Ok, so back in December, I decided to visit Embry-Riddle Prescott, AZ
to meet with the admissions counseler and to see one of my friends who goes there. As a Junior in High School, I wanted to get started on the college visiting early so it wouldn't occupy the first 1/2 of my senior year. I flew from Boston to Phoenix on US Airways then took a shuttle up to prescott.
And now for the Trip report
January 18th, 2008
US Airways 1161
Airbus A320 N211US
Departure Time: 0625
Arrival Time: 1011
I got to the airport around 4:20AM after an hour drive. Check-in took only a minute, as I had no bags to check. I asked the agent if there were any exit or bulkhead seats avalible, but she rudely told me to check at the gate. Well, I guess that rudeness is typical US's BOS
check-in staff. I got through security quickly, and made my way over to B11, and with about 1hr until boarding, I went spotting around the terminal.
US 757 in the star alliance livery.
Spirit Airlines A319
After spotting, boarding was about to begin, so I waiting until Zone 5 was called, and walked down the jetway into the dreary cabin of this A320, the HP
interiors look better IMHO, however the US A320 was more comfterble. I took seat 8A, got out my laptop and power adaptor(glad US still has these) and waited for the other passengers to board. Around 6:20 the door was shut, and we pushed back right on time. Our takeoff runway would be 15R(never used this runway before), and lifted off around the 7000ft marker. Climbout seemed sluggish for this A320, I've had better climbs on a NW
A320 out of TUS
before(in the scorching hot summer even). Once we reached 10000ft, out comes the computer, and the Bose headphones, I began working on my school project on Air Traffic Control, which occupied most of the flight. In-flight service consisted of two beverage services and the BOB service(already got breakfast at the airport, so I wasn't hungry). One thing which bugs me about US is they had the F/As and pilots do credit card announcements/ads. This is really cheap IMHO. I don't mind the tray table ads, but having F/As and pilots act as salesmen is pathetic. Also, playing the Dividend Miles mall/vacations ad over the loudspeaker when people are trying to sleep is intrusive and annoying.
Cabin Shot from my seat.
After a few more hours in-flight, we began our descent into Phoenix. We landed on time on runway 8.
We parked at gate A13 next to a former America West A319.
Due to getting held up taxiing in, I missed my shuttle to Prescott, well, no tour for me. The good news was I had time to get lunch(was getting a big hungry), and to do a bit of spotting.
4/6 of Mesa's PHX
Flight 1161, points out of 20
Check-in: 10(agent was rude)
On-Time: 18(delay was not in US's control)
Comfort/Amenities/IFE: 16(power port brought the score up, seats were good)
In-Flight service: 16(one more beverage service would be nice)
Cabin Crew: 15(were nice, but wern't going above an beyond)
At 11:20, I boarded my shuttle up to Prescott, and after 2.5hrs of sitting, I finally arrived at the Embry-Riddle Admissions building, 1hr late. Even though I was late, I got to take the flight line tour, which was awesome. Riddle had recently upgraded all their cessna 172s to G1000 glass cockpit systems. When I went to their summer flight expo(05 and 06), they had the older cessna's with GPS and TCAS, no G1000.
After the flight line tour, I met with the admissions counsler(went quite well), and the got an offer to take an observer flight, which I happily accepted. Back to the flight line I went and about 15 minutes later, I stepped in the back seat of the Cessna 172(not sure which one, sorry). The flight I was observing was an instrument flight lesson, it took about 1.5hrs.
After the observer flight, I went back to campus, and met up with my friend from flight expo, who currently attends riddle. We hung out for a while, and went to the movies with some of his friends. Note: Cloverfield is the worst movie ever made, don't see it. After the movie, we went back to campus and hung out in the dorm. I went to bed around 1AM MST
(3AM EST), after staying up for 24hrs straight(woke up the previous day at 3AM to get to the airport). The next morning, my friend drove me to Phoenix(he lives in Chandler, so it was on the way), and dropped me off around 12:45PM. I tried checking in at the Kiosk, but it wouldn't let me, so I asked the agent who directed me to the "full service check-in line". The agent there was very nice, and a minute later, I had my boarding pass in hand.
I was supposed to be on flight 222 leaving Phoenix at 11:10PM, but I decided to "move up" (as US calls it) to flight 1162 leaving Phoenix at 4:10PM. I luckily got the last window seat on the flight as the rest were middle seats. I had lunch in the food court, the went through security which only took a few minutes. I still had an hour before boarding, so I did some spotting.
Former America West A320
Ex-DL connection Dash-8
My ride back to Boston
The lone A320 in HP
colors, but with US titles.
At 3:40, it was time to board out of gate A23:
January 19th, 2008
US Airways 1162
Airbus A320 N103US
Departure Time: 4:10PM
Arrival Time: 10:44PM
Once Zone 2 was called, I made my way to the back of the bus, and got out my laptop and power adaptor. I had the middle seat free for about 15 minutes, until somone got moved to it(the pax was seated next to two crying babies). Push back was on time and we taxxied out to 25R and rotated about at about 7500ft. In-flight service consisted of the BOB service, one beverage service and a water service. It took forever for the F/A's to reach my row.
About 3.5hrs later we began our descent into Boston. We landed on runway 27 and taxiied into gate B21 next to an A319 N754UW.
I was able to get a flight deck shot on my way out.
I walked down to baggage claim, which was a fiasco as a few other flights had arrived at the same time. My bag was one of the first off of the plane. Around 10:45, my parents arrived, and I got home at 11:30.
Flight 1162, points out of 20
Check-in/Baggage: 17(bad first agent, but bag was one of the first off the plane)
On-Time: 20(early into Boston)
Comfort/Amenities/IFE: 18(power port brought the score up, seats were good)
In-Flight service: 16
Cabin Crew: 17(were nice, but wern't going above an beyond)
Combined 1161 and 1162