Mkeflyer717 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 431 posts, RR: 13 Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6459 times:
Being a junior in high school my parents and I though it would be a good time to tour the university I am most interested in: Embry-Riddle in DAB. Last fall is when I received most of my information about ERAU during a college fair at MKE. I thought the university looked perfect for my interests and future goals so in December we booked our flights to DAB on DL. We had to choose between FL and DL and DL was our best option because they had better flight times for us even though the prices were slightly higher. As the trip approached I frequently checked our flight's seats on Delta.com to see how full the they would be and about a week or two in advance they were all full.
On that Thursday I had my last two exams to take at school so I got to go home early. We planned the trip accordingly so I would not miss any school. That afternoon I finished getting ready and once my parents came home we left our house for MKE about two hours before our departure. When we were standing in line to check-in there was a large group in front of us on their way to Honduras for a mission trip so to save time we checked in curbside instead. That didn't take long and we proceeded directly to concourse C. The security line was not that long, but it still took some time to get through. I was very eager to enter C because it was recently renovated and this was my first glimpse of the inside.
The concourse looked excellent! I almost couldn't believe I was in MKE it looked so nice. There was plenty of natural lighting and nice tile work. In general it was very comfortable and modern.
With some time to spare I grabbed some food and walked around. At the end of C I peered through the window to check out the new hammerhead addition currently in progress and it seemed to be going very well. C was not terribly busy; just a few regional jets at the gates.
American Eagle ERJ-145 to ORD with a Funjet 738 in the background at the international gate.
DL CRJ-200 pulling in from CVG
Two nice looking liveries! United express erj145 to ORD and a YX 717 being backed out across at a D gate
front of the YX 717
awesome looking tail.
After spotting I returned to out gate (C-15) and awaited boarding which began shortly after 4pm.
our sleek CRJ700 at the gate
We were some of the last people to board because we were in zone 6. As we walked into the aircraft we were accompanied with a friendly greeting. The plane was very full and I made my way to my seat which was 6A. In a few minutes we pushed back from the gate and I was able to take a nice shot of the hammerhead being built on C...
I can't wait till it opens!
an Allegiant Md80 parked in an unusual spot at the end of C. I don't know why the flaps are completely extended. maybe they were checking something out.
As we continued taxiing to the runway I soon realized how relaxed and humorous our flight attendants were. There was one young man and another young lady and they made everyone laugh several times. The man kept referring to ATL as "hotlanta" but that's not the funny part. The best part was when the FA said "ladies and gentleman we have a man up hear celebrating his 99th birthday with us today and its his first time flying (applause) when we land peek into the cockpit and say high to your captain."
The whole cabin broke out into a laugh. I've never heard anything like that before.
We would be departing runway 25L and were 3rd for takeoff. As many of you probably recall, a NW DC9 had just slid off the end of a runway at MKE when it blew an engine and aborted takeoff in the snow, well here is where it happened at the end of 7R...
There wasn't much room left so fortunately the incident wasn't any worse. Ironically nearby there was a large painted sign that said fire training area.
powerfull, smooth takeoff... the "hush house" on the right
very snowy in Wisconsin... I was glad to be leaving
An aerial shot of MKE as we turned eastward after takeoff
Our route took us along lake Michigan and over ORD. I saw several planes landing beneath us and it was awesome watching many of them position to line up for approach over the lake. As we continued going south it began to get dark and drink and snack soon came around. It was very simple of course. I had a soda and some crackers and cheese. Throughout the flight the crew was still very kind and generous. For the remainder of the flight I listened to my ipod. When we were somewhere near BNA we made an odd right turn to the west to avoid some nasty turbulence in the area according to the pilots. 20-30 minutes later we were descending into the busy ATL airspace. Everywhere I looked I saw planes as we flew passed the airport to make a turn to land to the west and we landed exactly parallel to a FL 737. To get to the terminal it took a few minutes because we had to cross another runway and many planes were departing and landing continuously. Once we got a gap to cross we went to our gate at terminal E but had to wait because every stand was occupied. Within a few minutes a fellow DL connection CRJ700 left and we took the spot at E31. When we were walking off the plane I asked the pilot if I could take a picture of the cockpit and he said sure. The other pilot was sitting in his seat when I entered and we began talking, and I told him I was going down to ERAU and he was actually a graduate from there as well as the other pilot. I thought that was cool. So we talked about the school, the job, and other general airplane topics.
the CRJ700 cockpit
After our little talk I got off the plane and walked outside because we were not at a gate. It felt very strange because I was the only person around as everyone else was already inside and there was quite a distance between the plane and the gate. Inside I found my parents and we took the tram to concourse B where our flight to DAB would be leaving.
Upon reaching our gate our aircraft was already there. We had about an hour layover so I sat by the window watched all the aircraft movement and played some PSP. Boarding began with ample time before departure and I took my seat in row 20. The new DL MD80 cabins were really nice with the new leather seats. In little time our full plane taxied to the runway and took-off behind a few other DL aircraft. Shortly into the flight I got some soda and peanuts and again listened to my ipod. The flight was very short and in no time we were descending into Florida. We flew along the coast and then turned out to sea to line up for 25R at DAB. When we pulled up to our gate their were several other planes parked for the night. To save some time I got our luggage while my parents got the rental car which was an '06 grand prix.
To conclude our first day we drove with ease to our hotel The Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center.
After some much needed rest we woke up around 7 because the ERAU tour was at 9am. We stopped at McDonald's for a quick breakfast and headed over to the campus.
When we checked in we waited for a few other families to arrive and then we began our great tour. Our tourguide was a junior and he was very informative. It didn't take long to notice the damage the campus received from the tornado on christmas day. I liked the atmosphere the campus provided and really enjoyed checking out the flight center, the aviation building, and the engineering and technology center. My favorite part of the tour was when we passed through the 3rd floor of the aviation building which was the location of the air traffic management classes, ATC simulator, and meteorology classes.
I am very interested in studying aeronautical science, air traffic management, and applied meteorology and the admissions lady said I could minor in all three if I wanted. I still have some time to decide forsure though I guess. This was my first university visit and I am very satisfied with ERAU and intend on going there in the fall of '08.
lots of these little props flying around DAB
With the Daytona International Speedway in such close proximity to the airport we decided after our tour to go there and it was cool since the Rolex 24 endurance race was that weekend.
me standing in victory lane.
To get back to our hotel we drove up a portion of the beach
I still think its so cool how you can do that. Daytona beach is truly unique.
As you can see from that picture the beach was dead because it was so cold... for Florida that is. Daytime highs were in the low 60's and night time lows were in the 30s close to freezing. I don't know for sure if this is a winter thing related to cold water temperatures or not, but there were dead jelly fish everywhere on the beach. It was pretty sick, and they were fairly decent sized ones. I thought it was funny when a few little kids were picking them up and trying to through them back into the water,in attempt to save them?
Mkeflyer717 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 431 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6456 times:
beautiful sunrise from our room
the beach again
view from our room
Saturday was spent visiting with my relatives who live in ormond beach. We went out for lunch to Caribbean Jack's which had absolutely delicious food. My relatives are extremely happy that I might be coming to ERAU. They were so excited and my cousin was already calling me a little Floridian lol.
Sleeping in till 9 sure felt good that day, as we would need it for the crazy day we were about to experience. We started the morning off with breakfast at IHOP which was also very good. To kill some time (our flight wasn’t supposed to leave until 3:50pm) we drove around town and shopped. Soon it was time to return our rental car and check-in. We were still pretty early so the counter was not busy at all. This time I had a little more time to actually check out the small but nice terminal at DAB.
very refreshing concourse with only 6 gates and 4 airlines soon to be 3 again when UA leaves.
I went to the end of the concourse to watch the aircraft departing runway 25R most of which was executive planes. The Rolex 24 race ended at 1:30 and I bet a lot of the private planes leaving had people who just came from the race. Also a lot of the people that were to be on our flight came straight from the race.
Eventually our MD88 arrived
at the gate
Everything was going good thus far, but soon things were about to get interesting.
The flight was running ontime and boarding went smoothly. When we taxied to runway 25R we went unusually slow and I took notice of that but really didn't think of anything. We went right by ERAU...
can't wait to be in those planes someday
tornado ruined maintenance hangar
We positioned and held at 25R while this plane landed...
Then the pilot came on and said that we would have to go back to the gate to check out a maintenance problem because he didn't want to put us at risk. I still don’t know exactly what the problem was but I overhead some airport workers talking and they said something about the elevators or horizontal stabilizers. After the pilot's announcement we taxied down the runway and I was able to snap some shots of the terminal and a FL 717 that was preparing for its flight to ATL.
Back at the gate our full flight sat and waited for maintenance to arrive. Before long people workers were walking up and down the cabin and then the pilot made another announce saying that they were taking off some baggage so they can get to the flight control panel. Then he came on again (after already being on the plane for an hour) and said we would have to get off the aircraft now and to expect a minimum of 2 hours yet. When we walked out of the jetway the gate agent comes on the speaker and tells everyone to go down to ticketing to re-book on the next day's flights! Every minute it kept getting worse. As everyone filed back into the ticketing line I stopped over to the ERAU kiosk desk to talk with this student. The line of frustrated people crawled along so I had plenty of time to chat with the student about various things. When we were done talking I called some friends and family back home to let them know what was going on and I also called my uncle who works for NW in MEM to see if he could check on flights out of MCO. It took us, who were seated in row 20, about an hour to reach the ticket agents so I can only imagine the frustration of the people who were in the rear of the aircraft. The ticketing lady said there were basically no options for us to get out that night and she checked flights out of MCO and couldn’t find much. My parents and I really wanted to get home because of work and school the next day. I would’ve taken the Hyatt hotel voucher if it was during the summer or some other time because heck who wouldn’t want to spend another free night in Florida. While we talked with ticketing I remembered that there is a YX flight that left MCO for MKE sometime around 8pm. She claimed she couldn't find it but I insisted there is one, and after some thorough searching she eventually found the flight and confirmed the 3 of us on the flight. It was 6pm when we got this news and the flight was scheduled for 8:55 so we had to get to MCO pretty quickly. Luckily our taxicab driver new how to drive fast. Checking in with Midwest went fast but security took longer because we had to get extra screening done because we were last minute passengers. Once in terminal B we ate at Burger King really quick with our food vouchers from DL and then headed to gate 86 where quite a few people were already sitting. When we boarded the YX employees were shocked that we actually made it lol and we took our seats in 2B, 2C, and 3B. Usually I would have a fit if I didn't get a window seat, but in this case I really didn't care. I was just happy to be on the flight and on my way home.
We taxied south and then departed to the north, and I must say the 717 takeoff was amazing. I could barely even hear the engines and rotation was so incredibly smooth that if you had your eyes closed you wouldn’t be able to tell you were flying. The 717 is such a comfortable aircraft and in YX's configuration it's even more. I felt like I was flying in my living room on my couch lol. The aircraft was very clean and the service was good. The crew came around several times to check on everyone and the cookies were great as always. For the majority of the flight I played my PSP and listened to music but I fell asleep right before we began descending. We descended across lake Michigan and made a right turn over land to approach 1L. Our arrival gate was D47 which is the furthest from the terminal but not that bad. On our walk to the baggage claim I got to check out the recently renovated stem of concourse D. To my surprise the baggage claim was very busy for 11pm on a sunday night. My brother came to pick us up and when I walked outside I felt the sharp bite of Wisconsin’s winter cold on my face and at that moment I wished I was still in Florida.
Summary: Overall Delta was very pleasing: the service was good and crew were friendly. Even though we had that problem on our return flight I don't blame DL and I feel they handled everything very professionally. It is good that the pilots were concerned and put our safety first. I would definitely fly DL in the future, and for YX the same can be said as it was perfect like usual.
KstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 738 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6418 times:
Well, I'm in the same boat as you, in a way. Junior is HS, and possibly checking out ERAU sometime this summer. I have other colleges I'm checking out, but it seems like its a good college! Nice pics and great report.
SiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 381 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6310 times:
Nice, I used to live in MKE so its always nice to see the old home town. ERAU looks nice, I am going to University of North Dakota in the fall of this year, to study ATC and aviation admin. Good luck in college and keep up the great reports.
Mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2380 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6289 times:
Great report & pictures! Nice shots of the Concourse C hammerhead construction, looks like its coming along great. Is MKE-MCO on YX signature or Saver? On their route map it has it as saver but here you flew on signature.
Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Thread starter): I don't know for sure if this is a winter thing related to cold water temperatures or not, but there were dead jelly fish everywhere on the beach.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think jelly fish season is in the fall, so it might be because of the cooler weather.
Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 6): I am going to University of North Dakota in the fall of this year, to study ATC and aviation admin. Good luck in college and keep up the great reports.
Good luck to you too! I considered UND to for a while but I just like the idea of the small size of ERAU, the location, and the fact that I have some family near by. I'm sure UND is great too, but during these cold times the beach seems a little more appealing to me lol
SiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 381 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5953 times:
Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Reply 10): Good luck to you too! I considered UND to for a while but I just like the idea of the small size of ERAU, the location, and the fact that I have some family near by. I'm sure UND is great too, but during these cold times the beach seems a little more appealing to me lol
I hear you lol. ERAU will have a little nicer weather than in GFK, talk about cold. MKE has been real nasty this weekend to from what I hear from family who still lives there. I sure am happy to be in PHX, 70 degrees and sunny today!