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Favourite Turboprops Anyone?  
User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2147 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Just interested in everyone's turboprop thoughts - sorry if this has been covered before.
I know the Q400 has had some problems, but have they been ironed out? Are the other Q's working out?
The ATR seems like an old dog, but maybe it is just plugging away.
Thanks,

af022

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User currently offlineGoAibusGo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 274 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

Dash 8

I worked on a Dash 8-300 as a F/A, and now I work on an ATR 42 -300.

I like the the Dash 8 better but just slightly. I imagine the Q series being even better.
The ATR is good, but the set up of cargo-hold in front and main entrance and F/A seat in the back was its draw-back (for me). And the aircon. works not to well and we fly in the tropics. The Dash's was better.

About the other turboprops like the Fokker 50, Embraer 120, BAe ATP, etc I do not know nothing about.

JJV.


User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I've flown on ANZ and Origin Pacific ATR-72s, a Scenic Airlines Beechcraft 1900C, and a UAL EMB-120. Out of all of those, I'd say the ATRs were the most comfortable -- leather seats, not to old...the EMB-120 was pretty old and creaky, but fine...the 1900 was by far the worst: old-ish, really small windows, hot...
All that is just my opinion, though...

qantasA332


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

SAAB 340 hands down. Well built, easy to work on and fly, 6'-0" stand up headroom. It's no speed demon, but I'll take it over anything else out there.....except the SAAB 2000.....jet speed, turboprop fuel econemy..!!



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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5888 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2742 times:
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My best turboprop aircraft to this date is the Dash 7. I miss those old birds and how they just float in the air.

In terms of the new generation turboprops, I would have to go with the Q400's. That's one roomy aircraft!


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

I havnt flown on all that many turboprops but i would say that the Dash8-300 would be my fav.


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User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

What could ever be better than a Saab 340 in Kendell Colours

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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 957 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Dash 8s are the best!!

But this one is both amusing to look at and fly in:

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User currently offlineSkiordie From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

My favorite

Aspen Airline's Convair 580's.

I flew from Denver to Aspen over 20 times. The flight attendent was seated on every one of those flights. Definatily an E ticket ride each time. I still have their luggage tag on my ski bag.


User currently offlineTupozure From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

I've flown on Air New Zealand's ATR72-500, Saab340A,Beech1900D and Origin Pacific's BAe Jetstream41.
Out of that short list of flown turboprops, I would say the ATR was definitely my favourite. It just looks so great and is a very comfortable aircraft to fly in. I love AirNZ's leather seats on ATR! The Beech 1900D was a nice aircraft too, but the ATR is definitely my favourite.


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User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2549 times:



I love the Let 410UVP Turbolet.. a Czech made a/c...




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User currently offlineAZMD80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

The best prop I'we flown is without any doubt Saab 2000 By swissair. I get it many times becouse Swissair used it o three daily flight from GOA to ZUR. Sometimes They uses ARJ 100, but Iwas happier to take the "concordino, as they call it.

It's the only regional I've flown with a windows also in the WC.!!!!!

I flight it also from ZUR to LCY : one of my best flight.

Unfortunately LX suspended the GOA route, even if the flight were always full.

Bye


User currently offlineCitationX From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

I have always liked the rugged, old Twin Otter:


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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3956 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

My vote goes to the Dash 8.



But I like the Twin Otter as well.

-Kas-

[Edited 2003-12-29 17:17:02]

User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

The Electra has got to get 1 vote:




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User currently offlineNwdc10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

I have flown in Horizon Air Metro 3, Dash 8-100, United Express 1900D Airliner, Cascade Airways Beechcraft 99 and HS748. I love prop-jets more than fan-jets. My favorite has to be Metro 3 all the way. I would like to fly on Horizon Airs new Dash 8-400 some day. Robert nwdc10

User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1596 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

The fastest and most powerful:
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User currently onlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1378 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Large Turbo Prop would have to be the Convair 580 I just love the Whistle sound those Allisons make, its a robust aatractive plane.

Small-Midsize is the Twin Otter -200/300, man this thing performs. I have seen that thing takeoff in a few hundred feet and climb and climb, and I love its weird slow speed approach. I also love the way it sounds when it passes over on appraoch.



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

I love the Cessna Caravan and the Twin Otter. They're like flying SUVs, with a nice sturdy feel. Not sure if I'd like to spend many hours in one, but for short flights they're a lot of fun.

The Saab 2000 and ATR72-500 (but only the -500!) are real beauties. So smooth and quiet, it's hard to tell you're not flying on a jet. Haven't tried the Q series yet, but I'm sure they're similarly comfortable.

My least favorite planes to fly on are the Jetstream and the Metro. Claustrophobic, loud, and generally unpleasant--in short, they're what give turboprops a bad name among the flying public!



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User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

I have flown the ATR42, ATR72, Fokker 50 and the scarily small LET410EPV.

My vote for this thread goes to the cute and sturdy ATR42. I think the Fokker is an ancient design and noisy with it.


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

I used to fly around on Mesaba Saab 340s so they are my favorite.

I also like ATRs and I wish I could get on Beech1900 flight sometime.

So far Ive been on:

Dash 7
ATP
ATR 42
ATR 72
Saab340
D328
Emb 120



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User currently offlineFflood From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

The Lockheed Electra, no doubt!


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User currently offlineN2111J From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2162 times:


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The ultimate turboprop for me. I grew up watching these beauties in the late 60's. Before the age of metal detectors, where you could walk right out on the walkway in ELM and watch them close up. The unmistakable sound of those Rolls Royce Darts, and the fire in the exhaust as they started up........nothing else like it, and there never will be again.


User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

I'm going back a long way, but I'll never forget my first flight in a turboprop. It was in 1955 and I'd gone to CLE from YYZ for the National Air Races. I had a TCA DC-3 for the trip to Cleveland, but came back in a Viscount. Wow, what a difference!

User currently offlineAZMD80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

MY DEFINITIVE LIST

Saab 2000
ATR 42 500
Saab 340
D328 110
F50
Dash 8 300
Dash 8 400
ATR 72


25 UPSfueler : EMB-120 ATRs Thats my list.
26 Post contains links and images KYIPpilot : View Large View MediumPhoto © James Richard Covington, Jr
27 Post contains links and images Marcopolo747 : The Viscount ! Its serene flight and amazingly large windows. View Large View MediumPhoto © Kjell nilsson
28 Post contains images Planesarecool : For me, it's either the De Havilland Dash 8 (300) or the Saab 340 -Stephen
29 Dash8tech : I know the Q400 has had some problems, but have they been ironed out? Are the other Q's working out? For the most part, yes. There are Mods going on t
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