Calgary-Fort McMurray February, 2013
Calgary-Regina February, 2013
Calgary-Saskatoon February, 2013
Calgary-Yellowknife April, 2013
Calgary-Grande Prairie March, 2013
Calgary-Victoria March, 2013
Calgary-Edmonton March, 2013
DeHavilland wanted the common type thing to work, so there are several things that you just have to accept as being silly and carry on. The folks coming off the RJ generally compare performance to the 705 (at least up to the higher altitudes).
Takeoff and landing speeds are much higher, controls are heavier (not a nice hand-flying machine). Climbs well at 240KIAS. Unlike the 100/300, you will have a significant cruise speed range (ie: observe the 5% TAS rule). 250/200KT speed limits are now more than just a far off goal, even on one engine. Energy management is a concept that you need to keep in mind.
System-wise, the pressurization is fully automatic, the air conditioning works well (new airplanes though... give it time). FADEC is nice and smooth. Handles ice pretty good, but that wing is more critical than the classics, so AOM discipline is important. And if you thought the other Dash's are a pain in the ass to trim, sorry to disappoint, but this thing is horrid. Landing it is still nice on a wet runway, but its not generally the shopping cart off the curb anymore. That saying is now reserved for flying in turbulence.
The airplane really is a nice machine, but you need to be on top of it or things could get out of control fast, as we saw in BUF.