They're completely and absolutely safe, and they're quite fun as well
I work as a CSR for United Express/SkyWest in SFO
, and am usually on the dispatching end of the flights to Medford. If you would really prefer to take a jet, we have CRJ flights alternating with EMB-120 flights that you could try standing by for, if you schedule permits it.
The noise level isn't too horrible, but I work around them all the time so maybe I'm just used to it. Then again, I work inside
Block time between SFO
on a Brasilia is about 1:30, not too long.
The seating configuration, as some have mentioned, is 1-2. If you're travelling by your own and want the best of both worlds (aisle and window), ask for an "A" seat.
Basically, they're a great little plane for short hops, and completely safe.
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.