The walk from D-42 to D-52 is not very long, so within a couple of minutes I arrived at the gate. All the Midwest Connect flights leave from downstairs, but you cannot go down until your flight is called. I had about 1 hour until boarding time, so I spent some time taking some pictures.
Here's a Midwest Connect Beech 1900 getting ready for departure:
Here's a Midwest Dornier 328 getting ready for Columbus, OH
Here's the NWA section of MKE
At about 6:10pm, the announcement came over the intercom that the boarding for flight #1049 for Muskegon, MI
was beginning. We were told to walk down to door "D", and board our flight.
Friday, Aug 4th (Flight #2)
Midwest Connect #1049
6:30pm-8:05pm (sched) 6:30pm-8:10pm (actual)
Seat # 6A
At door "D" we were stopped for a few moments, as the agent had some trouble paging one of the passengers for our flight. Finally, we were allowed to walk out to the Beech 1900, and board.
A female first officer greeted us, and within about 10 minutes we were all ready to go. The first officer gave us the safety information, and told us that we would be flying at 9,000 feet across Lake Michigan, and that the flying time would be 33 minutes. 9,000 feet? I laughed at how this would be the first commerical flight I have ever taken with that cruise altitude!
After both the engines were started, we began the taxi to the runway. Again we did not have to wait, and soon we were rolling down the runway.
Here's a view a few seconds after takeoff:
in the distance
After climbing up to 9,000 feet, we were told that it was "safe to use electronic devices" and to keep our seatbelts fastened. We had a little bit of turbulence at the beginning of the flight, but it soon stopped.
Here's a view over Lake Michigan:
After about 20 minutes of flying, the first officer told us to stow all electronic devices and to get ready for landing at Muskegon.
Here's a picture of us crossing the coast into Michigan:
After descending rapidly, we came down for a nice landing at Muskegon Airport. There were hardly any aircraft on the ground, except for a few light civilian aircraft parked off by the perimeter of the airport.
Here's a view of our landing
Muskegon Airport is a very nice airport. It is only served by NWA Mesaba Airlink, and Midwest Connect, so there is very little traffic. When we arrived at the terminal, we were the only aircraft there.
After parking at Gate 2, our first officer opened the door and we deplaned.
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I'll post Part #3 soon!