Thursday, January 29, 2009

Phoenix - Los Angeles / Boeing 737-800 (SWA1574) / IFR

Things seem to be working again, so I've started flying again.

This was a simple flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, a route I could fly in my sleep. The real SWA1574 was substantially delayed, but I took off pretty much on time. The headwinds were terrible: 114 knots at my filed altitude of FL320. It took a long time to get to LAX. Everything went smoothly, though, and I landed by hand after making most of the approach (to 24R) by ILS.

I note that the RW flight now shows a duration of 2 hours. Airlines must be slowing their aircraft down even further to save fuel. Or perhaps there's just a lot of traffic.