User avatar
Posts: 1627
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am

Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 2)

Mon Jul 22, 2002 3:22 am

After 9 Days of Fun and Games, it was time to return to Orlando from Vacation. I was booked for another non-stop flight on Delta Express to take me home. Here we go.

July 14, 2002
Delta Express Flight 2408
Aircraft: Boeing 737-200
Aircraft Registration: N304DL

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Richard Silagi
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Justin Cederholm - Orlando/Tampa Aviation Photography

Seat: 8F
Scheduled Departure Time: 12:55pm (Indiana Time)
Actual Departure Time: 1:02pm (Indiana time)
Departure Gate: B4
Departure Runway: 23L
Scheduled Arrival Time: 4:12pm
Actual Arrival Time: 4:07pm
Arrival Gate: 92

Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep. Time to get up. 6:45am. I got up and had to start packing for my trip home. By 7:30am I was packed up (excluding my laptop) and sat down to some breakfast. Around 8:30am, I went on the internet one last time and looked up my flight info and well as the current weather along my flightpath for today. This would be my 6th time flying this route home so I new the flight plan pretty well. Around 9:45, we pulled out of the apartment complex in Lawrence, Indiana and headed over to my grandparents real quick to say goodbye to them. About 10:15 or 10:30 we left there and headed straight to the airport. Finally about 11:00am we parked the car in the surface parking lot and headed inside. We headed upstairs but when I saw the line for check-in at Delta's ticket counters, I decided to do something else. I whipped out my wallet with and pulled out, until now, my useless Skymiles Indetification card. We walked over to Delta's Self-Serve Kiosk and I used my card to check-in. I LOVE IT! I verified my itinerary, verified my seat, choose 2 bags to check in, and then got the boarding card. I walked two steps over the a lady at the ticket counter, showed her my boarding pass, gave her my two bags and within 2 minutes of walking in the airport, I was finished with check-in while the main line moved up maybe 3 or 4 feet. Way to go Delta! Anyhow, we then headed over to T.G.I Fridays to get a bite to eat before I headed down to the gate. I only had a coke and one potato skin because I didn't wan take the risk of getting airsick. Around 11:45am I said goodbye and got in the mile-long security line. Although it was long, it only took about 15 to 20 minutes. Nice job Indianapolis! So, I made it through security without being "RADOMLY" searched by anyone and headed down to Gate B4. I sat there and watch Delta Connection flight 6066 going to laggard leave my gate and watched my Delta Express 737 pull in from finishing Delta Express flight 2407. It pulled in and everyone diplomat. Finally, around 12:30/12:40pm we started boarding. I walked on the plane and straight into the cockpit. I talked to the co-pilot for about 5 minutes and the headed back into the cabin for seat 8F. I got seated, buckled in and very quickly, the whole plane (every seat) filled up. We were packed in their like sardines. We left the gate on time and taxied to Runway 23L. We were #1 for takeoff and our pilot wasted no time. We were on that runway and off in 30 seconds or less. We took off with very little turbulence and headed south. Finally around 1:20 or 1:30, the stabled sign went off and drinks and snack mix came around. I just sat there for most of the flight and read the Sky Magazine Delta had on board. The flight was pretty uneventful until around 3:30 when we started to hit some rough turbulence over the Florida/Georgia border. The pilot came on just after going through some scary clouds and his words were, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to bumpy Florida. It's pretty much gone be like this the rest of the flight so sit, back, relax, and make sure those seatbelts are fastened. Finally around quarter till the turbulence stopped and we were over Leesburg. After all that turbulence, I'm glad I only ate one Potato Skin at Fridays. We made our way over Mt. Dora, Apopka (my town), and Orlando. While flying over Apopka, I saw my work/church, my neighborhood, my street, my neighborhood lake, and many, many other recognizable sights. We descended to 3,000 and then made a right turn to line-up with runway 17. We came in with a smooth and perfect landing. We pulled off the active and taxied to Gate 92 where I got off and met my dad at the gate again. Thanks Delta! We hopped on the manorial, got my bags at the baggage claim and here I am 1 week later typing up this report. I hope you all enjoyed my trip and I look forward to hearing your comments. I'll be flying these 2 same flight in October so you might be seeing another trip report around then. Thanks!
User avatar
Posts: 1627
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am

RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 2)

Mon Jul 22, 2002 3:37 am

Sorry. I meant to proffread it and I just noticed the stupid spell checked changed all my word it thought was spelled wrong. Here our the corrections:

Delta 6066 was going to LaGuardia not Laggard (whatever that is)

Everyone on Delta 2407 Deplaned non diplomat

Around 1:20/1:30pm the seatbelt not the stabled sign went off

the pilots words were "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to bumpy Florida. It's pretty much gonna be like this the rest of the flight so sit, back, relax, and make sure those seatbelts are fastened." not "...pretty much gone be like..."

and finally, we hopped on the monorail, not the manorail

Sorry again

RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 2)

Mon Jul 22, 2002 5:09 am

A laggard is someone who lags behind, such as the slow guy in a group backpacking.
Posts: 1826
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 10:56 am

RE: Orlando To Indianapolis And Back On DLX (PART 2)

Tue Jul 23, 2002 10:10 am

Hey nice report the second time around! And i live in laggard and me and my kin folk dont like your kinda talk 'round here.  Big grin hehe kidding, one of my home airports is LGA.
DC-10's Forever
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: jrfspa320, vandut and 1 guest

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos