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Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Finishing Our Adventure

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Time to tell the second part in our Planes, Trains and Automobiles story!

Not long ago, I published the first half my Planes, Trains and Automobiles adventure that I experienced with my wife Brittany. I have been on many types of trains through my years (miniature, Christmas, rollercoaster, light rail, even stepped on a Lego train by accident once), but never on an 18hr overnight trip in my own little suite — I was stoked!

I ended my previous story with a great cliffhanger… our odd, yet interesting, little toilet in the very small roomette. I know that you all have been waiting to hear more about it, so I won’t keep you waiting.

THE SINK / TOILET COMBO IN OUR AMTRAK ROOMETTE

Before booking the train tickets, I read that there was a toilet in the room. I also saw the size of the room. I didn’t know how it would be possible, but those engineers have some talent. The sink you unlock from the wall and it easily folds down. It can be a little weird to use since the bowl fills up, and the water drains from those holes in the back, when you are folding the sink back up. So, if you have too much water in there, and you are on some bumpy track… good times.

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The specifications and lay out of our Amtrak Silverliner Roomette – Image: Amtak

I don’t want to give TMI (Too Much Information), but I feel that I need to tell you a little more about this toilet before moving on. The room has windows to the hallway, and there are thick curtains, with magnets, to give you privacy. Visually at least. I mean, the toilet is along the hallway wall and people are walking by you, so the whole thing is just… well… unique. Doable, but unique. There are also other toilets available (some which offer showers), so there are other options. Okay, I promise that is the last time that I will mention the toilet.

Let’s get back on track (Get it? Track. I get to use train puns instead of airplane ones)…

In the roomette, there are two chairs facing each other, and a table that you can fold up to play games, write up a blog, or rest your arms. I am 6’1″ and Brittany is 5’6″ and we remained quite comfy — even when we stayed the majority of the time in our room. At first the space felt pretty small, especially with the interior curtains shut, but with the big windows and lots of natural light, it seemed to quickly grow in size.

STRETCHING OUR LEGS

In retrospect, I am not quite sure why we didn’t get up and walk around the train more (maybe because we did so much walking and exploring in New York). There was a snack car we visited a few times, but we didn’t venture beyond. We did take some opportunities to step off the train at a few stops, but at many locations, Amtrak told passengers that you “could” get off, but there is nothing there, so don’t. Okay then.

There was one stop in particular where we were adding cars, and a train next to us was connecting a locomotive. I was like a kid in a candy store. The sights, the sounds, the smells were all so wonderful. Brittany was nice enough to join me, and also made sure that I didn’t miss our train leaving.

TRADITIONAL DINING: SOME HISTORICAL ROMANCE ON AMTRAK

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Dinner with a view in the dining car. Well, crackers and a menu with a view. No cost for those with rooms, but for purchase with those with seats.

We both weren’t sure what to expect from our dining experience — I was excited, but also a little nervous (about eating with strangers). Since we took this trip back in May 2018, the meal service has changed. At the time, there was a formal dining car, with big windows and a pretty impressive menu.

Today, Amtrak’s Traditional Dining experience still exists on some routes (well, due to covid, Amtrak has paused all Traditional Dining service), but on the Silverliner route, they changed it to what they call Flexible Dining — which is pretty much room service. It sadly means that there is no more dining car.

I get it… there are more passengers who don’t want to sit with strangers, and it is cheaper, but the dining car was part of the romance of the trip. I am very grateful I got to experience it before it went away.

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Maybe this sign has been updated to “Dining Car… None of the Ways”

I will say that overall, dinner was great. Not only were we passing through some beautiful scenery, but the meal was actually tasty and our seat mates were interesting (in a good way). For breakfast… the food was also good, but we were sat with two different people that didn’t know each other and neither of them were interested in talking. So Brittany and I just talked to each other, on the same side of the table, while our “guests” just scarfed their food and left. Awkward.

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My meal was actually quite good!

SLEEPING ON THE TRAIN

I was looking forward to this part of the train ride the most, but Brittany was kind of dreading it. When it was bed time, our attendant came in and set up our cabin. The bottom section made use of  the table and a mattress, where the top bunk just folded down. The cool part is both the top and bottom had access to the window. There were curtains, but I found myself waking up quite often just to look outside.

I enjoyed hearing the sounds of the tracks, being rocked to sleep, and enjoying the occasional whistle.  It was the romance of train travel that I was hoping to experience. Although, Brittany didn’t have the same romantic experience through the . She had a harder time sleeping and the netting to stop her from falling didn’t offer much reassurance. She is a type that is always up for adventure, but it might be a challenge to get her on another overnight train ride.

CONCLUSIONS ON THE AMTRAK TRAIN RIDE

I loved the experience and I would love to do it again. The sights, the sounds of the tracks, walking down the cars while we move, and being rocked to sleep — it was a magical experience. And maybe with a different room setup, and some more time, Brittany will go again (I know I could talk her into it).

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Arriving to the very hot and humid Jacksonville, FL

The 18 hours just tracked by for me (kind of like “flew by”). However, we had our next adventure waiting!

TIME FOR THE AUTOMOBILE PORTION OF THIS SHIN-DIG

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This wasn’t the GT or any other fancy Mustang model, but it also wasn’t barebones… it treated us well.

I really love planes (duh). I really like trains. And I get a kick out of trying to rent a car that compliments my trip. Like a Ram truck when in Montana, a Jeep Wrangler when in Maui, and of course a Ford Mustang Convertible for Florida.

After arriving in Jacksonville, we took a Lyft to the airport, where our rental car was waiting.

Although I have no loyalty when it comes to Ford vs Chevy, I was pleasantly surprised to see the aircraft influenced aspects of the interior. The cool (literally and figuratively) ventilated seats while cruising with the top down didn’t hurt either.

With adventures like this, I like to have a hotel booked someplace (we wanted one on the beach) and then we just sort of find adventures along the way.  We just looked on Google Maps, found a place that looked interesting and went to check it out! We took what would have been a 3.5 hour drive and made it into two days.

Even though it seemed that our adventure just started… we arrived to our final destination (that silly movie franchise really ruined being able to say that, without it sounding like a bad thing).

ARRIVING TO OUR DESTINATION – VERO BEACH, FL

It is always nice spending time with family and relaxing, but as with all vacations, they sadly come to an end. We made our way to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and boarded our Alaska 737 for our diagcon flight home to Seattle.

BONUS: A Diagcon Look at the New First Class on an Alaska Airlines Airbus A321

COMPARING IT TO THE MOVIE

I am going to go ahead and say that our trip went A LOT better than the movie. Probably one of the better trips that I have experienced. Even the parts that might not have gone so smoothly, we had a way of making the most of it. Of course it helps having an awesome trip mate, like Brittany, along for the ride!

Have you done a trip like this before, or thought about doing it? How did it work out? How have your train experiences gone? I really feel I didn’t do a good job with the train puns, sorry about that. Tell me about your experiences or share more train puns in the comments!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER – SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: [email protected]

http://www.airlinereporter.com

Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Doing it for Real!

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I made up a binder to plan our trip and this was on the cover… it is how I roll!

The movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is one of my favorite classics. It never gets old watching how a simple trip falls apart into complete chaos. It might have been a bit odd for me to be excited taking a trip using those exact forms for transportation (in the same order, none-the-less), but I was optimistic that our trip would turn out much better. Brittany (my lovely wife) and I were planning to take a plane from Seattle (SEA) to New York (via EWR); a train from New York (NYP) to Jacksonville, FL (JAX); and then a nice little drive down the Florida coast to Vero Beach, FL.

Brittany had never been to New York City and we wanted to visit my dad in Vero Beach. You probably can tell that I love flying, but I was at a place in my life where the idea of flying back and forth across the country twice in a few 737s was not appealing, so I started to get creative.

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The outside of an Amtrak car with Viewliner Roomettes – Photo: Amtrak

I realized that for about the same cost to fly from New York down to Florida, we could purchase a Viewliner Roomette on the Amtrak Silver Service. Of course the travel time would be a bit more… but the experience would be very different. Neither of us had traveled overnight on a train and I was stoked about the idea!

Although the train continued farther south, I wanted to round out the experience by de-training (that a thing?) in JAX and renting a car to drive the rest of the way. The drive is only about three hours to our final destination, but we decided to make it a two-day adventure. We wanted to smell the roses and also stay at a hotel right on the water. We had our quest locked in!

Buckle up… it is time to first start the PLANE portion of our journey!

THE PLANE… TO NEW YORK

I should mention that this trip happened a while ago — May of 2018. I have always wanted to share it, but never got around to it. Now that many of us are not traveling, due to the coronavirus, I thought it would be a good time for me to look back and reminisce. 

I am not a mileage hound, so when I get to use my companion pass on for a cross country flight, I feel legit. However, I didn’t feel as legit when I ended up in the middle seat. Brittany and I originally booked seats 27A and 27C, hoping for an empty middle, but this 737 was full (remember those days?). The passenger who was in the middle had no issue taking the aisle and I was a gentleman and let Brittany take the window (awe).

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Not perfect, but gives the basic idea of the journey – Image: GCMap.com

Although I can’t remember specific details of our flight two years ago, I think that is a good thing. One of the reasons that I love flying on Alaska is consistently having a great experience. Out of all the miles flown on them, I have had so few problems and the crew are almost always so positive and friendly. If I have to be stuck in the middle seat of a 737 for five hours… Alaska is my first choice.

NO SLEEP ‘TIL BROOKLYN

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The view from our hotel in Brooklyn — the ALOFT

We ended up flying into Newark and opted to take a Lyft to our hotel in Brooklyn. I warned Brittany that driving works a little different in The Big Apple — you have to think of it as more of an amusement ride than transportation. Our driver didn’t disappoint.

BONUS: INSIDE LOOK AT JFK’S TWA HOTEL

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Nerds! Just down the street from our hotel is the police station used in the TV show Brooklyn 99 (really the 78th precinct)

I have been to New York a few times and have stayed in a number of places, but never Brooklyn. I highly recommend it, and would probably choose it again. We chose the location because my pal Jason (aka @AirlineFlyer and one of the guys I flew in a few Beech 1900Ds with) lives in the area; there was super easy access to Manhattan via the subway; and the hotel was nice and way cheaper. Like anywhere, there are a few sketch places, so using Google Maps Street view can be helpful.

TIME TO PLAY TOURIST IN NEW YORK CITY

We only had four days in the city and I will say that we accomplished quite a bit. Although there was one part of New York that I was very disappointed in…

ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER – FREEDOM TOWER

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We took a photo of a young couple and were hoping that they would do the same — nope. We barely got one shot from the observation deck from the One World Trade Center before bailing

We were told to visit the Empire State Building and forget the One World Trade Center (by more than one local). However, I didn’t listen. I am a pretty patient person and can handle tourist crowds, when needed. But I have never seen such incompetence and lack of respect for the visitors, and the history of the location.

The experience of getting to the observation deck felt like a mixture of total chaos and a condo timeshare sales pitch. By the time we made it, Brittany and I were both done and we both got the heck out of there.

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The two reflecting pools where the original towers once stood.

Annoyed and just wanting to get back to the hotel, we came across the two reflecting pools and all the frustration melted away almost instantly. They were very powerful.

My advice (which is the same that I ignored) is to head to the Empire State Building observation deck, and then check out the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

I could have easily hung out in New York for a bit longer, but oh man… I was super excited about taking the TRAIN!

TIME FOR THE TRAIN – CHOO CHOO

I want to put it out there that I love a good train, but my level of knowledge is pretty low. I know many of you are both AvGeeks and Railfans and I am all about learning, so let me know what I might have missed in the comments.

This was my first time using Penn Station and… yea… it is interesting. Each section had its own unique architecture (mostly not in a good way), and the temperature changed by at least 10 degrees from one section to another. Most things were set up with the expectation that everyone there knew what they were doing. I felt like it was my first day at a new school that was already in session.

BONUS: RIDING MOROCCO’S AL BORAQ BULLET TRAIN

We ended up finding where the train would depart and were herded into this passenger waiting area. Later we found out that there was a lounge that our ticket class gave us access to… bummer. It is interesting that the Amtrak staff that checked us into the herd waiting area never said anything.

When it got close to our departure time, we were told to head out to a big open central area with screens informing passengers of their train’s track. There were lots and lots of people there just waiting for their track number to pop up and when it did: pandemonium! A big group of people would rush their way to an escalator to be first on the train. I am guessing this might be normal for some, but for us, it seemed nuts. It makes the airline boarding process seem completely tame.

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Welcome onboard David Brown and now Brittany Brown!

Then it was our turn. Since we had a reserved room, we weren’t too worried about the hustle. When we got to the track, it wasn’t obvious which car was ours, so we asked an Amtrak employee. He told us it was on the far end. Cool. We got down there and it was a baggage car. We asked someone else and they told us it was all the way where we just came from. Sigh. At least the Amtrak employees were consistent (I say that not in a complimentary way)!

We finally found our car, made our way in, and we were welcomed by our attendant. She showed us our room and it even had a nice little sign, making us both feel confident that we were in the right place!

OUR AMTRAK VIEWLINER ROOMETTE

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Our home for the next 18 hours. You can see the slider door on the right that closes the room from the hallway.

Before our trip, I had done research on what to expect from our little room. I looked at photos, watched videos, and saw many folks mention that it is hard to really capture it without seeing it in person. I would agree.

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Our Amtrak Viewliner Roometter… well a drawing anyhow – Image: Amtrak

Easily the most interesting part of the room was the sink/toilet combo. Yes, that is right… in the very small room, there is a folding sink and a flushable toilet that sits between the chair/bed, and a small wall with a curtain into the public hallway. Good times.

I hate to do this, but I am splitting this story in two parts, but you won’t have to wait too long. Next week, I will publish the second part, which will not only go over the famous toilet, but also our dining, and sleeping on the train (to be clear, these all were done separately). Plus our sweet convertible drive down the Florida coast! And I will also share the one part of the trip that Brittany will probably never do again. Stay tuned!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER – SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: [email protected]

http://www.airlinereporter.com

Cessna 172 Privat Pilot Petersen

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Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #29: Solo (long) Cross Country – Part 3 of 4

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 @ 08:30 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty ninth training lesson flight (3.7 Hobbs Hour Today, 41.6 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.

My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Miami Executive (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Executive) Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

A long solo cross-country flight of 257nm from Tamiami (KTMB) overflying Belle Glade (X14) and Pahokee (PHK) and landing at Okeechobee (KOBE) where I had breakfast. Then on to overflying La Belle (X10) before landing at Immakolee (KIMM) and on to overfly Everglades City (X01) and the Shark Valley Tower before returning to Tamiami (KTMB).

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.

The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:43 – Talk: Audio cable falling, digital voice recorder
00:46 – POI: Buckhead Ridge, FL
04:33 – POI: Dirt bike race track
08:34 – POI: Cane Field Rd & Harney Canal
09:55 – POI: Lakeport, FL
12:56 – POI: Old Lakeport Road NW & Canal
14:36 – POI: Herbert Hoover Dyke
16:09 – POI: Unknown quarry near US-27
20:59 – POI: State Road 78 & 29
23:05 – POI: La Belle & Port La Belle
23:52 – POI: La Belle Airport (X14)
26:19 – POI: Peace River Citrus Grove
30:42 – IC Comm: 8 miles out, Runway 36
32:38 – IC Comm: 5 miles out, Runway 36
33:55 – IC Comm: 3 miles out, Runway 36
34:42 – IC Comm: 1 mile out, Runway 36
35:41 – IC Comm: Turning base, Runway 36
36:11 – IC Comm: Turning final, Runway 36
36:37 – Landing runway 36 at Immakolee (KIMM)
37:56 – IC Comm: Clear of runway 36
38:13 – Taxiing back to runway 36
40:01 – IC Comm: Departing runway 36
40:15 – Departing runway 26 at Immakolee (KIMM)
42:56 – IC Comm: Departing to the South
47:35 – POI: Small plane cross below
51:12 – POI: Florida Panther National Wildlife refuge
52:11 – POI: I-75
54:08 – POI: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
58:54 – POI: Copeland, FL
1:00:13 – POI: Carnestown, FL

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #32: Checkride Prep Flight #3

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 @ 08:45 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my thirty second training lesson flight, though I wouldn't consider this a flight lesson anymore.
I've completed all my training, except for another 0.8 IFR flying, and have moved into the checkride prep phase.
Today's flight was (1.4 Hobbs Hour Today, 44.3 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW,
out of Miami Executive (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Executive) Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

Checkride Prep Flight #3

– Crosswind Take-off
– Slow Flight
– Steep turns
– Simulated Engine Failure – Emergency Landing
– S-Turns
– Turn around a point

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

02:32 – TC Comm: Northwest Departure, VFR
03:19 – TG Comm: Runway 27R via A
03:54 – Taxiing to runway 27R
05:19 – Engine run-up checklist
08:58 – TG Comm: Run-up complete
12:23 – TT Comm: Cleared for take-off, Runway 27R
13:45 – TT Comm: Turn to the North
15:35 – TT Comm: Proceed Northwest, Remain clear of Bravo
21:21 – Slow Flight
25:57 – Steep turns (45 degrees) – Attempt #1
27:42 – Steep turns (45 degrees) – Attempt #2
30:01 – Steep turns (45 degrees) – Attempt #1
32:15 – Simulated engine failure, Emergency landing
38:07 – S-Turns
45:30 – Turn around a point
51:28 – KTMB Approach ATIS Information Mike
53:40 – TT Comm: Inbound full stop landing
56:52 – TT Comm: Extend downwind, You'll call my base
59:24 – TT Comm: Follow the Seminole
1:00:03 – TT Comm: Runway 31, Clear to land
1:01:39 – Short-field landing
1:04:40 – TT Comm: Turn D1, Contact Ground .7
1:05:55 – TG Comm: Taxi to Spot 2 via G A
1:06:12 – Taxiing to Spot 2

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #25 – Part 2: First Solo Cross-Country KTMB-KAPF-KTMB

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Monday, December 1st, 2014 @ 10:00 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty fifth training lesson flight (2.1 Hobbs Hour Today, 33.1 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

This is Part 2 of 2 for my first cross-country flight, but not my 150+nm one, to Naples, FL. Here's the link to Part 1:

Today's flight:

– First Solo Cross-Country to Naples, FL (KAPF)
– Flight Following

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

Part 2:

00:34 – NG Comm – Taxi to runway 5 via A
01:07 – Taxiing to runway 5
03:38 – NT Comm – Cleared for take-off
03:58 – Take-off from runway 5
07:20 – POI: I-75
09:03 – POI: Wing South private airstrip
09:51 – NT Comm – Squawk 1200
22:40 – POI: Lee Cypress (aka Copaland)
25:55 – KTMB Approach ATIS Information Sierra
34:11 – POI: Oasis Ranger Station airstrip
38:30 – POI: Miami-Dade Collier airstrip (TNT)
46:37 – POI: Shark Valley loop road
52:35 – TT Comm – Inbound full stop
52:55 – TT Comm – Make straight-in, runway 9L
54:08 – TT Comm – Cleared to land
56:23 – POI: Radar facility (The Ball)
57:52 – Landing Tamiami runway 9L
1:00:38 – TT Comm – Contact Ground .7
1:00:51 – TG Comm – Taxi to Spot 2 via A
1:01:08 – Taxiing to Spot 2

Epic Flight Academy | Professional Pilot Training | Florida

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Operating a fleet of 20 training aircraft equipped with Garmin G1000 glass cockpits, and 4 certified flight training devices (simulators), our 50 full-time CFI’s instruct students, together flying over 30,000 hours annually. Epic Flight Academy is a certified Cessna Service Station with an onsite Maintenance Center performing preventative inspections and reactive maintenance to ensure students are utilizing resources held to the highest safety standards.

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Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #8: Steep Turns, Power-on/off Stalls, Forward Slip

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 07:50 EDT

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my eigth flight training lesson (1.3 Hobbs Hour Today, 10.5 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

Today's lesson involved:

– Steep Turns
– Slow Flight
– Power-off Stall
– Power-on Stall
– Forward Slip

To view a 3D GPS Ground Track synchronized to the video, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:25 – Departure ATIS Information
03:56 – Taxiing to Spot 2
05:12 – Contacting Tamiami Ground
05:22 – TG Comm
06:02 – Taxiing to Runway 9L
11:31 – Before Take-off Run-up Checklist
12:51 – Before Take-off Checklist
14:39 – Before Take-off Final Items Checklist
15:38 – Contacting Tamiami Tower
15:48 – TT Comm
16:31 – Take-off Roll
21:10 – Airliner Crossing Overhead
26:01 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Left
27:59 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Right
29:58 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Left
31:00 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Left
32:18 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Right
33:28 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Right
36:55 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Right
38:10 – Steep Turn (45º) to the Left
41:51 – Slow Flight
43:04 – Power-off Stall
45:39 – Power-on Stall
48:25 – Power-on Stall
49:38 – Forward Slip
50:46 – 2000 fpm Forward Slip Descent
51:02 – Locating & Returning to Airport
52:18 – 424 Aviation Student Solo
54:44 – Contacting Tamiami Tower
54:54 – TT Comm
57:39 – Rain Cloud in the Way
1:02:03 – TT Comm
1:03:32 – Final Approach Runway 9L
1:04:08 – Full Stop Landing
1:04:46 – TT Comm
1:05:06 – After Landing Checklist
1:05:57 – Contacting Tamiami Ground
1:06:07 – TG Comm
1:06:22 – Taxiing to Spot 2
1:08:19 – Going to Spot 14 for Maintenance
1:08:29 – TG Comm
1:08:44 – Taxiing to Spot 14
1:13:54 – Shutdown Checklist

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #33: Checkride Prep Flight #4

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 @ 08:30 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my thirty third training lesson flight, though I wouldn't consider this a flight lesson anymore.
I've completed all my training, except for another 0.8 IFR flying, and have moved into the checkride prep phase.
Today's flight was (1.6 Hobbs Hour Today, 47.2 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW,
out of Miami Executive (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Executive) Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

Checkride Prep Flight #4

– Slow flight
– Power-off/on stall
– Steep turn
– IFR & VOR Navigation
– Unusual Attitude Recovery
– S-Turns
– Turn around a point

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:48 – KTMB Departure ATIS INformation Mike
01:53 – Taxiing to Spot 2
03:09 – TC Comm: Northwest departure VFR
03:48 – TG Comm: Runway 27R via A
04:06 – Taxiing to Runway 27R
05:32 – Engine run-up checklist
11:34 – TG Comm: Monitor Tower 134.6
15:56 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Cleared for take-off
16:12 – Short-field take-off, Runway 27R
18:34 – TT Comm: Northwest, Clear of Bravo
19:19 – TT Comm: Frequency change
25:08 – Slow flight
30:05 – Power-off stall
34:17 – Power-off stall #2
36:49 – Power-on stall
40:03 – Power-on stall while turning
42:07 – Steep turn to the right
43:14 – Steep turn to the left
45:14 – Fly by instruments
46:20 – VOR navigation
54:40 – Unusual attitude recovery
1:02:40 – S-Turns
1:11:29 – Turn around a point
1:14:30 – Returning to KTMB
1:14:55 – KTMB Approach ATIS Information Oscar
1:17:22 – TT Comm: Inbound full stop
1:17:55 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Right downwind
1:22:50 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Cleared to land
1:24:58 – Crosswind landing, Runway 27R
1:26:13 – TT Comm: A1, Ground .7
1:27:42 – TG Comm: A to Spot 2

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #28: First Dual Cross-Country at Night – Part 2

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014 @ 18:00 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty eighth training lesson flight (2.0 Hobbs Hour Today, 37.9 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

– Nighttime flying
– Cross-country (dual) to Homestead General Aviation (X51)
then on to Boca Raton (KBCT) along the western edge of Miami / Everglades,
and back to Tamiami (KTMB) along the ocean's shoreline.

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:30 – Departing Boca Raton for Tamiami
01:11 – POI: I-95 & Glades Rd.
01:42 – POI: Town Center at Boca Raton
03:25 – BT Comm – Frequency change approved
04:15 – POI: Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier
06:39 – POI: Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse & Pompano Beach Airpark
10:10 – POI: Atlantic Blvd & Commercial Blvd
11:58 – POI: Port Everglades & Cruis Ships / Commercial Ships
12:58 – POI: Fort Lauderdale International Airport
15:40 – POI: Dania Beach
17:52 – POI: Hallandale Beach, Golden Isles, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
19:07 – POI: Dumfoundling Bay
20:01 – POI: Sunny Isle, Haulover Inlet, Oleta State Park
23:04 – POI: JF Kennedy Causeway
24:12 – POI: Blue & Green Diamond Condominiums
24:26 – POI: I-195 Causeway & Mount Sinai Medical Center
25:15 – POI: Miami Beach / South Beach
26:05 – POI: Port of Miami & Downtown Miami (at the top)
26:33 – POI: Fisher Island & Port of Miami
26:50 – POI: Virginia Key & Key Biscayne
29:50 – POI: KTMB Approach ATIS Information Gulf
31:26 – TT Comm – Inbound full stop
33:32 – POI: 826, Dadeland Mall, Dadeland Station
34:07 – POI: Baptist Hospital Kendall
34:36 – POI: 874 & 104 Street
34:51 – POI: 874
35:10 – POI: Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus
35:30 – POI: Town & Country Shopping Center
35:56 – POI: Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport
36:39 – TT Comm – Cleared to land
37:11 – POI: Shopping Center at 104 Street & Hammocks Blvd
38:39 – Full stop landing, runway 9L
40:50 – TT Comm – Contact Ground
41:34 – TG Comm – Taxi to Spot 2
41:48 – Taxiing to Spot 2
45:50 – Christmas Aviation Bedtime Story
49:07 – Christmas Greeting

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