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American Airlines to the Max! Great Views On a 737 MAX 8 From Miami to LaGuardia

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Poor Mr. MAX, famous for all the wrong reasons. But the dumpster fire otherwise known as 2020 gave the a chance to hide from the news cycle as Boeing fixed its design issues. The FAA held Boeing’s feet to the fire with the recertification, and today I have more than enough trust in the plane to fly it. I got my chance on a medium-haul flight from Miami International to New York LaGuardia earlier this summer.

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After all the build-up I was expecting to be either overwhelmed or underwhelmed. But instead, I was just … whelmed. It’s a gorgeous plane, sleeker than the 737’s previous iterations. It’s quieter, has cooler onboard lighting, and plenty of under-the-hood operational benefits for the airlines. I felt very safe on the plane, and about as comfortable as one can expect to be in domestic economy. But as usual, the airline’s choice of onboard product made the biggest impact on the experience. Ultimately, the most memorable parts of the flight were the *amazing* window seat views I got over Miami and New York.

Hop onboard with me for a few thoughts on American’s 8, and for lots of photos and videos from the flight.

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Meet the MAX

The subtle exterior changes Boeing made with the MAX make for a great-looking plane. Many of them, like the sleek tail cone and the chevrons on the engine nacelles (or for non-AvGeeks, the wavy thing on the butt-end of the engine) are borrowed in part from the 787 Dreamliner.

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The forward placement of the engine relative to the wing was at the root of the MAX’s design issues. But aesthetically I think it looks cool.

BONUS: Beautiful Photos of the 737 MAX (2019)

Speaking of things that look cool (to AvGeeks at least), I got a peek into the flight deck during boarding and was amazed by the huge displays. It’s a high-tech look for the 737 line, and a far cry from the cockpits in the first 737s that flew over 50 years ago.

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Meet the Seat

I was a little less enthusiastic about American’s onboard product. But then again, domestic economy seating is rarely worth any excitement. Keeping with the general airline trend of newer planes getting worse seats, American delivers barely 30 inches of pitch (legroom plus seat thickness) in standard economy. Because the pitch also includes seat width and the seats are THIN, your functional legroom is about the same as on old planes with thick seats with 31-32 inches of pitch. But, it won’t surprise anyone that the thin seats come with very little padding.

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The most noteworthy change is that there are no inflight entertainment screens, so you have to stream to your B.Y.O. screen. The literature pocket and USB charging port are up high, which gives you a bit more space for your knees, but clutters things up at eye level.

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Even with the nice cabin lighting and other finishes, it all made for a cramped and uninspiring cabin product.

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First class looked like the standard for domestic aircraft. It’s wild that even here in a premium cabin there weren’t any seat-back screens.

It was hard to find any evidence on the printed materials that I was on a MAX. Even the safety instructions, which are often specific about the variant of aircraft, just said “737.” As much as I’m confident in the MAX personally, I do think passengers should be aware of what specific plane they’re on. Then again, by the time you’ve boarded it’s a little too late.

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Hitting the Skies

We passed by an older 737 in one of American’s retro liveries. I’d never seen this one before, and a bit of googling after the flight showed me it’s a Reno Air livery. Looking back through the archives, we mentioned this livery briefly in one of our recaps back in 2015.

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We were treated to crystal-clear sunny views during our taxi, takeoff, and climbout from Miami. During the taxi an Atlas Air 747 took off beside us, and by the fact it only used a mile of runway I figure it was pretty lightly loaded. Getting to see Fort Lauderdale Airport during cruise climb was an added AvGeek bonus.

BONUS: We Flew Alaska Airlines’ 737 MAX Inaugural Revenue Service

The flight itself was perfectly uneventful, with reduced service onboard as a result of COVID (this flight was back in May and service policies on the airlines are changing rapidly as things slowly move towards normal). I did notice that the lavatories are insanely small — so tiny that I couldn’t even get a useful picture. The sink in particular was frustratingly small, forcing you to choose whether to wash only your fingertips or else splash water everywhere.

Back to the views! They were amazing on our descent over Brooklyn and Queens. We barely had to change course at all for our straight-line approach into runway 04 at LaGuardia, which ended with a VERY low pass over Grand Central Parkway just before touchdown.

My take on the MAX

I honestly have less to say here than I thought I would. I felt very safe on the MAX thanks to Boeing’s hard work getting the plane airworthy again. The minor updates from the previous-generation 737 are nice, and as an AvGeek I like the way the plane looks. Better fuel efficiency is a huge plus, though not a factor that impacted my experience as a passenger.

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The crew and flight deck on an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX we flew a few months ago – Photo: Francis Zera

Ultimately the product the airline puts onboard makes the biggest difference. And in this case American didn’t do anything inspiring with the MAX. In some ways it felt like they did the bare minimum. I might think twice about picking the AA MAX for a five+ hour flight, but otherwise I’d be happy to fly it if the price was right. And with views like the ones I got on this flight, who needs seatback screens anyways?

Now it’s time for us to hear from you. Do you have experience flying the MAX since its relaunch? If not, do you want to give it a try? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT – NEW YORK, NY. Manu got his private pilot license in high school, setting the tone for his interest in all things aviation. He earned his frequent flyer credentials working as a journalist, and is now a medical resident in New York City. He enjoys writing about air travel from a millennial’s perspective.

https://www.airlinereporter.com

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

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

"Wish Background" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #31: Checkride Prep Flight #2

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 16:30 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my thirty first training lesson flight, though I wouldn't consider this a flight lesson anymore.
I'm completed all my training, except for another 0.5 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 #2

– Normal take-off
– Normal landing
– No flap landing
– Short-field take-off
– Soft-field take-off
– Soft-field landing

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)

01:02 – Pre-flight checklist
10:49 – KTMB Departure ATIS Information Yankee
12:32 – Taxiing to Spot 2
13:50 – TC Comm: Request for touch & go
14:44 – TG Comm: Runway 27R via A
15:05 – Taxiing to Runway 27R
16:36 – Engine run-up checklist
22:15 – TG Comm: Monitor Tower
27:07 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Cleared for take-off
27:18 – Soft/Short field take-off
32:19 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Cleared touch & go
35:42 – Normal touch & go landing, Runway 27R
39:08 – TT Comm: Follow traffic on crosswind
43:04 – TT Comm: I'll call your base
44:39 – TT Comm: Continue on donwnwind
45:37 – TT Comm: Turn base
48:00 – No flaps touch & go landing, Runway 27R
49:21 – TT Comm: Make this full stop taxiback
50:03 – TT Comm: 27R, Cleared touch & go
54:08 – TT Comm: I'll call your base
54:42 – TT Comm: Turn base, Runway 27R, Cleared touch & go
55:45 – Soft-field touch & go landing, Runway 27R
57:50 – TT Comm: Follow traffic joining downwind
59:38 – TT Comm: Runway 27R, Cleared touch & go
1:01:44 – Soft-field landing attempt #2, Runway 27R
1:05:23 – TT Comm: Cleared touch & go, Runway 27R
1:08:29 – Soft-field landing attempt #3, Runway 27R
1:12:19 – TT Comm: Cleared tough & go, Runway 27R
1:14:58 – Soft-field landing Demonstration by instructor
1:18:53 – TT Comm: Continue downwind, I'll call your base
1:21:50 – TT Comm: Cleared touch & go, Runway 27R
1:23:28 – TT Comm: Cleared to land (ammended?)
1:23:42 – Soft-field landing attempt #4, Runway 27R
1:26:13 – TT Comm: Contact Ground
1:27:01 – TG Comm: Spot 2 via A
1:30:42 – TG Comm: Relay message to Tower Controller for us

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #29: Solo (long) Cross Country – Part 1 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)

00:30 – Pre-flight Checks
05:43 – KTMB Departure ATIS Information Zulu
07:26 – Creating Garmin GPS flight plan
12:00 – Taxiing to Spot 2
14:15 – TC Comm – Northwest departure VFR
15:16 – Taxiing to runway 27R
16:37 – Engine run-up checklist
21:42 – TG Comm – Monitor Tower
22:19 – TT Comm – Runway 27R, Cleared for take-off
26:03 – TT Comm – Frequency change approved
27:34 – MR Comm – Attempting to open flight plan
28:56 – MR Comm – Flight plan activated
37:15 – Talk: Enter MIA's 4000' airspace (pie slice NW)
39:54 – Talk: Morning planning
42:00 – Talk: Enroute flight altitudes
42:38 – Talk: Living in the Everglades
43:19 – POI: I-75 checkpoint
44:34 – Talk: Questions & request about video recording flight
46:08 – Talk: Serving with Civil Air Patrol
48:21 – Talk: 406 MHz ELT
50:43 – Talk: Farm field fires
51:57 – Talk: Flock of bird. Cessna bird strike through windshield
53:35 – POI: North New River Canal checkpoint
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Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #16: Touch & Go Landings

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Thursday, August 21st 2014 @ 08:00 EDT

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my Sixtenth training lesson (1.2 Hobbs Hour Today, 18.6 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 N997WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

Today's lesson involved:

– Touch & Go Landing
– Traffic Pattern

*** THIS IS THE RAW FOOTAGE. I have only edited out the pre-flight check. ***
I've left the video untouch so that it can be played in sync with the GPS Track replay that can be found at Gps4Sport.com.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track synchronized to this 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)

00:33 – Departure ATIS information
01:19 – Taxiing to Spot 2
02:47 – TG Comm – Hold short
03:47 – Engine Run-up checklist
05:29 – TG Comm – Radio check
06:11 – Taxi to Runway 9L
12:48 – TT Comm – Cleared for take-off
15:15 – TT Comm – Start left crosswind
17:47 – TT Comm – Cleared for touch & go #1
18:46 – Touch & Go landing #1
22:04 – TT Comm – Extend downwind
23:35 – TT Comm – Traffic advisory
24:23 – TT Comm – Cleared for touch & go #2
25:46 – Touch & Go landing #2
29:19 – TT Comm – Extend downwind
31:15 – TT Comm – Cleared for touch & go #3
32:35 – Touch & Go landing #3
34:54 – TT Comm – Traffic advisory
37:03 – TT Comm – Cleared for the option #4
39:07 – Touch & Go landing #4
42:09 – TT Comm – Left crosswind
43:13 – TT Comm – Cleared for the option #5
44:09 – TT Comm – Traffic Advisory
45:35 – Touch & Go landing #5
49:31 – TT Comm – Cleared for the option #6
50:24 – TT Comm – Traffic in sight
51:47 – Touch & Go landing #6
56:19 – TT Comm – Extend downwind
57:10 – TT Comm – Cleared to land #7
1:00:51 – TT Comm – Contact ground
1:01:59 – TG Comm – Taxi to Spot 2
1:02:20 – TG Comm – Did you begin taxi

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