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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 15973 times:

May 29, 2007

AA2167
AUS-DFW
N195AN

Scheduled Departure: 3:35 PM
Actual Departure: 3:32 PM
Departure Gate: 15
Seat: 4F
Departure Runway: 17R
Wheels Up: 3:40 PM
Route: AUS AUS2.LZZ JEN.JEN8 DFW
Cruising Altitude: FL 230
Top of Descent: 4:04 PM
Arrival Runway: 18R
Touchdown: 4:25PM
Arrival Gate: D26
Scheduled Arrival: 4:35 PM
Actual Arrival: 4:30 PM


I finally got to go to St. Maarten. That’s pretty much all I needed to say on this particularly fine Tuesday. Gee, I wonder why.  Smile I’d seen the pictures, read the reports, now, it was my turn. We got to the airport about 2, easy check-in, although it took between 5-10 minutes for the 1 group in front of us to check in, and they had already been up there when we got in line. Checked our bags through to Miami, where we’d be spending night. A fairly long security line only took between 5-10 minutes, and we made it through without incident. We had a late lunch at one of the fine restaurants at the Austin airport, and I got some Amy’s Ice Cream. Sooner rather than later, our 757 showed up as AA 1810 from SJC, and we started boarding really early, at about 2:50.

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N195AN

Typically, the boarding passes say boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure, and very rarely have I ever seen it begin boarding that early. This one said boarding time was 2:45, a full 50 minutes before scheduled departure time. Any idea why? A nice, long chat with the pilots about the weather north of Austin, among other things, and made my way back to seat 4F.

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A Company 757, N697AN, to SJC

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legroom

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gate 15

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A Company MD-80, N33414

We pushed back a little early, and made a quick taxi out to 17R. A rolling takeoff, and after a real short takeoff roll (maybe 3500 feet), and we were airborne.

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Barbara Jordan Terminal

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A FedEx MD-10




A quick turn to the northwest, and we began our short flight up to DFW.

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AUS from the air

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The University of Texas at Austin Hook'em Horns!

We flew past some of the aforementioned weather, some towering cumulonimbus, roughly over Waco. Shortly thereafter, we began our descent. We made a turn to the northeast over the JEN (Glen Rose) VOR, and followed the JEN8 arrival into DFW. After a turn north, we passed the airport to the west, circled north, east, and then a southerly turn to final for 18R.

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Can anyone tell me what this building is? It's on final for 18R, right close to Grapevine Lake. It looked cool, so I took a picture of it.

Quite possibly the smoothest landing I’ve experienced found me in a wet DFW. It wasn’t raining, but it was readily apparent it had been recently.



We didn’t stop once we had landed, except for a couple of seconds waiting for a North American 767 to vacate the D terminal ramp, and we, as well as an Air Canada Express E170, taxied to our gates.

Connection at DFW:

We only had an hour and 20 minutes in DFW, but I decided that would be plenty to head over to the DFW Employee Store, and buy an AA polo shirt. I found the Skylink station, and began my ride around to the south, not knowing there was a bridge that ran from the D terminal straight to C2, basically. I did find it on the way back, though. Anyway, on the ride around, as we were just about to leave the 2nd terminal E stop, the system had a temporary failure, which was resolved, but delayed the trip a little less than 5 minutes. No biggie. They (being the person in Skylink control) came over the intercom and announced they were aware of the delay, and would be fixing it in just a matter of minutes.

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Flagship Tulsa

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The first of several meetings

The rest of the ride was uneventful, and I found the store without incident, and bought a nice navy polo with an AA patch. I took the long walk across the bridge, thankful there were moving walkways. I was a little worried about making it back before they started boarding. I did, and we began boarding shortly thereafter.

AA408
DFW-MIA
N772AN

Scheduled Departure: 5:55 PM
Actual Departure: 5:54 PM
Departure Gate: D27
Seat: 3J
Departure Runway: 17R
Wheels Up: 6:24 PM
Cruising Altitude: FL 410
Top of Descent: 9:13 PM
Arrival Runway: 9
Touchdown: 9:38 PM
Arrival Gate: E10
Scheduled Arrival: 9:35 PM
Actual Arrival: 9:48 PM


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The Mighty 777 Cockpit

I love the 777. I don’t care where I’m sitting, up in the front, back in the back, I love the 777. This particular ship, N772AN (fitting), was fitted with the coffin (2-2-2) configuration. Still very comfortable, albeit a little more crowded.

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View from 2J

We pushed back a little early, and taxied over to 17R to join every other aircraft in the greater Dallas area waiting to take off.

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ATA L1011

We were 15th in line for takeoff, and we were ahead of several others who we seemingly just skipped.

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100th ERJ

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The ones we skipped. Suckers.

Time passed, and at 6:21 PM out time had come. We turned onto the runway, sat, and waited for an AA 763. Eventually we spooled up our glorious Trent 892s, and away we went. It was a really long takeoff roll (the pilots told me they would use the lowest power setting), but eventually we jetted away into the still Texas evening.



A turn to the east, and slowly into the night. The food was REALLY good. I had the ravioli. My dad said the beef ribs were good, too.

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Mmm Mmm Good.

I read the book A Spirit of Greatness, a collection of stories from the employees of AA, which I had purchased for a dollar at the employee store. It was an otherwise uneventful flight, and I reclined flat into a bed, and dozed for a little while.

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From Day into Night

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In bed mode

We began our descent, and slowly moved toward the lights of the metropolis, and away from the dark of the Everglades (off in the distance anyway  Wink). A straight in approach and landing on runway 9. I saw the Astrojet again, parked at E6, it must have come in as AA 1072, leaving DFW at 5:05, waiting for a flight to BNA in Miami. A (ridiculously) long walk to the baggage claim, and back upstairs to catch the shuttle to the airport Wyndham, and we’ll call it a night.

May 30, 2007

AA687
MIA-SXM
N620AA

Scheduled Departure: 11:20 AM
Actual Departure: 11:13 AM
Departure Gate: D45
Seat: 4A
Departure Runway: 12
Wheels Up: 11:25 AM
Cruising Altitude: FL 390
Top of Descent: 1:20 PM
Arrival Runway: 9
Touchdown: 1:45 PM
Arrival Gate: A4
Scheduled Arrival: 2:05 PM
Actual Arrival: 1:49 PM


Yesterday didn’t count. Today, I could actually say I was going to the vacation spot of my dreams: St. Maarten. We arrived at terminal D about 9:30, and did the self check-in, as there didn’t appear to be any other option. Is there? Then we were told by the agent who gave us our bag tags that there was no First/Business line for security. Was there: yes, of course there was, but we didn’t discover it until we had spent 15 minutes in line. Nevertheless, it proved to be much faster than the regular line, and we finally made it through. We made the long walk down to D45, and boarding began about 25 minutes later. I had another chat with the pilots who were, as usual, impressed with my knowledge of airplanes, airlines, and airports. I made my way back to my seat, and when I got there, much to my surprise (though quickly fading surprise at that), was none other than the Astrojet parked at D47, waiting for a flight to DCA.

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Well well well, look who we have here.

That is 3 separate times that I’ve seen the Astrojet thus far. The door was closed, the jetbridge removed, and the 757 that would take me to SXM was pushed back.

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Company 757, N689AA

A quick start up, followed by a quick taxi to runway 12, where we were number one for takeoff.

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A little bit of history



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South Beach

Quickly out over the ocean, the IFE began, as did my misery. I had had a sinus infection (past tense, or so I thought, it wound up actually getting dramatically worse over the course of the trip, and I’m still not completely over it two weeks later), and my ears just started throbbing, all the way down into my throat. It was utter misery, but the one ear that was giving me the most trouble finally popped (well, actually it squeaked for about 10 seconds), and relieved the pain. For lunch, picture the last meal I had, substitute a Caesar salad, and Chocolate cheesecake, and you’ve got it. Even better, because I LOVE Caesar salads, and this one was particularly good. The flight progressed, and I got bored, and probably more so, anxious/excited. I was constantly checking my watch, but we were making good time. My whole ear episode had eaten up a good bit of time, and we eventually began our descent. It was a quick descent, and eventually I could see the airport out in front of us. We made our turn to final, and I’m glad I had my camera on video, because if I had blinked, I would have missed the famous approach. I can’t believe how FAST everything goes by. My goodness!



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Gate A4

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Company 757

Regardless, it was really exciting, and I was SO glad to finally be here. We turned around, and quickly taxied to the gate. We walked down to immigration, walked right up to passport control, got our passports stamped, walked down to baggage claim (maybe 50 feet), our bags had all just come out, and I kid you not, at 2:05, I was in my hotel room at the Sonesta. Talk about efficiency. Wow! What a way to begin a vacation. While sparing you details about my stay, I had a grand time on Maho Beach, and in my Room With a View.  Smile

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The Aforementioned Room With a View  Smile

[Edited 2007-06-14 03:11:49]

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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 15938 times:

I wish I could have viewed a photo...


"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 15956 times:

I wish I hadn’t been sick, though, and more than that, I wish the weather had cooperated a tad bit better. Here are some…er….many shots, and a couple of videos from my vacation. Hold the criticism on centering, if you please. It’s hard to shoot fast moving objects with a point and shoot camera that has a lagging auto focus.

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AA 757

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US 757

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The 757 that brought me in, N620AA

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The obligatory sign shot

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Oh Dear God.



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US 757

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American Eagle ATR72

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Fly DAE F100

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CO 73G

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AA 757 Close Up

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AA 757 on short final


it defies the laws of gravity!

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Yet another AA 757

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Ah, here's a change of pace, a DL 757

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We're all waiting for the AF A340

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Here she comes!!!!!

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She really cooperated, and gave me a good look and photo op

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KL MD-11 (My fav photo on the whole trip)

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Spirit A319

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I came back over to the Dutch side just to see this!

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So close. Oh well, it works.

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Hehe. I got a wave!

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DL 757 to ATL

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AA 757

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Gorgeous!


Ouch!

June 6, 2007

*Disclaimer* The lack of detail/photos on the return is a result of my nausea early on, and later, the near constant ear pain. I wanted this trip report to be my best so far, but some details are missing, due to the pain, and later fatigue. I apologize in advance.

AA5041 operated by Executive Airlines
SXM-SJU
N538AT

Scheduled Departure: 9:45 AM
Actual Departure: 9:50 AM
Departure Gate: B1
Seat: 14D
Departure Runway: 9
Wheels Up: 9:54 AM
Cruising Altitude: 10,000 Feet
Top of Descent: 10:30 AM
Arrival Runway: 8
Touchdown: 10:38 PM
Arrival Gate: Customs
Scheduled Arrival: 11:00 AM
Actual Arrival: 10:48 AM


My awesome vacation was over, but I was ready to go back home. We dropped off the rental, and were at the airport check-in about 5 minutes later, around 8:30. We checked in, and checked our bags through all the way to Austin, some 4 flights later. We got our passports checked before we were allowed to enter security, and proceeded through quickly and without incident. I went to a couple of duty free shops, only to find everything outrageously expensive. I bought a bottled water and a couple of packs of batteries for my camera. At about 9:25, they started boarding, and much to our dismay, there was no opportunity for Exec Platinum, Platinum, or Gold to board ahead of the group. I guess they just figured because the plane was so small, it’s more efficient to board strictly by row. Of course, we were near the back of the plane, so we were some of the last on. My mom got stopped for a random bag check, but we eventually made it on N538AT for our short hop over to San Juan. We pushed back 5 minutes late, but within that same amount of time, we were airborne.

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N538AT



The flight was uneventful, some nice scenery, though I missed most of it because I had horrible nausea. I’m not entirely sure what the cause of it was, but it eventually went away. 35 minutes into the flight, we began our descent, and a mere 8 minutes later we were on the ground.



We taxied over to the American Eagle stand, and awaited a bus. As I stepped off the plane, it was sunny and raining. By the time the bus moved, about 5-10 minutes later, the rain had stopped. Kinda bizarre.

Connection at SJU:

Anyway, we made it off the bus, and it dropped us off for an outrageously long walk down a long corridor, around a corner, down another corridor, and into the large customs room. Fortunately, there was only one other American Eagle flight using customs, so there were only 2 groups in front of us in line, and it didn’t take long. Then we waited about 15 minutes for our bags to arrive, and got sent (along with EVERYONE else), to the secondary bag screening. After wasting more time with that, we made it through, and got to stand in a stupidly long security line. It’s not even so much that the line was long, but that nobody seemed to understand the process. Not the people waiting to be screened, not the TSA agents, nobody. As a result, the line took about 20 minutes. My bag got searched, probably because I had so many electronics in it, but in the end, they were satisfied, and no bomb residue was found. We came out right at our gate, gate 8, and boarding began only about 10 minutes later. I noticed that there were about 40 people that needed assistance, and got to board first.

AA903
SJU-MIA
N70072

Scheduled Departure: 12:15 PM
Actual Departure: 12:30 PM
Departure Gate: 8
Seat: 3A
Departure Runway: 8
Wheels Up: 12:42 PM
Cruising Altitude: FL 320
Top of Descent: 2:32 PM
Arrival Runway: 9
Touchdown: 3:04 PM
Arrival Gate: C7
Scheduled Arrival: 3:10 PM
Actual Arrival: 3:10 PM


This was my worst experience on a plane, ever. Not because the flight was bad, or the service was bad (on the contrary), but because I was just miserable the ENTIRE flight. My ears wouldn’t pop, and it was screaming down my inner ear, and into my throat. Nevertheless, before the flight, I went up, and had a real nice chat with the F/O about the plane (I’d never been on an A300), the status of the airline, and the management. He sounded a little bit like an angry union guy, but he was nice. We talked about sports some, too. After a while, I went back to my seat, and we pushed back a little bit later. A quick taxi out to runway 8, so quick in fact, they had to stop so the safety video could finish in both languages. Then we turned onto and thundered down runway 8 (10 was closed, hence all the activity on 8).



After takeoff, a quick turn back to the northwest, and we were on our way. This is about when the misery started, so I don’t have a whole lot to report in on. However, it was really bizarre because in The Spirit of Greatness, I had read a story about a flight attendant who had done her best to help a guy have extreme ear aches by giving him a warm compress. Our purser, Nancy, did the exact same thing for me, and kept checking in on me. Even in my moments of extreme discomfort, I felt like she was taking care of me as best she could. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much (I was beyond help, I needed strong meds), but I really appreciated the extra effort, and I felt taken care of. She came around, offered me milk and cookies, just as she did everyone else in first (nice touch, I wish they did this more often!). I told her to save one for me, with a smile on my face. As we were descending, she gave me a whole bag full (probably 6 or 7 cookies). I thanked her for the cookies and the help. We came ashore just north of Homestead AFB, if I’m not mistaken, and made a turn westerly, and circled back around to land to the east. After landing on 9, we circumnavigated the airport, and wound up at C7, where the flight would continue to Caracas, Venezuela.



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European Heavies

Connection in MIA:

Now I understand. It all makes sense. MIA sucks. Our flight to DFW left out of E10, so we have to walk the ENTIRE way, save for a couple of escalators. My mom has bad knees, and it’s really just pretty appalling how far below the standards of just about every other airport in the US, certainly all that I’ve been to, it is. LAX isn’t fun, but it puts MIA to shame. I’ll cut MIA a little slack, because a lot of it (I hope) has to do with the construction. They really need some sort of automated people mover, along the lines of Skylink. It’s so hard to get around in MIA, and heaven forbid you have a tight connection, and your inbound flight is a little late. Nevertheless, we made it to E10 with plenty of time to spare. Our 777 was waiting for us, and we began boarding a little later.

AA1945
MIA-DFW
N759AN

Scheduled Departure: 4:35 PM
Actual Departure: 6:12 PM
Departure Gate: E10
Seat: 2A
Departure Runway: 8R
Wheels Up: 6:30 PM
Cruising Altitude: FL 380
Top of Descent: 7:35 PM
Arrival Runway: 18R
Touchdown: 8:01 PM
Arrival Gate: A23
Scheduled Arrival: 6:40 PM
Actual Arrival: 8:12 PM


I walk on the plane, turn to the left, and find myself greeted with Flagship Suites.

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I just wanted one, and I got it!

Of course, I was really excited. I just love the space, the chair, the desk, everything. It’s all so comfortable. Now, if only they had AVOD… I went up, had a chat with the pilots, and thanked them for bringing Flagship Suites, and talked with them about our plane, our flight etc… That’s when I found out about the tire. They needed to repair a tire, and they weren’t sure how long it was going to take. They did their best keeping us informed, but it didn’t seem to know a whole lot regarding how long it would take. They told us 45 minutes at first. It wound up being about an hour longer than that. I’m here to tell you, if you’re going to get stuck on a plane for an hour and a half before the flight leaves, the Flagship Suites are a great place to do it. Other people were annoyed, I found myself getting my money’s (or my dad’s miles to be more accurate) worth. Once we finally got underway, everything happened pretty smoothly. We took off on runway 8R, and made a turn back to the northwest.



We hugged the coastline pretty much all the way across the gulf, before crossing over east Texas, and joining the Cedar Creek 6 Arrival into DFW. I had a grilled chicken breast and pasta salad, with grapes. It was all good, and it never ceases to amaze me how crispy and flavorful the grapes are. My ears hurt on this flight, but it was not quite as unbearable. I enjoyed my conversations with David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma, who sat across from me. A real nice guy, but still an Okie! We circled DFW to the south, then back up north, on the west side of the airport, and landed on 18R.



A bit of a strange routing, as we then taxied all the way back to the northeast side of the airport to our gate at A23. Just for good measure, I saw the Astrojet one more time .

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I have a stalker

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Company 777, N756AM

That makes 4 separate times on this one trip! By this time, our flight to Austin had long since left us at DFW, but my dad called while we were still on the ground in Miami, and got us 3 seats on AA 367, which left at 9:30.

Connection at DFW:

I went to go get a Starbucks Blended Crème Frappuccino, because the coolness would feel good on my throat, and we made our way to A26 (long walk, huh?), where our flight to Austin would be leaving. We eventually got our seats assigned (30 D,E, and F), but were #1 on the upgrade list because we had First booked on our previous flight. In any event, it wouldn’t really matter for such a short flight. We didn’t get upgraded, and boarded with the rest of the plane when they called Exec Plat, Plat, and Gold. Anybody who’s ever been to/from Austin can attest to the truth of this.

AA367
DFW-AUS
N?????

Scheduled Departure: 9:30 PM
Actual Departure: 9:34 PM
Departure Gate: A26
Seat: 30F
Departure Runway: 18L
Wheels Up: 9:48 PM
Route: DFW JASPA1.WINDU BLEWE1 AUS
Cruising Altitude: FL 220
Top of Descent: ?
Arrival Runway: 17R
Touchdown: ? PM
Arrival Gate: 14
Scheduled Arrival: 10:20 PM
Actual Arrival: a few minutes before that


I went straight back, and enjoyed my two windows, one of which was covered by the engine. I knew this was gonna be a loud flight. But it was only 30 minutes, so I could deal with it. The flight was uneventful, on time departure, more or less, jam packed, quick taxi over to 18L. I’ve never understood why they always use 18L as opposed to 17R. It’s a straight out departure, and we spend a lot more time on the ground than we need to. Nevertheless, we were airborne, and made good time. I think the captain was an ex Air Force guy, and he loved to hear himself talk. Although, despite all the jibber jabber at 10:00 at night, he gave us some interesting information that I’d never heard before, speed at rotation, fuel consumption, how much fuel is on board, how fast we were moving across the ground at that particular time. Interesting stuff, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. We started our descent around 10:00, and when the pilot asked the flight attendants to “Prepare for Landing,” they were still serving drinks. The DFW-AUS flight is a real test to the capability of the Y class flight attendants, to get 115 people drinks in 10-20 minutes max. They did it, and we shot a straight in approach to 17R, as usual. I have this flight memorized like the back of my hand in terms of routing. Then we sat at the gate for 15 minutes while the rest of the plane got off, patiently waiting our turn. The plus side, all four bags were waiting on the belt. I’d like to be impressed that our bags made it through 4 flights and 3 connections, but I’m not surprised. AA has always taken care of me, and this trip again proves why they’re my choice in air travel. I had a great vacation, and I’m sorry you had to read all of this!

I hope you enjoyed this trip report as much as I enjoyed the trip!

Cheers,
Cameron

[Edited 2007-06-14 03:24:06]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 15927 times:

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 1):
I wish I could have viewed a photo...

Did none of them work? I've been playing around with it, because they weren't working when I previewed them, but they appear to be working for me now at least.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 15902 times:

A very detailed and cool report with lovely pictures. Specialy the ones from SXM.
The picture with the uge building on close to DFW, i would say that it is a church. Any other guesses?

have a good one: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 15868 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3):
Did none of them work?

Not awhile ago, but I can see them now, and they are some good ones... Great Report.



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7438 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 15785 times:
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Sheesh, you were being followed by that Astrojet!!

Is the MD-11 KLM a constant or an equip sub? Nice catch.

And the Fokker was neat too.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 15782 times:

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 6):
Is the MD-11 KLM a constant or an equip sub? Nice catch.

And the Fokker was neat too.

If I'm not mistaken, the KLM MD-11 is now constant, unfortunately. I wish I had gotten to see the KLM 744, but the MD-11 seems to be a slowly dying breed, so I'm glad I got to see that, too. I had never even heard of that airline, so that was an exciting combination, a new airline, and another dying breed.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 6):
Sheesh, you were being followed by that Astrojet!!

I know! I was halfway surprised it wasn't waiting for me in Miami when I got back.  Silly

Cheers,
Cameron

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 5):
Not awhile ago, but I can see them now, and they are some good ones... Great Report.

Well I'm glad they work now. Thanks for the comment!


User currently offlineGolftango From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15689 times:

27 departures are quite amazing at SXM!!!

Excellent TR, and oh how I love St. Maarten!

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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7127 posts, RR: 87
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15686 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
A FedEx MD-10

Thanks for the shout out Cam.




Fantastic trip report!  yes 


We are all jealous of SXM.


User currently offlineAAden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15634 times:

nice tr, the pics were great

User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15572 times:

Great report & nice pics - seems you had a fantastic holiday and St. Maarten looks stunning. Sorry to hear about your ear problems and hope they've cleared up now.

Greetings
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 15453 times:
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Great TR, mnany thanks.

Then SXM shot's are very nice indeed, always fancied visiting there, do even more so now.

What was the last plane you travelled on, I know you don't recall the reg but there is no mention of type.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 15433 times:
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Hey Cameron,
Thanks so much for another great TR! I thoroughly enjoy reading about your flight voyages.
You take outstanding photos! Do you post here on A.Net? I hope so-they are so professional.
Please let me know either on here or please message me. I want to see more of your photos.
Regards,
LACA773


User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2167 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15164 times:

Nice report I really liked the videos!

User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15071 times:

awesome trip. thanks for sharing. I definitely need to make it to SXM one of these days.

[Edited 2007-06-14 16:10:30]

User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15035 times:

wow... what a great report... excellent detail and amazing pictures... I'm sorry about your sinus and I do hope you feel better. But simply an amazing trip... thanks for sharing...

User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14987 times:

Great report and photos. I love the video of the AF A340 coming straight at you. Looks like it (and therefore you!) isn't going to make it at one point.


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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14763 times:

Quoting Golftango (Reply 8):
Excellent TR, and oh how I love St. Maarten!

Thanks! You've got some nice shots yourself! I love the ones from the rest of the island, too!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 9):
Thanks for the shout out Cam.

Don't mention it Drew! It was a shout out to ya.  Smile

Quoting AAden (Reply 10):
nice tr, the pics were great

Thanks AAden! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 11):
Great report & nice pics



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
Great TR, mnany thanks.

Thank you, I'm glad you both enjoyed it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):

What was the last plane you travelled on, I know you don't recall the reg but there is no mention of type.

Ah, sorry about that! I usually put them up there. It was an MD-80 from DFW-AUS. Most likely an MD-82, but as always, it could have been an MD-83.

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 13):
Hey Cameron,
Thanks so much for another great TR! I thoroughly enjoy reading about your flight voyages.
You take outstanding photos! Do you post here on A.Net? I hope so-they are so professional.
Please let me know either on here or please message me. I want to see more of your photos.

If you actually venture over to the photography forum, right now I'm getting advice from the pros, as I am certainly not one! I do my best, without all the heavy equipment many photographers on here have. I appreciate the encouragement, because frankly I get down on myself a little bit sometimes. It's really frustrating to be a novice photographer, with a lagging autofocus, and no idea how to use the quicker manual focus! I should keep reading and playing around, I suppose. Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoy my photos!  Smile

Quoting BA777 (Reply 14):
Nice report I really liked the videos!

Thank you! In the end, the videos are probably my favorite part, because I still feel like I'm on the plane, even after the fact.

Quoting RockyRacoon (Reply 15):
awesome trip. thanks for sharing. I definitely need to make it to SXM one of these days.

You're welcome! That's what I always said after reading one of these. I have full confidence you will! It's the Mecca for aviation enthusiasts.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 16):
wow... what a great report... excellent detail and amazing pictures



Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 17):
Great report and photos.

Thanks guys! I really enjoyed writing it.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 11):
Sorry to hear about your ear problems and hope they've cleared up now.



Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 16):
I'm sorry about your sinus and I do hope you feel better. But simply an amazing trip... thanks for sharing...

Thanks for the well wishes! Yea, it's been a little more than a week since I've been back, and the doctor gave me some strong meds, and they've worked. There is still a little left over...STUFF, mainly in my nose and throat, but the pressure headaches have gone away. Thanks again!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1523 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14405 times:

Hey Shorthorn!! I am sorry i can't join in the praise of your TR but I am getting the dreaded Bandwidth exceeded shit!!
Oh well maybe in the future. Glad you enjoyed your trip anyway and hope your sinuses are better. ttyl



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User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14387 times:

Great report, but I too cannot see the pictures.

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14376 times:
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I really enjoyed the videos. However all the pics said Bandwidth Exceeded. Any way this can be fixed?


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 14348 times:

Hey guys, sorry about that. I went ahead and forked over the money for a Pro Photobucket account, so all the images should be viewable. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 14310 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 18):

Isn't it amazing how nice we are to each other when College Football isn't going, but once it starts, all hell will break loose, and we take our sides, and start a'fighting. Its all fun.


Go NOTRE DAME.



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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14156 times:
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Thank you for making the pics available. They were excellent as well as the videos and your trip report.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
Can anyone tell me what this building is? It's on final for 18R, right close to Grapevine Lake. It looked cool, so I took a picture of it.

This pic is of the Gaylord Resort Center near Grapevine. It has a hotel, convention center, and I hear it's really cool, although I've never been there.
It sounds like the Astrojet was following you around. I see they have added winglets to it.
And finally I'm glad you had a chance to fly my favorite airplane, the 777 (nana nana nana in Japanese). Your pics mad me feel like I was on it.



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25 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Oh NO! Not another Irish fan!!!! What you said is so true. It's one of the (many) reasons why I think College Football is the greatest sport on Earth
26 Oldman55 : Ok Cameron I got the pics now. VERY NICE. Great shots at SXM; you lucky SOB.
27 Boston92 : The past couple of days have been great for me... because I bought tickets to the Notre Dame-UCLA game on Oct 6th, then the next weekend, me and my b
28 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Hey, that sounds like a lot of fun! And wow, you got a great price, too! Was it not more expensive to fly SBA-DFW, than, say, ONT/BUR-DFW? Plus, BUR
29 Boston92 : The great price did include 3 100 dollar off coupons, so it was more like $1000 per person. SBA-DFW was surprisingly cheaper than LAX, BUR, ONT, and
30 Post contains images NZA320 : Awesome trip report and some really great photos. I must say that the video of the Air France A340 taking off towards the camera is really cool. Keep
31 Longhornmaniac : This is an AMAZING hotel. I mean I haven't stayed at any Waldorf Astoria's or anything, but the rooms are very comfortable. Spacious, and a beautiful
32 Boston92 : Great... I like how it is just about "in" the airport, and once we arrive, I do not have to take a bus, a taxi, a van, a subway, and a U-boat to get
33 Trekster : Amazing report. Great Pics and amazing video shots Thanks for a very detailed report
34 DFWMzuri : I loved your report and pictures, especially of my home airport - DFW. And Triple7man is correct concerning the picture, it's the Gaylord Texan. I've
35 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Your most welcome. If you have time in Dallas, especially if you're staying at DFW, I really recommend going to the CR Smith Aviation Museum. It's ab
36 Aviationnut12 : Great pictures! I am glad you enjoyed your trip. I hope to go down to SXM one of these days. God Bless. Aviationnut12
37 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Wow  What can I say? A truly amazing report which made me feel like I was there with you   Love all the photos and vids  Lee[Edited 2007-06-21 21:5
38 FCA767 : WOW Thanks! Your Photography is brilliant, I really enjoyed the report and love the take off and landing videos very much. The photos of SXM Make me w
39 Crjflyer35 : Awesome report!! Reminds me of last fall on my honeymoon. Our cruise stopped in SXM and that was all I did for a few hours. The AF340 is truly a beast
40 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures. If you can make it, SXM is a must do for any Aviationnut Thanks Lee! That is exactly what I wanted. I'd read others
41 Blue747 : Fantastic Report and Photos!! You had a fantastic view of the beach. Maybe I will make it to SXM one day. pat
42 Ebs757 : Great trip report! I really enjoyed reading and the pics and video
43 Longhornmaniac : Hey Pat, thanks for the comment! I'm still trying to come out to AUS on sundays. This weekend I probably will... Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I w
44 Chris78cpr : Hey, Great report! It reminds me off my trip to SXM back in Oct 05! Awesome place that is one of a kind! Glad you enjoyed it and hope you spent many a
45 InbarD : Awesome report. Love the pics. Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed viewing the pics and reading some of it.
46 Chris78cpr : I stand corrected, from what i can find N781AN has the new J seat installed and apparently N772AN also now has it! Chris
47 Longhornmaniac : Hey Chris, I'm glad you enjoyed the report. Those are actually the F seats, the 2-2-2 configuration. They look quite a bit like the new J, at least i
48 B747forever : WOW. Brilliant TR. The pics and videos are really good. Thank you for sharing. B747forever.
49 CO777ER : Great TR. The video of the AF340 was amazing. Hook'em Horns
50 GSPSPOT : You referred to this TR in another forum, so I checked it out. Great report, pics, but I could only see about 1/2 of them. Anyway, I had a sinus infec
51 EXAAUADL : The pic I wish you took was when you were landing at SMX
52 Post contains images Curticool : Is the flagship suite First or Biz. -Curticool
53 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Can anyone else confirm this? They're working for me... What, the video not good enough for ya?! Just kidding. I thought about it, but knowing the wa
54 GSPSPOT : Hey again, I wasn't able to see all the pics on my work computer, but I can see all of them fine on my laptop. Go figure! GSPSPOT
55 Post contains images Curticool : Thanks! and great trip report! -Curticool
56 Phileet92 : sooooooooooo jealous!!!
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