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TR No. 2 - ISP-TPA-ISP On Southwest  
User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

Hey Guys:

This is my second TR ever on this site. My first TR was last year covering the same routing as the TR you will read today. Since 2006 my brother and I always visit our cousins and family down in Florida, and since last year we go down to Florida in October to check out Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. I hope you enjoy my TR and as always comments ( both good and bad ) are appreciated.


LEG No. 1 :

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I booked this trip on September 4th, 2009 and opted for the later flight that leave ISP, I figured it would give my brother and I some time to pack as well as make it more convenient for my cousin to pick me up in TPA. When I arrived to ISP I had a nice conversation with the Gate Agent about WN as well as if they are going to be hiring anytime soon, after hearing about how much I like WN as well as the fact I want to be a pilot for them, she informed me I'd be flying on N758SW, an aircraft I have flown on once before. When I flew on 758 last, it was in 2002 when she was painted in the old colors, no winglets and even had the old interior! since then she got the new interior, winglets and was one of the latest -700's to be painted in the "Canyon Blue" colors.

Boarding WN 1834:

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As always, I ask the guys up front for a quick tour of the Flight Deck. The CA, who was listening to Billy Idol's "White Wedding" was more then happy to show me around his neck of the woods:

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The CA got his flying time in the Air Force and he told me he loved flying the F-16, he also invited me back up once we landed in TPA.

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Although I was looking forward to a new addition to my log book, the crew more then made up for that by using runway 33L for tonight's departure, I never departed from this runway before and because its one of the shorter runways at ISP, the crew gave us quite an exciting departure! The takeoff speed was 130kts which is equal to 149MPH.

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When we leveled off at 40,000ft I fell asleep, I knew Id most likely be going to bed at 7AM so I figured I'd get some rest. There was nothing much to see at night so I figured I'd take a cabin shot.

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I am sorry I have no approach pictures into TPA, I deleted them by accident, however I do know we were re-routed because of Space Shuttle Training over FL , If my memory of the Approaches into TPA are correct, the approach to runway 18L is over land. However the approach into runway 36L took us over water.

End Of Leg No. 1
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Misc Pictures Of This Trip:

For those of you who have visited Florida or live there, know that the sun sets in FL are some of the most amazing to watch. On my 3rd day there on the way to watch my uncles blues band, my cousin took us by a beach to get a few pictures.

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As stated earlier, another reason behind this trip was to check out Halloween Horror Nights down in Orlando. This is my second time going to Halloween Horror Nights and IMHO this year was much better then last.







The Chucky house was my favorite! in the picture below is the room filled with stuffed animals, and believe it or not there is a person in costume that blends in the wall of stuffed animals, he sure scared the _______ out of me! I will let you fill in the blank yourselves  Wink



I have a few more pictures from Halloween Horror Nights that my cousin Mike took, If your interested I will post them in a later post.

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LEG No.2




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Whenever I visit Florida, this is always the sad part. I have always been one to get somewhat "attached" when I visit my family for a long period of time, maybe its a weakness of mine? When I got to TPA TSA was a breeze and my brother and I got a bite to eat at Chili's in the "C" concourse. I try not to take a lot of pictures at the airports these days unless it is something interested or if the concourse is rather empty. I found out today that the aircraft taking me home was N271LV , the former hybrid aircraft. Unfortunately since late 2008 she lost her uniqueness and now blends in with all the other Southwest planes. During the boarding process the attractive FA saw my camera and said to me "no pictures on this plane" luckily for me she was kidding, however I responded to her " for that comment I wish this plane still had the ovens in the back" me and her had a conversation as I was in the Flight Deck chatting with the FO. The FO of this flight, John let me sit in his seat and kick the pedals and what not. Its always fun to do that!

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I went back to my seat to snag a rather large rain storm developing over TPA, it turns out we would depart in that same storm.

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N635DL Departing the rather wet-poor runway 18R - I dedicate this one to my good friend who is a FO on the DL 75/76  Wink

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It was then our turn to depart 18R

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We leveled off at 39000 ft and had a somewhat smooth flight. I took a few pictures despite fighting off a developing cold, however that did not hold me back from scarfing down cheez its and honey roasted peanuts!

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Our arrival into the foggy and wet ISP was rather bumpy, however our FO John still gave us a smooth landing on runway 24.

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End Of This Leg.

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Final Thoughts / Comments / Conclusion :

As always WN always provides my friends, family and myself with a safe and satisfying experience. I know many people put them down, but I think the people that work for this airline are some of the best in the industry. I got to take a tour of the WN HQ back in 2005 where I got to meet Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett and the now current CEO Gary Kelly and I saw first hand how well kept WN is, and I myself can not wait for the day I can consider myself a WN pilot. I also kept the pictures short of my Halloween Horror Nights adventure, if you want to see more of that event or any other portion of this TR please don't hesitate to ask. I also apologize for the rather grainy photos, I am still trying to figure out the right settings on this camera.

I also dedicate this TR to my good friend Philip ( OA260 on this site ) for giving me the inspiration to do TR No.2 - his format is somewhat applied to this TR.


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
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User currently offlineMtaabq From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5766 times:

Very nice report, thanks for sharing. I always love reading WN reports. Keep 'em coming!

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4194 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

Great report! Thanks for the props on ship 635, haha.


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

Hey Bobster ,
Nice report . Florida looks quite a nice option now its getting freezing here!
Southwest seem a decent enough LCC. The horror part I would give a miss as I dont like scary things lol...

Nice that you got to talk to the pilot and were able to snap a few shots. You kind of get the impression that US carriers are a closed book when it comes to this thing, nice to see that its not.

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I also dedicate this TR to my good friend Philip ( OA260 on this site ) for giving me the inspiration to do TR No.2 - his format is somewhat applied to this TR.

Arr thanks , I hope to see some more TR's from you in the future. Who knows maybe we can do one together oneday !! But sadly not on Marathon ....  Wink

Glad you had a good time in Florida. Where next??

Philip


User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5360 times:



Quoting Mtaabq (Reply 1):

Thank you! I appreciate your comments!

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 2):

Anytime my friend! As you can see those DL pilots were in no rush to get the heck out of TPA!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):

Well the master of all TRs finally comments on my TR! Glad to see you liked it! Florida does get somewhat chilly during this time of year, believe it or not because of the breeze I was freezing my butt off when I took that pic! As I said earlier WN is a great airline to fly on!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Arr thanks , I hope to see some more TR's from you in the future. Who knows maybe we can do one together oneday !! But sadly not on Marathon ....  

Glad you had a good time in Florida. Where next??

Anytime! I would most definatly look forward to that! ATH would be a great place to go to! I am not sure were I am going after Florida, probably back there again sometime in the future. As much as I love WN I want to try DL next time! Its about time I got on a 757!  Wink



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5231 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
my cousin took us by a beach to get a few pictures.

What beach is that? It looks an awful lot like Pine Island beach.


User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5156 times:



Quoting Continental (Reply 5):

That it is, I take it you live in Hernando County?



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

Alright! I used to live in Spring Hill just a few miles from that beach. Where did you visit in Hernando County?

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4619 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
Well the master of all TRs finally comments on my TR!

Not at all lol...

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
ATH would be a great place to go to

Yes indeed. One day you will make it .

Tell me do you remember those machines that Southwest used to have where you put your credit card in and you could buy books of tickets ( vouchers ) for a certain route? Its a long time ago and I gues they got rid of them now. They had one at Burbank airport .


User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4519 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Yes indeed. One day you will make it .

Tell me do you remember those machines that Southwest used to have where you put your credit card in and you could buy books of tickets ( vouchers ) for a certain route? Its a long time ago and I gues they got rid of them now. They had one at Burbank airport .

I first fell in "luv" with Southwest in February of 2000 and I do not remember those machines, they were probably around before I took an interest in WN.



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3981 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 9):
I do not remember those machines, they were probably around before I took an interest in WN.

Yeah when I used to live in Burbank they were there and thats going back over 14 years !!


User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1409 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Nice report. I have flown SouthWest once, from Manchester N.H. to Chicago Midway. I have to say that it felt like flying "The Dollar Store" or "Wal-Mart Airlines". I don't mean to offend anyone, but the entire process and experienced is like going to Wal-Mart and waiting in line for the doors to open.

The only reason I flew them is because someone else had booked the tickets for me and was too cheap to buy something better (even though I did pay them back). Anyway, I'm sure the folks at SouthWest are nice and I actually met a lot of them in Portland, at a hotel where I stay pretty often, but not my type of airline, not my type of service, not my type of experience.

With that being said, they have allowed a lot of people to fly, by offering amazing rates and no-frills flying. So as a company, my hat of to them...


Well good luck to SW. I'm sure they don't need my service.

Sorry for the negative input guys, but it's just what I feel about them.

[Edited 2009-12-17 15:58:56]


Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineMtaabq From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3846 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Tell me do you remember those machines that Southwest used to have where you put your credit card in and you could buy books of tickets ( vouchers ) for a certain route? Its a long time ago and I gues they got rid of them now. They had one at Burbank airport .

Oh mah sweet Lord! YES, I DO remember those machines; we had them in ABQ and I used them in PHX as well. That was back in the day when WN only offered Peak ("Executive") and Off-Peak ("Pleasure") fares. You called in and made a reservation (pre-Internet days, you know), then went to the airport, ran your credit card through the machine, punched in your destination (there was a button for every city), grabbed your "ticket" and went to the gate for check-in and your boarding pass (the famous numbered plastic boarding cards). I remember paying as little as $19 for a one-way ticket to PHX from ABQ -- no PFCs, no Security Fee, no segment tax, no advance purchase -- just $19. (Or $29 for a "Peak" flight.) That machine was the bomb! (Uh oh -- probably a bad choice of words for an airline enthusiast's website, LOL.) If you didn't have to check luggage and had a credit card the whole process took 60 seconds tops. You didn't have to enter your name or confirmation number -- swipe card, punch "PHOENIX", press "ROUND TRIP", take your "ticket" and go.

~sigh~

I miss those days!


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