Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7402 times:
I am also interested in this.
I had my first Q400 flight a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed indeed. Have also flown on the Q300 which I thought was superb. Am something of a Dash 8 fan now!
Have got another Dash 8 next month but also my first AT4 flights too. Heard the AT4 is not quite as nice as the Q300/400's but would be nice to hear some opinions from those who have sampled these types of aircraft.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7380 times:
Never flew on a Q400, but did fly on ATR42-300, ATR72-200, ATR72-500, Dash 8-Q300 and Fokker 50.
Of these aircraft, I found the most comfortable to be the ATR72-500. It is very quiet in the cabin, more like a regional jet.
Although the Q300 is quite new and modern, it is terrible for cabin comfort if the noise surpression system doesn´t work. The main problem here is the old-fashioned four bladed propellers, which make more noise than the six-bladed props of the newer ATR´s and the Fokker 50. The cockpit systems could use some updating as well. Compared to the older Fokker 50, the latter has a more advanced cockpit layout in many ways. For example the Q300 doesn´t have an automatic climb power button as on the Fokker, but the pilots have to adjust prop RPM manually. Generally the materials used on the F50 are of higher quality as well.