McDonnell Douglas MD-80
It all starts when I get there to ORD. No problems getting through ticketing and security and I headed to the gate. After sunrise I saw the AA 767 and AS 737-700 coming in but never gotten a picture cause I was getting something to eat. At 6am they start boarding and I get on and get to my seat and we departed shortly from the gate and took of from 32R to Dallas.
After a hour they started descending to DFW. We landed on 13R and I decided to talk to the pilots and chatted with him, got some pictures of the cockpit and cabin(and I asked both the F/A and the First Officer) and got one of me in the captains chair and I headed to my gate for my AE flight to HOU.
American Eagle FLT 3797
N508AE(this is the one we actually rode on)
Photo © Joe Statz
Here is the bad part
I ended up at the gate that was on the monitor but they had mechanics working on it and they pushed back the time three times. After the third one they told us to go to another gate, so we did and got on. After 10 minutes of sitting at the gate and the gate agents and pilots talking to each other they tell us to get off and go back to the gate where we started at!!!!! Then they go and get us another CRJ, but when I boarded the jet bridge the pilot turned us back. Then a lot of people were angry at then and they get their customer service rep to answer our questions(which he didn't do a very good job in doing mine!). After a hour passed(now it's 4 hours being delayed in DFW) they tell us we can board the aircraft and guess which one? It was the one they were working on when this all started!! We got on and pushed back, and they got us there as quick as they could through cloud and thunderstorm. When we landed at HOU on 30L I talked to the pilots and got a pictue of the cockpit and cabin and they didn't say a thing.
July 26, 2003
AE FLT 3890 HOU-DFW
After two weeks of being in this summer flight academy, it's time for me to go back to ORD. The CRJ came to the gate and after a few minutes of cleaning, we were ready to board. I was sitting behid this family and their uncle(brother) was sitting next to me and this guy was big!! He asked me about the FAA medical as we taxied to 12R and he said after his work from his neurosurgeon he couldn't get his medical back so I told him he will get it back.
After we taxied the plane's air conditioning was making mist during runup and when we parked at DFW but no one was screaming about smoke or anything, they were looking confused and the guy said it was the humidity. A little later we took off and when we got to our desired altitude, the plane rocked violently for a second and the guy was saying "Oh yeah!!!" the whole time we were rocking around and I laughed at him for thinking of that. One other thing he did was while I was listening to 3 doors down he asked me if I would listen to his metallica CD he had in his carry-on and I told him no thanks, and he asked me which music I liked to listen to. He said Jay-Z and some others so I told him I liked Techno and some rock and hip hop.
Now it was time to descend to DFW, we did a traffic pattern and landed on 18R and taxied to the gate I went and talked to the pilot and told him about me being in this BPA Summer Flight Academy and I showed him the article they did on us and the picture. He got a picture of me in the captains seat and I got one of the cockpit and I left.
AA FLT 66 DFW-ORD(here's the bad part with this side too)
Boeing 777-222ER N795AN
Photo © Ivan Rodriguez - IBERIAN SPOTTERS
It was time to board but where's the plane??? They said that it was at the hangar and it's was on it's way. After 10 minutes of waiting and checking it, it was time to board. After the plane was loaded, it taxied and took off from 25R to ORD. After a Hour of bumps and watching Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, Spongebob, and hey Arnold and a seatmate who didn't know how to use the TV since we were in the bulkhead seat, we descended to ORD and landed on 27L. I saw some neat stuff at the international terminal and saw the retrojet too but here's the ending.
After we parked at the gate, I asked the flight attendant if I could talk to the pilots, so she asked them and I got go sit in. I talked to them for a few minutes about the flight academy in Houston and showed him the pictures and I asked them if I could get a photo of the cockpit, they said yes and there was a flight attendant there too when I asked them. I snapped one and got one of me in the cockpit and since I had plenty of time until my ride came there so I took a photo of the first and economy class of the 777 I was on.
This other F/A saw me and told me about some rule about safety and I wasn't supposed to do that but I told her it was ok and it was for my personal use and she said she would get security on me to talk to me about it. so I know arguing and talking to her wouldn't help so she said she would let me go if I destroyed my film so she got that F/A that took me to the cockpit and I took the film out and gave it to her .
I know that they have that rule in their magazine but the other times I asked(and got a ok from them) and did it on the MD-80 and the CRJ(both ways), they didn't say a thing about it ! I had some good shots of the traffic pattern in the CRJ and me in the CRJ and 777 cockpit(and some other stuff) but this is nonsense but After all this I got a voucher from the Delay from the DFW-HOU flight and I'm going to ride with them again and i'll see what happens