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American Airlines Boeing and Airbus jets

AA at PHX

This is a great picture taken by a pilot while taxiing to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A nice mix of the old and new when thinking about today’s American Airlines.

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and A320 jets are parked in the East Hold Bay while waiting for their respective gates to open up.

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Cessna Caravan

Cessna recently marked the 30th anniversary of the Caravan, a single-engine, turbine-powered utility aircraft.

The prototype Caravan first flew in December 1982 with the FAA certifying the aircraft in October 1984. Cessna has produced almost 2,500 Caravans since it was first delivered in February 1985.

The aircraft has logged more than 13 million flight hours in 100 countries and Cessna currently manufacturers four versions of the aircraft for various uses by operators.

Cessna Caravan - Courtesy Cessna Aircraft
Cessna Caravan – Courtesy Cessna Aircraft

The Caravan typically seats nine passengers with a single pilot at the controls. It can, however, seat up to 14 passengers. The aircraft is also used for cargo operations with such companies as FedEx, which operates more than 200 Caravans.

For additional information on the Cessna Caravan, please click on this link.

Cessna Caravan - Courtesy Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna Caravan – Courtesy Cessna Aircraft Company

Ironically, I’ve never flown the Caravan yet, I’ve spent many hours flying the venerable Cessna 206 and 207 models.

To date, the 206 is my favorite single-engine aircraft. I flew that aircraft, and the 207, as a scheduled freight pilot, charter pilot, on scenic tours of the Grand Canyon and on agricultural summer contracts within the state of Maine. I also had the pleasure of ferrying the 206, loaded with aircraft mechanics and parts, back and forth between Maine and Arizona for two summers.

Cessna 206 - Courtesy Cessna Aircraft Company
Cessna 206 – Courtesy Cessna Aircraft Company

If you’re interested in learning more about the Cessna 206, please click here.

All these memories came back to me during a recent visit to the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport last month. I watched a Caravan land and taxi to a parking spot on the ramp right next to a Cessna 207. I hadn’t realized how much larger an aircraft the Caravan is when compared to the 207. In my day, the 207 was a large airplane.

PHX Deer Valley Airport Cessna 207 and Caravan
PHX Deer Valley Airport
Cessna 207 and Caravan

Today, I’m privileged to fly the Airbus A320 series jet across the USA. What used to take me 20+ hours over three-days in a Cessna 206 (Arizona – Maine), I now do in 4+ flying hours (Phoenix – Boston) in the Airbus A320!

Phoenix Sky Harbor Aiport

I’ve been flying into and out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, as a pilot, since I first arrived in Arizona 1978.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport - Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper

I arrived in August to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an incoming freshman.

The university’s western residential campus is located in Prescott and I was part of the first group of students to attend their then-new campus in the fall of 78.

Here is a great link to a look back at the past 35 years of Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor Airport.

I can remember watching Terminal 3 being built and the excitement of my very first visit inside the complex when traveling as a passenger on American Airlines!

For additional information on Embry-Riddle in Prescott, please click here.

Passing Through PHX..

Weekday morning rush hour traffic (10am) at PHX Sky Harbor International Airport.

AWA/AA A320
AWA/US/AA A320
Catering restocks my A320
Catering restocks my A320
AWA/AA B757
AWA/US/AA B757

I’ve flown this B757 to Hawaii many times when I used to fly the 757 series out of PHX. She really looks nice in the new AA colors! The aircraft was parked at an adjacent gate yesterday morning.

AWA/AA B757 at PHX
AWA/US/AA B757 at PHX

We’re parked awaiting a taxi clearance from the ramp control personnel. As you can see, a busy time at Sky Harbor.

AWA/US/AA Airbus A321
AWA/US/AA Airbus A321
PHX Terminal 4 ramp
PHX Terminal 4 ramp

AA and US Airbus A319 Liveries

Courtesy - PHX Spotters
Courtesy – PHX Spotters

A very cool foto – thanks to the PHX Spotters group!

The A319 in the new AA livery, N814AW, was the very first Airbus I ever flew as a captain on a flight PHX-DFW in June 2012.

I had just transitioned over to the Airbus fleet having spent 15-years flying the B757 as a captain. The Airbus offered me a far superior lifestyle and a much more flexible work schedule out of the Phoenix pilot base. I’ve been flying the Airbus for two+ years now and this has proven to be very true.

This foto shows N814AW, with the former US Airways livery, while taxing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Courtesy - Airliners.net N814AW
Courtesy – Airliners.net N814AW

AA Moves Into PHX’s Terminal 4

Courtesy - PHX Spotters
Courtesy – PHX Spotters

American Airlines has moved over to terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Courtesy - PHX Sky Harbor Airport
Courtesy – PHX Sky Harbor Airport
Courtesy - PHX Sky Harbor Airport
Courtesy – PHX Sky Harbor Airport

The airline’s first flight on Wednesday (6AM to DFW) will leave from Terminal 4. US Airways operates out of Terminal 4 in Phoenix.

Courtesy - PHX Spotters
Courtesy – PHX Spotters
Courtesy - Mr Bob Rebsamen
Courtesy – Mr Bob Rebsamen

For more information please click on the link.