my blood.Cheers,JohnBoeing 727/737 & Lockheed C-130/L-100 Mechanichttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/ng_driver.jpg

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Good idea for a topic! I'm 41 years old, and have been a web designer/developer for 10 of those years. Before that I was a commercial photographer and graphic designer for another 10. Right now, in addition to trying to produce a few FS addons, I'm also working on a couple of novels with an eye towards becoming a writer at some point. Can't stick in one place for long, or the moss begins to grow!Edit: Good lord, I got my own age wrong. Maybe I should have taken that ginko biloba while I could remember where I put it ;-)

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Im studying at Silesian University of Technology.Im already at the end of my 4 year (Menagemant and safety systems).I think that i'll be working on a local airport in the future (it's my dream anyway:).Im almost married and yes, She hate FS!:)Greetz from Poland

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Hi,I'm an IT consultant/developer, 42 and living in the Netherlands.Since 1985 I'm a weekly visitor of the AFAS meetings (Annonymous Flightsim Addicts Supportgroup)

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Hi What an interesting thread.I`m 31, a Database Engineer. Have about 38 hours of my private ticket but medical constraints (hence rottenlungs) mean aviation is nothing more than a hobby for me.My first child is due in about 10 days time so I get the feeling my life will never be the same again. Nice to hear everyone`s backgrounds. I see that at 31 I am at the younger end of the serious Simmer crowd! CheersLungs

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I can relate. I like to call this planet backwards world. Everything that should be a certain way, is the exact opposite. Flight Sim definately helps with that stress even though my interests are really not working myself into the grave just to stay alive with a decent (if you can call it that) salary.

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I am a freelance Web Developer, I work mainly from home so I am always just a click away from AVSIM and FS :).I am always mostly busy so I cant sneak off for a quick flight :(.Other than that I am usually either out with my girl friend who lived with me, down the gymn (not latley due to a knee injury) or just generally hanging out.Me and my Girl often use FS to look for place to explore in the US which we is a country we both love dearly and have had 4 good holidays there all of which have ended in Las Vegas taking away more of my FS budget :).Jason

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Hi,I'm 43, live in Brisbane, Australia and work in a Pool shop trying to help people stop their swimming pools from going green.Started my working life as a programmer in COBOL (not much chance of a crossover in to FS add-ons there!) for about 10 years, then went out on my own as an IT consultant. Really needed a change from the IT industry recently, hence where I am now.I started simming with the first version of Microsoft-branded Flight Simulator, rapidly got bored with it and dropped it until getting reaquainted with it again with FS2000 and have kept involved with all versions to now.RegardsAdrian

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Hi,I am 51, living in the northern part of the Netherlands and working for a regional government. I am in international cooperation (with regions from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Latvia) and projects, EU issues and the like. Music is very important for me: I am playing guitar in a rockband (and I am the youngest, go figure...).Herrie

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I'm 51, male, a research scientist working in a government lab in the land of Oz. I could tell you what I'm working on but then I'd have to kill you! Flight simming since FS98, but only seriously since FS2002. I used to sail boats (sailboards, dinghies, keelboats, you name it). Then one day I spent 2 hours in the righthand seat of a Beechcraft Travelair and kinda liked it. But in the real world even GA planes are an expensive hobby if you have a family, so I escape to the virtual world. Cheers,N.

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Hi Folks, 37 yrs, half Polish-half English, started flying 21 years ago (oh my God, time flies) gliders first, then ASEL.Got to fly A320 for Dragonair in HKG as a FO years later but got furloughed as a result of pilots' union strike.Did not get very far in that commercial aviation regard, so I decided to study more, got my MBA and started my Executive Management career.Now, I'm a VP for global business development for a construction chemical products company, based in Poland.I get to fly our corporate B58 Baron occassionaly, but flying low-cost airlines is gradually becoming a business travel of choice.Simming keeps me in the loop you might say. Before I get to fly to a new airport I try to simulate this flight in FS9 to rehearse the approach and visualise the airport I'l be flying into.It makes it much easier to find your way around the airport later on.Of course, it requires detailed add-on scenery on which I have spent lots of money so far, LOL.Good idea for a topic indeed,Dom

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>My other hobby is radio control aircraft so you can see that aviation is in my blood.How do your employer and the corporate pilots respond to this hobby?I envision the following conversation in their cockpit:- Captain: Darn!!! What's happening?!? Why are you making loopings?- Copilot: It's not me, I know nothing...- Captain: Darn!!! It's John again. JOOOOOOOHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!:+

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"I see that at 31 I am at the younger end of the serious Simmer crowd!" Ehem... 29 Here :)

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NOTHING! NADA! DIDLY SQUAT :DFly FS9 all day every day and it as REAL as it gets

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Hi,I am 56 and living in Belgium and a computer engineer (mostly real time applications). I have been interested in airplanes whole my live: first my brothers and I gatered documentation (quite a lot), even the postman was begging for the stamps of the mail we received :-), so the step to computer flying was logical. My first sim was "Lunar lander" on the KIM, next ATP, FS5 and his descendants. I'm also member of AFAS (local departement :-) ).Hm

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>>My other hobby is radio control aircraft so you can see that>aviation is in my blood.>>How do your employer and the corporate pilots respond to this>hobby?>I envision the following conversation in their cockpit:>>- Captain: Darn!!! What's happening?!? Why are you making>loopings?>- Copilot: It's not me, I know nothing...>- Captain: Darn!!! It's John again.>JOOOOOOOHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!>>:+ROTFLMAO!!Thanks,JohnBoeing 727/737 & Lockheed C-130/L-100 Mechanichttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/ng_driver.jpg

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