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The (United) Express Lane To Pennsylvania  
User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10577 times:

An ad for the DC-8 in Life magazine (April 1, 1957):

What will it be like to fly in a jet?

Your first jet flight will add a most meaningful dimension to your life—a new measurement of time and space.

You settle in your deep, soft seat in the graceful plane with the swept-back wings.

A short, swift run—and you are airborne. The nose points up eagerly and the earth drops away below you.

You climb steadily, serenely, quietly. The muted sound of the jets falls quickly behind, for in the DC-8 you move almost as fast as the speed of sound itself.

The splendor of the stratosphere

Up you go—up, up beyond the limits of today’s planes. Up seven miles from the earth, and now almost eight.

You level off in the stratosphere. And even though the DC-8 puts half a mile behind you with every breath you draw, you feel no sensation of speed or flight.

Just outside your window the temperature in the thin air is 60 degrees below zero. But the air in the cabin has the soft touch of a June day, fresh and sweet and comfortable.

The view of the earth moving lazily and distantly below is exhilarating, with glimpses of fields and towns and mountains in miniature, or silver stretches of the seas.

Up this high, too high for the longest fingers of weather to touch you, you sense a tranquility, a detached peacefulness, a freedom of spirit. You share a feeling of majesty with the sun and moon, often seen hanging in the sky together.

During the day, the sky is an ocean of shining blue. In the evening, the blue deepens into dark velvet. The moon sends forth its milky light. The stars loom larger and brighter, and you are enthralled by the ghostly radiance of the night sky.

Witness to a miracle

Now, almost unnoticeably, you are descending from your secret corner of the sky—down to earth again.

On the ground, you realize how far you’ve come in how short a time. Realize, too, that you have witnessed—and even played a part in—one of the miracles of our age…the miracle of commercial jet flight through the stratosphere to distant places; so swift, so convenient, so beautiful and rewarding as to leave all other ways of travel in its wake forevermore.




As you these words fall afresh on your minds, I ask you to consider the following: sure, the destination may not be exotic, but there’s a great equalizer. No matter whether you’re going to northeast Pennsylvania or to the other side of the world, all it takes is a peer through the window to remember that the journey is filled with the same sense of beauty and reward.


photo courtesy: andypalumbo.blogspot.com; the pro titling is mine   

Hello again, fellow A.netters! I know it’s been a little while, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve just been at home sitting on my hands. I’ve been here and there since the time when we met last. Among the highlights: my first transcon, my first redeye, my first diversion (all on the same flight), three new variants flown, my second diversion, two 787s denied, and nine hours spent at ORD. Curious? Ask and you may receive a boring, yet informative retelling. But I seem to have gone off on a tangent…this trip report will feature, if only for a few moments, an airport that has never been reported on. And if it has, I’d wager that it’s been a while. Enough words. On with the show!

(Some of the pictures have been omitted for your convenience. If you wish to see them all, feel free to follow the link: Slideshow for The (United) Express Lane to Pennsylvania)

Wednesday, May 22

There are few days when I’m quite eager to go to work, but this day was one of them. It was the day that I’d leave early and fly somewhere, of course.    I fast forward to my arrival at the airport. With the busy holiday upon us coupled with parking garage maintenance (that they seem to have been at forever), both garages were full. No biggie; there were plenty of outside spots, and weather was not going to be an issue.

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A Frontier Embraer fails at trying to hide behind a smaller family member
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Looking down the west end of the ticketing/check-in area
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The UA kiosks; the last time I was there unknowingly signaled the start of an adventure…
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The western end of the terminal
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I arrived at the appointed gate and saw…well…an empty space.
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An investigation revealed that the plane would be late in arriving, so I’d be about one and a half hours behind. With plenty of connection time built in, I was firmly in the league of the unconcerned. Not long after that, we were told by the gate agent that ORD was in the middle of a ground stop, so once the plane arrived, it would be held here until 5:30. Almost immediately, a line formed at the agent’s desk to address the potential missed connections. No longer in the league of the unconcerned, I joined the line.

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A few minutes into the cavalcade of standing, a woman came up and asked if the line was for something important. The duty somehow fell upon me to break the bad news, whereupon her expression dimmed a bit and she trudged to the back of the line. A man later walked into the Premier Access lane and looked around in bewilderment. Following a query about the line, I again had to deliver the bad news and send a poor, unfortunate soul to the back of the line. And so we continued to wait…

One hour and twenty minutes later, it was my turn. I showed my boarding pass and the agent (an assistant who showed up to help the first one) started clacking on the keyboard. It was literally a matter of seconds after that when the other agent got word from the pilot that we were ready to board. In this case, I was obviously glad that my time standing in line had been a waste.   

I hastily scrambled to the window to snap this pic before we shoved off…
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United Airlines 6167 OKC-ORD (operated by ExpressJet Airlines dba United Express)
Scheduled: 14:40-16:40
Actual: 16:02-17:44 (wheels up/wheels down); ??-17:48 (gate to gate)
Embraer EMB-145LR [ERJ-145LR] (N12552)

The luxurious legroom in ERJ Economy
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To my chagrin, the window was dirty and scratched, which negatively affected some of the pictures I took. I apologize in advance.

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A takeoff video (by the way, all videos are available in fabulous HD, if you’re into that sort of thing) provided for your viewing pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwHGTwGvy78

There was a somber moment while I recorded, however, as our flightpath took us over an unsightly line that had been scratched into the earth. Only two days earlier, a massive tornado took that path through the city of Moore, a city that is already no stranger to strong tornadoes. Though the damage couldn’t be made out, the pictures from the media frenzy were fresh in my mind. They were fresh in the minds of the other passengers, too, judging from the audible gasps and comments as the area came into view. Twenty-four people lost their lives during that storm, and I took a brief moment to remember those lost and to remember the power that nature can wield.

Time to identify airports again! This be University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (OUN / KOUN)
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The OU campus
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OKC in the distance
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Looking over the recently devastated city of Moore
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Tinker AFB (TIK / KTIK) and Lake Stanley Draper
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Both airports in the same shot; I realize the crappy window makes it difficult, but they’re there
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Agra, OK
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Cushing, OK, its Municipal Airport (CUH / KCUH) on the left, and the tank farm (Trivia: it’s the largest crude oil storage facility in the world)
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William R. Pogue Municipal Airport (KOWP), northwest of Sand Springs
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As you can see, the camera decided that only the window was worth focusing upon
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Oologah Lake and the city of Chelsea (Trivia: Chelsea is the site of Oklahoma’s first oil well)
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Miami, OK (pronounced “my-AM-ə”), its Municipal Airport (MIO / KMIO), and the city of Commerce just to the north (Trivia: baseball great Mickey Mantle was raised in Commerce)
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Coke Zero; no different pronunciations, and I’m pretty sure Mickey Mantle never drank any
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The dirty window prevented me from snapping pics of two planes that crossed our path: an AA MD-80 and a WN 737. Drat! Instead, have another shot of some low-res clouds
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On descent
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Seen in Illinois: DuPage Airport (DPA / KDPA); Batavia; Fermilab. Those two circles? Click: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tevatron
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A landing video presented for your convenience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zhmn-Mk0ak

Parked next to a CR2
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I arrived in Chicago with no time constraints (thankfully) and proceeded to grab something to eat. Since Concourse F isn’t the most exciting of all airport buildings, I’ll refer you to one of my previous sojourns through the airport, available at the bottom of the report.

The effects of the weather problems that gripped ORD earlier in the day were still being felt at the airport. There were people here, there, and everywhere. Nearly every decent restaurant was filled to capacity, with lines stretching through the entrances. (Indeed, I ate my food whilst sitting on an air conditioning unit in the T1/T2 connector.) But perhaps this picture tells the best story: the FIDS lit up like a Christmas tree. (Oops, I mean Holiday tree. I hope I didn’t offend anybody.)   
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Still pine for seeing the Continental name? Seek out an ERJ.
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Following the acquisition of food and drink, I made for the gate area to wait out the rest of the time. Once parked at an outlet at the end of Concourse F, I was treated to a nice view of taxiing aircraft. Believe it or not, the highlight wasn’t the Dreamliner…

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An American MD-82 passed by, registration N7537A. Though the camera was near, I couldn’t snap a pic while it was in the clear, so I excitedly sufficed myself with this shot with a jetbridge in the way:
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And this shot through the window shade:
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Why go to that length? Because N7537A is the very first plane I had the pleasure of making a flight on, that’s why! It was the third day of June 2005, a short OKC-DFW hop on the way to BWI. A mere 176 flights later and there I was looking at the silver-skinned beauty once again. As it silently slid out of sight, I turned my attention back to my laptop and continued to wait.

An earlier flight (which was now quite delayed; surprise, surprise) to my destination was nearby. Not for long, though, as it was cancelled due to weather at the destination. I briefly worried that the same fate would befall me, but I imagined that the two hours tacked on to my departure time would allow the weather to pass. And so I waited some more, complete with two gate changes. Finally, the time came to depart the hub for a spoke.

United Airlines 5843 ORD-AVP (operated by ExpressJet Airlines dba United Express)
Scheduled: 19:53-22:40
Actual: 21:31-23:57 (wheels up/wheels down); ??-00:01(+1) (gate to gate)
Embraer EMB-145LR [ERJ-145LR] (N16919)

Night had fallen on the Windy City, and this was another standard jungle jet hop, so the only pic I snapped was of our neighbor:
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As for the flight…it was uneventful, so there. However, as a matter of protocol, you get this landing video into an airport you may not have seen here before…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luQfsweCAy4

You can see from this shot that the airport has windows meant to thwart shutterbuggers such as myself.   
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Behold the AVP terminal. As you can imagine, there’s not a lot to it, but what they have looks very nice. It’s not a bad place to be if you’re stuck there for a few hours. Believe me, I know that feel from a previous trip. The free internet helps quite a bit.
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FIDS; it’s not quite like the one you saw at ORD
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It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to do this, but…a new bathroom for you to see! There are no complaints with the facilities. They have always been clean and convenient.
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As it was quite late (rather past midnight by this point) I retrieved my bag from the claim belt, got my rental car, and got the heck out of Dodge. I had a chance to speak a bit with the woman in front of me at the rental car desk; she was rebooked from the earlier EWR-AVP that got cancelled. It had been quite a long day for her. As the bags emerged from behind the wall, she looked at every red one that exited in search for hers, but no dice. After I got my red bag, the first few red bags came back out again. Cue the exasperated reaction at her luggage being, well, not where it should have been…

And so the main objective of the trip…I was there to see a friend and complete various activities. The pickup was completed and we headed for the hotel. You will see here our accommodations:
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And then the view the next morning:
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I gloss over the next few days as the focus was less on sightseeing and more on going through the plans that were had. Among them were a ride to see another friend in Delaware and yet another ride for an overnight stay at another friend’s house that’s way out in the sticks. That, and the weather wasn’t totally cooperative for part of the stay. This isn’t to say that there’s nothing to see, however. Given that my return to the area is guaranteed, I’ll get around to walking around and seeing the sights when the weather is better and the free time is more plentiful. Stay tuned, y’all…

Sunday, May 26

All of a sudden, it’s Sunday! Time to return home, it is. We’ll start off with an exterior shot of the hotel. I definitely enjoyed the stay there. Breakfast was complimentary and tasty every day. The pool and spa were nice, and it’s in a convenient location. I give it a “yay” rating.   
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The drop-off of the friend was completed; I then made for the airport once again. I was wondering if I would be in for another exciting (read: delayed) trip again, but it was not to be. With that cloud no longer hovering over my head, I gathered images of AVP

The old terminal building and control tower
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The new terminal building
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Baggage claim and rental cars
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Memorabilia display
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See what we photographers have to deal with?
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Pre-security: the checkpoint is ahead and on the left; a restaurant is straight ahead
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Just past security: here be the main level of the terminal, six gates and an express food store
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Downstairs: gates 1 and 2, usually hosting the turboprop flights serving EWR
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Speaking of which, it’s a turboprop aircraft!
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Looking out at the ramp
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I popped back upstairs to get this shot of the ceiling
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The lounge for gates 1 and 2
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I didn’t have to wait too terribly long before we were called to board the aircraft. I must say, being able to walk outside and board an aircraft is quite the refreshing experience, no matter what size the airplane is. One gets to see the unfiltered goodness that is the world of aviation.

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United Airlines 3585 AVP-EWR (operated by CommutAir dba United Express)
Scheduled: 12:29-13:32
Actual: 12:32-13:04 (wheels up/wheels down); 12:19-13:15 (gate to gate)
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314Q Dash 8 (N839CA)

Legroom; more than adequate for such a short flight, but I was on a Q400 for an hour and 40 minutes once before, and it was quite the comfy ride. Anywho…
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What one sees from my seat
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Guess what? Another takeoff video for your viewing pleasure! Golly, I seem to be full of those… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8iisfEAqxg

An aerial of the airport
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Seen in PA: Effort, Brodheadsville
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Also seen in PA: Roseto, Bangor, Pen Argyl, Wind Gap
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Seen: Delaware River separating Pennsylvania (right) and New Jersey (left); Belvidere, NJ; Martins Creek Power Plant
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Seen in NJ: Hackettstown, Beattystown
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Dover, NJ
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Lincoln Park Airport (FAA location identifier N07), about a 20 minute drive from Paterson
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Over the Point View Reservoir
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Paterson and Clifton
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Bad news: the aerial photo tour of fabulous New Jersey is now at an end. Good news: yet another landing video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA1r3tcPQD4

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was the relatively short taxi time. It seemed as if we were at the terminal in no time at all. As is often the case, all bets are off when one flies through Newark. Once again, we stepped through the door of the plane and into the open air…

Nary a window to separate me from the sights and the sounds
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Back inside, I found myself with a few hours to operate. Since my next flight would depart from Terminal A, I decided to spend most of the time in the considerably prettier C. So it was that I operated. Among the operations: catching these 777s pass each other. Have a look at N77006 and G-ZZZB. Just a tiny bit bigger than the plane I came in on, eh?
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As I made my way around, I eventually ran across this blockade…
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…and I wondered why they’d do such a thing. I reversed myself and looked around a little more:
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I think N17560 is missing something…
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I reached the other side of the blockade and quickly figured out why they had that setup:
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N78008
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As I sat at a mostly empty lounge area nomming on the food got from the food court a few steps away, I noticed a curious thing happening to N663UA:

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A crew was hard at work washing the plane! With still a couple or so hours yet to go, I wouldn’t have minded putting on a pair of gloves and spit-shining that 767 clean.   

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Lufty; also, the Airbus in that pic, N847UA, was sporting battleship gray the last time I saw it. I even have the database pic to prove it:
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Having spent enough time enjoying Terminal C, I snapped this last photo on my way to Terminal A:
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One shuttle bus later, and I was in the appropriate node to wait for my flight home. There wasn’t much to do except look around and wait. Have a look at what I looked around at.

A bird of a different sort
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Yo, why is the monitor for our gate off kilter?
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Something you won’t see often: United customer service desks…and nobody in line!   
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There’s my plane with a busy EWR behind it
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Then boarding was called, yadda, yadda, yadda…

United Airlines 4316 EWR-OKC (operated by ExpressJet Airlines dba United Express)
Scheduled: 17:29-20:10
Actual: 17:37-19:36 (wheels up/wheels down); 17:25-19:44 (gate to gate)
Embraer EMB-145XR [ERJ-145XR] (N11199)

A glance at our neighbors


Flying friendly for a while, but is that a widget I see in the rear-view mirror?
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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10572 times:

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; Maryland is a bit further yonder
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00175.jpg

Chambersburg, PA
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00176.jpg

Uniontown, PA (Trivia: George Marshall—the “Marshall Plan” George Marshall—was born there)
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00178.jpg

Because I like you guys so much, I’m letting you see a picture of this frosty window!
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00181.jpg

And now I’ll let you see a few clouds…
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00183.jpg

Chouteau, Oklahoma
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00184.jpg

Following the Turner Turnpike at Post Road
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00189.jpg

The junction of I-35 and the Turner/Kilpatrick turnpikes framed by the winglet; part of Arcadia Lake is also visible
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00190.jpg

Over northwest Oklahoma City; NW Expressway and Lake Hefner Parkway if you’re keeping track
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00191.jpg

Downtown
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00192.jpg

And now for one last landing video. You’ve earned it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cgOnQvUGR8

You may be wondering why there’s so little of the approach on this video. Well, as I noticed the ground getting closer, I realized that no general arrival announcements were made. So, as we continued to descend, we all went about our business. The flight attendant, who had been chatting it up with some passengers a few rows ahead, suddenly remembered that the trash needed to be collected and the cabin prepared for arrival. A minor inconvenience, but a necessary one.    So it was that she zipped to the galley and zipped back through the cabin getting everything squared away. As an indication of how close she cut it, I whipped out my camera and started recording the moment she passed by my seat for the last time.

And so, with the happy landing you saw on the video, the voyage came to an end. I give you a last look at the noble jet-propelled steed that brought me back to my home turf:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00194.jpg

A couple additional shots of the terminal:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00195.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00196.jpg

The big board
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00197.jpg

I made my way to baggage claim, which was not nearly as blurry as the picture would have you believe.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00198.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00199.jpg

Parting shot: hey, my bag made it!
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d63/247evergreen/PA-express/DSC00200.jpg

And that’s the way it was. I realize that four flights on regional jet (or smaller) equipment may not be the cat’s meow for many, but I appreciate any opportunity to fly away somewhere. Besides, none of the flights were torture. Though the space was limited, I was comfortable all the time. The service was fine; United and its regional partners did nothing to draw my ire over these few days. Above all, much fun was had in the company of friends.

Airport conclusions:

AVP: Having been through there a few times before this trip, my opinion on the joint is rather well-set. However, that doesn’t help those of you who can’t read my mind. AVP is a nice little airport. It’s spacious for its size and is a nice facility to look at, to boot. As I said before, the free wi-fi is definitely a good thing. Frankly, if the small-airport experience is anything but easy, somebody’s doing something wrong.

Thank you for reading; feel free to leave comments: good, bad, or indifferent. I’ll see you for my next adventure, whenever that is!

Tigerguy’s Tales:

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The Top Ten (Leg 2/7): How To Book... (by Tigerguy Jun 29 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: LAS, with SLC
The Top Ten (Leg 3/7): Masochism For Dummies (by Tigerguy Jul 2 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: ORD, JFK, ATL, with LGA
The Top Ten (Leg 4/7): Phoenix Rising (by Tigerguy Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: DEN (A/C), PHX
The Top Ten (Leg 5/7): Dash To The Rockies (by Tigerguy Jul 8 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: DEN (B)
The Top Ten (Leg 6/7): SoCal (by Tigerguy Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: LAX
The Top Ten (Leg 7/7): NorCal (by Tigerguy Jul 14 2011 in Trip Reports) Featuring: SFO
Jet Be Nimble, Jet Be Quick! - A DC-9 Story (by Tigerguy Oct 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Pacific Northwest, D.B. Cooper, And Me (by Tigerguy Dec 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Paying The Piper: A Mini-TR (by Tigerguy May 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
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The Next Ten (Leg 2/8): Masochism For Dummies II (by Tigerguy Jul 3 2012 in Trip Reports) Featuring: LGA, CLT
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The Next Ten (Leg 7/8): Motor City Madness (by Tigerguy Jul 23 2012 in Trip Reports) Featuring: DTW, with MEM, BNA
The Next Ten (Leg 8/8): Blue/Bed/Boston (by Tigerguy Jul 26 2012 in Trip Reports) Featuring: BOS, with JFK revisited, IAD



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10182 times:

Solid Solid TR, very nice and detailed, and your videos are great, most of us like to watch the taxiing and ground action in the vids anyway...so you did good.

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
As I made my way around, I eventually ran across this blockade…
Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
…and I wondered why they’d do such a thing.

High security flights, to for example Israel use that area for extra screening and such...



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User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9972 times:

Great TR. I love erjs on short hop but not a long one.

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
The junction of I-35 and the Turner/Kilpatrick turnpikes framed by the winglet; part of Arcadia Lake is also visible

Also my home is visible too


User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9888 times:

Great report! Sometimes its nice to read about a short flight. Its quick and simple. Thanks for taking the time to post, I enjoy your writing style very much!

Cheers,
N172DM



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9856 times:

A very enjoyable report with clever commentary and a ton of trivia! Thanks for making this such a fun read.

AVP looks really nice I must say. Clean, spacious and very orderly (and bigger than I expected). I had never even heard of the place (OK, of course I know Scranton, but this is only because of The Office).

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
two 787s denied, and nine hours spent at ORD

Ouch and ouch.

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
It was literally a matter of seconds after that when the other agent got word from the pilot that we were ready to board. In this case, I was obviously glad that my time standing in line had been a waste.

Wow that must have sucked. But at least we were on your way and didn't have to make alternative arrangements.

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):
The dirty window prevented me from (...) Instead, have another shot of some low-res clouds

Next time you get a dirty window change the settings of your camera to those for "Landscape" photos (most point-and-shoots have that option) and you'll never have to worry about the camera focusing on the window itself.


Thanks again for this,

Stojan



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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9243 times:

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 2):
High security flights, to for example Israel use that area for extra screening and such...

Sounds like a wonderful time, doesn't it? Thanks for the info.

Quoting b777erj145 (Reply 3):
Also my home is visible too

Nice, I keep finding more and more Okies on here.   

Quoting N172DM (Reply 4):
Great report! Sometimes its nice to read about a short flight. Its quick and simple. Thanks for taking the time to post, I enjoy your writing style very much!

And thank you for coming along for the ride!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Next time you get a dirty window change the settings of your camera to those for "Landscape" photos (most point-and-shoots have that option) and you'll never have to worry about the camera focusing on the window itself.

Thanks for the tip. I should be able to put it into practice in about nine days. (shhh, you didn't hear that from me    )



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User currently offlineRayzor1700 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8630 times:

Thanks for posting this nice trip report. I especially enjoyed the pics of AVP as for it's an airport I have flown to quite a bit in US Dash 8's, lots of fun!


Aircraft flown on: 319, 320, 321, 333, 712, 733, 734, 739, 752, CR2, CR7, D95, DH2, DH4, E45, E75, E90, M88
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Great little report on the UA' RJS

Nice to see some ex-CO branding still in the air

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7795 times:

Quoting Rayzor1700 (Reply 7):
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):

And thanks to you two for taking a read! Those are a couple of things that will certainly be in my future for a while: AVP and United RJs.   



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6041 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7665 times:

Nice report!

Quoting Tigerguy (Thread starter):

Parked next to a CR2

That's a CRJ-700, actually.



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User currently offlinejetblue01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7391 times:
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how many flight attendants does UA have on a dash -8 300??


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7301 times:
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Great informative report with many nice pictures, thanks for putting this up!
You were treated with some nice views in the air and made some great spotting pictures from the ground  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):

Hm, so it is. Looks like someone wasn't paying attention. Why didn't you tell me when I was writing this, huh?   

Quoting jetblue01 (Reply 11):
how many flight attendants does UA have on a dash -8 300??

Just one. The -300 is a 50-seater.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):

Thank you, thank you. I'm always on the lookout for things that might look interesting. And if it's not, I'll call it interesting anyway.   



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