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HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:56 am
by Dimsum
Hey everyone,

I'll be flying YVR-SEA on Sunday, on HorizonAir DH8-200. Anyone know what it's like, what to expect, and also Horizon's service?

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:08 pm
by CanadianNorth
I would expect it to be pretty similar to the -100, because the -200 is basically just a -100 with upgraded engines similar to the ones found on the streched -300. Cruises a little faster, has a slightly longer range, and has a little more commonality with the series 300; but other than that it's almost the same airplane. I doubt these differences would be noticeable to most pax.

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CanadianNorth

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:28 pm
by SUPRAZACHAIR
4 words: Free wine and microbrews.

Enjoy!

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:29 pm
by cschleic
Aren't the 200's the Q200, vs. the non-Q 100 (Q for quiet)? I've been on both with Horizon and there's an enormous noise difference. The Q200's have the active sound reduction system; vibration noise is significantly reduced. Fuselage size, etc., is the same. For a good view, sit as far away from the engines as possible, even though it's a high wing, because the engine structure includes the landing gear housing. It sticks down fairly far from the wing. Getting in front of the props might be best for the view.

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:41 pm
by CanadianNorth
Quoting Cschleic (Reply 3):
For a good view, sit as far away from the engines as possible, even though it's a high wing, because the engine structure includes the landing gear housing. It sticks down fairly far from the wing. Getting in front of the props might be best for the view.

I'll reccomend this as well. For a good view on the Dash I would say try to sit in either the first two rows or so, or in the back couple rows.

Quoting Cschleic (Reply 3):
Aren't the 200's the Q200, vs. the non-Q 100 (Q for quiet)? I've been on both with Horizon and there's an enormous noise difference. The Q200's have the active sound reduction system; vibration noise is significantly reduced.

And theres that too. I've never been on any Qs, just the good old original DeHaviland birds, but that can make a big difference from what I hear.


CanadianNorth

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:44 pm
by blrsea
Quoting Dimsum (Thread starter):
I'll be flying YVR-SEA on Sunday, on HorizonAir DH8-200. Anyone know what it's like, what to expect, and also Horizon's service?

I took the same flight couple of weeks back. It is a nice short flight. The pilot never opened his mouth, no announcements from the flight deck at all. Found it a bit strange. There was one FA, and I think it seated around 37 people. It is difficult to fit in big handbags inside it, and they usually ask you to put it on a cart before boarding. They put it in baggage hold and return it when you land. The flight is short, around 50 mins. The service was good, and they offered peanuts and beverage service. In fact, they even offered micro-beer and white wine for free, but i opted for an orange juice as I was severely jet-lagged  Smile The seats are leather and worn out a bit. Overall, a good flight.

Have a nice trip!!

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:54 pm
by Dimsum
What's it like to sit underneath the wing? Can you see the landing gear touchdown on the runway? That would be really cool.

I've never been on an a/c this small before (smallest was 737-700), so I'm getting kinda nervous.

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:57 pm
by r311music
Yes you can see the landing upclose. That is my favorite part of flying on the Dash-8's. You can see the smoke from the touchdown and from the heated up brakes.

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:00 pm
by Skydrol
Quoting Dimsum (Reply 6):
What's it like to sit underneath the wing? Can you see the landing gear touchdown on the runway? That would be really cool.

Yes. You can see the landing gear extend/retract, and watch the tires contact the ground. At night you can also see sparks fly from the brakes - pretty neat.

As listed above best seats (for view) forward or aft rows 1, 2, 8, 9
For lowest noise level: aft 8, 9
View of the landing gear middle-aft 4-9

Best of everything: aft rows 8 or 9

Note: sometimes the seals around the exit doors at row 4 cause a high-pitched whistle which is annoying to sit beside!!



LD4

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:04 pm
by tranceport
I've done that flight quite a few times. From YVR to SEA, be sure to get a seat on the right hand side of the plane. You fly just inside the coast for a good part of the way down so you can see Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Ocean. When you are landing, there are also great views of the Olympic Peninsula.

If you sit on the left hand side, you can get some pretty spectacular views of Mt. Baker, but the right hand side is still better in my opinion.

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:14 pm
by Dimsum
Quoting Skydrol (Reply 8):
Yes. You can see the landing gear extend/retract, and watch the tires contact the ground. At night you can also see sparks fly from the brakes - pretty neat.

As listed above best seats (for view) forward or aft rows 1, 2, 8, 9
For lowest noise level: aft 8, 9
View of the landing gear middle-aft 4-9

Best of everything: aft rows 8 or 9

Note: sometimes the seals around the exit doors at row 4 cause a high-pitched whistle which is annoying to sit beside!!

Hmmmm alrite. I'm sitting in row 2A, for now. And 6A on the return flight.

Quoting R311music (Reply 7):
Yes you can see the landing upclose. That is my favorite part of flying on the Dash-8's. You can see the smoke from the touchdown and from the heated up brakes.

That's so cool! I've always wondered whether or not you can see the landing gear contact the ground. Looking forward to it!

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:18 pm
by Skydrol
2A? If I recall correctly, row 2 is directly in line with the props!!


LD4

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:23 pm
by b-hox
why not try the last row ?? row 8-9 ?? your view won't be obstucted by the gear or propellers

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:31 pm
by Skydrol
Quoting B-HOX (Reply 12):

why not try the last row ?? row 8-9 ?? your view won't be obstucted by the gear or propellers

That was kind of what I was suggesting above as well. There is really no disadvantage I can think of at row 8 or 9. In fact if nobody else is in row 9, you have a nice 5 seat-wide bed to lie down! Done this a few times too!  Smile



LD4

HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:41 pm
by kaniksu
I love flying on the Dash 8 with QX. It flies low, slow and it's loud.  Smile Flying between PSC-SEA-PDX is nice because you get a great view of the mountains.

You also get free wine and beer, as mentioned.

Quoting Blrsea (Reply 5):
The pilot never opened his mouth, no announcements from the flight deck at all. Found it a bit strange

That's odd, all of the times I've flown on QX the pilots have been vocal, pointing out the mountains and scenery on the route.

RE: HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:04 am
by sleekjet
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RE: HorizonAir DH-8-200, What's It Like?

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:55 pm
by QXFLYINGCOUG
As you can tell by my name I love HORIZON! I wish I could fly on their planes more often! Usually my flight from EAT-SEA is only 30 minutes, but sometimes if you're flying eastbound it can be 17. The crew is always really friendly and it's great that you get a light snack and a drink when it's such a short flight. Our joke has always been that the FA only has enough time to go through the plane to give you your drink and then run back to the front and make the final pass through the cabin before they race to their seat just as the plane is touching down. Honesltly QX is where it's at! Have a nice flight hopefully the weather is clear because that will be a beautiful flight!