TEBGuy
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A Quick Hop In A 402

Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:36 am

Following an absolutely lovely vacation in Florida, I awoke this morning at 6 am to begin my journey home. A quick hop from EYW to EWR, with a layover in FFL. It's a journey i have done multiple times before, and i wasn't expecting anything other than the normal Beech 1900D for the first leg of my flight. In fact, every time i have flown into or out of EYW with Continental, it has been on a Beech 1900D.

Imagine my surprise when my flight was called, and the only aircraft waiting at EYW Terminal 1 was a Cessna 402, in Cape Air livery. Hmm... where is my 1900D? Looking around the terminal i notice that there are only 6 other people waiting for this particular flight. Well, as it turns out, there were only 7 of us flying out on that particular flight.


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We were corralled outside and seated by weight. After handing off my carryon to be stowed in a storage compartment aft of the left side engine, I ended up in the aft-most right hand seat, which offered an amazing view out to the side, and a rather decent view out the front, although headroom would be an issue for a taller individual. My head rubbed against the roof lining for the entire flight, and im about 5"4', so, anyone taller wouldn't be able to sit there comfortably.


Photo from my seat, looking forward, prior to engine start.


Taxing out from the gate, past a Beech 1900D, which is what I am used to on this leg.

The view out those nice large windows was great as we flew over the keys, offering a beautiful parting view of that clear blue water, and palm shaded islands. That wonderful view combined with the sound and feel of the 402 created one heck of a memorable morning. Sadly, it was an experience that was over all too soon. On a final note, i'd like to point out that that small Cessna seemed roomier than the Boeing 737 i'd be flying on EWR only a few hours later.


Climbing out & retrieving my luggage, whilst saying farewell to a really wonderful little aircraft. Thanks Cape Air!







[I'd like to apologize for the quality of the photographs. I hadn't planned on documenting this trip, and thusly didn't have my proper photography gear with me, and had to make due with a really rubbish camera. So, once again, i apologize for the quality of the photographs.]
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B747forever
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RE: A Quick Hop In A 402

Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:29 pm

Nice TR

The pics are good.

The cabin looks really cramped.

However, congrats on flying on a new a/c.


Thank you for sharing

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nkops
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RE: A Quick Hop In A 402

Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:47 pm

Love the 402.. have flown 9K several times between BOS-MVY and MVY-HYA... have not flown them in FL yet though, which I'm sure is a joy in the summer heat.

nice trip report, seeing that aircraft brings back some good memories from MVY.
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TEBGuy
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RE: A Quick Hop In A 402

Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:06 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
The cabin looks really cramped.

Not really. Now, i didn't have anyone sitting next to me, but the cabin was quite roomy, especially for a small aircraft. I was serious when i said it deems roomier & more comfortable than the 737 i was on later that day.

Quoting Nkops (Reply 2):
Love the 402.. have flown 9K several times between BOS-MVY and MVY-HYA... have not flown them in FL yet though, which I'm sure is a joy in the summer heat.

It really wasn't overly warm. No worse than my car (which lacks A/C) in the summer. Besides... i was having too much fun to notice the temperature anyway.
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