Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Q400 Retrospective Gallery

Unlike Horizon, Newco has a fairly specific employee internet policy. It does not directly prohibit blogging but does forbid the internet posting of pictures that include any visible portion of a company uniform or aircraft livery. That's crimping my style in the photoblogging department a bit. Fortunately, my separation from Horizon means that I'm able to post all the pictures I wasn't free to put on this blog when I worked there. I've searched the dusty shelves of my photo archives and picked my favorite Horizon Q400 pics. Some of these were posted before in the first year of the blog but were taken down after I removed references to Horizon.













15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow great photos; what location is picture #3? Awesome scenary.
-Matt

Sam said...

Photo 3 (and 2nd from last one) was taken in Sun Valley ID.

phil said...

what an awesome airplane!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response Sam. That would be a very scenic approach in to Hailey. Although you cannot take photos of NEWCO planes, continue with photos from the cockpit. That is a great part of your blog. How about an aerial of beautiful Saskatoon?
-Matt

Anonymous said...

You really did fly in some of the most scenic parts of our country.

NewCo routes must look rather boring in comparison.

Head in the Clouds said...

Incredible pics!Particularly love the one with the snow caps in the background.

Anonymous said...

awesome pictures! looks like you got to fly the original 400 bird often.

Hamish said...

Excellent photos -- you've got quite the eye for images. I particularly liked the two Sun Valley shots -- very evocative. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great photos!

I have a question about Horizon's aircraft marshalling policy. When I flew Horizon regularly (generally SEA-PUW) it seemed like practically every time I was on board the aircraft was N367QX or N407QX. Obviously one is a MiniWhacker and the other a MegaWhacker, but apart from those two I don't think I ever flew on another Horizon 'whacker. Was that just dumb luck or was there something else going on?

G. F. McDowell said...

I appreciated your optimistic earlier post, but please do let us know as soon as you can whether you will still have a job at NewCo as a result of Widget and Red getting engaged to marry.

Nicole Bullock said...

Awesome pics! The only ones my husband ever takes are lame ones on his camera phone.

Giwiganz said...

Love the Sun Valley pics - excellent!

Dave said...

Fantastic shots Sam, you have a real talent for photography! What's the Q400 like to fly? A regional airline here has about 40 of them but the Q400 is stalked with problems here! Particularly the landing gear and it was temporarily suspended a few months back (back in service now though).

Dave

Sam said...

Anon 4:12-- Aircraft routing is generally done with the goal of maximum utilization plus getting it to a maintenance base on a regular basis for scheduled maintenance and repairing deferred items. As far as I know, they don't try to send the same plane to a particular city - so I'm guessing your experience is a coincidence.

gfmcdowell-- That's the question on everyone's minds around here. I'm not sure that anyone will know before the pink slips are handed out. If you find out first, let us know!

Dave- The Q400 was a fun plane to fly, very strong, versatile, and fast. Its systems, however, are pretty cantankerous and it has had its share of reliability issues. The landing gear grounding debacle happened right as I was leaving Horizon in September of last year, I blogged about it at that time.

Anonymous said...

Great shots, great blog, keep up the good work!