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Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 2(pics)!  
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8799 times:
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Part #2

The walk from D-42 to D-52 is not very long, so within a couple of minutes I arrived at the gate. All the Midwest Connect flights leave from downstairs, but you cannot go down until your flight is called. I had about 1 hour until boarding time, so I spent some time taking some pictures.

Here's a Midwest Connect Beech 1900 getting ready for departure:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0969.jpg

Here's a Midwest Dornier 328 getting ready for Columbus, OH.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0970.jpg

Here's the NWA section of MKE.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0971.jpg

At about 6:10pm, the announcement came over the intercom that the boarding for flight #1049 for Muskegon, MI was beginning. We were told to walk down to door "D", and board our flight.

Friday, Aug 4th (Flight #2)

Midwest Connect #1049
MKE-MKG
Beech 1900
100% Full
6:30pm-8:05pm (sched) 6:30pm-8:10pm (actual)
Seat # 6A

At door "D" we were stopped for a few moments, as the agent had some trouble paging one of the passengers for our flight. Finally, we were allowed to walk out to the Beech 1900, and board.

A female first officer greeted us, and within about 10 minutes we were all ready to go. The first officer gave us the safety information, and told us that we would be flying at 9,000 feet across Lake Michigan, and that the flying time would be 33 minutes. 9,000 feet? I laughed at how this would be the first commerical flight I have ever taken with that cruise altitude!

After both the engines were started, we began the taxi to the runway. Again we did not have to wait, and soon we were rolling down the runway.

Here's a view a few seconds after takeoff:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0974.jpg
Milkwaukee, WI in the distance

After climbing up to 9,000 feet, we were told that it was "safe to use electronic devices" and to keep our seatbelts fastened. We had a little bit of turbulence at the beginning of the flight, but it soon stopped.

Here's a view over Lake Michigan:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0976.jpg

After about 20 minutes of flying, the first officer told us to stow all electronic devices and to get ready for landing at Muskegon.

Here's a picture of us crossing the coast into Michigan:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0977.jpg

After descending rapidly, we came down for a nice landing at Muskegon Airport. There were hardly any aircraft on the ground, except for a few light civilian aircraft parked off by the perimeter of the airport.

Here's a view of our landing
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0979.jpg

Muskegon Airport is a very nice airport. It is only served by NWA Mesaba Airlink, and Midwest Connect, so there is very little traffic. When we arrived at the terminal, we were the only aircraft there.

After parking at Gate 2, our first officer opened the door and we deplaned.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_0981.jpg


Comments and suggestions are welcome!

I'll post Part #3 soon!

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8738 times:

Excellent report and pictures 767747 !

Interesting routing and plane types aswell: would love to fly the 717 and 1900D myself - the seats on the 717 look excellent !

Keep up the good work  Smile

MH017



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8657 times:
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MH017

Quoting MH017 (Reply 1):
Keep up the good work

Thanks for your comment!

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8565 times:

A question. Does the 1900 have an intercom or does the F/O just turn round and tell ya to get ready for landing?


Good report, BTW.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8498 times:
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Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):
A question. Does the 1900 have an intercom or does the F/O just turn round and tell ya to get ready for landing?

Cadet57,

Good question. The first officer spoke to us in the cabin before departure, and then yes, all announcements once we were airborne were made over the intercom. There was a recording for the safety features but it was hard to hear over the propeller noise.

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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2688 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8492 times:

Very nice report... I miss flying on the 1900.... did they keep the cockpit doors open??

Looks like MKG needs to cut the grass on the tarmac there!!  Silly



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8492 times:
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Quoting Nkops (Reply 5):
Very nice report... I miss flying on the 1900.... did they keep the cockpit doors open??

Looks like MKG needs to cut the grass on the tarmac there!! Silly

Thanks for your comment! No, the cockpit door screen was closed.

Yes, I was surprised how much grass there was on the tarmac at MKG myself!

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8323 times:
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Does anyone know what the longest flight operated by a Beech 1900 is?

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User currently offlineUndehoulli From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8234 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Does anyone know what the longest flight operated by a Beech 1900 is?

At Midwest Connect it is STL, I believe.


User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1021 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8208 times:

Nice report, does Great Lakes operate Midwest' 1900's?


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User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8157 times:

In the mid 90s I flew a midwest connect 1900 from MKE to BNA. That was a long flight for a 1900. They are fun for a little while but after about 30 or 40 minutes you realize how noisy cramped and unpleasent they really are. One sort of cool thing is how low they cruise compared to jets.
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User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8070 times:

Nice report and pictures. Will be checking out part 3.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8027 times:
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Cool stuff!

Flew a Beech 1900 myself once from LIL to STN.

What was the load like on this flight?

Off to find part 3.................

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7951 times:
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Quoting Undehoulli (Reply 8):
At Midwest Connect it is STL, I believe.

Thanks for letting me know!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7951 times:
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Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 10):
In the mid 90s I flew a midwest connect 1900 from MKE to BNA. That was a long flight for a 1900.

That was a long flight for a B-1900! Great pictures. Thanks for your comment!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7949 times:
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Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
What was the load like on this flight?

Thanks for your comment! There was only 1 seat free on my flight to MKG. Pretty good load factors! On the way back to MKE, there were 2 seats free.


User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7741 times:

Hey if you thought 9000 feet was funny for a cruise altitude...I flew FNT (Flint Michigan)-DTW on Northwest Mesaba, Avro RJ-85 in May and we cruised at 4000. I laughed as the flight attendants said prior to takeoff that our estimated flight time was 12 minutes. While reaching our cruise altitude of 4000 feet, they chimed in saying that 'our flight time will actually be 14 minutes'...ahaha, 2 minutes more...who cares?

Flew DTW-FNT on Mesaba Saab 340, cruise altitude of 4000 or 5000, one of those two. Extremely low to the ground; it was a morning flight and I could read the water towers over each city we passed by. Could see people mowing their lawn...playing golf; hilarious! It was certainly a fun flight; I have it all recorded (takeoff - our low cruise - landing) on video, just that I tried uploading it to FL350 a month ago and had problems for more than a week (FL350 had problems, per say)..never had the time since, probably will try to upload it again soon.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7698 times:
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Quoting Warszawa (Reply 16):
Hey if you thought 9000 feet was funny for a cruise altitude...I flew FNT (Flint Michigan)-DTW on Northwest Mesaba, Avro RJ-85 in May and we cruised at 4000. I laughed as the flight attendants said prior to takeoff that our estimated flight time was 12 minutes. While reaching our cruise altitude of 4000 feet, they chimed in saying that 'our flight time will actually be 14 minutes'...ahaha, 2 minutes more...who cares?

Wow, 4000 feet for an Avro RJ-85?! That seems to me to be a really low altitude.

Thanks for your comment!


User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7691 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 17):
Wow, 4000 feet for an Avro RJ-85?! That seems to me to be a really low altitude.

Actually on the FNT-DTW route, Northwest uses the following (kind of rotates every couple weeks):

A320
A319
DC93
DC95
S340
RJ85

They all cruise FNT-DTW at 4000 ft  Wink

and they also cruise DTW-FNT at 4000 ft too



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7685 times:
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Quoting Warszawa (Reply 18):
Actually on the FNT-DTW route, Northwest uses the following (kind of rotates every couple weeks):

A320
A319
DC93
DC95
S340
RJ85

Wow, a A320 flying a FNT-DTW flight at 4,000 feet! I wonder what kind of inflight service there is for First Class!!


User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7645 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Wow, a A320 flying a FNT-DTW flight at 4,000 feet! I wonder what kind of inflight service there is for First Class!!

I bet there isnt any...lol; on my Avro RJ85 flight the flight attendants didnt even get up; they stayed in their jumpseats the whole flight; and the seatbelt sign was on the whole flight too Big grin

Fun flight though thats for sure...would like to try it in the A320 one of these days...or the DC95.



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User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 828 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7606 times:

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 10):
In the mid 90s I flew a midwest connect 1900 from MKE to BNA

Believe it or not, Skyway also flew MKE-ROC with a 1900 in the mid 90's. Imagine being stuck in that tiny little plane with no FA and no lavs for that long!


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