Saturday, April 27, 2013

Flight Report: Horizon Air Dash-8 Q400 Santa Rosa (STS) to LAX

After a great summer vacation in California, it was time to fly back to Virginia on American Airlines. During our vacation, we visited Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco. We flew our first leg out of Santa Rosa (STS) Airport to Los Angeles International (LAX). It was an interesting choice to fly out of Santa Rosa on our part. We chose it because it created a cheaper route back, plus we wanted to drive North of San Francisco along the coast. 

Horizon Air (Alaska Airlines) Flight 2467 Information

  • Flight: Santa Rosa Airport (STS) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Flight Time: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes
  • Aircraft: Horizon Air Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 N412QX
  • Seat: 16D (window)

Our flight at Santa Rosa (STS) 

Flying out of Santa Rose was a unique experience. Not only was it the smallest commercial airport we'd ever been in, but it only has 1 to 2 flights per day. It was really interesting for the gate area to literally be picnic tables outside. 

Here is the video of our takeoff from my youtube channel: MartinsAviation1

Flying out of STS at sunrise, we flew over San Francisco which was covered in fog rolling in off the ocean. The plane wasn't full, so I switched between a few seats. In general, I like flying on Dash-8's. They are just big enough to be comfortable, with the cool factor of flying on a turbo-prop. 

 Window view, descending through the clouds into our own shadow

Seats on the Horizon Air Dash-8

 A short flight later, we arrived in LAX. It was strange to arrive at LAX in such a small plane. We didn't have a jetway, so we de-planed via the aircraft stairs. It was pretty cool to be walking across the tarmac at LAX underneath the much larger jets. 

Here is the video from our landing at LAX, as you can see, there was a Fedex DC-10 departing parallel to us: 

Thanks for reading and watching!

Swayne Martin 
Martins Aviation / From Private to Professional Pilot
Twitter: @MartinsAviation
Youtube: MartinsAviation1 

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