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User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9482 times:

So this is my first Trip Report, Be Nice.

So this trip was because I bought my sisters car, But. She lives in Wichita, Ks and i live in Clearwater,FL. So me and my mom ended up flying to Kansas. Woohoo. Lol


The trip started out on April 19th out of Tampa International Airport at 5:00 A.m. My flight left out of Tampa at 6:45 A.m.

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad224/rutley21_2010/002-1.jpg

Thats me at 5:00 A.m. in front of the American Airlines curb check-in.
I decided to go ahead and check in early the night before that way I didn't have to wait in any lines. Plus I had no checked bags, all I had was a backpack. So I went ahead and used the self check-in kiosk. The stupid screen was really hard to use. I couldn't hit the letters. Lol. It took me like 15 minutes to print both of our boarding passes.

So i'm looking for gate Echo 65...
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/208724_10150163130111301_565111300_7264841_4708104_n.jpg
Well I found the airside tram, So I got on that. When I got there I had to go through security though. We have the full body scanners at Tampa. I guess I was one of the random people that had to go through it. So I went through it, Personally i don't have a problem with it.

Anyways, After I go through security i still had some time before my flight. I went to Starbucks and got some coffee and took some pictures.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/217233_10150163130586301_565111300_7264847_8330767_n.jpg
Delta CRJ-100/200

I made it to gate E65 with a little under an hour to spare, Looks like rain in Memphis.
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/218029_10150163131946301_565111300_7264863_5620026_n.jpg

Here's a 757 that was at the gate next to mine, Also a Delta bird.
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/207391_10150163132086301_565111300_7264865_1053143_n.jpg

This was one of the birds I flew on, A320.
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216919_10150163132226301_565111300_7264867_6626771_n.jpg

By the time I got done with these photos, boarding was about to begin. Of course first class went first. We were in boarding zone 3 or 4 I think. For some reason, I always get nervous when I fly. So as we are getting ready to board i start shaking as always. Im not sure what causes it.

This flight was only half full which was excellent. We ended up having a whole row to ourselves. She had the aisle seat and I had the window seat. Whenever i fly, I make sure i get the window seat.

Me sitting in 18A
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/222001_10150163132956301_565111300_7264878_7555699_n.jpg

I liked the A320 a lot because, Since i'm really tall I usually don't have a a lot of legroom. But on this flight i had all of the leg room in the world. It was really nice though.
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216984_10150163133136301_565111300_7264883_4205001_n.jpg
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217126_10150163133396301_565111300_7264888_2726935_n.jpg

We pushed back on time, but once we pushed back... We sat there for about 20 minutes due to a mechanical issue. Pilots informed us that they were finishing up the paperwork and we'd be on our way soon. Finally we continued on our way. We taxied to the runway, runway 9R. There were a couple of planes in front of us, so we had to wait a bit before we could take off. It was a pretty busy morning at Tampa.
A couple of planes were behind us.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/206783_10150163139321301_565111300_7264963_5177957_n.jpg
Lining up...
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216551_10150163139511301_565111300_7264966_5449646_n.jpg

And the video for this takeoff can be watched through this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUg5wIqaPk

Ignore my commentary. Haha.
After takeoff, we made an immediate right turn towards the Gulf of Mexico.
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/218195_10150163140151301_565111300_7264974_2801714_n.jpg

About 20 minutes after departure, the in-flight service started. The usual cookies or pretzels and a soft drink, juice, or coffee. I went with Orange Juice and Biscoff.
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/208250_10150163141426301_565111300_7264997_851364_n.jpg

Soon afterwards we hit our cruising altitude. I decided to browse the internet while I had it. Facebook mainly, Haha.
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222063_10150163142241301_565111300_7265013_120952_n.jpg
Me again.

Pretty boring flight to Memphis. I ended up listening to music and just watching out the window as i usually do. There were a lot of clouds below us, we didn't really hit any turbulence though.

About an hour and a half after our flight started, we started our decent. I have pictures of the decent, but it was rather cloudy.
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/205047_10150163145186301_565111300_7265062_6044862_n.jpg
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/215266_10150163145326301_565111300_7265063_6817037_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/215629_10150163145471301_565111300_7265065_6864870_n.jpg

Here's a video of the landing, again ignore the commentary. I was excited. Haha :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EqZA8fqMRo

We taxied to Bravo 10.
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/215675_10150163148216301_565111300_7265120_4364440_n.jpg

We deplaned and then made our way over to the next flight over in the A concourse. I saw my first MD-11, along with alot of DL regional jets.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/206785_10150163149291301_565111300_7265133_4083752_n.jpg

And heres my plane to Wichita. I couldnt really get a good picture of it.
But it was a CRJ-200
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/208310_10150163163271301_565111300_7265372_1054565_n.jpg

This plane was also delayed due to mechanical issues (Just my luck). Haha. But 30 minutes late, we started boarding. I was seated in 11A with way less legroom then the flight before.
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216240_10150163164296301_565111300_7265390_2458312_n.jpg

There was a hole in the running board or something and the A/C was blowing on my foot. My foot was numb by the end of the flight. Haha. But anyways...

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/205023_10150163164611301_565111300_7265395_55835_n.jpg

This flight, unfortunately, was completely full.
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/216497_10150163164766301_565111300_7265398_2603777_n.jpg

Not sure which runway we took off of, but we taxied for an immediate depature.

The takeoff video can be watched here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ySK8f0v8y4

Another right turn
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216393_10150163164896301_565111300_7265400_2311889_n.jpg

Pretty uneventful flight, i got bored though. So, I started listening to music again and then I posed for pictures. Haha
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/207296_10150163165226301_565111300_7265409_4817053_n.jpg
Clouds, the window was really dirty.
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/206911_10150163165891301_565111300_7265424_521677_n.jpg

The in-flight service wasn't much. I had Ginger Ale and Biscoff.
About an hour and a half after the plane took off, we started our descent. I didn't really take too many pictures of the descent. But heres the landing video :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U1K98D2LEg

Here's the plane I arrived in Wichita on.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216010_10150163168501301_565111300_7265455_6542504_n.jpg

This was the first time I had flown commercially in about 4 years. I was really excited to fly again. Flying is the biggest passion in my life.

And here I am at the end of my trip, at the Marriott in Wichita.
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/215528_10150167040621301_565111300_7301887_159273_n.jpg


I flew on these planes:

Delta Airlines A320-212, N348NW


And,

Delta Airlines CRJ-100 N879AS



I flew on DL 2302 and DL 5449.

Overall:

I really had a great time flying with Delta, I will definitely fly them again. I got two new types and two new airports. My trip back was good. I drove from Wichita, KS to Clearwater,FL. 25 hours and 1600 miles. Lets just say, It was an interesting drive.

I really did like the A320, I had alot of legroom. And i used my first airplane bathroom. Woo. Haha
I did not really like the CRJ-100 though. It was rather old and worn down. It was ok I guess.

Once again, this is my first trip report, so It may not be the best.

Rob  


If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 914 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9456 times:
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Nice TR Rob. Glad you got to fly two new types and besides the odd delays the flights were uneventful.

Biscoff's the best  

Hope to see many more!

Scotty

[Edited 2011-04-24 19:51:33]

User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9417 times:

Glad you had a good trip. I personally like the CRJ more than the Airbus (must be an Airbus thing  ), especially how it sounds. You really need to get on a 73H (737-800 w/ winglets and AVOD) or a 75X (or any 757 for that matter)... you would love it I bet.

-J.



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User currently offlineDFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9399 times:

Excellent first TR! Most of the "first TR" mistakes are by making them too dry and not putting enough of "yourself" into them. You certainly did a great job! And I thought all the self pics were a nice touch! It gave a better feel of your enthusiasm for your trip. Great job!!

Matt



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User currently offlineoldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1524 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9399 times:

Good report. Now you can put the car trip back to Tampa in a non-aviaiton TR lol.


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9399 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 2):

Ive actually had a 738 before. Not sure if it was the same type. But it was on Alaska Airlines.

Thanks Josh,

Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8423 times:

Quoting rutley21 (Reply 5):
Ive actually had a 738 before. Not sure if it was the same type. But it was on Alaska Airlines.

When DL says "737-800 (with winglets)" that's their 73H code, which more specifically refers to the fact that there's full AVOD on the plane. Live television, movies, games, in-flight trivia (compete against other passengers!), moving map... it's awesome 

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8384 times:

What a charming trip report!

For what it is worth...it isn't you...the Delta kiosks are REALLY bad...
 


User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8333 times:

Quoting Burj (Reply 7):

Figured as much. Haha

Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2434 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8277 times:

Nice trip report and pictures. I'm flying into TPA on DL in late May.


Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8248 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 9):

Thanks, And Cool!

That was my first time flying commercially out of Tampa International airport. The last time i flew out of there, It was with a Cirrus SR-22

Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1838 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8207 times:
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Hey Rob, welcome to the TR section  Not a bad first report at all! Thanks for sharing,

Martijn



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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3332 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7490 times:
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ROB! Nice trip report! You need to go flying more so we can read more of these from you!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlinejflchantha From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 124 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7104 times:

Keep up the good work! Great TR!

User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7089 times:

Great TR Rob! Quite impressive for a first TR I must say!

The A320 you flew on looks to be quite in good shape, however the CRJ shows more wear n tear.

I also like the fact that at the gate at TPA, they show the weather forecast for the destination you are flying too. Now, I am not familiar with US airports, though is this a standard "feature"?

Looking forward to see more TRs!


Cheers,
Joe   


User currently offlineTPAJAY From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7075 times:

Nice report! I wish you panned down in the video because my office is right at the 38 second mark right off of 1L.

User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6443 times:

Thanks Guys!

Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineandyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6274 times:

Enjoyed the commentary on the videos   Don't be ashamed of it, it's the sole fact that brings us all to this website. I haven't flown in close to 2 years, and it kills me. I used to work for United, and would hop on flights ALL of the time. I always had the same feeling/excitement coming in for landing, so I know where you're coming from!

Great report, too! You got all of the necessary shots to make a good TR  

Hope it's not 4 years until your next flight!


User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Quoting andyinpit (Reply 17):

Thanks. I sure hope I get to fly sooner. Im now stable enough that I can fly more often.


Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineNathanH From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that a DC-10 instead of an MD-11? Or maybe the FedEx converted MD-10? Looks shorter and no winglets.

Great first trip report, though!


User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

Quoting NathanH (Reply 19):

Yeah it is. I meant to correct it, But I never did. Lol.

Too excited i guess.

Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineNathanH From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5795 times:

A DC-10 is way cooler in my book anyway.

Quoting rutley21 (Reply 20):

Quoting NathanH (Reply 19):

Yeah it is. I meant to correct it, But I never did. Lol.

Too excited i guess.

Rob  


User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5700 times:

Quoting NathanH (Reply 21):

Its actually the biggest three-holer that ive ever seen in person. The only other one that ive seen was a Fed Ex 727. I love seeing big planes. Its my passion.


Rob  



If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
User currently offlineual777newpaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5455 times:

Nice TR, I wish I took more pictures of my recent trip from BOS-LHR and AMS-BOS last month and could write a trip report. I have respect for anyone with the discipline to write something like this, especially without making it super dry. Great job!


727/732,3,4,5,7,8/752,3/762,3,4/772/318/319/320/321/332/CRJ-2,7,9/EMB-145,170,175,190/MD88,90
User currently offlinerutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Quoting ual777newpaint (Reply 23):

Yeah, I thought I was gonna do a bad job at making a first TR. But I guess I didn't.

Thanks.


Rob  



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