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.
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.
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…
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.
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.