Friday, March 19, US 3860 (Allegheny), Dash-8 ISP
Decent flight, despite the snow, left ISP
on time, got into PHL
about a half-hour late due to ATC at PHL
, Dash-8 was about half-full...gates at PHL
were right near each other, I forget which ones...layover was about an hour, not overly significant...had 8A-C to myself...
Friday, March 19, US 2830 (Mesa), ERJ-145 PHL
Was originally supposed to be routed on a Mesa CRJ to DCA
, and then a Piedmont Dash-8 from DCA
flight was delayed, so I successfully stood by on an on-time flight nonstop to RDU
...was about 80% full, although my row (15 A-D-F) was empty except for me...got into RDU
on time (effectively two hours early for me), and got to my LaQuinta Inn hotel via an airport shuttle they had between the airport and the hotel, about a half-mile away...
Spotting advice at RDU
: The hotels down Airport Boulevard are all very good places to spot...the LaQuinta I stayed in may have been the best place to spot, but anywhere in that clump is very good...of course, I wasn't in the area for the weekend looking out for the GlaxoSmithKline Triple-Seven Virtual Charter...additionally, if you are interested in a different type of spotting, the Texas Steakhouse is just a block away...the bartenders there are VERY easy on the eyes...
Saturday, March 20, Seton Hall vs. Duke, RBC Arena, Raleigh:
My boys from Seton Hall got killed, ending their season in the second round of the NCAA's, and yes, I know nearly the entire team...didn't make me too happy...had to stay overnight before flying back the next day
Sunday, March 21, UA
5382 (Air Wisconsin Airlines), BAe-146 RDU
Was stuck in seat 13E, and then found myself sitting next to somebody who needed a seat-belt extender...fortunately, that was the low point of the flight...a very nice person to talk to, and fortunately, both myself and the person sitting in the window seat weighed, combined, maybe 250 pounds soaking wet...left RDU
on-time, got to IAD
about 15 minutes early...BTW, I HATE the IAD
airport's layout...had to take the mobile lounge between gates...not fun...got into C16, left from A1
Sunday, March 21, UA
7870 (Atlantic Coast), CRJ-200 IAD
and C to myself, which was cool, left an hour late because they had to get the Auxiliary Power Unit fixed (turned into a 2 and a half hour layover at IAD
)...laughed every time the Flight Attendant said "Thank you for flying United Express/Atlantic Coast Airlines" and at the end of the flight asked her if she really meant "Thank you for flying Independence Air"...she said she couldn't say that yet...got to PHL
at the end of the D concourse, and had to go to F22 for my ISP
flight, which meant I had to re-clear security at terminal F...fortunately, I still had an hour and a half to catch my flight, and the lines at Terminal F at PHL
were not a factor...
Sunday, March 21, US 4262 (Piedmont), Dash-8 PHL
Left on time, had the entire row 9 to myself (5-across, needless to say, I stretched out on the makeshift bed from takeoff to landing)...left on time, got in on time...uneventful flight...
Overall: Certainly couldn't complain...I bought my tickets 7 hours before takeoff, so to pay $264 from ISP
wasn't bad at all...would have been nice to see a Seton Hall win though...
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