And Now For Something Completely New:
Join Me, Fellow Airplanistas!
There are pilots, and wannabe pilots, and people who go to airshows. There are people who work in the aviation industry, and even those who occasionally notice a Cessna on short final as they drive to the office. All of these groups may have varied levels of interest in aviation, but their life might not revolve around aviation and airplanes. You might call this group "aviation enthusiasts". But for those humans who wake up in the morning thinking about airplanes, read nearly every aviation magazine printed each month, spend the majority of their Internet time looking at aviation-related web sites, I am hereby coining a new name for these people, a new phrase we all should begin using: These people are "Airplanistas". If you go to the airport to hang on a fence, hang around hoping to wash an airplane or maybe get in their own plane just to go out and poke holes in clouds or enjoy the exhilaration that comes as PIC when your gear and the runway part company, you, my flying friend, are an Airplanista.
Maybe we can form a secret society of Airplanistas, come up with a secret handshake and even an encrypted code to communicate with. We could develop the Airplanista Movement into a powerhouse lobbying group full of the best, brightest and most enthusiastic aviators in the country. Get together at Oshkosh and compare our "addicted to aviation" stories. Or not. Maybe this can just me a casual term we aviators call ourselves, sort of like the "Fashionistas" who roam the streets of Midtown Manhattan looking for the very latest Prada handbag.