lear35pilot
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OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:49 am

Happy New Year all!
Although a member for a while, this is the first real opportunity I have had to post a unique trip report on A-Net. Because I fly on business a lot, most of what I experience is "the same old thing" that is posted on this forum. However, during this holiday season, I had a unique opportunity to fly roundtrip from OXC to TUL and back on two fantastic machines, a Learjet45 and a CJ2. Here are the details. Hope you enjoy my first report.


December 17th, 2004
OXC - TUL
Learjet 45
Reg. N313BW

The trip was booked via one of the leading "Membership Card" programs, which will remain nameless. We were originally scheduled to fly out of Oxford at 9am, but due to a maintenance issue with our original plane (a Beechjet 400 Reg. N642AC) we were upgraded to a learjet45 based at the Oxford airport. The customer service agent for the membership program did a very good job keeping us informed of the mechanical issues, and made sure we were well informed of the rescheduling process. Although we were delayed by over 2 hours while the flight crew prepared our new plane, we were very fortunate to get this upgrade, as the LR-45 is a superior aircraft compared to the Beechjet 400. The interior of the aircraft was configured in a double club format, offering more then enough room for the four people in our party. In addition, the added range of the Learjet45 negated the need for a fuel stop, which would have been necessary with the Beechjet 400 due to the strong headwinds.

Around 11am, my family and I were shuttled to the hangar to board the plane. The flight crew was waiting for us, and loaded our bags (and Christmas gifts) into the rear cargo hold. We boarded the plane at 11:10am and were given the routine safety information about the L-45. The captain offered us a beverage and explained that due to strong headwinds, the flight to Tulsa would take approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. He then closed the door, and shortly thereafter we began our taxi out to Runway 36. Being the only aircraft taxing at the time, we immediately started our take off role at approximately 11:20am.

The route of flight took us northwest were we crossed the Hudson River at West Point, NY with incredible views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the USMA, and of New York City. We then proceeded ssw across NJ, PA, MD and VA, just north and west of Washington DC. We were able to get a great view of Dulles Airport before proceeding across WV, KY, IL, MO, and finally into the Tulsa OK area.

We approached TUL from the north, and landed on RAY 19R at approximately 1:40pm CST. We parked at the Mercury Air Center FBO.


January 2nd, 2005
TUL - OXC
CJ2
Reg. N144EM

Unlike our outbound flight, yesterday's flight was flawless. We arrived at the Mercury Air Center FBO at approximately 8:50am, and were allowed to pull directly onto the apron to our plane. Being the end of the holiday season, there were 3 other aircraft and crews awaiting passengers at the time. I did not get their registrations, but the three aircraft were a Beechjet 400, a Learjet 31A and another CJ2. We were the first passengers of any of the 4 planes to arrive.

The flight crew greeted us as we got out of the car, and proceeded to help us load the plane with our Christmas loot! They were assisted by the ramp workers, and together nearly filled the 70 cubic feet of space in the rear cargo hold. My family boarded the plane at approximately 9:00am. The interior of the CJ2 was immaculate. The plane is only two years old, and was very well maintained. The cabin was configured in one club section, with two rear seats facing forward. Although equipped with a lav, it did not have a full lavatory like the Lear45, which is why the family decided to use the bathroom before boarding!

Once loaded up, the female first officer (forgot her name) showed us the safety features of the CJ2. She then returned to the flight deck and we began our taxi to RWY 19R at approximately 9:10am CST. As we left the FBO, a Falcon2000 arrived and took our spot at the FBO apron. What an impressive plane!

We followed a Comair CRJ to the end of RWY 19R, and watched her take off. With no other visible traffic in the area, we were cleared for take off at 9:18am. The weather in Tulsa was overcast with showers, so approximately 45 seconds after take off, we were above the clouddeck for most of the 3 hour flight home.

The CJ2, albeit a smaller plane than the 45, was very comfortable. The one thing the CJ2 had that the LR45 did not was a small tv screen that outlined the speed, altitude, distance to destination (DTD) and time to destination (TTD) of our flight. Because the weather of across our entire flight path was covered in clouds, I could not tell the exact route of our flight. About 2hr 30 minutes into our flight, cruising at 43,000 feet at a speed of 465 mph, the clouds broke as we crossed the Jersey coast into the Atlantic Ocean, beginning our decent. We then turned north, continuing our decent, crossing Long Island at Westhampton Beach, and proceeded across Long Island Sound, making landfall at West Haven, CT. We did get spectacular views of New Haven, The Yale Bowl, and Tweed New Haven airport. We continued north to Oxford, where we circled south to land on RWY 18 at approximately 1:20pm.

Would love comments and any information on the aircraft I saw at Tulsa yesterday morning! I have pictures of the interiors of both the LR-45 and CJ2, and will post them at another time.



 
Gofly
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Jan 04, 2005 5:19 am

Its all right for some hey! Big grin

Very nice report, would love to see those pictures!

Regards
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lear35pilot
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:04 am

Thanks for the response, GoFly. Unfortunately, I cannot get the two pictures uploaded to my server appropriately. Give me some time, and I should have them available for viewing soon.

 
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Fiveholer
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:01 am

Sweet...I spot at TUL quite a bit and live in the area...I would love to see the pics as well, I am not sure on the runways though, last I was out there mid-December, they were still runways 18L/R and 36L/R...and you mention that a Comair used 19R to take off? That would be unusual for here, as that is mainly the GA and Biz runway...have they changed the runway numbers perhaps? I noticed JAC has been changed from 18/36 to 1/19. I am going to have to look into the TUL runways now, nice report, looking forward to the pics.

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lear35pilot
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:58 pm

Fiveholer,
I am a newcomer to the Tulsa airport, so it is possible I used the wrong runway designations. Before I wrote the report, I went to the AirNav website and used the information they provided. In any event, we used the runway that runs North/South...and departed to the South.

Thanks for the reply!
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lear35pilot
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:36 am

Because of a system failure on my home computer, I lost the pictures I took of both planes, and was unable to load them onto ANet However, after doing some research on the charter operators, I found pictures of each of the aircraft via the Internet.

For the Lear 45 (N313BW) visit: http://www.keyair.com/html/charter_aircraft_medium.php#

The first plane listed under the medium aircraft category is the plane I took to Tulsa. It has both an exterior and two interior shots.

For the CJ2 (N144EM) visit:
http://www.jetdirect.net

Jet Direct aviation lists its entire charter fleet. The two CJ2's are identical, i believe 144EM is the second of the two listed.



 
lear35pilot
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RE: OXC - TUL- OXC On LR-45 And CJ2

Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:18 am

Finally found a pick of the LR 45 I flew to Tulsa on Airliners.net. Here it is:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/790963/M/

Still hoping to find the CJ2 soon.

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