Discovering Alaska Volume 1: ERH 874/875 – ANC to HOM and Back

After all those long flights with Heavy Metal in the past weeks, I felt like exploring Alaska in a little plane. So I picked the flight ERH 874 with Era Alaska on Beechcraft 1900D. If you look at PMDG’s B1900 and compare it to their incredible modern-day products like the 747, MD-11 or NGX – well, this is how it started. It’s not as detailed or complex as the latter, but still it is fun to fly in. The flight will be from Anchorage to Homer, which is a small town located on the Kenai Peninsula. After that we will fly the return leg ERH 875. Both flights are nice short hops of only 40 minutes.

Here’s the details for our first leg.
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The routing looked like this. There is nothing really to add here, as we won’t overfly much but forrests, ice and fjords. Our Cruising Altitude is 12,000 feet and the distance is only 102 nm. Departure in ANC will be from 07R, arrival in HOM will be on runway 03.
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Now let’s get started. Anchorage is an airport of extremes: B747’s and MD-11’s everywhere and then you have all those little birdies connecting the small towns in the wilderness. Coming from the big Flight Decks this is a welcome change. Even though I know that I can’t go without the heavies for too long…
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The look into the cabin of this Beechcraft 1900D. Small but moody with all the red, I like it.
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Umm, yea. To quote John McLane: “Now I know what a TV Dinner feels like!” I’m really glad we only have to sit in this so called cockpit for 40 minutes. You could fit 5 of these into the MD-11 cockpit.
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Another difference. Now you can see the engine from the flight deck. Which is already running by the way. We’re done with our preflight items and ready to go to Homer.
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And taxiing to 07R.
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Aspiration for the Heavies in the distance? Not yet, for now I’m excited to fly this little thingy.
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This feels so adventurous.
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They keep rubbing it in my face! I’m aligned on 07R and this 747 just departed 14.
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Rotate!
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Alright, my 747 would not even be in the air at this point and we are already climbing into the skies.
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A passenger was kind enough to take some pictures from the cabin.
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And a view from the flight deck. Looking down onto the shore with the wing in the picture.
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Looks like we are in for a bumpy ride. A lot of clouds are waiting for us enroute.
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I have to admit: the Alaskan landscape is just magic. Would love to go there in the real world one day.
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On FL120 we are flying above the clouds.
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This is definitely no environment for claustrophobic people.
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They seem to have some kind of UV-filtering windows in the cabin.
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Who’s in for a swim?
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Beautiful.
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During our descent we are flying through overcast cloud layers. And it’s snowing too!
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Bummer. This is not what it should look like on a VFR approach! We are on Final and right now it’s not looking good. At least we have a LOC on 03, but that’s only half the battle.
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But we are lucky and before we reach our minimum descent altitude, the runway comes in sight!
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Looking good. A little high due to the clouds, but nothing you can’t fix in a B1900D.
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This plane feels so different. It’s like a whole new way of flying.
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Nonetheless our landing was successul and we are taxiing to the so called “ramp”. Apart from some helicopters there is not a single plane around.
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Shutdown. Our passengers can deboard, while we have to prepare for our flight back immediately.
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In the end we had enough time to take a walk around the plane for 5 minutes. This is the airport of Homer, AS. Small.
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Now it’s time for our flight back. The info for the return leg.
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And the routing for the flight to ANC. Pretty much straight to ANC. FL was 13,000 feet.
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So, the new passengers are on board and we are ready to go. Take-off was on runway 03 again. Let’s get outta here before the weather gets even worse! I didn’t have to worry about that in my Boeing.
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Make sure to have your barf bag in reach. This one’s about to get bumpy!
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All good now. Friendly skies in front.
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Engine number 2 is also still running, perfect.
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A huge Oil Tanker is making its way through icy waters.
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Descending. We are about to turn onto Finals.
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Easy to maneuver this Beechcraft. Approaching 14. Here we have ILS, but we don’t need it.
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And Touchdown! Not too long and I’ll be back on one of those.
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This Condor 767 came all the way from Frankfurt. Interesting to see that they can fill a flight to Anchorage from Germany…
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I wonder where this DAL 757 is going to.
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Shutdown complete. We are just walking towards the stairs, as this Asiana B747 is taxiing right by after landing on 07L.
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And this is the end of our first flight on board this Beechraft 1900D.
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Thanks for reading. My next flight will be also with Era Alaska B1900D from ANC to Port Valdez and back. Major Oil City, so stay tuned.

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