This was an exciting flight for Ms. Nina. She got to see *** ***** from the air! (The photo has been altered and the departure/arrival procedure not mentioned for privacy.)
Ms. Nina knows all about the TERPZ7 departure. She knows that it takes her more or less straight over *** ******. So even in the dark of night, Ms. Nina insisted on looking out the window to try to find *** ****** from 11,000 feet up.
While Abba was out flying a charter, Ms. Nina took her Mommy to visit the College Park Aviation Museum. Oh boy was it an adventure! So much to see and do and learn. Ms. Nina started by finding the airplane that looked like hers (a yellow Piper Cub). Then she practiced flying a Cub on a flight simulator. It didn’t go so well. Then she taught her friend, Atara, how to fly. Then the two of them made little paper airplanes and learned all about lift. Then she learned how to hand-prop a wooden propeller. (This will be a useful skill when she gets a little older and learns to hand-prop her own 1946 Piper J-3 Cub.)
Ms. Nina was very excited to visit the US Park Police Aviation hangar. She got to see both the Eagle 1, a Bell B-412 (“the Big One”) and Eagle 3, a Bell B-206L3 (“the Little One”). As you know, often times Ms. Nina is afraid to sit in the front seat of any aircraft. Not today! She was very excited to sit in the front seat of the Little One.
She was just sitting in the chairs waiting for her flight at SRQ, when Ms. Nina heard the sound of two CFMI turbine engines spooling up as the B-737 was taxiing into the gate. She rushed over to the window to see the airplane and try to identify all of the rainbow hearts on it.
Abba and Nina take a trip to Florida for Veteran’s Day Weekend. She was very excited to fly in a 737, but wanted to know why it wasn’t a 747. Ms. Nina was a great passenger for the entire flight. She found all of the rainbow hearts throughout the airport and the airplane. She was still too scared to go visit the cockpit at the end of the flight.
Ms. Nina went to a Halloween party with her friends. She dressed up like a princess, but as soon as she found an airplane, she jumped into pilot-mode. She made a perfect landing. Next year’s costume: Princess Pilot.
Ms. Nina knows all the rules about properly fastening her seatbelt when the Captain turns on the fasten seatbelt sign. “Ding!” Time to buckle up! Florida-baby needs to buckle up too.
Ms. Nina got to experience what will likely be one of many trips to an airplane boneyard while visiting her father currently stationed in Arizona. While she had to see it from behind fences, she was able to see multiple different types of Boeing 747s, including the DreamLifter, 777s, 737s, E-145s, E-175s and helicopters such at the Bell AH-1 Cobra and Bell OH-58A. She was most excited to see the airplane missing parts. “I want to see the airplane with no wheels!”
It’s been several months since Ms. Nina’s last commercial flight, but that didn’t make her anything less of a great passenger. This time she traveled out to Arizona to visit her father who is stationed out there with the US Army National Guard. Several times in the days leading up to the flight, and even after she arrived, Ms. Nina asked, “Why are we taking the 737? Why aren’t we taking my yellow Cub?” We had to explain to Ms. Nina that it would probably be quicker to drive a car to Arizona than it would to fly the Cub.