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SJC-SAN With Cockpit Visit  
User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2397 times:

This is my first trip report, so tell me how you like it. It is very detailed, and therefore very long, so hang with me.

I went on American flight 2763 from San Jose to San Diego on an MD-80. I was going down by myself to visit my Grandparents. Our flight was set to leave at 11:37, so I planned to get to the airport at about 10:00. My Dad likes to take the Coleman route to the airport and I love it because we get to drive right under the approach for 30L. So anyway, right as we turn onto airport blvd. (south west corner of the field), I see Arizona One on final. It flies right over our car and I see it park at gate A1 (repositioned due to construction). My Dad parked our car on the fourth level of the A terminal parking garage and I climbed the stairs up to the top level. I took some pictures of Arizona, but soon had to go check in for my flight.

Walking up to the check in area, I saw the Southwest check in on the left and the American check in on the right, as usual. However, I also saw the Tokyo check in right between the two airlines. This was interesting to me because I have never checked in at the same time as the Tokyo flight. The check in wait was about 20 minutes. When I finally made it past security, I had about 40 minutes before my flight. Since it was about lunchtime and I was hungry, I got a 5 chese pizza and a soda from California Pizza Kitchen which is across from gate A4. I took my food to the gate thinking that boarding would start soon. After eating my pizza, drinking my soda, and waiting about 5 more minutes, they finally started boarding. I was in row 23 (seat 23A), which is near the back of the plane, so I was able to board pretty quickly. There was a line in the jetway, and it took me about 5 minutes just to get onto the plane. Seeing the plane up close, I could tell that there was no Oneworld sticker like on the 2 AA MD-80s that I flew on last weekend. I should also mention that it was a bare metal, not ex-Reno MD-80.

Right as I entered the plane, I looked into the cockpit. There was a flight attendent right next to me, and I asked her if I could go into the cockpit. She said sure, and I went in. The pilots were completing there checklist, and I listened. I noted that the checklist said DC-9, not MD-80. Interesting. Once they finished, we started chatting about the cockpit. I was surprised at how tiny the throttles were (barely and inch each). They told me that I should start taking flying lessons.

After chatting for about 10 minutes, the plane was about ready to leave, and all the passengers were on. I returned to my seat (the only one left on the plane), and glued my eyes to the window. The only thing abnormal that I saw was an Sporthawk 727(see this post), but I did take one picture of a UAL A320 and a Southwest 737 landing.

After takeoff, the flight was normal. The time of day was perfect. The sun shone on everything, and the mountains looked especially pretty. I took a picture of the wing with the mountains in the background, and settled in for a short flight.

On approach to San Diego, the sun was shining off of the water and looking really pretty. As we got closer, I took two more wing shots. One of the water and one of the skyline of downtown SD. When we landed, I looked around, but could not find any special planes. When we pulled into the gate, I waited in my seat for a while to take pictures of the new More Room throughout Coach seats and talk to the pilots. I asked them if they had ever been here (airliners.net), but they said no. I told them to come and look at my pictures and the whole site. Since I was the last passenger off the plane, my grandparents were a little worried, but they had a feeling that I was talking to the pilots.

As we started towards the baggage claim, I saw the America West Arizona Diamondbacks plane. After taking a few pictures from the gate area of this plane, I went down to baggage claim. I saw a group of people huddled around the carasel waiting for their bags. I spotted my distinctive blue bag immediately, and headed for my grandparents car. Leaving the terminal, I completed a Super one way trip.

Hope you liked it  

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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2346 times:

Very nice report! I was in SAN last weekend visiting Trvlr(Aaron), I was amazed at how clean th city is. Read my trip reports.

Happy Flying,

User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Thanks David. Yeah, I already read your report.

What was the restaurant that you went to at SAN? I might want to go there since I am here in San Diego for a week.


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

The restaurant at SAN is called "The Windsock" and is just off the Pacific Coast Highway near the General Aviation section of the airport near the beggining of the runway. They have a deck with tables and chairs and it affords a great view of planes landing or taking off. It is only about 150 yards from the runway! You can't take pictures though, when I took David (ILUV767) there we tried but the waitress was very quick to tell us not to.

If you do go, you should try either really early in the morning when you can see a whole variety of planes (AC A319, AM Md-80 & 2 DL 763s among the more notable ones), or around 4:30-5:15 when the daily British Airways 747-400 lands. In the middle of the day there is really nothing there.

I think I took the flight you came in on when I came back from Tokyo through SJC on the AA 777 last spring. I think SJC needs to revamp the AA and WN terminal (it is small and the interior looks like a clone of LAS), and definitely get going with that new INS structure. The customs facility was so tiny when I was there! What is happening near Terminal A that would cause gate A1 to be repositioned?

So how do you like it here in SAN? Probably been here before a lot if your grandparents live here. Where is their house? I live in La Jolla, if you know where that is.
Drop me a line sometime. I can probably get you the address of that restaurant or if you want I could take you spotting since your here. Or whatever, its nice to meet people anyway! My email address is agoldbe1@hotmail.com

Aaron G.

P.S- Your trip report was excellent. Very detailed is good and makes for a lot better reading that a short one.

User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2293 times:

David, I sent you an e-mail.

For everybody else, I am getting my pictures from the trip back today at about 4 (PST). I will try to scan them on and post them here as soon as I get them. Hopefully, some of them will get accepted to airliners.net.


User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2292 times:


I sent Aaron an e-mail, not David. Sorry.

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Well I sent an email to BOTH you and David!    

Aaron G.

User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Ok, here are the photos. Please be aware that it takes a very long time to load. http://www.geocities.com/matt11686/Nov18trip.html

Also, I have one correction. It was not a repositioned gate A1, it was gate A2. Looking at the last picture on the page of photos, you can see that there is no longer a gate A1.


User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Great Report! Did you upload your interior shots? I'd be very interested in seeing them.


User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

here is a direct link to my interior shots (I tried to upload them, but they have not been checked yet)
The bottom one on this page http://www.geocities.com/matt11686/2.html
and the top one on this pagehttp://www.geocities.com/matt11686/3.html


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2260 times:

The seats look very nice. Can't wait to go on them in December when I go to CDG!

Aaron G.

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