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Siesta Key, Busch Gardens And Gators! FI SFB-KEF  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 903 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7798 times:

Siesta Key, Busch Gardens and gators! FI SFB-KEF

Hello everyone, and welcome to this report. I’ve reported before on both FI and the SFB-KEF route but this report focuses more on my actual Florida experience than the flight itself. Also, I think my reports have gotten better since my last report on this route. Last but not least, I got a new camera on this trip so my pictures have gotten way better.  Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to the report on my latest trip to Florida! As you may know from my previous reports, I travel 1-3 times to Sarasota, Florida every year to get away from the stress at home and find some peace playing golf, swimming in the sea and laying on the beach without having to worry about anything. Most of the time we either fly direct to Orlando or take jetBlue from either BOS or JFK. This time the prices for B6 were up the roof though and as a family of 5 we had to find something cheaper. I was very happy about this as only flying FI, B6 and sometimes WN to/from Florida was getting boring. Quickly I found a cheap 75$/per person fare on DL from LaGuardia to Tampa. 5 minutes later DL 569 was booked! As an extra treat this flight was scheduled as a MD-88, a MD80 variant I hadn’t flown yet. I chose seat 23E just in front of the wing with my brother sitting beside me on the 2-seater on the right side of the aircraft. Now it was only time to wait for October to come! This is the second and last part focusing on my vacation in Florida and the flight back home.

Pictures taken while arriving at the resort:

Interesting cloud formations, seen while checking in at Siesta Key Resort:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0096-1_zpsab90e92c.jpg

View from our apartment:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0102-1_zps35fc2ee1.jpg

Coastline right after sunset – still a lot of people sitting on the beach:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0104-1_zpsf238c797.jpg

Pelicans on the sea:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0106-1_zpsc761a095.jpg

Splash! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0107-1_zpsc6a966cf.jpg

Alone with the birds:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0111-1_zpsbdc9702f.jpg

And a view up on the apartments:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0113-1_zpsd2798aa5.jpg

Playing golf at University Park Country Club:

Hole 11 at University Park CC with a heron standing on the lady tees:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0160-1_zps2725ad65.jpg

Biz jet flying over:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0165-1_zps25522093.jpg

Four birds on a tree:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0174-1_zpseec77790.jpg

Black’n’white:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0180-1_zps1da8de7a.jpg

What I did most of the trip   :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0181-1_zpse46221a9.jpg

Birds:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0185_zpsf482e5d2.jpg

When you’re playing golf in Florida, you can count on spotting some gators:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0308_zps61bcd277.jpg

Another one:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0312_zps98c40e24.jpg

Playing golf at Tatum Ridge Golf Links:

Nice crane:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0351_zps33b86a4c.jpg

DL MD80 arriving as one of the 4 daily ATL-SRQ flights:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0355_zpsf3f55450.jpg

Another one arriving:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0364-1_zps7b987185.jpg

US Airways Express CRJ arriving from Charlotte:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0383_zps1035f5a4.jpg

And, guess what, a gator:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0399_zpsaa863a8f.jpg

Normally, SRQ get 2x daily JFK, 1x daily LGA and 1x daily BOS flights on jetBlue. Most of the days I was in Florida that reduced to only 1x BOS because of Sandy. I kinda missed all those blue 320s!

Spotting at SRQ (not so much activity, unfortunately!):

B6 sitting at the gate awaiting it’s flight to BOS:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0436_zps64fdb5c8.jpg

Citation departing:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0437_zps1d731e88.jpg

Taxiing out for BOS (notice the heathaze!):
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0440_zpsfe6cfa2d.jpg

Rotate! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0451_zpsb67eadcc.jpg

Busch Gardens, zoo and amusement park (located in Tampa):

Fat gator:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0553_zpsb497bbe8.jpg

Gator & turtle:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0557_zpsecc26606.jpg

Gator & turtle vol. 2:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0565_zps9989cfec.jpg

Chimpanzee:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0580_zps0c03d430.jpg

And the silverback gorilla:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0583_zps0499f61c.jpg

Flexin’: Gorilla style:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0607_zps65d37614.jpg

Beautiful cheetah:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0627_zpsa6e348f3.jpg

A not-so-exotic animal:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0631_zpsfc4886f7.jpg

Hippo:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0642_zps881569ac.jpg

And underwater:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0645_zpscbc57c13.jpg

Looks cute:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0682_zps1057eb83.jpg

Flamengo:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0693_zps73292d08.jpg

Antilope:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0712_zpsdd4db815.jpg

Rhino:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0723_zps47ece033.jpg

Orange tiger:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0726_zpse12a9c19.jpg

And a white one:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0739_zps83660168.jpg

Sheikra, not for those who have a bad stomache! Crazy rollercoaster:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0791_zpsca9c3d4a.jpg

Playing golf at Bobby Jones GC:

Another Delta MD arriving on the Atlanta-Sarasota ‘shuttle route’:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0958_zps3ef4a1e1.jpg

Herron:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0966_zpscf2a033f.jpg

Funny looking bird which was dancing by the water:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0975_zpsab0cc478.jpg
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0976_zps141491d8.jpg

And the “usual” gator:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0986_zps6ebead68.jpg

Nice surprise! Air Force Two arriving, don’t know why it was here:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1001_zps77be4a47.jpg

Once again, DL MD:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1075_zps03657d4e.jpg

US Express from CLT (déjà vu?):
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1088_zpsa9b652aa.jpg

More pics from Siesta Key:

Another day, another sunset at the beach:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1116_zpsc385d3fc.jpg

Looks good, especially as I sit here in snowy Iceland:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1117_zpsfcd858d5.jpg

Arty:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1122_zpsa8b2dfad.jpg

Aircraft going to Latin America/Caribbean:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1125_zps148cd848.jpg

A visitor outside our apartment – seems quite happy:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1153_zps7801d774.jpg

Golf at Bobby Jones GC vol. 2:

A C-130 Hercules from the US Coast Guard was practicing at SRQ and did many touch-and-go’s, not that I’m complaining  

Hercules:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1164_zpsc8fe7ca8.jpg

Gulfstream:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1171_zps83df7253.jpg

See that smoke!:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1177_zps64c99527.jpg

Coming in again:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1188_zps0c69c93c.jpg

And again:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1193_zps85468798.jpg

MD80 from below:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1214_zps2b079ee6.jpg

B6 arriving from BOS, gear not yet down:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1223_zps91ea5036.jpg

Delta MD80 arriving in the late afternoon just above the clubhouse:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1237_zpsf696140e.jpg

Unfortunately, as all things, this vacation had to come to an end. After some great 3 weeks we locked our apartment, loaded the car and drove up to Orlando for our flight home.

AA departing MCO in the distance:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1327_zpsaa766534.jpg

After 3 hours of driving, seeing this sign was welcome! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1336_zps238e558e.jpg

One last cheeseburger before heading back home:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1338_zps7d0e3024.jpg

We arrived at the airport 2 hours and 1 minute before scheduled departure:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1339_zps8e6412b9.jpg

SFB:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1341_zps4202e1a0.jpg

Fighter jet on the road to the parking lot in Sanford:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1342_zps8870759d.jpg

Allegiant has a pretty big operation in SFB, serving nearly 40 destinations:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1343_zps2205950e.jpg

A visitor from the UK seen from the parking lot:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1344_zpsee2d68af.jpg

Arrival screen (not so busy…):
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1347_zpsa0a3b9d5.jpg

Departures this afternoon:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1349_zps4cece8ad.jpg

Checkin area:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1350_zpsf4873240.jpg

FI checkin desk:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1352_zps16ffecd8.jpg

We checked in at the Saga Gold desk, dropped off our bags and got boarding passes. Unfortunately we were travelling Economy Class. We got seats 7DEF and 8DE (there is no 8F because of door 2R). Row 7 is the first row of Economy and has ‘infinite’ legroom because of Saga Class in front. I got the window seat.  

Security took no time at all as our flight was the only flight operating (Thomson/FCA to the UK had already boarded).

Allegiant MD tail:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1353_zps5ad94e4f.jpg

I saw it on a.net the day before I left that G-WWBD, a ex-BMI A332 had been transferred to Sanford 1. November, destined for the scrapper. So sad to see such a new and good-looking A330 being chopped up:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1354_zps3fd29cfa.jpg

Our bird, TF-FIO, seen resting in the evening sun:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1356_zps5d3cc540.jpg

N424GA with the former Gulf Air 767 behind it:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1359_zpsc0eb0fc7.jpg

Doesn’t it look nice? :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1362_zps5d573d94.jpg

FIO is named after the Icelandic volcano ‘Krafla’:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1364_zpse4f84a46.jpg

This MD is patiently waiting for it’s next mission tomorrow:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1366_zps864457f5.jpg

G-DBLA pushing back
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1368_zps230fe699.jpg

See the size difference between the man and the 767! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1369_zps9c26b13e.jpg

Around 18:30, half an hour before SDT, boarding was called. My dad showed his Saga Gold card and we were let in first. Two FAs greeted us with a smile at the door. I turned left and settled in my seat.

TF-FIO is by far my most flown aircraft and this was my 27th flight aboard it. Next is TF-FIN with 23 flights. Flight stats below:



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Flight information
Date: 3. November 2012
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200/winglets
Registration: TF-FIO
Flight number: FI 688
From: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB/KSFB)
To: Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
Runway at origin: 9L
Runway at destination: 2
Sched/Act departure: 19:00/19:01
Sched/Act arrival: 06:10/06:11
Blocked time: 7 hrs 10 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 7 hrs 10 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 6 hrs 53 mins
Seat & Class: 7F (Economy Class, Y)

Aircraft information:
Boeing 757-208 TF-FIO
S/N 29436 L/N 859
First flight 24.03.1999
Delivered to Icelandair 20.04.1999
13.5 years old at time of flight
Currently 20 757-200s are active in the airline’s fleet

Personal information

My 241st flight, 30th in 2012
My 133rd flight on FI, 129th on FI 757, 117th on FI 752
My 133rd flight on 757, 121st on 752, 46th on 75W, 27th on TF-FIO



No problem with legroom here:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1372_zpsff3d2ecf.jpg

Next time I’ll see the sun it will be back home in Iceland:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1377_zpsc6fff643.jpg

Headrests:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1384_zpsc894c17c.jpg
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1385_zps99b5ea23.jpg

Pillow:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1386_zpsafb147be.jpg

On TATL flights, Icelandair hands out pre-departure drinks both in Economy and Saga Class. In J it is a choice of water/juice, but in Y only water is available.

Icelandic Glacial Water:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1387_zps48327b9c.jpg

Safety instructions in both English and Icelandic:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1390_zps4e1ce136.jpg

The captain came on the PA before pushback and told us the flight time would be just under 7 hours and he was expecting an on-time departure back in Keflavik. Route would be Orlando-Atlanta-Raleigh-New York-Boston-Gander-south Greenland-Keflavik.

Allegiant seen on pushback:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1407_zps5bda355e.jpg
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1409_zpsc1edc8be.jpg

Taxiing to the runway:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1411_zps1d587a5b.jpg

Scrapyard with a lot of DC-10s and the oddball Ryan 767 and BMI 330.
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1414_zps7f15c567.jpg

Seatbelts: On:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1416_zps37d5a94a.jpg

Approaching the threshold:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1419_zpsd42c8535.jpg

And we’re up in the air! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1423-1_zps7b3f6362.jpg

Menu:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1427_zps8e2a8c3f.jpg

My normal choice – not my choice today though! :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1434-1_zps2c68d1d7.jpg

My choice instead:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1435-1_zps84784629.jpg

Article about the new flights to ANC, ZRH and LED in the inflight magazine:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1436-1_zps89234e67.jpg

Drinks were served pre-meal and another drink run followed with the meal service:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1437-1_zps27885984.jpg

My meal, pretty tasty but not a looker. Have had better though:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1441_zpsc6daf174.jpg

3rd drink. I know drinking Coke/Pepsi before sleeping isn’t good, but somehow it doesn’t affect me…   :
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1442_zps7c47de24.jpg

Overflying Boston:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1444-1_zpsaf012d0b.jpg

Crossing the Canadian border:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1452_zps2ad291f2.jpg

At this point I feel asleep and slept peacefully for the next 5 hours. I woke up around 30 miles out of KEF, looking out the window to see this:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1457-1_zps38c9cc91.jpg

Town of Grindavik on approach to KEF:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1460-1_zpsec4a23f1.jpg

Turning off the runway:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1465-1_zps65cae68f.jpg

Terminal ahead:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1476-1_zps12384a84.jpg

Sitting at the gate. You can see FI680 arriving from SEA:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1479-1_zps507dc31b.jpg

Our reflection in the adjactent jetway:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1482-1_zps1b4e3906.jpg

The bags appeared in no time at all and soon we were in our car driving to Seltjarnarnes. 50 minutes after walking out of the terminal we arrived at home to a sight like this, Icelandic winter dawn:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1491-1_zpse7540cdb.jpg

Last pictures are from the next evening. As you can see, Iceland with it’s Aurora Borealis is pretty different from Florida! Taken right outside my house:
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1596-1_zpsb453d256.jpg

http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1615-1_zps237ef143.jpg

http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_1617-1_zps0f0913db.jpg

Afterthoughts

Florida, as always, is great. I highly recommend Busch Gardens especially for families. There are both rollercoasters and interesting animals for the older and then many fun activities for the younger. Siesta Key is a great beach and I highly recommend visiting there for some relaxing.

Regards and hope you enjoyed reading!
Sveinn Th.  


Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7632 times:

Nice report Sveinn!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
So sad to see such a new and good-looking A330 being chopped up:

Yes, very sad

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Arrival screen (not so busy…):

What an odd selection of 2nd/3rd tier US cities

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Last pictures are from the next evening. As you can see, Iceland with it’s Aurora Borealis is pretty different from Florida! Taken right outside my house:

Very nice. I was so dissapointed when we didn't see the AB when we were in Iceland. I have to go back!



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Hi Gabriel, thanks for reading!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Yes, very sad

Certainly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
What an odd selection of 2nd/3rd tier US cities

Very true. Some of those I hadn't even heard of.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Very nice. I was so dissapointed when we didn't see the AB when we were in Iceland. I have to go back!

You should! Would be nice getting a report on KEF from someone else than me.  

regards,
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7279 times:

Thanks for sharing. Wonderful pictures of Florida. For people living there, and maybe even for Americans in General, it may seem boring, but as European I am always impressed about the bird- and wildlife and the nature there. Soooo much to see, especially on the West Coast of Florida. We could see Dolphins, Manatees and all that as well, and not in a Zoo, in wildlife...

Sanford airport doesn't look very nice from the pictures you posted. Not impressed.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7169 times:

I'm from Tampa, so it was great to a read about my home area! I love Busch Gardens, and make sure to go at least once a year. Glad you enjoyed it!

I'd like to go to Iceland someday, and this is likely the flight I'd take. Looks like a good experience.

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7016 times:

Great report! My family has a time share on Siesta Key, it is behind that Hilton off the beach down by the rock point. Been there plenty of times. Makes me want to go there yesterday.

SFB is a nice little airport, and in fact you can tell it is fairly recent with the G4 LAN flight, as those just started a short while ago. Now if only G4 or SCX would bring a link to TPA/PIE or RSW to Lansing it would be appreciated.

Great report though!



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6471 times:

Hi reifel, MHTripple 7 and JetBlueGuy,

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Wonderful pictures of Florida.

Thanks!  
Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
but as European I am always impressed about the bird- and wildlife and the nature there.

Same here! Wonderful, both the plants and the animals there.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Soooo much to see, especially on the West Coast of Florida. We could see Dolphins, Manatees and all that as well, and not in a Zoo, in wildlife...

Absolutely. Add gators, eagles, falcons, hawks, lizards, lynxs, turtles etc. to that...truly a natural heaven!

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
Sanford airport doesn't look very nice from the pictures you posted. Not impressed.

I agree it doesn't look good but it's very easy to use (at least depart from). Arriving there can be quite a hassle though as often there are only 1-2 custom officers there for a full aircraft of 200 people (can't imagine arriving there on a full 767/330 from the UK!)

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 4):
I'm from Tampa, so it was great to a read about my home area!

Thanks for reading! Nice to hear, Tampa and SRQ are great.  
Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 4):
I'd like to go to Iceland someday, and this is likely the flight I'd take.

Go! You won't regret it. You could also book SFB-KEF-JFK-MCO on one ticket (or even TPA-BOS/JFK-KEF-JFK/BOS-KEF on a FI/B6 codeshare).  
Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 5):
My family has a time share on Siesta Key, it is behind that Hilton off the beach down by the rock point.

Thanks for reading! Nice! we have a house in University Park along with my grandparents and usually stay there but when the house is full we stay at Siesta Key like this time.  
Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 5):
SFB is a nice little airport

Yes, doesn't look too good but is very easy to use.

regards,
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6399 times:

Hello Svein,

Nice report as always. I could use some pictures sunshine right now - it's pretty cold and snowing like crazy here - so thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6135 times:

Hey Sveinn,

A nice report with a multitude of interesting photos of wildlife and not only. Nice to see some more photos of Orlando-Sanford again. As I've mentioned before I intend to fly out of Chicago-Gary (GYY) at some point and the only destination served out of there is Sanford. As for Siesta Key... I knew that there were plenty of places with cheesy names in Florida, but... Siesta Key? In any case it looks beautiful. Nice catch with the Air Force Two and all the other traffic. Same goes for the Northern Lights!

Thanks,

Stojan



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6944 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

Hi Sveinn,

very nice report with great pictures from Florida! I finally found time to have a look.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I travel 1-3 times to Sarasota, Florida every year to get away from the stress at home

You sound like a busy manager!  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):

View from our apartment:

Awesome!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):

Busch Gardens, zoo and amusement park (located in Tampa):

Nice, I went there almost 20 years ago. I cannot believe how time has flown by.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
So sad to see such a new and good-looking A330 being chopped up:

Yes, it's a shame.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Doesn’t it look nice? :

Absolutely! I cannot wait to try FI later this year.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
FIO is named after the Icelandic volcano ‘Krafla’:

As long as it keeps quiet, I don't mind about that name.  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Icelandic Glacial Water:

Nice.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):

My meal, pretty tasty but not a looker. Have had better though:

That doesn't look bad IMO.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
As you can see, Iceland with it’s Aurora Borealis is pretty different from Florida! Taken right outside my house:

Amazing!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineDash8Driver16 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

Hey looks like a nice vacation. I have been spending a bit more time down in SRQ as my dances sister lives there and works at lido beach. I am not sure but is siesta the beach with the super soft sand? Nice to see the photos of sandford I have been looking at traveling down on allegiance as they just started serving my base. I was just in SBY the other day and Allegiant has completely pulled out of there. Nice shots of the aurora when you landed I wish we could see it down here in the northeast.

Chad


User currently offlinepilot320 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 94 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I travel 1-3 times to Sarasota, Florida every year to get away from the stress at home and find some peace playing golf, swimming in the sea and laying on the beach without having to worry about anything.
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
My 241st flight

And you're a teenager? Or just you did not update the age section on your profile here? 

Otherwise, pretty nice photos from Florida  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4714 times:

Hi Sveinn

Another great report from your side, Nice to see florida wildlife.
Nice you got to fly J, however FI's product is more like domestic F.

Greetings
Marc



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