Random observations from the flight:
No surly flight attendants. Air Canada, take note. Also, dig those pillbox hats.
It’s quiet. On the DH4 (Dash 8-Q400), I would estimate there’s about a 60-70% reduction in engine / airflow noise compared to the original DH1 (Dash 8-100). You can actually carry on a conversation at normal volume, which would be unthinkable in its predecessors. The only downside is that if there are crying/screaming brats on your flight, you will be able to hear them quite clearly, too.
Stupid BlackBerry tricks: I have no idea why the BlackBerry’s camera is trying to tell me that the aircraft is a many-tentacled Japanese manga monster. Contrary to the image (below, on the left), the fuselage is not spontaneously growing another set of propeller blades and those are not prop-tentacles snaking their way out into the slipstream.
Beside it (below, on the right) is the six-bladed composite Dowty propeller as seen via a real camera, with absolutely no tentacle-porn content.
Incidentally, Dowty Propellers has a long and honourable history as a British manufacturer of prop blades and parts. It is now a component of GE Aviation.
Porter’s in-flight meal box. Contains one turkey-and-swiss sandwich on whole-wheat submarine-style bread, one roundel of Mini Babybel cheese, one piece of Melba toast, and one double chocolate chip cookie. Libation options include soft drinks, water, or wine. Note that drinks are served in actual glasses, not disposable plastic cups.
Contrast that with Air Canada Jazz’ usual snack option of stale pretzels, a soft drink, and no booze and no cheese.
What the hell is all this white stuff doing on the ground already? When I left Toronto, it was the beginning of our rainy season and indigenous beachcombers had just finished harvesting mangoes from the tropical rainforests along the Don River.
Trip time: about 45 minutes.