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RNO-SEA On A QX Q400 [Part1]  
User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 545 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

Excuse any weirdness in the photos, my laptop doesn't have the best screen. This is also my first TR so give me any C+C you want I will have more pictures after I get back home tonight.

Trip Report
Flight:QXE256
Leg:RNO-SEA
Reg #:421QX
Type: Bombardier Q400
My Mom and I were heading up to SEA to check out an aviation college there and just get away from the heat of RNO. I have not flown in 4 years so I wanted to do something different than WN. I have heard people say if you ever have the chance to fly a Q400, do it. So I found a good deal for tickets and chose seats 12D and 12E. I think it was kind of a wash in terms of view. On one hand I had a great view of the landing gear, but the top half of the view was just the engine.

We arrived at the airport and checked our only bag and went through security and found our gate. We spent most of the time on our laptops. I also listened to my scanner. As usual, it was mostly WN and a few RJ’s, nothing to get excited about. The free WIFI and RNO is nice and pretty quick. Our plane arrived on-time and shortly after they de-boarded we boarded and it was pretty painless. There was one single file line and it went pretty quick.

Once boarded they went through the safety info and we pushed back and taxied out to 16R, and without stopping departed to the south. The takeoff was pretty quick and wasn’t that loud for a prop. The air was a little choppy like RNO always is, but it smoothed out pretty quick after we made our turn to the north and got past the desert. Once we were about into Oregon, we were served drinks. I had a ginger ale and water, the ginger ale was probably the best I have ever had. The flight attendants were very nice and helpful and had a smile most of the time.











I really enjoyed the Q400, even though I am close to 6’2” I had plenty of legroom and never felt scrunched, except for my shoulders, I have a wide build and couldn’t help hitting my Moms shoulders. I didn’t feel much vibrations and it was not much louder than a 737. I actually will try to fly on Q400 whenever I get the chance because it is a lot more fun and you only have 1 person next to you instead of 2.

I had a great view of the Cascades and saw Mount St. Helens, Pyramid Lake, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia river to name a few. We started our descent into SEA around 6:55PM, it was a very smooth descent and it was fun watching the landing gear come down. It was awesome seeing the smoke from the tires when we touched down. We taxied to our spot on the tarmac without stopping and we de-boarded through the back.





In summary, I was VERY pleased with Horizon, everything went smoothly and we were treated well. I am excited to fly back to RNO on the Q400. I also say that if you get a chance, fly on the Q400(Dash-8).

Grades:
Service: A
Check-In: A
Flight: A
Overall: A

[Edited 2007-08-29 00:10:33]

[Edited 2007-08-29 00:13:49]

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User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Thanks for the good TR. I've been curious about the Q400 and hope to fly on one sometime. Maybe we'll see service into MSN on CO Connection once their Q400s come in.

User currently offlineCytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 568 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Thank you for the trip report, and I love the photo of the wheels smoking when they hit the runway! I love the flying the Dash 8's for that exact same view.

Cheers,
Chris


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Quoting RCoulter (Thread starter):
My Mom and I were heading up to SEA to check out an aviation college there...

Which college did you check out?



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
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I too am very fortunate to fly Horizon. I flew them on a short hop from YVR to SEA and the FA was sooo cheery! I felt so free and very relaxed being on that flight. She was kinda cute too! But honestly, I've been on Horizon twice, and next month, will be my third time. I will do the Q400 too from SEA-YVR. Thanks for the photos! Did a very good job!
I'm also doing YVR-PDX. but on a Q200.



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 days ago) and read 3373 times:

Thanks for the report, I'll be flying SEA-RNO-SEA in a couple weeks on the Q400. I was hoping for mainline so I could upgrade, but your report reminded me that in most cases QX is better than mainline  Smile.

User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 days ago) and read 3354 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 3):
Quoting RCoulter (Thread starter):
My Mom and I were heading up to SEA to check out an aviation college there...

Which college did you check out?

Northwest Aviation College in Auburn.
http://www.afsnac.com/nachome.html

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 5):
Thanks for the report, I'll be flying SEA-RNO-SEA in a couple weeks on the Q400. I was hoping for mainline so I could upgrade, but your report reminded me that in most cases QX is better than mainline Smile.

I would definitely recommend them, very nice staff and comfortable planes. So far very punctual and on time.

Part 2 should be up tomorrow  Smile


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Quoting RCoulter (Reply 6):

I did a short time at South Seattle Community College's (West Seattle) AMT program for a year. I thought you were going there.



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