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jetblue01
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Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:02 pm

I have a class date to start training as a pilot with an airline coming up. I still need to do some night flying for my ATP. There are not many options for renting planes near where I live. So, I went down to Florida to do some flying, while I had a few days off from my job. When I was looking at flights, I booked a flight that was leaving as late in the day as possible in case I had to work. The day of the flight there ended up being low ceilings and wind. So I did not end up working. I didn’t do much during the day, and got to the airport around 5:45pm

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N839AW taxiing into the gate

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American has always had an evening flight to Charlotte. It is usually mainline, either an A319 or A320. I have taken this flight several times in the past. But it has been a while. The last time I flew it was 3 years ago in January 2018, flying back to college after winter break. The plane had come in a little late from Charlotte, so you could tell they were trying to speed up boarding as much as they could. A few weeks before I had flown the same flight into SYR from CLT. Now I was flying it the other way

American 404
Syracuse, NY (SYR) – Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Airbus A319
N839AW
Seat 11A
Scheduled Departure Time – 7:15pm
Actual Departure Time- 7:30pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 9:25pm
Actual Arrival Time- 9:05pm
1 hour 35 minutes

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11A, next to N651AE getting ready to depart at the same time as us to Boston. This is the flight I took back to Syracuse, a few days later

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The door was closed exactly at our departure time of 7:15pm. We started to pushback at 7:19pm. Runway 28 was the active, and the ground controller gave us taxi instructions. We were supposed to come out on taxiway echo, and then alpha down to the full length. It would have required a left turn. The pilots made a right turn, and then came to a stop. They called back and told the controller they had taxied incorrectly. They gave us a different taxi route. We had to hold short for an Air Wisconsin CRJ-200 from IAD that was on final. Once they landed and had cleared the runway, we were cleared for takeoff. The cabin lights were never turned down, until we were at cruise and the service was done

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The departure controller gave us a 250 heading to intercept the V35 airway

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There was an overcast layer at about 10,000ft. It was a smooth ride through the clouds, and it wasn’t long until we were on top. Just like how the cabin lights were not turned off for a while, the pilots did not turn off the landing lights until almost a half hour into the flight

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Cruising

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We started descending into CLT, about 35 minutes before landing. It was a pretty steep descent. At one point we were coming down at 4300 fpm. We joined a left downwind, and flew quite for a while. We flew a 25 mile downwind, before finally turning back towards the airport and joining the final

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On a left base, with several planes following us on the arrival

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It was a smooth touchdown

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It was about a 10 minute taxi to the gate

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Pulling into the gate next to N821AW, that was delayed about an hour going to DCA

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N839AW had one more flight to do to Memphis, before it was done for the night

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The airport in CLT was packed. There were people everywhere, and every flight seemed like it was completely full. I walked over to the E gates, and it wasn’t too long until boarding was starting

American Eagle “PSA” 5351
Charlotte, NC (CLT) – Daytona Beach, FL (DAB)
Bombardier CRJ-900
N565NN
Seat 20A
Scheduled Departure Time – 10:25pm
Actual Departure Time- 10:38pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 11:58pm
Actual Arrival Time- 11:39pm
1 hour 1 minute

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N565NN at gate E17. It had flown into Charlotte, from Destin, FL

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Boarding

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20A, next to another PSA CRJ N710PS going to Erie, PA

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The door was closed a few minutes early, and the flight attendants did a safety demo. After this the lights were turned down. A few minutes after this, we started to push back. After a few CRJs taxied in front of us, we joined the line heading towards 36R

Cleared for takeoff

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Climbing out of CLT via the ICONS4 departure

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We climbed up to 28,000ft where we stayed for the entire flight. The flight attendants came through with drinks and pretzels

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Cruising over the water

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Shortly after the service was done, we were starting our descent

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The pilots checked in with the tower, on a left base for 7L

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It was a smooth touchdown. We were the last arrival of the evening. One of the engines were shut down, as we taxied into the gate

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N565NN spent the night at gate 3, before flying right back to Charlotte early in the morning

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Some pictures from the flying I did

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After spending a few days in Florida, it was time to go home. For the flight back I had the option of a long layover in CLT, or have a second connection in BOS. I decided to do the BOS option since I’m not the biggest fan of CLT airport, and I hadn’t flown on an E-145 in a while. I got to the airport about an hour before my flight. From the time I walked into the airport, checking in and dropping my bag, and going through security. I was at the gate within 6 minutes. I stopped at the only little shop that was open. I got a bottle of water and a granola bar, and it was $14. The cashier said “You’ll have to take out a small loan to pay for that”. Just as I was walking up to the gate, my plane was pulling in.

Empty check in

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American Eagle “PSA” 5221
Daytona Beach, FL (DAB) – Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Bombardier CRJ-700
N510AE
Seat 17A
Scheduled Departure Time – 10:03am
Actual Departure Time- 10:11am
Scheduled Arrival Time – 11:52am
Actual Arrival Time- 11:20am
1 hour 9 minutes

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N510AE pulling into the gate from Charlotte

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17A

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Taxiing out to 7L

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“Bluestreak 5221 fly runway heading, 7L cleared for takeoff”

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Climbing out of DAB on the ROYES7 departure

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Cruising at flight level 310

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CLT

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Final 18L

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Taxiing into the gate past N790AN, that had arrived earlier in the morning from Honolulu

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The next flight for N510AE was to Fayetteville, NC

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I had about 2 hours until my next flight was departing

American 471
Charlotte, NC (CLT) – Boston, MA (BOS)
Airbus A321
N978UY
Seat 30A
Scheduled Departure Time – 1:34pm
Actual Departure Time- 1:54pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 3:48pm
Actual Arrival Time- 3:34pm
1 hour 40 minutes

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N978UY pulling into the gate after a flight from Chicago

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This plane had newer seats, and overhead bins

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30A

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We pushed off the gate a few minutes early. There was a decent line of planes ahead of us for takeoff

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After about a 20 minute taxi, it was our turn

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Climbing out CLT

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Once we leveled off at 35,000ft, the flight attendants came through for the service. It was a beautiful day for flying. It got a little bumpy over southern Jersey, and we went down to 33,000ft. We flew over PHL, and then EWR, LGA and JFK where we joined the arrival into BOS

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PHL

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EWR

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LGA

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Descending on the ROBUC3 arrival

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We landed on 22L, and an Alaska 737 from San Diego was on final for runway 27

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An Air France 787 from Paris landed behind us

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N978UY flew right back to Charlotte

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N48127 a 757 was getting ready for a flight to Newark

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N27511 was going to Chicago

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N373JB taxiing to the gate, after a flight from Sarasota. I flew N373JB in 2013 from JFK-SYR

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N778AN arriving from Miami, and it departed a few hours later to London

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My next flight to Syracuse was on an E145. I have flown a few times from BOS-SYR on AA/US. But it has been a while. The last time was on a US Airways Express CRJ-200 in May 2015. This would be my first time flying the route on the 145

American Eagle “Piedmont” 6104
Boston, MA (BOS) – Syracuse, NY (SYR)
Embraer E-145
N626AE
Seat 15A
Scheduled Departure Time – 5:35pm
Actual Departure Time- 6:03pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 6:56pm
Actual Arrival Time- 6:54pm
51 minutes

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N626AE landing from Rochester

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15A, N134HQ next to us was going to DCA

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The door was closed at 5:25pm, We started to pushback at 5:32pm, and the engines were started shortly after. We ended up having to sit for a few minutes. There were two planes ahead of us. After a few minutes of sitting, one of the planes let the ground controller know they were waiting on ballast and would be a few more minutes. The ground controller had us taxi first, and we exited the ramp from the other end

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N823NW taking off to Rome

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The Air France 787 I saw earlier, departing back to CDG

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Cactus getting ready for a flight to Dallas. I’ve flew this plane from PHX-DEN before

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Joining the line for 22R

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After a 30 minute taxi, we were cleared for takeoff

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Climbing out of BOS on the HYLND5 departure

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We climbed up to 24,000ft. The flight attendant said that he would be able to get drinks on request, but would not be doing a service. It was a pretty sunset as we flew over to Syracuse

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Cruising

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Starting the descent into Syracuse

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On the GPS runway 28 approach

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Tower told the pilots that they may see a helicopter that was landing on a ramp, south of the runway

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Touchdown

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N626AE flew right back to Boston

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All the flights on American were decent, nothing special. Lately it seems like I have been flying a lot on American. But I have some other flights coming up on Delta, United and Southwest. Tomorrow I’m flying on a Delta 757-300.
 
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Re: Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Wed Nov 03, 2021 12:53 am

Nice report. How do you know the various departures from every airport? Are you looking at the departure charts to know the route they are taking?
 
jetblue01
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Re: Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Wed Nov 03, 2021 4:19 pm

767747 wrote:
Nice report. How do you know the various departures from every airport? Are you looking at the departure charts to know the route they are taking?


Either from flightaware, or a lot of these airports I've flown to many times, and am familiar with the procedures.
 
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Re: Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Sun Mar 13, 2022 5:53 am

Nice report, I enjoyed it. By the way, do you prefer the CRJ or ERJ? I'm a fan of the ERJ due to the single seat side and how it feels like a private jet.
 
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Re: Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Mon Mar 14, 2022 12:05 am

BoeingERJ1000 wrote:
Nice report, I enjoyed it. By the way, do you prefer the CRJ or ERJ? I'm a fan of the ERJ due to the single seat side and how it feels like a private jet.


I used to fly on the 145s a lot more. I also like the one seat. But, I think I prefer the CRJ-700/900 (not a fan of the 200s) over the E145.
 
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Re: Daytona Beach: American Airlines A319/321, CRJ-700/900 & E145

Mon Mar 14, 2022 5:36 am

jetblue01 wrote:
BoeingERJ1000 wrote:
Nice report, I enjoyed it. By the way, do you prefer the CRJ or ERJ? I'm a fan of the ERJ due to the single seat side and how it feels like a private jet.


But, I think I prefer the CRJ-700/900 (not a fan of the 200s) over the E145.

OK. From my experience, the larger CRJ's do seem a bit more spacious, but we're on the same page about the -200.

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