KMIA (Miami - International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field) ✈ KJAX (Jacksonville - International Airport / Jacksonville Air National Guard Base - 125th Fighter Wing / 125th FW)
Airline: American Airlines d/b/a American Eagle operated by Republic Airlines
Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # YX
Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # RPA
Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign BRICKYARD
Airline Flight Number: # AA4286 / YX4286
Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR)
Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N432YX
Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # A32
Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
Aircraft's First Flight: July 2nd, 2014
Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 3 months old as of November 4th, 2014
Aircraft Test Registration: PR-EGZ (Brazil)
Aircraft Config: C12W20Y44
Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : # 17000415
Aircraft Line Number: # 17000415
Aircraft Delivery Date: July 18th, 2014
Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x GE CF34-8E5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Republic Airlines
Meal: Beverage / Refreshment service
Cabin: American Eagle Domestic First Class
Seat Assignment: 3A
A/C Equipped with IFE: No
A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
Airline Flight Date: November 4th, 2014
Boarding Call Time: 9:05 AM EST, November 4th, 2014
Boarding Zone: 1, Priority AAccess
Departure Time: 9:35 AM EST, November 4th, 2014
Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway D60 J, Concourse D, MIA
Arrival Time: 10:54 AM EST, November 4th, 2012
Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C7, Concourse C, JAX
Time Aloft: 1 hour 19 minutes (69 minutes)
Filed Speed: 473 KIAS
Filed Cruising Altitude: 28,000 feet
Flight Distance: Direct: 336 SM | Planned: 362 SM | Flown: 383 SM
Routing Waypoint (s) : MIA HEDLY1 HEDLY V267 PHK ORL HAINY QUBEN1 JAX
FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):
1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data
2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - Republic Airlines
3. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - American Eagle
4. Embraer 175 | Our Planes - American Airlines
5. American Presents the New E175 :: American Airlines Newsroom | American Airlines Begins Large Regional Jet Flying With Embraer E-175 Aircraft | American’s E-175s Feature 12 First Class Seats, Main Cabin Extra and Full-Size Overhead Bins
6. Embraer E-175 Fact Sheet :: American Airlines Newsroom
7. American Airlines Unveils Embraer 175 Regional Jet Design | Logistics and Transportation | Forbes - Grant Martin, Contributor
8. Take Flight In American Eagle First Class | aa.com - American Airlines
9. First Class Cabin - American Airlines
10. First and Business Class dining | Inflight Dining | During your flight | American Airlines
11. Inside American's new Embraer 175: Brighter, cleaner, with new plane smell (Video) | Pittsburgh Business Journal | Bizjournals.com
12. Need Questions Answered For Writeup On AE ERJ-170s | Travel, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net
13. JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority
14. History of Aviation - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority
15. Airport History - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority
16. Dedication program, Jacksonville International Airport
17. Historical Photo Circa 1968 of Jacksonville International Airport
18. Jacksonville Air National Guard Base | 125TH FIGHTER WING Fact Sheet | Florida Air National Guard
19. 125th Fighter Wing (125th FW) | GlobalSecurity.org
20. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Ritz Carlton | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
21. Ponte Vedra Inn and Club | Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts: Florida Resorts
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At about 3 AM
EST and way too early to get up on a day off from school, I headed down to my friend's bungalow, and we begun the bit of a long drive down to MIA
. He was much more awake than I was, despite my good sleep the previous night, but we still were very pumped for this daytrip. After the cab dropped us off on the D/E Concourse curb at MIA
, we ran into a kerfuffle because his ticket was booked on a separate PNR, which we were having a ton of trouble finding. Both of us walked through the first class lane and spoke to a ticketing agent, only to be told that they didn't see him on my flight. I knew that I had booked him the night before, but It didn't help that MIA
's Wi-Fi, at the time, was not free. Luckily, it is free for travel related websites, so we managed to get to AA
.com and find his PNR. Once we got it, we strolled over to the carry-on-only kiosks and printed our boarding passes before being groped by blueberry security guards then heading to the gate D30 Admirals Club for breakfast.
Arriving into MIA
, I attempted to take a picture of the light-board congratulating AA
(and Frontier) on their new service, but the rear view mirror got in the way. GAH! The new cities served from MIA
CURRENT: Austin - Bergstrom International (AFB) (AUS / KAUS), USA - Texas">AUS (Austin, Texas), MCI
(Kansas City, Missouri), SLC
(Salt Lake City, Utah) and SAT
(San Antonio, Texas), it's very exciting to see AA
(plus Frontier) grow larger at MIA
. Frontier, another airline I'd love to catch, at the time of writing (early March 2015) serves Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Washington-Dulles from MIA
. We'll see if they're able to stay profitable in MIA
This is a little confusing. You can't see it here, but there is an airport (non-airline) employee checking reservations and/or frequent flyer cards.. Since I didn't have a printout of my reservation, I handed him my US Airways Silver card, and was let right past. I then saw, next to the carry-on-only kiosks, that US Airways Silver / AA
Gold / OneWorld Ruby has a lane all to itself, which was closed off and strangely marked "baggage service center / customer assistance" or something to that effect. I'd never seen that before
Stepping into MIA
's Concourse D/E which are linked, lots of food and retail options are abound! Our destination, however, is the Gate D30 Admirals Club.
A friend is a friend,
'til the end of the end.
That's forever and a day.
Stay by your side.
Won't hear me say goodbye,
come what may.
Cause that's what friends do.
That's what friends do.
Checking a conveniently-placed FIDs display for our gate, looks like it is Gate D60, all the way at one end of the concourse, we'd have quite a walk (or SkyTrain ride
Entering the Gate D30 Admiral's Club. Curse that pesky finger of mine... :P
Ordering breakfast for my best friend and I, for those who do not know, most Admirals Club Lounges within American Airlines' hub airports have an actual sit-down restaurant within the club itself. There are complimentary light snacks just like every other United States-based airline lounge, including fresh-baked cookies, fruit, vegetables, and snack mixes. But the REAL food in the inter-club restaurant isn't free.
I don't understand why, but American Airlines has been harshly criticized for not making the food in the eatery free. I don't agree with those critics at all. For one thing, it's good that the restaurant exists at all, I'd definitely prefer a surcharged dining venue rather than have only hamster food. Secondly, I doubt American Airlines could afford to keep the various prices of admittance down AND
keep the wide extent of the restaurant's menu if they made the food free. So for these reasons, I do appreciate AA
's effort to offer a bit of nutritious, filling food in a ton of their lounges, it will make them competitive against Delta Sky Clubs, which now serve real food themselves (albeit complimentary).
How much can an 18 year old and 19 year old eat (now I'm 19 and he is 20, how times change...)?! A lot, that's for sure. After we munched all this down, we both had several heaping helpings of snack food and a few mugs of espresso, never underestimate two growing young men appetites.
A massive 777-200 crawls into the gate under the window near our table, it even shook the windows. :P Does anyone know what that little inlet sticking up under the tail is? APU inlet?
After my friend and I concluded our chow-fest in the AAC, we decided it would be more fun to watch airplanes (and of course snap pictures of them) on the ramp and runway, so we made a beeline to the furthest west SkyTrain station, which is possibly the best secure air side area in MIA
to spot aircraft at: not only does it have a top-down view of one of AA
's mainline ramps, but also has wide panning vistas of two of the most actively used runways at MIA
, Runway 8L
/29L and 8R/29R.
Halfway through our trek to the tram station, we suddenly saw a uniformed TSA
officer and a squad of police officers from the Miami Dade Sheriff's department run out of seemingly thin air, with one of them yelling into a bullhorn, "EVERYBODY FREEZE! NOBODY MOVE FROM WHERE YOU'RE STANDING!"
And the whole hallway instantly came to a standstill, while some TSA
officers dispersed throughout the sea of idle people to make sure nobody moved. One nervous woman asked what was going on, and the TSA
officer gruffly declared that either 1) someone had Ebola in MIA
(this was back in November when that Ebola scare was still going on) 2) someone ran through one of the security checkpoints or 3) someone with Ebola run through one of the security checkpoints, and as per TSA
modus operandi, the entire airport came to a standstill until they could verify that there was no risk to anyone.
comes to a standstill, until they can find the perp, at least...
About halfway through the lockdown, the MIA
Police Captain showed up and received a "sitrep" of sorts from the lead TSA
officer. He looks like he is ready to go to war, well, save for the green EZ
-GO at least. :P
After around 20 minutes of standing, they finally let us go, apparently the dude was caught or something. Who knows, but that was one of the most wacky moments on my trips...Probably won't be the wackiest, I assume....Cut loose, we walked through the duty free shops to the train station, and spotted for a bit before boarding the train to Gate D60 where our outbound flight would be departing to JAX
The best (in my opinion) spotting location in MIA
, the west SkyTrain station.
To start off with, a lineup of old and new American Airlines frames lined up along the terminal.
One of the rarest catches of the day, Laser Airlines
(Línea Aérea de Servicio Ejecutivo Regional, IATA: QL
, ICAO: LER, Callsign LASER) a Venezuelan Airline's, MD
, a 21-year-old airframe that was previously in service with a host of Japanese airlines before being transferred to QL
on April 6th, 2011. Looks like she is having some engine work done in the Miami Tech MRO
World Atlantic, an USA-based charter airline, taking off for HAV
Sorry for the blurry picture, but check out the wing flex on this departing TAM 777-300!
Another one of the rarest of the bunch today, an Air France IntraEurope A320-200 F-HEPF
(sorry for the quality, heat haze was running rampant on this day) heading to Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP).
757 is towed into stand while a Delta 737 rockets away in the background.
Look at how much the 767-300 dwarfs the 737-800! I'd never noticed such a difference in aircraft size.
Or, for that matter, a 777! Took this shot right as we rode to the end of Concourse D to board our MIA
Gate D60 is all the way at the east end of Concourse D in MIA
, used exclusively by Envoy and Republic operating as American Eagle. The area isn't actually a "gate", in the sense most people would think of a traditional jet-bridge, rather it is a condensed waiting area on the ground level of the airport that leads out to several fingers with doors connecting them to mini-airbridges on the ramp, just like the Skywest operation in Salt Lake City (SLC
), or the Piedmont / Air Wisconsin fingers in PHL
, etc. There are a few drawbacks to this kind of layout, namely that the nearest Admiral's club is a long ways away, and nearby seating is nearly always full at peak times, such as when the plethora of South American arrivals starts.
Nevertheless, the gate agents seemed to be doing a good job corralling all the passengers onto their respective flights via gate-side PA announcements, telling us the door to go to once we exited out of the terminal onto the covered walkways. Once there, however, it is up to the passenger to find the correct door, because only D60 is printed on your boarding pass. To remedy this, MIA
has airport workers stationed throughout the hallways providing directions. We managed to find our door, Gate D60 "J", after a brisk walk and were soon on board Republic Airline's N432YX
, my first American Eagle ERJ-175.
The very hard-working yet very polite gate agents, Envoy, please give them all a raise. They're not scowling in this picture, just working very efficiently to get everyone out on time, and one of them even printed me some souvenir boarding passes as well between two of their flights.
Walking out onto the D60 finger connector, with the omnipresent Glass Blocks
. If you ever come to my city of Fort Lauderdale or its bigger brother of Miami, you'll see these in architecture everywhere; they are very nifty as they allow light to come through like normal glass yet mostly distort and block whatever is on the other side. Here, unfortunately, they are just a nuisance as they prevent me from getting a decent shot of my airplane. Hopefully, in Jacksonville...But, Vignelli Associates Scissor Eagle isn't stopped by that...
This looks like the one!
Entering the strangely carpeted and air-conditioned mini-jetway, it seems strange to air-condition them considering all the little holes in the sidewalls...Also, looks like I'll indeed have to wait until we get to Jacksonville to get a good shot of my aircraft.
Aboard the frame, I couldn't help but notice that the exterior as well as the interior of this ERJ-175 were literally glowing
--even my friend said "Dude, is it just me, or is this plane brand new?
" Luckily, with my handy dandy PlaneSpotters.Net resource, which I use to gather all the info you see in the flight template at the beginning of each flight in my trip reports, I found out that N432YX was only 3 months old!!
I figured as much, the entire cabin smelled new, the lights in the galley and cockpit shone bright and gleamed, the safety cards, magazines, and even airsick bags were all pristine and un-frayed. I hope Republic makes an effort to keep these frames in tip-top condition, as I was very impressed with the general shape of the aircraft.
This flight was served by three, I believe, flight attendants, with one in the front serving first class and two in the back serving main cabin extra and the main cabin. The one in the front was very senior, and obviously earned that spot, taking all of the pre-departure beverage orders before coach even began boarding. That wasn't saying much for this flight, as F was nearly 90% empty (Y couldn't have been over 50%, either), shockingly enough. I had never seen such an empty flight! There was only 6 first class seats taken counting all upgraders, meaning that 6 went out empty. Sounds like prime pickings for nonrevs, methinks.
After the lead flight attendant gathered our PDB-trash, the captain grabbed his receiver and murmured "Flight attendants prepare cabin for departure", which was the only thing we ever heard from them, apart from a pre-landing announcement. Surprisingly, this ERJ-175 was equipped with an automated-voice announcement system that played as we pushed back, covering all the seat-belt/turbulence/ditching procedures in somewhat of a corny robotic female voice. It certainly was a bit strange to hear a dismembered voice make all of the announcements rather than the flight attendants until cruise, when they began the beverage round.
A surprisingly massive first class cabin, considering American Airlines' mainline A319 (non-PMUS) airframes have only eight first class seats (yes, only 8) while this smaller series has 12, which primarily has to do with regional pilot scope clauses restricting the amount of seating in certain aircraft.
My seat, 3A, with an American Airlines mainline domestic first class blanket, but no pillow.
It may not seem like it from the above image, but these ERJ-170 series cabins are extremely
spacious--if I had to say, they are just a tad shorter in stand-up height than a mainline 737, good job, Embraer.
Caffeine is my favorite, as known.
Decent domestic first class legroom on this ERJ.
Pushing out of the Gate D60 ramp. I'll be there holding that orange wand soon!!
Passing an AA
738 facing us on our way to the active.
US Airways D/B/A American Airlines "PSA
Airlines Retrojet" Airbus A319-100 N742PS
, passing by way too quick for me to get a good shot of it, hence the window frame...
Turning onto the runway...
Blasting out of MIA
, with an Air Canada Airbus below.
An airborne view of the bay and isn't it lovely looking!
The pilot's halo visible as we swing around to the north to begin our journey up to JAX
Rising above the cloud layer to cruise.
Cruising above the Floridian landscape. Challenge for my airport-identifying-loving-friend Tigerguy: which airport is that in the center of the image?
Service on this flight was your average short-hop domestic first class no-frills beverage and snack rounds, with little else done after the initial few passes of refreshments. The flight crew on this flight were punctual, but didn't really go above and beyond to serve the passengers on this flight, just good, decent service. On these short hops, AA
does (or did) hand out small bags of snack mix instead of the apples, bananas, chips, cookies, crackers, and candy found on similar US Airways flights of this length. While it is certainly a tasty pub mix, it does get a little tiring after awhile, but I've heard rumors that AA
is going to replace it with snack basket service on some short haul domestic first class segments, not sure if that is true or not, but it would be a welcoming change as AA
has introduced these scrumptious little mini-sandwiches in their own snack baskets. Luckily, I had no problem getting a few extra bags of snack mix to hold me over until we got to the Ritz.
Cabin during cruise, very roomy, modern, and clean.
Coca-Cola and Gourmet Snack Mix. I wonder what makes it Gourmet...?
My buddy was enjoying his first class experience very much as well, and he chose coffee as his beverage of choice.
is only a short 52-55 minute hop on most days, and we started descending just a few tens of miles north of Jacksonville International Airport, which is a joint-use civilian airport and Air Force base for the 125th Fighter Wing. At JAX
, the runways are in the shape of a V, with the point of (near) intersection pointing towards the east. We flew a relatively smooth descent all the way to touchdown, slowing down before taxiing into the small Concourse C at JAX
. One thing I noticed on this approach is that the ERJ-175 seems to be slow and stiff on the controls whenever the pilots applied an input, has anyone noticed this? It seemed to fly low and slow as we floated downwards toward Runway 8.
Challenge number two, Tigerguy. Spotted this field just as we began our descent 40-50 miles out.
A white Lockheed P-3 Orion
, one of the best catched of the day, taking off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville or NAS Jacksonville (IATA: NIP
, ICAO: KNIP, FAA LID
). Wiki Information:
In addition to the many operational active and reserve squadrons aboard, NAS Jacksonville is also home to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), the Navy's largest aviation squadron and the only P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon Fleet Replacement Squadron that prepares and trains U.S. and NATO/Allied pilots, air crew and maintenance personnel for further operational assignments in the P-8A, P-3C Orion and EP-3E Aries in the U.S. Navy, and P-3B, P-3C and similar variants in various NATO and Allied navies and air forces. VP-30 is the first squadron to operate the U.S. Navy's new P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and commenced training flight crews and maintainers in this replacement for the P-3C in 2012. All U.S. Navy patrol squadrons eventually transition to this new platform.
Yet another small GA
field for Tigerguy to identify, looks closed though?
Our shadow on mid-final over some country houses and a lush forest, looks lovely to live there!
Short final with our shadow still visible by way of the baking Floridian sun.
Touchdown, slats drooping, spoilers deploying, and reverse thrust engaged to slow us to a stop in JAX
Taxiing into Concourse C in JAX
's smallish terminal.
A twofold of Delta Connection CRJs and a Saab 340BPlus
of my beloved hometown airline, 3M
Taxiing past some US Airways bretheren across the terminal concourse, I'm going to miss the little cute abstract flag livery when this bird is repainted into "New American" paint.
Parked in Gate C7 at Jacksonville International Airport, waiting for the jetway to attach to our airplane.
Another day, another flight, another airline, another aircraft, another airport, another trip report.
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