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John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 10:27 am

Hello all,

Has anyone ever flown out of John Wayne airport recently? I heard it can be an unnerving takeoff, what do you think?

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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 10:36 am

I did last weekend. Its not what people make it out to be. Sure, they do have steep take offs. They are fast, and sweet.

I wrote a trip report called "My joyride to SNA on 2-18-01" its in the trip report section.
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 11:10 am

I've heard that DL MD-90s on takeoff out of there are amazing. It must be cool though to take a 757 to ATL from there though.

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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 12:09 pm

I took a 757 out of there in September of 99 to Dallas. I wasn't really supposed to be there considering I was supposed to be in IND hours earlier. Our flight on America West to IND was cancelled and we had to go to SNA and then transfer to AA then to DFW then to IND. The takeoff was steep, and the pilots warned us ahead of time what to expect.
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 12:38 pm

It is pretty neat to do. The pilots tell you what to expect and such. I have done it in a UA 757 a few times, and man there is nothing like the get up and go of an eager 757.

FYI. They will line up on the runway, get on the brakes nice and firm, and open up the throttles. As then engines spool up, the plane shakes and then kinda shudders for maybe 5 seconds, before they release the brakes, go to full power, and you race down the runway. The initial climb angle is greater than normal, and then about 1000ft I think it is, the power comes back the plane almost levels off, and you stay like this for a few min until out of the "noise sensitive" area, and then back on the power and up and out you go.

all and all a pretty nice departure from the normal t/o procedures.

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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 1:18 pm

I flew out of SNA on January 7th on a Continental 737 series 700 bound for Newark, NJ. The take off roll was
fast, hard, and the lift was amazing. This is done due
to noise abatement restrictions.

SNA is a wonderful airport.

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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:18 pm

If the planes make so much as a peep those rich brats who love the conviniance of walking 5 minutes to the airport rather than drive an hour will moan and groan and bitch on how their golf game was disrupted by an AA 757. Pilots that fly in and out of John Wayne hate it. I had met an AA pilot who had flown an MD-80 and he actually wanted to really stick it to the spoiled brats down below but didn't want to loose his job when quote Some guy with a silver spoon shoved up his @$$ starts yelling over the phone to the airport and starts suing the airline because the jet noise had disrupted his listening to Mozart's greatest hits!!! unquote This was said by an MD-80 Captain I tlaked to at DFW who flew to John Wayne three times.
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:49 pm

SNA landings are even better!

Landed in SNA on a UAL 757 from Denver. Man is that fun! As soon as you touch down, the spoilers are out, the brakes are on, and the reversers are roaring full blast! You feel your whole body lurching forward while the plane decelerates quickly.

I have departed SNA on a UAL 733. Pretty spectacular, but I'd much rather be on the 757 flight...

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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:50 pm

I think that it would be great if UA brought in a 727 into SNA daily. Actually, it could leave at oh-lets say 6am. Big grin
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:53 pm

evil minded?...why yes.
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sat Feb 24, 2001 10:28 pm

Even though the denizens of Newport Beach are fellow conservatives, there is only so much whining I can take.

I would sell my soul to see some good ol' boy pilot take a straight pipe, non hushed 727-100, and do a couple of full thrust low AGL flybys over that area.

The ensuing reaction of watching the stodgy old men playing golf and listening to Mozart would be priceless.
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sun Feb 25, 2001 2:11 am

Matt D, you are to funny! Big grin
Tom in NO
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sun Feb 25, 2001 3:11 am

I'm with Matt on the low-level fly-by with one addition: after buzzing Newport Beach, I'd take it over to BUR and give them the same treatment.

Years ago, I was on BUR's Noise Compatability Committee as a representative of LA County Airports. The local resdients on that committee were a strange group to say the least. I guess they've been effective, though: 15 years later, and BUR still can't get the property they need for a new terminal.

Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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RE: John Wayne Airport

Sun Feb 25, 2001 5:23 am

Hello All,
This reminds me when I was in Providence's T.F. Green Airport on board a Delta MD-88 bound for Atlanta back in June 2000. Somehow, one of the runway was being extended (correct me if I am incorrect), so the pilot informed us about the take-off (how it would take a little longer to ascend into the air). What a ride! That baby was running quick! Oh well. Until next time my friends!


"Fly for the miles!"-Delta

RE: John Wayne Airport

Mon Feb 26, 2001 7:24 am

That ride you had in Providence was due to the reconstruction of the main runway at PVD (5R/23L). That is normally used not only because of weather, but because it has an extra 1,100 feet over the secondary (16/34). Delta, in particular, will never depart off 16/34. They would rather get gale-force crosswinds on 5R/23L. But about your trip, 5R/23L was closed for about 4 weeks i think. The airlines were selling less seats and everything all because suddenly, 6,100 feet was too short even for a 737 going to BWI! You would have thought they were getting cat-shotted off the Eisenhower with all that t/o thrust.

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