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Old 26th Oct 2019, 00:44
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Unifox - thanks for the link to the ROE - didn't think I had imagined it

Steepclimb - I hadn't realised that "sorry for aviation content" was an in joke.

Obviously I am not one of the "in crowd" !

I thought you were around for a long time. I was never in the 'in crowd' either but I've been Ppruning in one form or another since maybe a year after it was kicked off by Danny. Where is Danny these days?

Edit: So slightly stalky I looked you up, You I see appeared in 2009. I also see I replied to one of your threads in one of my other iterations on PPRuNe. To me 2009 is yesterday which marks me as really old. Last century even. So no wonder you don't get it.

I wonder am I the dinosaur? The only one left from the nineties?

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Old 26th Oct 2019, 01:42
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Back in the day we didn't say "back in the day" we said "in the old days". I still think back in the day sounds odd. What day?

Some great PPRuNers have shuffled off since I joined. I liked Keef, PPRuNe padre as I think he styled himself. His well considered posts were a good antidote to some of the ravings we see on here. RIP
"Back in the day" (like "at the present moment in time") is one of those silly non-aphorisms that become disproportionately annoying.

It is sad that so many of the more memorable of the PPRuNe community have disappeared. I miss the gentle Boeing Mel and the ebullient Carnage Matey. However, I wonder if some become less interested/active as the site adopts more posters from non-aviation backgrounds and thus becomes less PP-specific. Jet Blast seems to have become a division of Facebook.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 03:35
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I was very sorry to learn Keef had finally succumbed. He was very quiet about it all.

He did a lot of invaluable work proof reading my book and despite it being sci-fi and metaphysics, he described one batch of pages as 'fascinating'!
I asked him if my creationist storyline offended his beliefs. "There's nothing that has made me fall off my stool", said he, "I never lose sight of the fact it is science fiction."

An aviator, radio HAM, house restorer, and of course a vicar. His thingie by our names was just 'happy'. I wonder how God could take that away . . . perhaps he just couldn't wait to get Keef up there.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 03:41
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Even Con pilot played along with this one. Total madness, but it suited me.

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Old 26th Oct 2019, 07:21
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Rainboe flew me back from mahon on a Palmair 737-500 to BOH (Astraeus lease) 2009

Had a lovely chat with him in person - very nice chap on the face of it with alot of good stories....
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 14:35
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Originally Posted by Gipsy Queen View Post
"Back in the day" (like "at the present moment in time") is one of those silly non-aphorisms that become disproportionately annoying.
Well that's me told off, ha ha. Certainly that's one thing that hasn't changed here. There's always someone to point out the error of your ways and correct your slipshod grammar. Quite rightly.

As others have mentioned too. There is a fund of knowledge here. Ask any question on almost any topic and it's likely you'll get a good answer, often from an expert. A sort of human powered Google.

​​​​I actually tried to change the thread title but it hasn't taken.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 16:19
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Originally Posted by Steepclimb View Post
Originally Posted by Gipsy Queen View Post
"Back in the day" (like "at the present moment in time") is one of those silly non-aphorisms that become disproportionately annoying.
Well that's me told off, ha ha. Certainly that's one thing that hasn't changed here. There's always someone to point out the error of your ways and correct your slipshod grammar. Quite rightly..
Steep, old fellow, I wasn't ticking you off - I was agreeing wholeheartedly with your viewpoint. There are too many of these essentially meaningless phrases employed by those seeking to appear more clever or important than they really are. Which, no doubt, is why they are the common currency of politicians and others who consider that "back in the day" confers on them more gravity than a simple, "in the past". I'm reminded of Theresa May's enthusiastic adoption of her then new-found "weather event".

Another absentee from these fora is my chum Immelmann. Not been seen here for a few years.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 20:42
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Indeed Gipsy Queen, no offence taken. Totally agree.
Yes I remember Immelann. There were some really interesting contributors. I think many who are now gone had a fascinating life experience in aviation and elsewhere and were finally able to give voice to it. Where as in the past only their immediate friends and colleagues heard probably over a brandy or two in the pub.

I remember particularly a discussion about spins in which I was able to contribute only to find John Farley the test pilot became involved. Where else would you get that?

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Old 26th Oct 2019, 21:26
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Not seen Mad Jock for ages, I liked his style.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 21:48
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I don't think of myself as an old-timer, , and never claimed to be a professional pilot, but I've really enjoyed the conversations here and "meeting" some very interesting people online.

And yes, it has been toned down.

Call it old age if you want, but I recall threads on breaking news where posters rightfully exclaimed,
"Wow! I just got quoted by a journalist!"

It gives you pause for thought.

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Old 27th Oct 2019, 05:14
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I'm just a 'blow in' - I only joined in 2009. I discovered PPRuNe when I was looking for information on what had happened to AF-447. I'll admit to a lifelong fascination with aviation, and at that time, forty years as a recreational pilot in quiet aircraft, so I stayed on having also spent quite a few years in the operational safety and technical aspect of the sport. I've found PPRuNe to be a fantastic source of information (quite a bit of which needs to filtered), humour and at times, encouragement. I've very much enjoyed the banter of the contributors over the years in the style that only aviation people seem to be able to produce. Yes, I miss the style and the contributions of some the names mentioned here from which we no longer hear. Thank you for doing what you all do, and being what you are. It's a very valid and enjoyable substitute for that which I no longer have since I gave flying away almost five years ago. I was no longer happy with my currency, and I felt the time had come to close the log book and slip quietly out the back door.

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Old 27th Oct 2019, 22:38
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[COLOR=left=#000000]Herr Draper passed away, not too long back. I have no idea why I called him that.[/COLOR]
Sad new indeed.

Not sure when I joined, but, I guess, if I post this, it'll come up in the left hand column.

Used to love the banter on JB. .

Still dip into M&H now and again, Most of the queries there are usually easily sortable :-)

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 16:49
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I joined in 2006 after a very limited flying career - chopped pilot on JPs, went nav and then med grounded on the F3 OCU. Swapped service and occasionally look back, particularly on this website.

I have little to add to most things but I enjoyed reading various posts in the Mil section. The issue that narks is two-fold; outrage-bus and everyone-an-expert. It's led to seem real fawning over one or two individuals when at the end of the day, they're opinions and being an open-forum, everyone's entitled to one. Part of the PPRuNe mil ethos is the 'back in the day' approach, irrespective that the RAF's moved on considerably, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst. I long for the day when there's a thread on chopped RAF pilots and tank commanders combined; I may have something of interest to post......
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 17:45
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Ah! The good old days. I think I joined about fifteen years ago. Such amazing characters on here. All went to rat-shit when it was sold etc
If I sit for a while, I'm sure I can remember at least fifty names on here who were great fun, but as someone said earlier, we were all younger and a little less wiser, and I for one had far too much free time on my hands when I should have been studying.
PPRuNe introduced me to the real world of aviation, and not the fantasyland, unicorns and rainbows dream that myself and all other wannabes had in our heads.
Who springs to mind.....

Slasher
OneBall
Tall n Tasty
Nereus
Jericho
Draper
Colmac747
Rainboe
MacTheKnife
Plazbot

The list goes on. But the place changed so much.
I rarely post these days. The BS and [email protected] meters get more sensitive as I get older and experience settles me down.
Sometimes I get about two lines into a reply and I think "What's the point?"

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 19:59
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I miss tall n Tasty, I first joined in the 1990's when membership was banned by the OPs Director of the company I flew for. Got to meet Keef several times at fly-ins, a man of infinite wisdom, humour and kindness. I've been "outed" a few times over the years and each time a change of name has been readily available.

Jericho was always fun, as was his wife and mother in law. ShyTorque is a gentleman and whenever I read his posts picture him with the grin that is so familiar from other places.

We're all getting older, and in Ppruning as in life, change is not always welcome.

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 23:07
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Originally Posted by Farrell View Post
Ah! The good old days. I think I joined about fifteen years ago. Such amazing characters on here. All went to rat-shit when it was sold etc
If I sit for a while, I'm sure I can remember at least fifty names on here who were great fun, but as someone said earlier, we were all younger and a little less wiser, and I for one had far too much free time on my hands when I should have been studying.
PPRuNe introduced me to the real world of aviation, and not the fantasyland, unicorns and rainbows dream that myself and all other wannabes had in our heads.
Who springs to mind.....

Slasher
OneBall
Tall n Tasty
Nereus
Jericho
Draper
Colmac747
Rainboe
MacTheKnife
Plazbot

The list goes on. But the place changed so much.
I rarely post these days. The BS and [email protected] meters get more sensitive as I get older and experience settles me down.
Sometimes I get about two lines into a reply and I think "What's the point?"

Farrell
Absolutely 'a little less wiser' Weren't we all?

No fantasies, unicorns and rainbows here.

I think it informed me when I finally achieved the 'dream'.

I have literally wrote a load of waffle and finally thought, 'What's the point?' Then deleted the whole damm lot.

I think you like me realise nothing we say here means anything really just like what we said five year, ten years, fifteen years. All lost in the mists of cyberspace.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 02:26
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Yes, indeed! 😊
Time to let the young ones learn from their own mistakes now, because, what do we know, eh? 😊
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 16:39
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First joined in April/May 1997, was 'Charley Brown' in those days. Just after I joined a PPRuNer posted a derogatory post about rotary wing pilots converting to fixed wing, there then followed a spirited discussion by pilots from both sides of the argument and shortly after Danny announced the creation of 'Jet Blast', where pilots could let off steam and leave R&N for pure aviation matters of the Rumour and News kind.

I think the RoE for JB may have come about after some internal reorganisation and a small group of Mods. agreed to moderate JB from the inside, as it were, Flaps40 was one of them and I can think of two more but can't remember their PPRuNe names, Danny had threatened to close JB down as many posts had come much too close to libel.

"However, I wonder if some become less interested/active as the site adopts more posters from non-aviation backgrounds and thus becomes less PP-specific. Jet Blast seems to have become a division of Facebook".
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 23:52
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Yes I remember Danny getting annoyed at the antics. I think we all pushed the boundaries at the time. But it was all new back then. Ad hominem was normal and Godwin was in the future.

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Old 30th Oct 2019, 00:08
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Still here. I remember when it was all email reposts around here and some said that the bulletin board idea would never take off..

I was one of them!


It annoys me that my join date is three years delayed. Then I realize that I’m talking about last century admin and I cease being precious and revert to feeling old.

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