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Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 1)

Sat Jul 20, 2002 3:20 am

Once again it was time for my annual summer trip to Indianapolis to visit my relatives for a week or so. The last time I had been up there was in March for a last-minute trip up there for Spring Break. I had just finished taking summer school for a month at Apopka High School to get ahead on some credits and now was ready for vacation.


July 5th, 2002
Delta Express flight 2318
Aircraft: Boeing 737-200
Aircraft Registration: N316DL

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Scheduled Departure Time: 7:15pm
Actual Departure Time: 7:20pm
Departure Gate: 92
Scheduled Arrival Time: 8:41PM (Indiana Time)
Actual Arrival Time: 8:44pm (Indiana time)
Arrival Gate: B6

After finishing summer school and celebrating 4th of July it was time for some vacation. I had been looking forward to this flight since May and the day had finally arrived. We left our house at 5:00pm and got to airport about 5:45. The check-in line at Orlando was long but went fast. I gave them my bags and since I'm under 18, my dad got to escort me down the gate. This must be something new because Delta had never done this before with me when I flew with them in December. I got my boarding pass and my dad got a little pass to get him through security. There was absolutely no line at all for Orlando's Gates 60-99 Security area. We proceeded through security and boarded the monorail. At the time it was raining so it made it hard to see out of the monorail. We heard the usual, "We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Orlando area. Have a pleasant flight and please visit us again." We got off the monorail after an exciting and thrilling 30 second, top speed of 25.8 miles per hour ride. We walked over to gate 92 where from that area I saw 3 Virgin heavies all going to England all within 20 minutes of each other. When the second one to leave was pulling out, I saw my plane coming. I was hoping it would be in DLX's new scheme but it was in old colors. That ok though. It was coming in from EWR on DLX flight 2355. It arrived 5 minutes early and everyone aboard deplaned within 10 minutes. According to the somewhat new flat screen t.v.s in the airport terminal, my row (Row 8) was suppose to board at 6:53. At 6:55, the gate agent came on the loudspeaker announcing that we couldn't board yet due to the fact that our pilots hadn't landed yet in Orlando. Finally at 7:00pm I said goodbye to my dad and boarded the plane. I looked into the cockpit while boarding but still no pilots. Too bad, no cockpit visit on this flight. I found my seat sitting next to a young man about my age and his father. I sat down, got fastened in and pulled out my cell phone one more time to call my mom at home and say goodbye before takeoff. We said goodbye and 5 minutes later the pilots arrived. Right after they got on board the cabin door was shut and they began the pre-flight checklists. The gate was pulled away and by 7:20 we began pushback. After pushback the loud 732's left engine started to spool up and well as the safety demonstration starting. The safety demo. was finished and we began to taxi to runway 17. We were #2 for takeoff behind a Jetblue A320 to JFK. The Jetblue took off then we rocketed off the ground. We tookoff and headed Southwest. I have never had a pilot before that climbed so steep. We were about 10,000 feet before we even reached Kissemmie Airport (ISM). We turned to the West and flew over the Disney area. Then once we got close to the coast we started turning north. Once we reached our Flight level of 35,000 feet the seatbelt sign turned off and the drinks and snack mix came around. I also at this time pulled out my father's credit card he let me barrow to make a call from the plane to call my mother from the air. I spoke to her for 4 minutes and that call ended up totaling $27.00. That's OK though, it was a nice one time event. Anyhow, I got my laptop out and listened to music the rest of the flight. One odd thing I noticed though that I had never heard on any of my trips before on a 732 was this annoying,loud and somewhat scary noise coming from the engine on my right (the number 2 engine). It kept on for about 30 minutes then stopped. Anyone know what that was? So I listen to music and watch the ground below. At about 8:00 (Indiana time (one hour before eastern time)) we began descending slowly. It felt and looked like that Indianapolis control was bringing us in from the north on runway 23L or 23R but then all of a sudden I looked out the windows and saw 5L and 5R getting closer. We made a couple right turns and made a smooth landing on 5R. We taxied off and made our way to gate B6. One goof up though, when we landed the flight attendant said, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Indianapolis, Indiana. The current local time is 9:40pm." Hey Lady! Set back your clock an hour! Anyhow, thanks for reading my trip report. I'll be typing up my return trip here in a few days. See ya then

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RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 1)

Sat Jul 20, 2002 2:50 pm

Loved the report. Are the Delta gates at MCO in the same terminal as the AA gates? I belive AA is 12 to 18 or something like that.
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RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 1)

Sun Jul 21, 2002 1:13 am

No no - AA uses Terminal A at the Orlando International Airport, Delta-Dlx-Delta Connection they all use terminal B.
You mentioned Apopka- didn't the media make a fuss last summer because some Little league team from Apopka won a championship or something .
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RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 1)

Sun Jul 21, 2002 8:03 pm

Yeah, Apopka was all over the news last August because our Little League All-Star Team won the National Championship in Little League. Those boys were all stars and gave autographs for a good 2 to 3 weeks after getting home but then they were quickly forgotten when September 11th occurred.

and CMK10 - Like Chepos said, AA uses gates 10-19 at Orlando in Terminal A, Concourse 1. Delta as well as everything connected to Delta (except some codeshare flights) are in Terminal B, Concourse 4 (Gates 60-99). Delta Mainline consumes gates 70-79, Most Codeshare or other international flights maybe having nothing to do with Delta are in gates 80-89, Delta Express is all in gates 90-99 and Delta Connection is in Gates 60-69. Hope this helped! Thanks for reading my report.
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RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 1)

Mon Jul 22, 2002 3:24 am

Hey Everyone! You can now see my return trip report by clicking:

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