I have asked the mods to delete the previous thread in the hopes that my burning shame for getting pwned by the internet may some day fade away.
For those of you that do not wish to visit my MS, I will attempt to provide the trip in parts, but it is quite long.
It was time to go home for the holidays. I was going to school at Embry-Riddle in
Here are some pictures in my suite's lounge! Merry Christmas!
If you've ever seen the movie "Team America"...
I had originally booked to go home to
It would be a long series of flights to get to JAX. I had to stop in MSO, where I decided to have my mother pick me up and drive me to
Lastly, I had packed all my clothes, presents, and whatnot in my two bags that I was going to check in, and was bringing one carry on. In it I had my camera, a pillow my lady made for me, note cards so I could get regs and whatnot, pens, knives for throwing, a brush, some candy bars, and that's all you get to know about.
As an overview, from
The 14th. I slept for only a couple of hours the previous night, sadly, and got up at one. After making sure I had everything, I saw my friend Jeremy off to his shuttle (Shuttle-U from PRC-PHX, which I have tried only once and have decided it needs to stay that way) and played some of Sid Meier's Railroads.
Christmas Jeremy and my great roommate Jun.
I also checked on trip reports and double checked my itins. Lastly I made myself some food, put my fully charged camera battery into my 20D, and got ready. I left for the airport at 5. Parking is free at PRC, but there area only (about) 75 spaces, as it's a tiny place. I was wondering if there would be room for my
Inside the terminal.
It was cold outside, so I was happy to be in the warmth. Shortly, a man came along (not with Great
After screening you walk up a flight of stairs that has a right angle turn, only to end in a room with 13 seats.
The waiting room after screening.
The room has no way out except how you got in, so it's quite strange. Our airplane landed and boarding was called about 5 minutes later. I walked back down the stairs and out to the ramp. The B1900 has fold out stairs, which were used to board. I sat in seat 7C.
Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D [19 Seat Turbo Prop]
_• 25,000 ft.Maximum Altitude
___• 325 mph Maximum Cruising Speed
___• Spacious Stand-Up Cabin
___• Under-The-Seat Stowage Area
___• Preheated and/or Cooled Cabin
___• Contoured Airline Size Seats
___• Recline & Tray Tables
___• A Window & Aisle Seat In One
Load Factor: 84%
Cruising Altitude: 10,000 ft.
Flight time: 25 mins-10 minute cruise time.
Time to Altitude: 6 minutes
Departure time: 6:48 AM local. Arrival: 7:28 AM local.
Flight Number 5122
Seat: 7C (I would think that it is A and B, so perhaps I wrote it wrong?)
Upon boarding the aircraft, I found people sleeping. They were continuing a flight from
Shortly the copilot came out of the cockpit (which has no closed door) and demonstrated some of the safety features. He was a very nice guy and made some funny jokes while the pilot started the engines and prepared to taxi. The start was smoky and quite nice. The 1900 makes a beautiful buzzing sound and the vibration of the engines is very relaxing. I especially loved the big windows, which are right at eye level (unlike those of my arch nemesis, the CRJ) and are oval instead of rectangular. We taxied a fast taxi via taxiway C C6, after which we then at Runway 21L while a few Riddle planes took off ahead of us. The pilot was kind enough to tell us the reason and explained that it would not make us late. After the planes were gone, which turned out to be less than five minutes, we taxied onto the runway and the pilots completed some last minute checks. As it was dark, the lights were on in the cockpit and they were a nice light blue instead of red. 60 seconds later power was applied and we were airborne before C4 (or D 4 for those of us on the Riddle side). Shortly we made a left turn over Riddle's campus and flew alongside
Seven minutes after takeoff we'd reached 10,000 ft. and I could see
We began out short descent on the outskirts of Phoenix, right around the
Inside the airplane.
Landing was short, smooth, and on time. The reverse thrust was quite powerful for such a small aircraft, and we slowed rapidly and exited the runway at G4. There was almost an entire fleet of WN planes at 7L awaiting takeoff, so we held at F6 while a 737 took off. We then crossed very rapidly onto E6 and proceeded to the GLA apron. The stairs were let down and my friend and I were the last ones to get off.
My friend outside the Beech.
Wetook some pictures of each other by the aircraft, along with other airplanes on the tarmac, and the first officer came over and told us he would have to have us arrested if we continued. Just kidding. He actually invited us back onboard the airplane to take a seat inside the cockpit. We did and the captain showed us around. Their kindness was quite amazing, in my opinion. When we were leaving to go to the terminal, which is about 400 feet away across the tarmac, the captain informed me that the first officer does not mention it, but is a former Riddle person himself, from
Inside the aircraft.
Flight ratings are given out of 100 points for easy calculation. Each section is worth 20 points.
On Time: 20---On time departure, even with the short wait, and landed as scheduled also.
Crew: 20---Went that extra mile and let us in the cockpit. Were interested in everyone and very amusing,
Seats and Legroom: 18---The seats were leather and nice, but not as big as some. My main complaint is the lack of legroom, but this is only for tall persons, so it did not affect me.
Meal Service: N/A (20) ---There is none, but due to the flight time this is not a problem, and there are no FAs anyhow on an aircraft this size.
In Flight Entertainment: N/A (20) ---Nice windows make for great entertainment.
Overall: 98. (A) I have nothing to complain about and only compliments. I highly recommend this airline.
I recovered my bags from the carousel and proceeded to the United check in booth. I showed my tickets to the United person, who directed me to the kiosk. I thought this was the wrong way to go, as I had paper tickets, and I was right. I then talked to the nicest United lady who spent fifteen minutes and cleared my bags all the way through in all the airlines, so that I could pick them up in
Next off was the security line. The wait was around 15 minutes, which is not long but was still annoying. My wait is almost always longer in anything due to my last name. Americans always think that they are the first ones to make a joke about it, which I normally find funny to watch, but when the TSA does it…bah. I regretted wearing so much metal as it took me five minutes to get all my stuff put away and then back on.
My flight was due to depart gate 1A at 9:47. When I arrived the Ted Airbus was already there, and I had 105 minutes until the flight, so I went to go get some food. The last time I was at PHX was with a user on this site, Monorail. A lot of you probably know Ed, or read his trip reports. As I was saying, however, on the last occasion after a flight from Burbank, we were going to do some spotting and I was most hungry, so I stayed in line for 20 minutes (it seemed) for a roast beef sandwich. Upon getting to the spotting area, I found it was a turkey and cranberry sandwich. This was right after Thanksgiving. I was most disgusted. This time I got a real roast beef sandwich, so it was strangely satisfactory. Anyway, as it happens, he was leaving on an America West 757 that day and we'd discussed the possibility that I might see him leave. You can find his trip report here. I kept an eye out for a while, but saw no site of him, so I thought I'd go ahead and finish eating my sandwich. I was sitting and eating when I saw an America West 75 lined up and going. I threw down my sandwich (spilling some vinaigrette, oops!), grabbed my backpack and took off to the window just in time to snap a few shots.
He rotated what seemed like very early, especially compared to some of the WN 73s that I watched depart, so it was a close thing. I hope you're doing well now Ed!
Aircraft: _Airbus Industrie A320
Registration: Unknown (Please contact me if you know.)
Load Factor: 100%
Cruising Altitude: FL350
Flight time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Time to Altitude: unknown, roughly 80 nautical miles distance wise.
Departure time (scheduled): 9:47 AM local. Arrival: 11:33 AM local.
Flight Number 1428
I finished my meal and went to board. As I had a window seat, I was one of the first on the aircraft, which meant that there was room in the overhead bin for my backpack. I put it up and took my seat. The lead FA, Ronald, was making jokes all the time during the boarding, much the same as a WN FA might. I appreciated this, and loved how he referred to the boarding as "cramming people into the Airbus through that cold jetway."
We taxied for takeoff and there was not a huge line, with us in third spot. We departed 7L after a bit, and lifted off across from the ATA distance stand.
Three special schemes!
While retracting the flaps I noticed a piece from inside shear off and get bent up. It then stuck on the outside of the flaps. I got a picture of it. Don't know what it was. If this is a normal part or you have any guesses please let me know what it is.
What is that thingy?
Our course brought us into a left turn and up by
Interesting formation...not the dust spots.
That rascally crater.
The captain announced that this chop was only temporary and would be over quite shortly. From listening to Channel nine, I gathered that it was a very localized disturbance. As we exited
I can't speak now, so it did not do me too much good. I don't drink caffeine anymore, as it's terrible for you, and I wanted to be well hydrated, so you'll notice that I order mostly tomato juice and water. I believe that I did get one small cup of Coke on one of the flights because I had that "nasty sinus taste," and the tomato juice would not rid me of its foul presence.
We cruised along at FL350 until somewhere over
Some mountains over Colorado.
All flights were reporting it. FL280 and above were reported to receive chop, as well as all levels below FL190. Our four FAs collected garbage quickly and took there seats before we were over "Powder." We began our descent and the air became smooth as we passed FL270, but at FL190 it turned moderately choppy as expected. Listening to Channel nine, I heard a strange communication between Center and a SkyWest flight:
Center: SkyWest 6948* reduce speed descend to FL190, reduce speed to 250 knots.
(about ninety seconds later)
Center: SkyWest 6948, I said reduce speed to 250 knots,
SkyWest: Roger that, sorry it 'bout that.
(about 60 seconds later)
Center: SKYWEST 6948, speed readout please.
SkyWest: Ummm….270 knots isn't 250 is it?
Center: SKYWEST, I SAID TO REDUCE SPEED TO 250 KNOTS. You're GOING TO BE up the TAIL of the traffic ahead. REDUCE SPEED NOW.
SkwWest: Ummm….roger…readout says 250.
(no further communication from Center)
The captain turned us over the out rims of
Descending for landing.
We were cleared for a high-speed taxi on M-6, and we taxied past a Champion 727 and the
Landing and going by the unique terminal.
Landing and going by the unique terminal.
On Time: 20---Departure as scheduled, landed 20 minutes early.
Crew: 20---The FAs joked in a manner that rivaled Southwest. Great job.
Seats and Legroom: 19. I had no problems at all. Legroom might be a problem if you cannot get a bin for your carryon.
Meal Service: 15---A standard beverage. I had hoped for a cookie or something on a trip like this. Oh well.
In Flight Entertainment: 20---Channel 9. Need I say any more?
Overall: 94. (A-) A low cost flight with higher than average service. Excellent.
I grabbed the train and headed off to C44 for Delta flight 665 which was due to depart at 12:55. I arrived and went to check in. There were two lines to the agents, as there were two agents. I selected one, and after five minutes I was the second in line. The man then departed to go find a wheel chair, as one was not brought to a nearby flight, so I stood there talking to the lady in front of me. The other agent then looked over at us and said, "Get back to the end of the line. Can't you see there aren't two?" I was not happy with his tone. Upon finally reaching the front (and the pervious agent came back so I was stuck waiting longer), the man then could not find my record…uh oh…after much searching he printed me off a pass, although he never explained the problem. When I asked him if he knew if my bags would make it through to
After getting off the train.
Another Delta flight...I like the MDs in the new colors.
To soothe my ruffled whiskers, I went and bought a piece of pizza, which was too greasy and made me feel sick. I then threw it away and cursed the airport for raping me of my hard-earned monies.
Load Factor: 84%
Cruising Altitude: FL220
Flight time: 1 hour 1 minute
Departure time (scheduled): 12:55 PM local. Arrival: 2:24 PM local.
Flight Number 1428
My aircraft, soon to head to Salt Lake City.
Boarding commenced and I was Zone 4. The load was not as heavy as last time, but the seats seemed much more cramped. I don't know if this was an illusion or not (perhaps due to the weighted 2-3 seating?), but I disliked it in any case. EDIT: The seats ARE an inch narrower than on the Ted flight...surprising what a difference it makes. An older couple sat beside me who were heading to
Preparing for departure straight out.
Takeoff was smooth and quite powerful at first, but we soon decreased our pitch to a more usual angle.
Entering a positive rate o