What is an AvGeek? Well, since you are reading this, the chances are high that you might be an AvGeek. Is that a good or bad thing? Oh, have no worry, it is a very good thing and you are among great company.
It is hard to really know when or where the #AvGeek idea came from. It took off (pun intended) via social media and derives from “Aviation Geek.” Some folks might take offense to being called a “geek” but in this case, it is a way for people who are fans of aviation to easily identify themselves.
You do not need to be a pilot, you do not need to work in the aviation business, heck you could even be afraid to fly and still be an AvGeek. An AvGeek is someone who is passionate about aviation and that passion can be shown in countless ways.
Maybe you go plane spotting, have a huge collection of models, fly yourself, travel around the world, complete mileage runs for fun or even spend hours on the internet reading about airplanes. For me, I decided to start this blog almost five years ago after being semi-obsessed with flight since I was a child.
Some have told me that I can’t be a real fan of aviation [this was before AvGeek was a thing] if I do not work in the business or I am not a pilot. Hogwash! Many AvGeeks do neither, but that cannot stop someone for loving things that fly. There were AvGeeks out there even before humans took flight — Leonardo da Vinci was totally an AvGeek.
Before AvGeek became a thing, it was hard to explain our population to airlines and others in the business. Even after a long winded definition, I found that many still just did not get it. Now that the term is getting around, I find that more people understand who we all are and what we are about. Where maybe many of us lurked in the shadows and did not get appreciated, we are now — there has even been a story on CNN about AvGeeks.
If you search Twitter for #AvGeek, you will find airlines, journalist and other major players in this field using the hashtag. Even Singapore Airlines, one of the most respected ones in the biz, recently hosted a special AvGeek event at LAX while we spotted airliners. Would I have guessed that five years ago? Even a year ago? No way!
Who knows where this AvGeek movement is going, but rest assured that AirlineReporter.com will be a part of it!
|This story written by… David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder.David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.|