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jetblue01
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FLL-DCA-JFK-PBI jetBlue & Delta A320, A321 & E-175

Sat May 07, 2022 7:12 pm

A few weeks ago I rode in the jumpseat, to do some observation flights during my time off between my checkride and IOE. There is limited options of flights I could do down in Florida. Some of my family happened to be going to Washington, DC. I decided to go up and meet them for the weekend. One of my days there I would do the observation flights. For the flights I would jumpseat on, I decided I would do DCA-LGA-DCA. For the flight up to DC, I would be flying FLL-DCA on a jetBlue A320. The flight back was on a Delta E-175 and A321. We live about 1 hour and 15 minutes from FLL. We left our house 3 and a half hours early. There was a ton of traffic, and I ended up getting to the airport about an hour before the flight

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jetBlue 1880
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – Washington DC, (DCA)
Airbus A320
N706JB
Seat 6A
Scheduled Departure Time – 6:25pm
Actual Departure Time- 6:40pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 8:59pm
Actual Arrival Time- 8:42pm
2 hours 2 minutes

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I got to the gate, just as N706JB was pulling in from Westchester, NY

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This would be my second time flying on N706JB. The first time was in April 2008, from JFK-SYR. It was brand new at the time. It had been flying for less then a month. It was my first time flying on one of the updated jetBlue A320s, when the 700JB registered planes had been delivered with a newer interior from the original. Today it is 14 years old

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Boarding started at 5:50pm, with a lot of wheel chairs. It took a while to get everyone on, and the door was closed at 6:22pm. We started pushing 1 minute late, at 6:26pm

6A

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Once the engines were running, we taxied out to runway 10R. There were a few planes ahead of us, before it was our turn

“jetBlue 1880 wind [email protected] RNAV CLPSO, runway 10R cleared for takeoff”

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Once we were in the air, tower advised us that the airplane departing the parallel was turning northbound and we were straight out, so they wouldn’t be a factor. We checked in with Miami departure, and were cleared to 16,000ft

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Climbing out of FLL on the FEALX1 departure

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We initially climbed to 33,000ft, for most of the flight. We then spent a little time at 31,000, and 29,000ft, before starting the descent

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Cruising

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Descending into DCA

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The pilot checked in on the RNP approach to runway 19. A Delta A319 was cleared for takeoff, while we were on a 2 and a half mile final

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Tower gave us runway 22 or taxiway Foxtrot for the turnoff. We took Foxtrot, and taxied to the gate

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Pulling into the gate next to N339JB, that had arrived a little before us from Boston. I’ve flown N339JB from JFK-SYR before

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N706JB spent the night at gate 26, and flew back down to Fort Lauderdale the next morning

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The next day I rode in the jumpseat from DCA-LGA-DCA. It was a good experience. It was good to see everything I had learned in training on an actual flight. It was also super cool the first time I was in cockpit on a flight. After this I spent a few more days in DC. A few days later I was back at DCA, for my flight to Florida

N715JB was flying down to West Palm Beach. It was delayed 2 hours. I have flown this place twice before from Syracuse to JFK, and JFK to Cartagena, Colombia

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N358JB taxiing for a flight to Boston

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Delta Connection “Republic” 5657
Washington DC, (DCA) – New York, NY (JFK)
Embraer E-175
N213JQ
Seat 11A
Scheduled Departure Time – 11:23am
Actual Departure Time- 11:30am
Scheduled Arrival Time – 12:39pm
Actual Arrival Time- 12:10pm
40 minutes

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N213JQ at the gate, after arriving from JFK

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11A

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The door was closed at 11:15, and we were pushing by 11:20am. On the way out to runway 1, the captain said that we had a wheels up time of 11:32am and it should only be a few minutes

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It had been overcast all morning, but the clouds cleared up a little as we climbed out of DCA

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We climbed up to 17,000ft, where we stayed for the quick flight to New York

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It started to get overcast again, as we began descending

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As we went into the clouds, the gear was lowered. After about a minute in the clouds, we broke out on the ILS 4L

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Short final with N985JT holding short for a flight to San Francisco, and N907AN was heading to Charlotte

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Rolling out, as N844MH taxies to 4L for a flight to Atlanta

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N213JQ spent a few hours at gate C69, before its next flight to Columbus, Ohio

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Since I had time until my next flight, I decided to go out and watch some planes

My next plane N375DN, on short final from Atlanta

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N632JB taxiing for a flight to Nashville

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N298JB taking off to Orlando

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N999JQ lifting off of 4L, starting its flight down to Fort Myers

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HP-1827CMP pulling into the gate, after a flight from Panama

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N859DN taking off to Santiago, Dominican Republic

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N994NN taking off to Phoenix

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N962JT starting its cross country flight to Los Angeles

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N845NN arriving from Fort Lauderdale

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N827JB taxiing for a flight to West Palm Beach

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Hl-8308 starting the 15 hour flight to Seoul

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HL-8006 was also going to ICN

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N645JB taking off to Nassau. I’ve flown this plane before twice when it still had the diamond tail from PHX-JFK, and JFK-PDX

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EI-EAV arriving from Dublin

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N854NW taxiing to the gate after arriving from Frankfurt

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While I was outside I got a notification that the flight was delayed from 3:00pm, until 4:30pm. They had to replace our first officer. The new one was coming in on a flight from Miami

Delta 1164
New York, NY (JFK) – West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
Airbus A321
N375DN
Seat 17A
Scheduled Departure Time – 3:00pm
Actual Departure Time- 5:01pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 6:25pm
Actual Arrival Time- 7:48pm
2 hours 47 minutes

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N375DN at gate C64. I had just flown on the same plane a week before

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Boarding finally started around 4:00pm. There were over 100 open seats, so it didn’t long to get everyone onboard

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17A, next to N831MH. It departed later in the evening to Madrid. I think this was the first time I’ve seen an international flight depart from Terminal 2, instead of Terminal 4

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The captain made an announcement apologizing for the delay. He said it was due to a missing first officer, and that I beg for your forgiveness, and will make it up to you with a smooth flight. Once we pushed back, the engines were quickly started. There was a Delta A330 under tow, that was holding short of the taxiway that we were coming out of. Ground had him continue to move, but then a second later told him to stop so we could come out first

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Getting in line behind EI-EJM, as it taxies for a flight to Rome

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D-ABYN heading towards 22R, for its flight to Frankfurt

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As we approached the other side of the airport, the ground controller had us taxi onto runway 31R and hold short of taxiway Delta. They had stopped departures, that were going over the WAVEY intersection. The ground controller told us we could expect new routing to be sent to us via CPDLC. After a few minutes of sitting the pilots told ATC they still hadn’t received it. The controller advised them they were still working on it, and would send it to us. We ended up sitting for about 15 minutes

N504JB pushing back to Milwaukee

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N987JT pushing back for a long flight out to Seattle

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N838MH had been taxiing behind us, they were heading to Las Vegas

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N406DX was going to Amsterdam

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N2027J taxiing to the gate, after arriving from Punta Cana

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Eventually we got our new clearance. We would be on a more westerly routing, and would be departing over Robbinsville (RBV) VOR. This would require us to takeoff 31L from the Kilo-Echo intersection, since they were also using 22R. This meant we had to taxi back around to the other side of the airport, practically where we had started from

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N958JB taking off to Fort Lauderdale

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N607JB holding on 31L before starting its takeoff roll, for a flight across the country to Burbank

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Line Up and Wait

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After a 40 minute taxi and a 2 hour delay, we were in the air

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Tower instructed us to turn left to the SKOOR intersection, and handed us off to NY Departure. We checked in with departure climbing 3,000ft, for 5,000ft. We were instructed to continue the climb to 11,000ft. We were quickly handed off to the next sector of NY Departure. The next controller gave us 17,000ft, and instructed us to proceed to RBV leaving 11,000ft. He also pointed out an area of moderate precipitation at our 11 o’clock position, a few miles in diameter

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Despite all the clouds, it was a smooth climb to FL380

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As we were passing 27,000ft, the captain made an announcement. He explained the reroute and delay on the ground at JFK. He once again apologized for the delay, and said they would do their best to hustle, and try to get some shortcuts. But there was some weather along the coast, that we would need to go on the backside of. It would add a little bit to our flight time

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Cruising

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Going around some weather

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It started to get bumpy around North/South Carolina. The captain said that he was anticipating a smooth ride, but there was some clear air turbulence

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Starting the descent

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Final 10L

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Short final

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Touchdown

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Pulling into the gate next to N715JB getting ready for a flight to Hartford. I had seen it earlier in the day up in DCA, and N828JB was getting ready for a flight to LaGuardia

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N375DN flew right back up to JFK

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It ended up being a long day with the delay just to fly from DC, to Florida. But I was glad I was able to ride in the jumpseat on the two flights. It was cool to be able to be up front for the first time. I should be having my first flights coming up soon
 
LH4116
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Re: FLL-DCA-JFK-PBI jetBlue & Delta A320, A321 & E-175

Thu May 26, 2022 6:58 pm

Thanks for the report, very enjoyable read!
 
jetblue01
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Re: FLL-DCA-JFK-PBI jetBlue & Delta A320, A321 & E-175

Fri May 27, 2022 9:43 pm

LH4116 wrote:
Thanks for the report, very enjoyable read!


Thanks for reading it!
 
phatfarmlines
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Re: FLL-DCA-JFK-PBI jetBlue & Delta A320, A321 & E-175

Sun May 29, 2022 3:52 pm

jetblue01 wrote:
A few weeks ago I rode in the jumpseat, to do some observation flights during my time off between my checkride and IOE.


I've been following your journey now for several years as you pursued this opportunity. Looks like you're getting close, if not already there. Best of luck!

The timing couldn't be better for young men and women to become pilots.
 
jetblue01
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Re: FLL-DCA-JFK-PBI jetBlue & Delta A320, A321 & E-175

Sun May 29, 2022 7:55 pm

phatfarmlines wrote:

I've been following your journey now for several years as you pursued this opportunity. Looks like you're getting close, if not already there. Best of luck!

The timing couldn't be better for young men and women to become pilots.


Thank You! I had my first trip earlier this month, and have been pretty busy flying so far. I'm loving it so far!

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