Yes....and I was told by an EUG
employee that I was right, and he was wrong...so that's all I needed
His airport friend may feed him info, but I highly doubt he was fed the info the airlines recieve. He isn't as important as he thinks he is
And yes, the Q400 is a pain in the butt for rampers. The lav service pannel is practically on the ground, the front cargo door is a pain to access, and open/close. You have to pull the Ala 'Carte all the way around the airplane because of the GPU chord. You have to load the rear pit carefully because of the shelves, and keep a very careful count of how many bags are on what shelf....and I've all ready gone into the APU issues. This plane is a pain, and one of the worst ventures Bombardier has gone into in the last few years. If your going to make a regional turbo prop...spend some time making sure you as a company don't have to foot the bill every time your customers find a new problem with it mechanically YOU could have designed better. Bombardier, from what I've heard, has to have someone stationed at Horizon's maint. base at PDX
to help sort out problems with the CRJ-700 and Q400..... If they still aren't stationed there, they were the first few years of this aircraft's operation with Horizon.
And, not all pilots like the Q400. I spoke with several Q400 pilots that were groaning because of the rumors they'd heard from QX HQ
about the possibility of ordering more Q400's to phase out the Q200's when they're lease comes up...ouch.