kurt
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Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:46 am

I headed out to Santa Barbara last month to visit my parents and to attend a high school reunion. It was a lot of fun!

Here's a teaser to motivate me to write the report:

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More is coming soon!
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:45 pm

I had a short window for this trip, being bogged down with work. So I decided to just take one day off from work and do a Friday-Sunday trip. My stepbrother was also flying out, so in the interest of saving time, I sucked it up and took the nonstop DEN-SBA flight, on an (ugh!) CRJ-200. I usually connect via LAX or SFO to upgrade and fly on a larger jet, plus the connecting flight is usually on an EMB-120 Brasilia. I booked on the United website:

DEN-SBA (CRJ-200)
SBA-SFO (EMB-120)
SFO-DEN (A320)

It was a sunny, hot morning in Denver. I parked in my favorite row M in the economy lot and made it through security and up to the east United Club pretty quickly.

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Just a bagel and some coffee for me, please. I grabbed a nice seat next to the window, looking north toward Concourse C.

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A PMUA 757-200, looking pretty sharp in its new livery.

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The club was busy, but not super-crowded. CNN blares night and day from this TV, but I like to sit behind the TV cabinet where it's quieter and the view is good.

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Lots of Southwest flights this morning.

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I headed down to the gate at about 7:40; boarding was quick and I was soon on the tarmac. Look, it's an old, gray CRJ, one of a dwindling group.

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A PMCO EMB-145, N18556, was on its way.

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Let's go on board.

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Cramped and warm, but not unbearable. Unfortunately, the college-age guy in the window seat put his shade down (and the folks across the aisle did the same) and slept the whole way to Santa Barbara, so I had no outside views.

UA5336 DEN-SBA
CRJ-200, N970SW (SkyWest)
8:09 a.m. (gate B71) – 9:46 a.m. (gate 5)
4C (Economy)

This flight was routine; I had a cup of coffee and dozed a bit. Soon we were above the Pacific, lining up to land.

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It was a beautiful, sunny day in Santa Barbara, unlike the "June gloom" I'd expected.

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A bit scruffy, but you'll be in the paint shop soon.

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There's that marine layer, hanging off the coast past UCSB in the background.

I was out of the airport within 15 minutes, heading up the coast to Solvang and my folks' house.

Next: a tour of the new terminal at SBA, and an EMB-120 to SFO.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:03 am

Sorry for the delay, folks. Work has been very busy!

Anyway, after a fun couple of days up in Solvang/Santa Ynez/Los Olivos, it was time to head home.

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I quite enjoyed the 2012 Passat I drove (thanks, Alamo), even though it was a very plain one. But it got 32.6 mpg and the Bluetooth worked well. This is at Refugio beach on the 101 between Gaviota and El Capitan (north of Santa Barbara).

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I returned the car and was checked in within a few minutes. The new terminal has been open for 10 months now. How about a tour?

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This airplane sculpture pivots and spins with the slightest breeze. The temperature was a perfect 72, making me not want to fly back to Denver, where it was 102 that day!

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The new terminal is beautifully detailed.

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Here is the old, 1941 terminal, which was recently picked up and moved, and rotated a bit. The newer wings have been demolished.

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It is supposed to be a museum when it reopens.

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More lovely detailing inside the new terminal.

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This is at the Frontier/US Airways end, looking south.

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The entry hall.

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Security is upstairs; beyond this area to the south is the baggage claim area and the rent-a-car counters.

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Even the restrooms have some nice Spanish tile, a Santa Barbara trademark.

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Outside is a waiting area, with this wonderful mechanical clock that was brought over from the old terminal.

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This nice mural decorates the escalators. I'd guess it depicts the annual Santa Barbara Fiesta, a fun event that happens every July.

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More nice detailing on the upstairs concourse.

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Frontier E170, N167HQ, was Denver-bound.

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And she's off.

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About 15 minutes later, my aircraft to SFO, a Skywest EMB-120, N299SW, showed up, looking quite shiny in her corporate livery.

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Boarding was soon called, down a jetway and then some exterior stairs.

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Coming straight on to you.

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That SkyWest stainless-steel polisher deserves a raise!

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Seriously, this aircraft was spotless!

Next: Up to San Francisco and on to Denver!
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:06 am

Really nice start to your trip, kurt!

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
Cramped and warm, but not unbearable. Unfortunately, the college-age guy in the window seat put his shade down (and the folks across the aisle did the same) and slept the whole way to Santa Barbara, so I had no outside views.

Why do people get window seats then? I get frustrated when this happens when you're sitting in the aisle or middle, and someone does this.

Santa Barbara airport looks very nice!

Best,

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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:45 am

Santa Barbara airport looks nice, very quaint. Good trip report, looking forward to the updates!
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:08 pm

We boarded up pretty quickly, taxied out and were soon airborne. I had a seat in row 9, the best one on the aircraft, with about 45 inches of legroom. I love the EMB-120!

Flight/Route: UA5645/SBA-SFO
Aircraft/Tail/Seat: EMB-120/N299SW/9C
Departure Time/Duration: 3:45 p.m (gate 5)./1:17 (arrival gate 71)

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This is the west part of Goleta; we soon turned north and were heading up the coast.

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Here's Refugio Beach, where I'd been a few hours earlier. Drive up this road into the foothills and you will come out on the other side near Santa Ynez. Near the top is where Ronald Reagan's ranch is.

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Here's the Santa Ynez Valley, where I grew up and where my folks still live. Buelllton is in the forground, Solvang and Santa Ynez are a bit further behind.

The flight attendant was quite friendly, serving drinks to the nearly full cabin. She announced that her "special cocktail or mocktail" was available: orange juice, a bit of cranberry juice and a splash of ginger ale. I had one, added a mini of Bacardi rum and enjoyed the views. Our approach to SFO was a little bit bumpy but quite scenic.

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We arrived a few minutes early and were even at a nice, close gate to the main terminal.

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Here's a CRJ-200 in its new livery.

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Since my departure gate was 73A (not down the main concourse), I decided to head to the International United Club on the G concourse. Here's N219UA, a 777-200 getting ready to head to Frankfurt as UA926.

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This Emirates 777-300 was heading for Dubai.

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Up in the United Club, I did some spotting and enjoyed a snack with my wine.

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This Swiss A340-300 was just arriving from Zurich as LX38. Sorry, no rego. as it is obscured by the wing.

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New and old livery A320s; the one farther back in N454UA, my ride to Denver that day. In the foreground is N470UA.

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If your upgrade hasn't cleared you have to watch this like a hawk; mine already had so I did not care!

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One thing I don't like about the new livery is the location of the registration numbers; it's too low and much harder to see than on the old UA style. But I'm nit-picking.

Soon it was time to board for a completely routine, but enjoyable flight.

Flight/Route: UA466/SFO-DEN
Aircraft/Tail/Seat: A320/N454UA/2B
Departure Time/Duration: 5:56 p.m (gate 73A) ./2:25 (arrival gate B-42)
Meal: Dinner

After a few CO-crewed flights, it was nice to get back on a traditional PMUA flight. I don't know why, but the service just feels more warm and familiar to me.

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After takeoff, warm nuts and some cheap but pleasing Smoking Loon shiraz were served.

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Dinner was a choice of a "flatbread chicken sandwich" or a "chicken salad." I chose the former. Both were served with tomato bisque.

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The sandwich was a mixture of chicken, tomato and melted cheese, served atop a sort of pizza/biscuit dough. It was total comfort food, and very basic, but it was quite tasty.

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The usual fruit bowl (pineapple, green melon, red grapes) was also served, along with the tomato bisque, which had a nice, spicy flavor.

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After dinner, more drinks and and oatmeal-raisin cookies were served. A nice dinner.

Hope you liked my report; a modest trip but an enjoyable one.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:29 pm

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):

That SkyWest stainless-steel polisher deserves a raise!


Stainless is a pretty resiliant metal. Buff it once; it stays shiny practically forever. LOL.

The upper half of the nacelle is Stainless, but the lower half aft of the inlet is aluminum. When they were first manufactured, the nacelles actually came with Titanium access doors, but were replaced with stainless after it was found by airlines that the titanium just couldn't hold up to the stress of handling from frequent maintenance checks.
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:33 pm

Hello Kurt!

Thanks for the nice story! Nice to see a EMB120 report. Not to many here. Really nice little A/C´s. I flew them twice in the Northwest in 2008.

Nice pictures from Santa Barbara. The airport looks cool!

Quoting kurt (Reply 1):
flight, on an (ugh!) CRJ-200

That´s a long flight for the CR2. How long did it take?

Quoting kurt (Reply 1):
Look, it's an old, gray

I like this livery but the one before this one was the nicest UA livery I think 

Greetings
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:10 pm

Hi Kurt,

nice little report here, thanks a lot for sharing. Looks like you had some pleasant flights here on some interesting equipment, both the CRJ-200 and (especially) the Embraer 120 are getting rather rare.

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
A bit scruffy, but you'll be in the paint shop soon.

Indeed somewhat scruffy, but very nice to see a plane still in that classy old United livery.

Santa Barbara airport also looks quite cool.

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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:00 pm

Thanks, Matthew. That flight DEN-SBA was full, so maybe he didn't choose that seat. They did a very nice job with SBA; it is a nice place to fly to/from. Santa Maria is nice too, but you can only fly to LAX on UA.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Really nice start to your trip, kurt!

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
Cramped and warm, but not unbearable. Unfortunately, the college-age guy in the window seat put his shade down (and the folks across the aisle did the same) and slept the whole way to Santa Barbara, so I had no outside views.

Why do people get window seats then? I get frustrated when this happens when you're sitting in the aisle or middle, and someone does this.

Santa Barbara airport looks very nice!

Best,

Matthew (767747)
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:02 pm

Thanks, ghifty. I miss the old terminal at SBA, but it was way past its useful life. They did have a great restaurant/bar upstairs that was outside security, so you could just stop by and watch airplanes with your meal/drinks.

Quoting ghifty (Reply 4):
Santa Barbara airport looks nice, very quaint. Good trip report, looking forward to the updates!
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:05 pm

Goldenshield: I did not know that; I can see the two metals now that you explained it so well. I have seen some custom cars with stainless steel bodies that were left outside to show how good they looked with very little maintenance.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
Quoting kurt (Thread starter):

That SkyWest stainless-steel polisher deserves a raise!


Stainless is a pretty resiliant metal. Buff it once; it stays shiny practically forever. LOL.

The upper half of the nacelle is Stainless, but the lower half aft of the inlet is aluminum. When they were first manufactured, the nacelles actually came with Titanium access doors, but were replaced with stainless after it was found by airlines that the titanium just couldn't hold up to the stress of handling from frequent maintenance checks.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:10 pm

Robert: Thanks for your comments. I love the EMB-120, maybe a little bit less when the weather is bad. I flew SBA-SJC once in December during a windy/rainy storm. What a ride! The airsick bags were coming out, people were crying and moaning. I will not forget that flight!

The gray livery looks nice when it is kept up, but with everything scheduled to be repainted soon, they have kind of let them go to pot. It looked stunning on the 747-400. I like the white, blue, red and orange, too, but the "stars and bars" that came before (like '70-'73) is my favorite.

DEN-SBA is 2:39 gate to gate. Too long for sure, especially with no window!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 7):
Hello Kurt!

Thanks for the nice story! Nice to see a EMB120 report. Not to many here. Really nice little A/C´s. I flew them twice in the Northwest in 2008.

Nice pictures from Santa Barbara. The airport looks cool!

Quoting kurt (Reply 1):
flight, on an (ugh!) CRJ-200

That´s a long flight for the CR2. How long did it take?

Quoting kurt (Reply 1):
Look, it's an old, gray

I like this livery but the one before this one was the nicest UA livery I think

Greetings
Robert
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:12 pm

Thanks, CaptainRed. I had a nice time. I would tell you about my class reunion but my reputation would suffer as it was quite a bit of drunken debauchery!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Hi Kurt,

nice little report here, thanks a lot for sharing. Looks like you had some pleasant flights here on some interesting equipment, both the CRJ-200 and (especially) the Embraer 120 are getting rather rare.

Quoting kurt (Thread starter):
A bit scruffy, but you'll be in the paint shop soon.

Indeed somewhat scruffy, but very nice to see a plane still in that classy old United livery.

Santa Barbara airport also looks quite cool.

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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:47 pm

Great report, thanks for sharing.
Loved reading it, as I spent a week in Santa Barbara last year. Great little town. Also flew the E120 in and out, a fun flight, and gorgeous views along the way.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:04 pm

Thanks, roberts87:

Yes, Santa Barbara is a nice little town; I could stay there and do nothing but eat tacos! I used to live in Isla Vista, about a mile from the airport. I remember the Pan Am DC-10s that used to fly in for repairs there.

The Brasilias are wonderful, especially on a scenic route when the weather is nice. I love being able to see Malibu, the Channel Islands, Hearst Castle, Monterey and all those other great California sights from a nice, low altitude.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
Great report, thanks for sharing.
Loved reading it, as I spent a week in Santa Barbara last year. Great little town. Also flew the E120 in and out, a fun flight, and gorgeous views along the way.
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:36 pm

Hi Kurt,

Nice report, thanks for sharing. Santa Barbara terminal looks quite nice

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:45 pm

Hi!
What a nice read for a mid-summer night. I was mostly impressed by the ramp used to get passengers off the plane, first time I see this, really. Overall, it seems you had a nice bunch of flights.
I was mostly attracted by the Emb 120 in the title and obviously not disappointed.
Another stunning feature which I've never seen, at least in Europe is the upgrade monitor. Quite funny!

Thanks for sharing and my apologies for commenting so late.

Cheers!
 
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RE: Santa Barbara In June: CRJ, EMB-120, A320

Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:58 pm

Thanks for the report. Love SBA. Have been flying into SBA a couple times a year for work for 10 years or so. Was there in June also and experienced the new terminal for the first time. A BIG improvement for pax. Had a local tell me that the original SBA commercial terminal was one of the oldest in CA. Part of the agreement for the building the new larger terminal was to maintain the original architecutral design and to preserve the old terminal in some way. I think they did that well.

My previous trip into the old terminal all the computers were down for early morning departures. They said a construction glitch on the new terminal knocked them out. I was on AA's first flight to LAX. Agents had to do old school hand written boarding passes and check in. Huge lines out to the street side. I ended up o.k -- AA's first flight left only 30 mins late and I just made my LAX connection.

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