Ms. Nina had quite the aviation adventure during a family trip to Atlanta for Passover this year. She flew on the Airbus A320 series on Spirit Airlines between BWI and ATL. While in Atlanta, she visited Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK) twice for lunch and after-dinner drinks at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, where she got to watch airplanes takeoff and land right next to the runway.
By now, Ms. Nina is almost five years old and riding as a passenger on a Boeing B737 is old news. Hopefully soon she will be up front flying this machine. Or maybe move onto the Airbus A320 series.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ms. Nina takes a brief lesson in basic flight controls – learning about how the yoke controls the ailerons and elevator in a Cirrus SR22. Then she takes a nap. She was a great passenger and co-pilot for the entire 6.6 hour flight.
This flight is en route from Venice, FL (VNC) to St. Petersburg, FL (PIE) to Claxton, GA (CWV) to Gaithersburg, MD (GAI).
Ms. Nina was a great passenger on a family trip to Florida. She didn’t spend any time up front, but she was still a pleasure to have on board. We stopped for fuel in Maxton, NC (MEB) and then in Gainsville, FL (GNV) to drop off Lori’s friend, before reaching our final destination of Venice, FL (VNC). The aircraft is a Cirrus SR22, N523RS.