FLYING THE BEECH 1900C! Pacific Coastal Victoria to Vancouver

FLYING THE BEECH 1900C! Pacific Coastal Victoria to Vancouver

Good morning from Victoria International Airport! My name is Alex, and welcome to this special
trip report. Today, I’m trying out a new airline for
me – Pacific Coastal, on a short flight over to Vancouver. Pacific Coastal Airlines, or Pasco, is a Canadian
regional airline that flies within British Columbia, and also operates flights for WestJet
Link in Alberta. They’re primarily based out of the south
terminal at Vancouver International Airport, and have a fleet of Saab 340s and Beechcraft
1900s. I’ll be flying on one of their Beechcraft
1900Cs, on board Pacific Coastal Flight 1524. This isn’t the first time I’ve flown a
Beech 1900, but it IS my first time flying the Beech 1900C, which is a bit smaller than the 1900D that I flew with Air Georgian in April. As someone who’s 6 foot 8 but loves flying,
this’ll be interesting! This is also my first time flying through
Victoria, and as I understand it, they recently opened this expanded departure lounge, which
has plenty of seating and looks very stylish! We’ll be departing from Gate 7 today, which,
like most gates in this part of the terminal, is for ground loading only. Here’s our aircraft for today’s flight,
arriving from Kelowna – C-FPCX, a 33-year-old Beechcraft 1900C. Now full disclosure, this flight was actually
made possible by a subscriber of mine at Pacific Coastal. They reached out to me a few months ago to
use one of their buddy passes on me, in exchange for a trip report on their aircraft. So, a huge thank you to them, I really appreciate
the support, and the chance to fly with a new airline like this! Boarding started right on time, and without
further ado, let’s see what it’s like to fly on Pasco’s Beech 1900C! From outside, the 1900C looks deceptively
well-proportioned, until I realized I almost had to crawl to get into the aircraft! Pasco has an open seating policy, so I picked
2A, which was pretty tight, even for this 20 minute flight! The difference in headroom is very noticeable,
and the seats are actually reclined a bit to make up for that. However, there’s no flight deck door on
these 19-seat aircraft, so I figured I’d get a different angle through the front instead,
plus the Beech 1900 equivalent of an exit row! Each seat has a small air vent, and some in-flight
reading, which I’ll go over later. In the meantime, here’s our departure from
Victoria, starting up, taxiing, and taking off from runway 27. The Pacific Northwest is home to some truly
stunning scenery, and I really do need to visit more often! On this Beech 1900, Pacific Coastal has a
standard safety card, … an air sickness bag, … and an in-flight magazine. As you can see, Victoria to Vancouver is by
far Pasco’s shortest route, and is usually flown at an altitude of just 3,000 feet. For any aviation enthusiast though, the views
in front are insane, and although there’s no jump seat on this aircraft, Seat 1A is
probably the next best thing. Minutes later, Vancouver came into view, and
we landed shortly afterwards on runway 08R. Since this flight was so short, there’s
not a ton to say, but I think the footage speaks for itself! In total, we spent just 18 minutes in the
air, and that’s probably my only complaint about the flight! For an aviation enthusiast like me, this was
a lot of fun, and I honestly didn’t want it to end! Everyone at Pasco was very friendly, and it
really was a fun airline to fly with! Beech 1900s are a great change of pace from
the airliners that we’re all used to, and this flight was no exception. I’ll definitely be flying with Pasco again! Thanks once again to the very generous person
who made this flight possible, and thank you very much for watching this trip report with
British Columbia’s airline! Please leave a like if you enjoyed the video,
subscribe if you’re new to the channel, and I’ll see you in the next one.

22 thoughts on “FLYING THE BEECH 1900C! Pacific Coastal Victoria to Vancouver

  • Great trip report, those 1900C's look pretty tight! Love that engine view, and the shots into the cockpit are great as well. I'll definitely need to try flying with Pasco some day.

  • the d has a stand up cabin versus the c and I used to work for a airline that flew the b c d models longest flt I took was DEN-ORD ..3 stops enroute quite comfortable the whole trip

  • you are actually on a B model not a C model 1 of the main difference is a b model doesn't have inboard fuel tanks just ourboards

  • Did the same flight earlier this year on a Westjet Encore Q400. It was quite glorious flying over the Gulf Islands and as we were landing on 26 we flew round that geographic oddity that is Point Roberts which was fascinating. Like you it was just a shame the flight was so short! If you've not already done so you should try Harbour Air's Turbine Otter or Twin Otter seaplanes between Victoria and Vancouver harbours. Better still, book yourself on their 'Mail Run' to Ganges and Maple Bay from Vancouver Harbour. You might even bag a Beaver on the Ganges-Maple Bay leg. Pure avgeek heaven!

  • I flew the 1900 from KSUX to KMSP several times back in the early 00's when Northwest Airlines (Airlink) flew them along with the Saab 340 on the same route. Fortunately it was a short 45 minute flight so my height (6'3") was only cramped for a short time.
    Unfortunately, the 1900 and the 349 were the only aircraft that flew the SUX – MSP route and it was the only destination out if SUX, so you were stuck with one or the other.

  • It's a wonder with all green kooks in Victoria that they haven't banned air travel – unless you have an electric plane…….

  • Your short 18min hop reminded me of the times I had also flow short hops between cities in a 1900D. Flown the Beach 1900D with Mesa Airlines between Roswell and Albuquerque, NM when they still had that service in mid 2000's. Later again with Mesa from Denver, that stopped in Colorado Springs, then Pueblo, and finally Albuquerque, then a transfer in ABQ to a Roswell bound 1900D, (it might have been the same plane, I can't remember if the crew was different) that plane then would fly onto Hobbs, NM after stopping in Roswell. I took this circuitous route to experience the 1900D, knowing you would have to disembark at both Colorado Springs airport for an hour and 20 or so mins at Pueblo, and again in ABQ. It was also the only airline serving Roswell, NM at the time, so I wouldn't have to drive 3hrs between ABQ and Roswell. I took off 4 times and landed 4 times that evening. Unfortunately we had a late start in Denver and it was winter so daylight quickly faded, not much to see in the dark, especially between Pueblo and ABQ and ABQ to Roswell portions, with far lower population between those cities.

  • I was looking at flightradar24 the other day at Vancouver and was curious about this airline. Read my mind! Thanks for the review.

  • Didn’t they have a small fleet of Grumman Gooses, what ever happened to them? Wikipedia still lists them on the fleet, but they’re site doesn’t.

  • 777 Pilot here. Great video, love that twin Beech and scenery in that part of North America . I'm 6"10, always a leg room problem for me too>>>>

  • Lucky you…When I fly, I can never afford to sit in seat 2A, I’m always stuck in the back of the plane. Hope you enjoyed it ! 🤣

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