The Beechcraft 1900D is an awesome aircraft that doesn't always get the credit it deserves...These aircraft are being phased out due to regionals going all jet. Let's hear your experiences flying this great little prop! Especially Pilots. -Brett
-Not saying everyone is phasing them out...They are becoming less common.
We took a church mission trip to the small Bahamian island of Eleuthera. We had over 50 teens going, so we had to split up onto several different flights and airlines, with some of them traveling on Continental Connection from Orlando to Miami to Eleuthera. Most of the youth have never been on such a small plane, and they freaked out a little but. I have flown on the 1900d about a dozen times and have always enjoyed it. I try to sit in the first row so that I can see out of the cockpit windshield (they don't have cockpit doors; there is simply a curtain, and everytime I have flown them, the pilots left the curtain open. It is neat to be on approach and see things form that vantage point. The little plane sure does seem to fishtail on approach!
Powerful takeoff, quiet turbine power in cruise. My last trip from FLG-PHX on one, it was quiet enough that I fell asleep! I liked it much better than the Dash-8 we took up from PHX-FLG, but that's another story.
Why people have this irrational fear of props, I don't know.
Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
Well, it's a cute little aircraft to watch on the outside, but on the inside... it's just not made for anyone taller than 5'5" or weighing more than about 120 lbs. Not to mention that there's no lav, no matter the length of flight time. Sorry.