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Long in the saddle…

August 5th, 2005 · 8 Comments

From Philadelphia:

Yesterday we left Phoenix at 5:25pm Central Time (all of our scheduling is done in Central time, so it was about 3:25pm Phoenix time) for our only flight of the day: a four-hour, forty-three minute “hop” to Philadelphia. It’s by-far the longest flight I’ve done in an airliner…so far.

We left the ground in Phoenix weighing in at 153,000 pounds, carrying 33,000 pounds of fuel. It was by far the heaviest take-off weight I’d experienced…so far.

Just under five hours later we landed in Philadelphia. We’d burned off a bit under 25,000 pounds of fuel to get there. The flight was very uneventful. In-fact, it was the most boring flight I’d ever experienced…so far.

Today we leave Philadelphia at 4:30 Central Time. We end up in Los Angeles tonight, but not until after we fly from Philly to Oakland. I guess I get to break all the career-bests that I established yesterday. I can feel my ass falling asleep already.

I’m the kind of guy who prefers that in a day where I fly seven hours and change, that I hit at least four cities. I like to be busy. Being in the front end of an aluminum tube for more than two hours at a time without standing up is very much an exercise in frustration for me. It gets to be pretty uncomfortable.

Fortunately, my company isn’t known for long-haul, transcontinental flying. Most of our stuff is short-hop, point-to-point service. That’s the way I like it, too.

On the up-side, I got 100 pages into the new book I’m reading! It’s a book called Undaunted Courage about the Lewis and Clark expedition. It’s written by one of my favorite authors, so it’s an easy read for me. It’s a very interesting period of history, too.

I imagine that I’ll get another few pages read today from PHL to OAK.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Edge // Aug 5, 2005 at 5:15 pm

    Please, for my own sake, don’t tell me, what goes on in the cockpit on a long flight!

    ~Jef

  • 2 erica Lubavitch // Aug 5, 2005 at 6:41 pm

    YOU’RE READING NOVELS UP THERE???!!

    Well, I guess there’s no mixture control to worry about on those airliners.

  • 3 GC // Aug 5, 2005 at 7:43 pm

    No…we’re not reading novels up there. We’re dutifully monitoring and cross-checking all instruments and indications for even the slightest variance from normal parameters for the entire duration of the five hour flight. They do the same exact thing on the 14 hour overwater flights. That’s why those guys get extra Visine and NoDoz issued to them.

  • 4 SloppyPilot // Aug 5, 2005 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t know, from what I hear your airline is adding more of those long haul flights. (Brother is an FA)

  • 5 GC // Aug 6, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    We’re adding them, yes. But for the foreseeable future, the vast majority of our flying will still be legs less than two hours in length.

  • 6 Sam // Aug 8, 2005 at 12:26 am

    Hehe…reminds me of that Far Side strip showing two pilots dozing, with the caption “The pilot intently studies the overhead panel while the copilot dutifully tests the side window heat.”

    Yeah, dozing… that’s one other thing that never happens at any airline, ever.

  • 7 clint // Aug 10, 2005 at 9:38 pm

    you could be like the C-130 crew i observed reading the “Stars & Stripes” and listening to their favorite AC/DC CD in the middle of the flight. iguess you don’t have to worry too much about traffic avoidance when flying over Afghanistan and Uzbekistan!!

  • 8 Old Blind Dog // Aug 16, 2005 at 2:52 am

    There’s no way to sleep in a C-130. Your butt goes to sleep about 10 minutes into the flight and hurts for the remainder, thereby keeping you alert. ;-)

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