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User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11179 times:

So spring break it happens. 1 day before spring break my laptop literally took a dump on me and died. I was planning on going to NAS and meet up with some friends who were already there. But since now I needed to buy a new laptop I decided to go on a cheaper trip and head to HNL to see a friend of mine who lives there, in the Navy, for the second time this year.

Pictures are kinda far in between. I try to sleep on flights to maximize productivity at the destination. Plus since I am a pilot myself anything that does not involve me sitting at the controls is pretty mundane.

US807 5 March (N256AY)
Scheduled departure was like 9:45 am, but this flight never leaves on time. Got my seat assigned at about 8:45 am. Boarded and settled into my seat at 9C. Light load today, but I already knew that. I hoped that nobody had been assigned to the D and E seats. Turned out some guy was in the E seat. That was fine though, still another seat beside me and plenty of overhead space so I did not need to put my backpack under the seat. One of the last people to board was Kanye West. Yes it was him. He ended up sitting in like 25B or so.
For the next 10 hours I sat and watched movies, read a manual for AFROTC, listened to my iPod, and slept quite a bit. Also of note, one of the audio channels was broadcasting the current radio selection from the flight deck.
We landed in HNL just after 1500 local time. Much better than my trip in January that involved a stop in PHX and wicked headwinds that made for a 13 hour trip.
Called my buddy and he was running late, had to actually work on Friday. No biggie, I just walked around the open air areas at HNL.
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The original plan was to leave on US808 HNL-CLT on Monday, 8 March. But since it is a 1800 departure, and my friend had to work on Monday I still maximized time by deciding to leave on Sunday night to PHX. But since I already had off work until Tuesday night I looked up some options. I wanted to go to In-N-Out Burger and grab a double double. I also had a voucher from the airport slots in LAS that had not been cashed from a trip at the end of January (long story, don't ask).

So I concocted this plan to go HNL-PHX-LAS-SFO-CLT. With the SFO-CLT sector being the redeye. I think it afforded me like 4 hours in PHX, 2 in LAS, and 4 in SFO.

Sunday evening came around and the loads turned to crap on me. So I switched it to HNL-PHX-SFO-LAS-CLT.

Got to HNL at 2130ish. Turned out to be tons of time for the 2350 flight I was on. Turns out right now US has 2 flights leaving HNL for PHX around that time. One at 2330, and the other at 2350.

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US125 HNL-PHX 7 March (N905AW)
I chose this flight on a 757 because it had over 100 open seats. I settled into 17F and quickly found out that nobody else would be joining me in the row. PERFECT! After an awesome takeoff roll and climb from the 752 I laid myself out across the 3 seats and I did not wake up until about 5 hours later when we were in the decent into PHX. We got into PHX 45 minutes early.

I called my mother who was working in CLT at the time. The night before I had texted her my PNR and she must have looked at it and wondered what the hell was going on with my itinerary because she decided to make another PNR that got me to LAS quicker. I told her exactly what I was planning on doing and asked her to call me if anything really changed.
So here I was, it is 9 am and In-N-Out doesn't open until 1030. Luckily I already knew the closest In-N-Out to PHX because I had already made a trip there once last year for the same purpose.
I got on the bus connection from PHX to the new ValleyMetro Light rail. When I got there I decided to kill time and ride into downtown Phoenix because I had never been there. Rode it and got off when I saw Chase Field and US Airways Center. Took pictures, then got back on, riding towards the airport and Tempe. I decided to get off at Mill Avenue because I had time to kill and I decided to climb up Hayden's Butte on the ASU campus with all my stuff in tow.
Turned on my stopwatch and I made the 300 ft ascent in under 10 minutes.
Then I walked down and to the In-N-Out and got my double double. After this I made my way back to the airport for my 1445 departure for SFO.

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Got back to PHX way too early. I ended up sitting in basically a closet so I could steal an outlet to charge my phone.

US407 PHX-SFO 8 March (N661AW)
Got a window seat, 5F and promptly went to sleep after takeoff. Arrived at SFO sometime later.
I got off and found my way to the air train and then to the BART platform. Rode the BART to Milbrae. Got off at Milbrae and saw an SFO employee bus. Figured at this point BART is a rip because it cost $4 from SFO to Milbrae. Too bad I never figured out exactly where that bus stopped, or else I would have ridden it. Went to another In-N-Out. Another double double, this one for dinner. It was about 1700 at this point. Rode the BART back to SFO and wandered around the international terminal for a bit before heading to T1 where US is. Got to the gate and found another outlet. Also found out that my flight was delayed, US actually called me on this one. But I was also hearing announcements at the gate. It was a Mesa flight anyways. Got on the good old internet with my phone and found out that it was highly improbable I would get on the non-stop to CLT from LAS. I saw that the PHL flight leaves 30 minutes earlier and I could likely get on. Put my self on the list for that one, and another flight PHL-CLT the next morning and checked in.

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US2975 SFO-LAS 8 March
Finally got on this Mesa CR9, which has the most uncomfortable seats ever. We landed and parked in LAS at 2145. LAS-PHL leaves at 2235. When I walked up to the gate they were paging me to assign a seat. I got there and they asked for a boarding pass. I pulled out one of like 50 in my backpack. Of course it was the wrong one. Then I had to tell them that I did not have one for LAS-PHL because it was a last minute thing I hatched while in SFO and never printed one.

US431 LAS-PHL 8 March
They gave me a seat, 6D, and aisle. I got on thinking I might get lucky and nobody would be sitting in the middle. One of the last to board was a lady who got in the middle. At least it wasn't me there.
I had the toughest time sleeping on this flight. Tossed and turned between the tray table and armrest all night.

We got to PHL at about 0600 and my flight home was at 0645. I called my mom once again, she was walking into work. She asked if I was home, and that is when I told her I was in PHL and that I would be in CLT at about 0800. Walked down the B con in Philly and got a seat assigned for home. A window seat, good.

US1583 PHL-CLT 9 March
This is actually my first experience with a US 752 with blended wingtips. It had been over a year since I was on a US East 757, and it was old and ratty. Before that, was even longer, probably 3 years or more. Anyways, the CRT monitors overhead had been replaced with LCD screens and the now standard blue leather. New overhead bins and PSUs too. Not as good as the new Airbus interior that is in the new 321s. Anyways, I got in my seat after the older, but not too old lady took an eternity to let me in. It was obvious she is not a seasoned traveler. I went to sleep. We touched down on a runway here in CLT. I have not the slightest clue which one, and we taxied to a gate somewhere on B. That is how much I wanted sleep on this flight. At this point I walked out of the checkpoint at B and saw my mother for a bit at baggage service before getting on the bus to the parking lot, where my car awaited, and a 30 minute drive later, my bed.

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User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10253 times:

Thanks for a great TR!

I love seeing US strong in the west! PHX is a great place...as is LAS. Oh...and I love In and Out  

Great report...thanks for posting!

Tommy

(aka JFKMan)



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User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6212 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9862 times:

Thnaks for sharing. Quite the number of flights you squeezed in there, I would have been beat after getting home.
I flew on a HNL to PHX flight about a month ago and the flight was empty as well. It seems like this second weekend HNL to PHX flight is only op on a seasonal basis.

Regrads,

Chepos



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9851 times:
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Ah, the joys of nonrevving  


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User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9678 times:

I hope you enjoyed your In N Out - I'm eating one right now in your honor as well  

User currently offlinesspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9670 times:

This was a fun trip report. I am not a non revver, but I have done some fun hops jumping from around the Hawaiin Islands on Hawaiin and Island Air. Also jumping in and out of Vegas is fun on SWA to points in CA can make for fun day trips.

Regarding In-n-Out, I heard there was one off the strip in Vegas. I didn't go to that one. I did go to the one when I went on a day trip to the casino town in Laughlin, NV. It was already busy at 11:00am. I have to hit the one near LAX for plane watching.

Thanks for your report.



Go Delta!
User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9662 times:

The In N Out in Vegas - it's right off the 15 freeway & Tropicana Ave - about 1/3 of a mile behind New York, New York

User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9621 times:

Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 6):
The In N Out in Vegas - it's right off the 15 freeway & Tropicana Ave - about 1/3 of a mile behind New York, New York

This is true. That one also has an entire store of In-N-Out gear.
However, now there are more of them in Vegas. The closest to LAS now is pretty much right on the UNLV campus.


User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9563 times:

There's about 8 or 9 in Vegas now. I use to live there and have eaten at all of them. One day I will enjoy a meal at every In N Out location.....

User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9534 times:

Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
Got off at Milbrae and saw an SFO employee bus. Figured at this point BART is a rip because it cost $4 from SFO to Milbrae. Too bad I never figured out exactly where that bus stopped, or else I would have ridden it.

The "employee" bus is for SFO employees to transfer to the Milbrae Bart/Caltrain Station. You need to show a SFO badge to ride the bus. It was set up because of the $4 fee imposed by BART.
The bus stops right outside the Internatinal Terminal near United.



John@SFO
User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9317 times:

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 1):
I love seeing US strong in the west! PHX is a great place...as is LAS. Oh...and I love In and Out

Strong in the west is debatable. Soo much flying has been pulled from PHX and especially LAS. One end of the A gates is closed off, and I think only the lowest B gates are used.
In fact, most of the PHL/CLT flights that go west (PHX, LAS, SFO, LAX, SAN, etc) are operated by US West crews and planes.


User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9129 times:
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Thanks for sharing your trip, quite some travleling!

Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
One of the last people to board was Kanye West. Yes it was him. He ended up sitting in like 25B or so.

- Really? Kanye West in economy??????

In and Out Burger, love this place, though I thought they just had the one outlet in LAX, you learn something new every day!

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8872 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
In and Out Burger, love this place, though I thought they just had the one outlet in LAX, you learn something new every day!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):

Oh Mark, they have locations all over California, Arizona, Nevada & now Utah......do enjoy next time you come out west!


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7297 times:

Excellent TR! Enjoyed reading it and great pics!

Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
Took pictures, then got back on, riding towards the airport and Tempe. I decided to get off at Mill Avenue because I had time to kill and I decided to climb up Hayden's Butte on the ASU campus with all my stuff in tow.

Isn't that nearby US Airways HQ? I remember when I went, there was a tall butte down a block or two. On our descent into PHX from YVR, the approach passed us by US HQ!



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15727 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
my laptop literally took a dump on me

I find that hard to believe.  
Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
One of the last people to board was Kanye West.

At least one person wasn't bothered by the seat pitch.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6989 times:

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 13):
Isn't that nearby US Airways HQ? I remember when I went, there was a tall butte down a block or two. On our descent into PHX from YVR, the approach passed us by US HQ!

It is. I thought about stopping in there because there supposedly is a company store there but then I realized that I really didn't want to buy anything but maybe a poster, so I did not want to carry a bunch of stuff because I still had at least 3 more flights. I think it would have been impossible to check bags because I traveled on like 3 different PNRs and with my luck they would end up getting left somewhere because I did not make it on a flight.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):

At least one person wasn't bothered by the seat pitch.

I am not really bothered too much by it, but then again, I am not very large.


User currently offlineKaiTakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Just curious since you are a pilot, why didnt you try for the jumpseat? Granted that even getting a jumpseat between the West Coast and CLT is a challenge in itself...

User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

You didn't mention any of the onboard services during your flights. You just mention take off and arrival times.
Well, how was the service and what type of food was offered?



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User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4632 times:

Quoting KaiTakfan (Reply 16):
Just curious since you are a pilot, why didnt you try for the jumpseat? Granted that even getting a jumpseat between the West Coast and CLT is a challenge in itself...

I am not an airline pilot.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 17):
You didn't mention any of the onboard services during your flights. You just mention take off and arrival times.
Well, how was the service and what type of food was offered?

I take so many flights the service is rather mundane and almost non-existent. Furthermore, I do not really care at all since I did not pay a penny for any of them, I see these flights as getting me from A --> B.
I slept on almost all of the legs, but the service would have/was simply been a drink service and maybe a buy on board depending on how long the leg was.
The CLT-HNL leg was different. Meal choice of either chicken or pasta and multiple drink service. With buy on board also available during the entire flight in the rear galley. I also ate an entire large bag of Goldfish that I brought myself.

I was not in first class for any of the segments so that is all I get.


User currently offlineCAP2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Quoting thegman (Thread starter):
read a manual for AFROTC

AFPAM 10-100 or Holm Center T-203?  



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User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

Quoting CAP2008 (Reply 19):
AFPAM 10-100 or Holm Center T-203?

Holm Center T-203. It is an excellent read.


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