Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Mon Jul 28, 2003 11:30 am

Hi everyone! If you read my last trip report you may remember that I said I was going to Indiana again soon for my REAL summer vacation. So here it is:

Friday, July 11, 2003
Delta Air Lines flight #112
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Registration: N864DA (soaring spirit)
Seat: 47J
Departure City: MCO
Scheduled Departure Time: 2:15pm
Actual Departure Time: 2:30ish
Departure Gate: 71
Departure Runway: 17
Arrival City: ATL
Scheduled Arrival Time: 3:46pm
Actual Arrival Time: 4:05pm
Arrival Gate: E11
Arrival Runway: 27L

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ben Pritchard
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Chaim Van Prooyen

Well now it was time for my REAL summer vacation and I had been looking forward to this for a long time. This was going to be my 2nd time on a 777 and I couldn't wait. Even though my flight didn't leave until 2pm or so I got there at noon because I wanted to walk around the terminal a little and get some pictures. I haven't gotten to walk around since before September 11th and I really missed it. I checked in my bags and made it through security and then hopped on the monorails. The first thing I did was start taking pictures and walking around. I really realized how much I missed doing this ever 2 weekends like I use to. You can see some of the pics I took here:
After I got some nice shots I made my way to my gate. The plane still wasn't there so I went down a few more gates to watch a Song 757 pull up to a gate. This was the first time I saw a Song plane with my own eyes this close. All I got to say about that is that it's even uglier up close. I asked the gate agent there if I could get a mini tour of the plane before I left on my flight but she said that she would ask the flight crew. Of course though the flight crew had to be dicks and say no. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to fly them to see inside one day. After that I made my way to gate 71. About that time, the Soaring Spirit (N864DA) was pulling up. I thought that was sooo cool that I was flying on the plane that carried the Olympic Torch. The plane came in right on time so I figured we would leave on time. Guess not.... the delay came up saying we would leave at 2:45pm due to "ATC delays in ATL". Why don't I believe that?  Smile So we waited longer and then they changed it at 2:20 back down to 2:15pm departure time so immediately we started boarding. We got on the plane I visited the cockpit first. In there were two 777 pilots and then two jumpseat pilots heading to Atlanta. Both jumpseat pilots worked for ASA. One of them took my pic in the cockpit. It was pretty cool. The I headed back to my seat just to find out that I couldn't put my laptop bag under the seat in front of me because I got a seat with the metal box under it. How uncomfortable is that???? It really sucked. So then I had to put my bag in an overhead bin 5 rows back because they were all full. We finally pushed back and took off runway 17. We headed south and I thought we were about to take the usual right turn but instead we turned left I think because of weather in the west. The climb-out was pretty bumpy and not much fun. We leveled off and the show "Friends" started. I didn't watch it but I wanted to get to my laptop because I wanted to use my new GPS device I bought thanks to A.net user Big777jet telling me about it. But the lady next to me fell asleep and I couldn't find it in me to wake her up. So I just sat there and watched the AirMap and listened to music. The 10 minutes later that Captain said we had a lot of weather ahead of us and to buckle up and told the flight attendents to have a seat too. I started to get a little worried but it really wasn't anything. But we were doing a lot of swerving around clouds. But for the most part it was turbulence free. We approached and landed on 27L and then turned off to head to Gate E11. See pics from this flight below:

We deboarded and I made my way down to the monorails. "You are entering the transportation mall. Which leads to your departure concourse, terminal ticketing and baggage claim."  Smile I got on the monorail and hear the usual, "The next station is Concourse D, Concourse D. Please hold on, this train is departing." As crazy as this sounds, I love Atlanta! What a great airport! I rode the train all the way to concourse A and walked to gate A31 for my next flight.


Friday, July 11, 2003
Delta Air Lines flight #1136
Aircraft: Boeing 737-200
Registration: N306DL (middle colors)
Seat: 24A
Departure City: ATL
Scheduled Departure Time: 5:05pm
Actual Departure Time: 5:35pm
Departure Gate: A31
Departure Runway: 26L
Arrival City: IND
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:35pm (central time)
Actual Arrival Time: 6:06pm (central time)
Arrival Gate: B05
Arrival Runway: 23L

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Aaron Hall

(there were no newer pictures without the Express on it like it is now)

The moment I got to my gate I realized we were going to be 20-30 minutes late. The inbound flight was 25 minutes late and was coming from Charlotte, NC I believe. But 25 minutes wasn't that bad compared to the day before when the flight was 3 hours late. Finally the plane got there and I saw that it was 306DL. This was so cool because that's the last 732 I flew on but last time it was operating for Delta Express with all coach. This time it had first class on it. We finally boarded around 5:20pm and I was the first in coach on board. But of course I had to stop in the cockpit. I talked to the pilot for a few minutes and he said we were to be cruising at FL310 and there was a little weather to go around leaving ATL. Oh well.... what's new? I thanked him and headed to my seat. When i got there, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my seat and the isle seat next to me where not alligned with the seats in front of (there was no middle seat in our row). So it was kinda weird to have 1 foot of space to the left of my chair. I took a few photo shots and then we began pushback. We taxied to 26L really fast and the pilot was kinda careless on how fast he pulled those turns. We were like number 4 for takeoff. We finally got off and took a right turn moments later. And the pilot wasn't joking about going around weather. My goodness talk about a lot of clouds and a lot of Clear Air Turbulence. I pulled out my GPS once we were above 10000 feet and it was just about to finish finding the satelites and then a bunch of Clear Air Turbulence happened. I freaked at first and thought that it was my GPS effecting the aircraft because it came out of nowhere. So I was too paranoid after that and unplugged it. I was sooo bumed out. Oh well. We leveled off and the flight smoothed out but I wouldn't press my luck with the GPS again. We started our decent over Louisville where I took some pics of the airport at that time. We decended on the DECEE.3 approached and then flew right over the city. It was so beautiful. I love flying over skylines in planes as long as we're not too close. We got on final with flaps down and gear down and then landed on 23L. Good landing except one thing I noticed... when we touched down only the right thrust reverser came on. Anyone know why? Well we taxied off and no sooner did we get off the runway it started to pour down rain. Also at that time the flight crew decides to shut off our air conditioning. Real nice. It was HOT all the way to the gate which took about 5-10 minutes. Once we connected with the gate the air kicked back on. I walked off the plane and soon into the air of cooler Indianapolis with my Aunt and Uncle. You can see pics from this flight here:


Monday, July 21, 2003
Delta Air Lines flight #6355
Aircraft: Embraer 145
Registration: N562RP (New Colors)
Seat: 3C
Departure City: IND
Scheduled Departure Time: 12:10pm (central time)
Actual Departure Time: 12:58pm (central time)
Departure Gate: B06
Departure Runway: 23R
Arrival City: MCO
Scheduled Arrival Time: 3:25pm
Actual Arrival Time: 4:30pm
Arrival Gate: 60M
Arrival Runway: 35

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Brian Casity

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Joe Statz

Well here is the story. I suppose to fly on Delta 1033 to ATL and then Delta 1987 from ATL to MCO but I got to Indy airport and checked in and while I'm checking in I see that the inbound flight using the same plane as flight 1033 will is going to be an hour late from ATL. GREAT! So my aunt and I head to T.G.I Friday's and had a drink. After about 30 minutes I said my goodbyes and thank you's and headed through security. No problems at all except my Dramamine kept setting off the metal detector because stupid me forgot to take that out of my pocket. No problems though. Go through and headed to my gate and noticed the ERJ-145 at gate B6 and I thought to myself, thank goodness I won't be on that small thing today and instead I'll be on a 737 and 777. The reason i say this was because the weather was CRAP in IND, ATL, and MCO and I figured the bigger the plane the smoother and safer. Anyhow, forgive my ignorance. So I went to my gate and the departure time for my flight to ATL got pushed back 30 minutes but I knew it would be longer than that in reality. So I was talking on the phone to my mom in Orlando when the Delta agent at gate B5 called me up to the gate. He said, "Mr. Idle, would you like to take the non-stop flight to Orlando at the next gate over?" As crazy at it may sound to you regional plane lovers, I said no because I perfered the larger jets. He said the reason he asked is because this flight to ATL was over sold. I said no thanks. I sat back down and 5 minutes later got called back up. He asked me again if I'd like to take the nonstop flight if Delta gave me a $200 DOLLAR VOUCHER!!!! I said, "HELL YA!" So he printed the voucher and he got my bags switched over. THANKS DELTA! As soon as I got my boarding card I boarded the ERJ. But the moment I got on I banged my head on the overhead bins being almost 6 feet tall. But at least I had a window seat and a bulkhead seat. Life is good isn't it? lol.... I got settled but then decided to visit the cockpit. I couldn't really "step" in like other planes. I just got to stick my head in. The pilot said it was suppose to be a pretty smooth flight down and the seatbelt sign should be off most of the flight. He also said we'd be at FL370. I didn't realize these ERJ's could go SO high. Again, forgive my ignorance.  Smile I sat back down and we didn't leave the gate for another 20-30 minutes because of my bags.  Smile They couldn't find them I guess. Finally they must've found them and we pushed back. We were number one for takeoff on 23R and I fell in LOVE with the ERJ's takeoff performance immediately. It was awesome. Fast power with great climb speed and very little G-FORCE feeling. We tookoff and were immediately in the bumpy clouds. I started to think I made a mistake after all the bumps though. This plane just couldn't take turbulence like the bigger one's can. Well, we leveled off and our one flight attendent took 45 minutes to serve 50 of us. I'm not complainin but I thought since it was so small it would be faster but God love her heart.... she was a hard worker. We hit several areas of turbulence and turned to avoid many clouds. The seatbelt sign was on for the whole flight except for about 5 minutes. Also I didn't use my GPS again because the flight so bumpy I was afraid to get up for it in fear that I may be thrown across the cabin. Now for the strange part.... On approach we decended on the West coast of Florida and we were vectored right over Tampa then turned East and flew over Disney. Then we turned north and flew over the city of Orlando and then again turned East again over KORL (Orlando Executive Airport). I was lost on what runway we may be heading to now. Then we flew past the path to runway 17 and then turned South again. We flew parralel with the airport then made one last right turn to runway 35. That was one the WIERDEST approaches EVER in my life. I think it was to avoid a lot of weather because it was raining lightly and lightning on approach. We landed hard with some cross-winds and taxied to the Comair gates. It was sooo cool to walk out on the tarmac. I had never done that before. When I got off I took a pic of the plane and the pilot gave me a hand signal (index finger up and pinky finger up all other fingers down) and I thought that was cool.  Smile So after being one hour late (but one hour earlier than if I stopped in ATL) and $200 dollars richer for air travel on Delta, I got my bags and headed home. For a pic of this flight click below:

Also here is a map I drew on to display out approach. Hope it makes sense:

Really hope you enjoyed and sorry for being long-winded. Thanks for your time and please leave a reply! Thanks so much!


[Edited 2003-07-28 05:09:35]
Posts: 2682
Joined: Mon May 01, 2000 10:52 am


Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:35 pm

Your trip report is so fabulous! I'm sorry to hear about your GPS isn't hook it up yet. I am telling you that my GPS is great I just flew MKE-ATL on DL 737-800 last Saturday. It was great program. I read that speed 540 mph and heading is perfect straight all the way point to point change course BNA and RMG. After RMG I turned it off GPS and laptop away before landing. It was great plane that my first time flew on it. My GPS was first time using it. I am going to fly home Monday afternoon to MKE. I'll write my trip report in a few days.


Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:51 pm

Big777jet: Did you see my pics that I took on my flights? I thought I'd include those in here. They're not good enough for A.net but Planepictures.net accepts them. Thanks for the compliment. Let me know when you write your trip report for your trip to ATL. See ya!
Posts: 1826
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2004 10:56 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 2:51 am

Good report. I own a GPS myself, a Garmin GPS III Plus. What kind is yours? Also any plans for that travel voucher?
DC-10's Forever
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Posts: 4968
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 11:55 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:24 am

I've done a similar approach into MCO myself, it was a TWA 763 last summer....we flew down the west coast of FLA, then crossed over around TPA....but we landed on 36R (not the fly-by MCO tour you took haha). I get my first 777 next wednesday evening....can't wait!

Posts: 5947
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2000 9:40 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:38 am

Great trip report.
Did you get served anything on the MCO-ATL, ATL-IND flights ?
Fly the Flag!!!!
Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:47 pm

Yeah... sorry forgot to mention that. We got the usual "Fast-break" service. You get a SMALL bag of Pretzels and a choice of Lemondade, Water, or Cramberry Juice. No sodas.

CMK10: My GPS isn't really a handheld GPS device. It's a small thingy (for lack of better words) that plugs into a laptop USB port and displays on a Mapping program your altitude, speed, heading and the exact point you are over, or at, in the world. It's cool I just wish I could've used it on my flights. Oh well. Have to wait till next time.  Smile

Dazed767: I was out by the airport today around 5pm when the weather here in Orlando, if u noticed, got really dark and nasty. No storms though. Anyhow, driving on I-4 coming home to Apopka I noticed that planes were doing the same exact approach I did this time last week except that they were landing on 17/18L/18R instead of 35/36R/36L.
Posts: 4968
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 11:55 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:51 pm

Yeah I saw the bad wx, but I noticed a Spirit MD80 new colors on final (stunning with the dark background). Can't wait for late Oct/Nov when the wx gets better.

Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:13 pm

Tell me about it! Then I'll be able to fly in the afternoons/evening again without the fear of severe thunderstorms and odd approaches. See ya l8er!

Posts: 582
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2001 5:27 pm


Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:51 am

Sounds like an awesome GPS. Would be great for those L-O-N-G SYD-SFO/LAX flights. Can you pls advise model number, I might check it out.

Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:48 pm

Well, it only lasts as long as your laptop battery lasts. But here is a website that tells you about it:


and the CompUSA listing on their website:


Hope this helps! See ya!
Posts: 346
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:33 am


Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:34 am

How did your vacation go?
If you ask me, flying to your vacation destination just makes it 150% funner!!! That's my philosophy on what to include in your vacation package when you are going far.

What is a GPS? What does it do and what does it look like?
What are bulkhead seats? Why does everyone think they are so great? Is there something different about them?

What is clear turbulence? I thought there was just turbulence and, well......turbulence.

Sorry for all of the questions. I'm just very interested in aviation, but don't know too much of the terms people use. I think that it'd be real cool to fly an Embraer ERJ-145. Thanks for the report and God bless!!!


PS: By the way, the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is my favorite airport. Atlanta's airport is really pretty and REALLY CLEAN! Almost as clean as PIT.
Ne vous inquietez pas. Je ne vous hais pas . . . . encore, mais faites attention !
Posts: 959
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2000 11:11 pm


Mon Aug 04, 2003 5:22 am

Great trip report! Since you departed out of the A Concourse in atl I KNOW you ate at paschals southern delights right? lol  Big thumbs up
Another Day, Another Dollar.... Young Jeezy
Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Mon Aug 04, 2003 11:42 am

Catholic2006: Hi Chris! I remember you. I read a trip report of yours one time about a Southwest flight and all you could do was put them down but let's not get into that because I'm not too crazy about them either. To answer your questions:

How did your vacation go?
It was a lot of fun. I hung out with my Uncle and Aunt the whole week and a half and we went shopping and went to a carnival, etc, etc. It was a great time. I can't wait to go up there again.

What is a GPS? What does it do and what does it look like?
You've never heard of a GPS? It stands for Global Position satellite. It uses satellites to find your exact position on Earth as well as your heading, altitude, and speed. My GPS device looks like a small yellow box with a cable connecting it to my laptop. See link: http://www.delorme.com/earthmate/default.asp

What are bulkhead seats? Why does everyone think they are so great?
A bulkhead seat is a seat that is usually in the first row on an aircraft or cabin of the plane. A bulkhead seat has no seats in front of it. Usually it has a wall or maybe even nothing in front of it. So, since there are no seats in front of you, you usually get a good amount more of legroom.

What is clear turbulence?
Better known as Clear-Air turbulence. Not too sure how to explain this one. Maybe other experts here could better than I am able to. I believe Clear-Air Turbulence is when there are shifting wind currents at the altitude you are at such as if you were flying through the jet-stream (which we were).

Thanks for asking questions. I'd be more than happy to answer any more you may have to better help you understand and learn more about commercial aviation. God Bless you too!

Posts: 1625
Joined: Tue May 29, 2001 6:42 am


Mon Aug 04, 2003 11:45 am

777-200: How did u guess I went there??? Just jokin. I didn't have enough time to stop anywhere (or so I thought originally) plus I don't like to eat a lot on days of travel for fear of losing my lunch if we hit heavy turbulence.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Google Feedfetcher and 42 guests