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I have always believed the pilot maxim that you cannot have too much fuel when on fire. But there is a catch. First, you must be able to lift the weight in the air, and secondly, you must be able to stop the cargo on landing.

These are two simple requirements. But, it is not so. Let’s now look at the second requirement, stopping distance.

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Since last month, I have flown to Santa Ana’s John Wayne-Orange County Airport. It’s my choice, and I like the generally pleasant weather and the ease of getting in and out. From Gerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs and Ruby’s amazing turkey burgers, the food options rival those at San Francisco International. But I digress.

Today, I fly the 737-800 from DFW (SNA), and about 2 hours after takeoff, I will call Flight Dispatch to ask him, “What fuel load do you plan today?” He will reply, “I don’t know.”

Because the flight planning system doesn’t issue fuel loads until an hour before takeoff, I know that. We arrive one hour before the flight as the crew and the fuel has already been pumped into our jet. SNA has a unique problem that I would like to address. This is because the power at certain California airports is costly, with taxes and surcharges. It makes sense to “ferry fuel” into these airports.

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This means that if I require an arrival fuel of 5,200 pounds to be able to divert or turn around options at the destination, we fill up to this amount, then add “ferry fuel” or an additional upload to make it less expensive, less frequent, and to pay less in taxes and fees for the return flight.

The problem is that SNA has a relatively short runway (at 5,700 feet, DFW at 13,000). This makes stopping distance critical.

While extra fuel can save money on refueling (yes, it requires higher fuel consumption inbound due to the added weight), we still need to have enough stopping distance.

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The maximum weight of the jet on landing is 144,000 pounds. This means that the runway requires 5,300 feet to reach the stop point from a dry runway. I ignore headwinds which can be favorable, and disallow tailwind adjustments: at 144,000 lbs, I need zero-I’m not even trivial with a 400-foot margin touching to down at 150 knots.

My effort in calling Dispatch was to intervene in numbers: Do NOT plan maximum “savings” ferry fuel until your zero fuel weight (passengers and cargo, empty jet-everything but fuel) is known.

Add the 144,000 maximum landing weight to the zero fuel weight, subtract the planned enroute gasoline burn, and then have a reasonable ferry fuel load.

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The problem is that the “planned” fuel load, which doesn’t include this calculation because the zero fuel weight hasn’t yet been determined, is already aboard the jet by the time I reach it. If I calculate that we will arrive at the maximum landing weight of 3.5 tonnes, I have two options: defuel (lousy choice) before pushback or fly lower (dumb option) to reduce the landing weight.

Both are bad options: if we refuel, that fuel must be discarded-trashed-because quality assurance standards wisely say you cannot take energy from one aircraft’s tanks and meet the purity standards for another plane. This means you will have no income left and a delay in completing the defuel.

Although the “fly lower” option is possible, it’s not practical. We’ve spent thousands flying at 24,000 feet instead of 38,000 or 4000 feet to save fuel. It’s also noisier and bumpier lower down in the cumulus clouds.

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Although I prefer the second option, I will always choose it. However, I don’t particularly appreciate landing at the highest structural limit of an airframe on the shortest runway. We can still save fuel and avoid dumping it in the trash.

If you have a longer runway like LAX, stopping distance would not be an issue. However, the 144,000-pound limit applies everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you land. One hundred forty-four thousand pounds is the maximum allowable. I will need to do some math before the fuel is put on the jet outbound.

The return is the second problem. Dispatch’s arrival fuel may be reduced to 5.0, which would be sufficient. But there is a catch. Because of the chop reported in Arizona at higher altitudes, he has planned us to fly at 29,000 feet. FL290 will have flight deviations due to weather or spacing if he is right. It will also be choppy.

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Here’s what I do personally: I add another 1,000 to allow for extra time and distance flexibility in the event of turbulence. But I also plan on climbing to 39,000 feet immediately to check for choppy riding. Because I have flown through the airspace inbound, I know the winds and rides firsthand. The Dispatch and ATC reports can be hours out of date. This is also based on my 22-years as an airline captain. I know that we will take off at dusk, which means the thermodynamics of the entire air mass will change drastically.

Based on my intuition, I will climb to 39,000 and “take a hit.” The early climb will be more complex and require more fuel than a later step climb. However, my gut feeling says that we’ll be able to regain the same amount of energy and more by cruising longer at higher altitudes. You’ll notice that I didn’t use 41,000 because I am claiming a small pad due to the narrower range between high speed and low-speed buffet at the maximum altitude. Surfing the jet stream at higher altitudes can get you 510 knots or more incredible speeds across the ground. This is the reward of efficient flying.

If I am wrong, I added the fuel pad to the front. But I doubt it. You can fly lower (noisier and more crowded) and try the steep climb. This burns fuel, and you will regret it if the ride is terrible. We will still arrive at DFW in the worst-case scenario with a fuel pad.

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If I am right, we will save a few thousand pounds on fuel eastbound due to the higher altitudes and lower fuel fats. To me, fuel is time, so more fuel is more important.

Unless, as I said, you are on fire or, more realistically, as I have just explained, you want to get the best result as efficiently as possible. Anything less than that is plain foolishness.

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How to Choose Orlando Resort Hotels

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When choosing an Orlando resort hotel, there are a few factors to consider. These factors are Price, Family-friendly atmosphere, and location. If you plan to visit Universal Studios or the Disney World parks, you’ll want to select a hotel that is near those attractions. The list of value-priced hotels includes the hotels across I-400 from the theme parks. The Endless Summer Resort is one such hotel. This value-priced hotel is located across the street from Universal, so guests who stay there will enjoy the amenities that they can get at the park.

When looking for a luxury vacation in the Florida sunshine, don’t look past the hotel amenities. There are hundreds of luxury accommodations to choose from. At the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, you’ll find 516 luxurious rooms and eight lavish suites, along with a spa. In addition to providing top-notch service, these hotels offer wheelchair-accessible public areas and accessibility features. These include: peepholes three and a half feet off the floor, voice-automated in-room controls, combination tub/shower stalls, Braille room numbers, and closed-caption televisions. Whether you want to stay in the middle of the action, the hotel’s restaurants offer an array of dining options and services.

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Universal Orlando’s Premier resorts offer the best comfort and amenities. Choose between standard and executive rooms. All rooms at these properties include a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Standard rooms are equipped with free WiFi, irons, and bath amenities. Some also have 24-hour room service. Guests may also request a microwave for an additional charge. Upgraded rooms are available in the Club Level at Premier resorts, including access to the Club Concierge and Club Lounge, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast.

Location

If you’re planning to stay at an Orlando resort hotel, you’ll want to be close to all the action. But where should you stay? Many hotels are located near major theme parks, so you can easily reach them from your room. While staying at a Disney hotel is a good idea, you may want to choose a location that’s more accessible. Here are a few options. A great location for your Orlando vacation is near the main theme parks.

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The Ritz-Carlton located right next to Walt Disney Land, this luxury hotel features 815 guest rooms. The hotel also offers luxurious suites and villas for couples, as well as one-bedroom suites. Depending on your needs, you can choose a hotel that’s near one of the major theme parks, or you can find one in a secluded area. In any case, location is key.

Price

When comparing the prices of Universal Orlando Resort hotel rooms, the first thing to consider is location. If you want to be as close to the theme parks as possible, the Value hotels are an option. These hotels start at about $84 a night, and are further away from the main campus. These hotels are on a 64-acre plot of land. The new value hotels have just opened, and include Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites.

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The average cost of a double room at an Orlando resort hotel is around $225, but it varies greatly. The type of hotel you choose will depend on the facilities, location, and season. Some hotels are within the theme parks themselves, such as the Hard Rock Hotel, which offers many amenities. Those who are looking for a less expensive option may opt for the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which is near the Hard Rock Hotel. The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has two restaurants and is less expensive.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

If you’re looking for a family-friendly atmosphere during your vacation in Orlando, there are many options. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort, just six miles from Universal’s Islands of Adventure, offers rooms with flat-screen TVs and a retro 1950’s beach vibe. Families will love the spacious family suite, which has two queen beds and a living area. The resort also offers free early entry to the theme parks and a children’s pool.

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In addition to a great location, the Hard Rock Hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort is kid-friendly, with 650 rooms and priority theme park access. In addition to the massive resort-style pool, the Hard Rock Orlando hotel has a fitness center with a guitar-lending library. Rooms are spacious and include amenities like a Fender guitar lending library. There are also luxury Orlando resort hotels, such as the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

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An overview of John Wayne Airport (SNA)

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) used to be originally named Orange County Airport, but it changed its name in 1979 in honor of movie star John Wayne who was born in Newport Beach and died earlier the same year.

John Wayne Airport is the only airfield commercial within Orange County, making it an ideal choice for residents who don’t wish to travel to Los Angeles or San Diego to take flights. With three terminals to navigate and a map of the airport will be helpful when leaving from SNA Airport.

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Airlines operating through John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport sees more flow through general aviation (private planes) than commercial airlines, spread between the three terminals. The majority of airlines travel towards domestic destinations, but some nonstop flights take travelers on flights to Mexico and Canada.

Terminal A

  • American Airlines (Destinations: Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix)
  • Delta Airlines (Destinations: Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Seattle)
  • WestJet (Destination: Vancouver, Canada)

Terminal B

  • Alaska Airlines (Destinations: Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Everett, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Seattle)
  • United Airlines (Destinations: Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, San Francisco)

Terminal C

  • Frontier Airlines (Destinations: Austin, Denver)
  • Southwest Airlines (Destinations: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Jose)

Lounges at the airport John Wayne International Airport (SNA)

John Wayne Airport is home to a few nightclubs, which provide a space to unwind before taking off.

Terminal A Terminal A American Airlines Admirals Club

The lounge is located in Terminal A and is open to members of the Admirals Club and Oneworld Elite members. Anyone traveling on any airline can purchase a single-day ticket to the Club.

Many lights and spectacular perspectives of the asphalt make the Club a relaxing place to unwind. A small business center offers semi-private offices with printers and computers if you need to finish any last-minute work before flying. A snack area is also accessible, as is an assortment of beer and cocktails in-house. You can also buy premium beverages and hot food for a small fee. Power outlets and free Wi-Fi are accessible throughout the lounge.

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Terminal B

United Club

United Airlines offers the United Club, which is open to United Club members and certain Priority Pass members, Star Alliance members, and United passengers who fly business or first classes on flights to international destinations. You can also purchase same-day passes to access the lounge. Snacks, soft drinks, and mixed drinks are served along with premium liquors to buy. A private conference space equipped with work cubicles is reserved for those with work to finish.

USO Lounge

The members who are part of those in the U.S. military, both on active duty and in reserve, can avail the USO Lounge at the arrivals level in Terminal B. The canteen offers drinks and snacks to family members and troops, and also games and movies are also available for leisure. The staff is on hand to assist with any travel needs requested.

“Flight of Ideas” installation by Beth Nybeck in Terminal C. Image credit: John Wayne Airport

Hotels near John Wayne Airport

Due to its proximity to the business and technology hubs in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa, it’s no surprise to see many fantastic hotels near John Wayne Airport and within the drive.

Hilton Irvine

Hilton Irvine is within walking distance of John Wayne Airport and convenient to most of Orange County’s major business centers and other attractions. Ample space for meetings is at your disposal to hold meetings with colleagues or clients and guest rooms with an office with a large desk. Visit the 24-hour fitness center to do some exercise or enjoy swimming in the pool outdoors. Two restaurants that include buffets serve food and also room service.

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Renaissance Hotel Newport Beach

This hotel boutique from Marriott offers a modern, sleek design with views of the city. The restaurant at the hotel features live music to entertain guests, and you can also request a 24-hour room service when you’re trying to work to get rid of jet time. Both outdoor and indoor meeting rooms are available. Additionally, you can get rid of the stiffness of your flight by using the Renaissance Fitness Center or the outdoor pool.

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview

Just across the street, just a few miles away from John Wayne Airport, this all-suite hotel is a great place to relax in your privacy, even when hosting meetings in your room. Relax while taking in views of and over the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, and then head to the pool area or fitness center to continue your relaxation process. In the restaurant of Newport Beach Marriott Bayview’s, Vista.Kitchen.The bar serves specialty drinks on the terrace as well as a spacious meeting room is available in case you want to hold a formal gathering.

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach

A few miles away from an oceanfront near John Wayne Airport is the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, an ideal choice when traveling to Newport Center, a Fortune 500 business district of Newport Center. Pick a room on an Island Club floor to take advantage of concierge services, high-speed Wi-Fi, and stunning coastal views. Meeting spaces both indoors and outdoors are equipped with cutting-edge technology to improve your team’s efficiency. The top floor lounge is available to host your gatherings to entertain your customers. Relax in The Spa to get rid of anxiety and prepare for the day ahead.

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Service on offer at John Wayne International Airport

At the John Wayne Airport, teams of volunteer ambassadors are present to assist passengers and answer any questions, particularly during the busy hours on the runway. They are identifiable by their red coats, and you’ll see them all over the departure level. Additionally, make use of the airport’s services as required.

ATMs

You can get the money you require to pay for your business trip in the ATMs located at Gates 7, 10, 17, and 7 and in Baggage Claim.

Travel assistance for those who are disabled

John Wayne Airport hosts a Helping Hands team to assist passengers who might find getting around an airport challenging. Travelers with medical issues or disabilities can access TSA Cares and the TSA Cares toll-free hotline for details on security checkpoints in transit. Also, visual panning is offered to passengers who have hearing difficulties and wheelchair assistance for free. It is provided by Skycaps as well as specific airlines.

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Lounges for mothers who are nursing

Instead of the enclosed pods available in many airports, John Wayne Airport hosts a serene, private lounge inside Terminal B for mothers to feed their infants and pump their milk. The lounge has relaxed seating and a changing table, sink, and aviation-themed artwork made by local contest winners.

Animal Relief

Suppose you’re traveling with an animal service or an animal. In that case, you’ll find secure areas for animal relief within terminals A and C. Bags for disposal of waste and waste bins are available.

Art and music in the John Wayne International Airport.

John Wayne Airport endeavors to ensure that your journey is pleasant by bringing art and music into the terminal. The “Play My!” piano is available between Terminals A and B to anyone interested. Furthermore, there are scheduled concerts on Fridays, Sundays, and even Saturdays at the airport.

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Additionally, the airport has art by Orange County students throughout, with specific works selected by contests held by schools. Additional art exhibits on display showcase the work of local photographers and artists along with historical exhibits related to Orange County.

A general aviation aircraft at SNA. Image credit: John Wayne Airport

Shop in the John Wayne International Airport.

The shopping options in the vicinity of John Wayne Airport are limited, possibly due to the two main retail centers (South Coast Plaza located in Costa Mesa and Fashion Island in Newport Beach) being mere miles from the terminal. However, inside every airport, you’ll be able to purchase essential travel items.

Terminal A

If you’re in Orange County on vacation, visit Rip Curl to purchase accessories and surfing gear. Ensure you have the sunglasses you can buy from Sunglass Hut before hitting the beach. The souvenirs of the OC are on sale in Hudson News Discover OC and at the various kiosks that line all over the Orange County Market. Find travel items and reading materials to take with you on your trip in Hudson News.

Terminal B

Upgrade your electronics for travel by visiting InMotion Entertainment or at Brookstone and Brookstone, which also has an array of exciting devices for your everyday. Alongside essential travel items, magazines, or books, find casual clothes from OC companies Roxy and Quicksilver on Beachfront News and pieces from local craftsmen in South Coast News. Make sure to stop by XpresSpa for a massage, an appointment for a manicure or pedicure, a facial, or a fresh hairstyle.

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Terminal C

A selection of reading materials to help you get ready for your flight is available in Beachfront News, CNN Newsstand, and CNBC, which has the unique “Read and Return” program that could be useful when you frequently fly through the airport. Find your headphones or other electronic devices in InMotion Entertainment or the Tech on the Go section of the CNN Newsstand.

Dining options are available at the John Wayne Airport.

Most of the restaurants at John Wayne Airport consist of fast-service or takeaway eateries, with a few exceptions, Zov’s and La Tapenade Mediterranean Cafe -located before security if you need to spend a few minutes with your family, friends, or colleagues. After you’ve cleared the deposit, pick one of these restaurants.

Terminal A

  • California Pizza Kitchen: This airport-based outpost of the renowned SoCal restaurant offers pizzas baked to specifications, including soups, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Grab grab-and-go items are available at the same time.
  • Farmers Market by Laguna Culinary Arts: Local ingredients are featured on the menu at this fast-service restaurant, which is changed according to the season. You can find soups, salads as well as local cheese.
  • Ruby’s: In this table service diner reminiscent of the 1950s, situated between Terminals B and A, you can indulge in the finest hamburgers, delicious milkshakes, and onion rings. Don’t forget the cinnamon rolls served at breakfast time. Ruby’s To Go, right next to it, has an enticing menu for people needing to get their food in.

California Pizza Kitchen. Image credit: John Wayne Airport

Terminal B

  • Enjoy a relaxing table service wine bar while waiting to board your plane. A la carte and full-course meals can be enjoyed along with your wine. And should you come across an excellent vintage, the shop is more than willing to deliver that wine directly to your door.
  • Hobie’s Sand Bar: You’ll feel like you’ve had an afternoon at the shore when you drop in for a casual meal at this restaurant inspired by the famed Hobie catamaran.
  • Blaze Pizza: This popular chain makes pizzas according to your preferences and bakes the pizzas in an oven so hot that you’ll be eating within three minutes. You can find Blaze Between Terminals A and C.
  • Javi’s: Experience the most delicious of Mexico in this restaurant that serves table service between terminals B and C. Mole poblano and seafood enchiladas make up the top dishes served here and margaritas.
  • Zov’s: This fast-service restaurant by the award-winning chef Zov Karamardian serves contemporary Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.

Terminal C

  • Belgium Beer Bar Stella Artois and other favorite Belgian beers are available at this well-known watering hole next to the gate.
  • Anaheim Ducks Breakaway: If you’re watching the game, here is the best place to be watching it. This restaurant and bar offer inventive pub food, salads, and unique cocktails to help you prepare for a flight.

The John Wayne Airport is situated among a myriad of businesses. Having an efficient transportation service available will ensure that you are entirely prepared for your meetings and presentations. Make reservations for an experienced Blacklane airport transfer to John Wayne International Airport (SNA) to complete the final section of your journey in style and fashion.

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