Recently I flew from Dallas to Milwaukee to attend EAA Airventure as a CAP member supporting and helping run the airshow. I have made a trip report (and my goodness is today’s an interesting one) about both the flight there and the flight back (flight back report coming soon).
Info: American Airlines A319, DFW—MKE, seat 19A (Main Cabin)
So with that out of the way, here’s my trip report!
This was my first time flying out of DFW, my first time flying American, my first time flying an Airbus, and my first time flying to Milwaukee, so most things were not expected; I was discovering these things for the first time and this is my honest review. Enjoy!
Arriving at DFW was easy and security in Terminal A was painlessly fast.
While at DFW waiting for my 10:15 AM flight, besides getting my delicious, refreshing iced caramel macchiato from McDonalds, I walked around, took the Skylink for a few rides just for fun, and spotted some aircraft I had never seen before being in Alaska. Here’s a Skylink view of an American 772 and a gate view of a Korean Air 787-9! I have loads of spotting photos; if you’re interested, feel free to shoot me a PM!
Here’s the interesting part: the part in between when my flight was supposed to actually board and when we departed was too busy for me to be taking pictures of what happened. It should be noted that I honestly don’t believe any of this is American’s fault.
So we board as normal, we push back as normal, we taxi as normal, all at a normal time. As we approach the line for takeoff, I hear a winding down noise, like when you get to the gate and shut down. But I also heard an engine still running. I think it’s them shutting one down to save fuel because DFW has long lines. Once we get back to the gate though, I’m pretty sure it was perhaps an engine failure. I hear a lot of PTU sounds, as if they’re trying to start the engine again. The PTU was cool to hear for like 20 minutes lol. The captain comes on and says something along the lines of, “Ladies and gentlemen, we do have an indication up here that we do have a maintenance issue and will need to return to the gate.”
I’m a pretty understanding guy, and I know about aviation, so I understand this one. Things happen. We get to the gate, and we sit in the plane until it’s “fixed.” For 10 minutes… for 20 minutes… for 30 minutes…until finally the captain says we will need to disembark the aircraft and they will pull one from the hangar as soon as they can.
We disembark the aircraft and now I have a little bit of time which would turn into a big bit of time to get some lunch because it’s now lunch time. The new gate we parked at had Chick Fil A right in front of it so I was very happy. Again though, I understand things and I pretty much don’t get mad, so I was never unhappy really. Allow me to plug my IF swag and chikin nuggies with medium fries and unsweet tea 😎
While eating my lunch, we are told that our gate has changed to Terminal A (we were in Terminal C). More Skylink!
Fast forward 20 minutes and we get handed another gate change but just on the other side of Terminal A. After all that, we eventually board…. at 2:00 PM.
We board a new A319; yay, we’re on the plane!
45 minutes later
k we’re on a plane
We sit on the ground for 45 additional minutes waiting for, first, the weight/balance guys to finish paperwork, then for a ground crew to push us back.
FINALLY we’re pushed back.
We taxi like normal until we get to the line for takeoff. We know that there are lines for takeoff, usually just as long as typical Chick Fil A lines. No big deal, right? THREE HOURS LATER, kind of a big deal.
American Airlines A319:
Apparently the three hours sitting in an American A319 economy seat (oof) was due to a thunderstorm north of the airport. Fine, understandable, yet uncomfortable.
For reference, I am six feet tall. This was my legroom on that A319. The arrow is pointing to the relationship between my leg and the seat in front of me.
I don’t complain about much so it was tolerable but to be honest, uncomfortable to sit in for an additional 3 hours than planned.
Finally, we’re in the air, 6.5 hours later than we were supposed to be
Here’s a view of the beautiful clouds as we climb out of Dallas! Everything looks better from the air.
Finally (the word of the day of that flight) the more trip report-y stuff.
The flight attendants were great and very friendly. The complimentary service included the greatest cookie known amongst aviation enthusiasts, mini pretzels, and your selection of various soft drinks, water, OJ, and for our more “experienced” audience, certain types of alcoholic beverages were also available on board.
When I requested the full can of Diet Coke, they gladly gave me a full can and a cup of ice. It was really satisfying seeing the foam in the sunlight.
From there, it was a smooth 2 hour flight to Milwaukee. Here’s final approach in Milwaukee with the beautiful Lake Michigan in the background.
Thanks for reading my trip report! I know it was really long but it was an interesting story to tell. Next trip report will probably not be as long. I’ll also be making YouTube video versions of these when I can.
See you next time!