JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
Can't say it fairly, but if its anything like the -100, I can tell you this: a solid workhorse aircraft that is very well built and functionally designed... but the cabin noise and pressure fluxuations during takeoff are absolutely insane- the sole reason i will not fly another.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5002 times:
I flew AC Vancouver-Victoria-Vancouver and AS Seattle-Vancouver. Flights were short, and it was nice to fly an aircraft where I could see the landing gear touch down upon landing from just a few feet away... If you are into looking outside etc, be sure you do not sit next to where the engine is (around middle of aircraft) as it totally blocks your view...
Btw, the YVR-YYJ run is only 15 minutes in the air - just enough for the flight attendant to give out mini size Mars bars.
AC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4944 times:
Personally, I really like the Dash 8-300 series. I am 6'3 and can stand fully upright in this aircraft and I find the cabin to be very spacious. I actually would prefer to fly on the DH3 over the CRJ...I find the CRJ feels much smaller inside and I cannot stand fully upright in it.
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3166 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4842 times:
I believe that's what I flew once (and am scheduled to again in March) from GSP-CLT. Nice interior, but my ears kept ringing for the next hour after I got off the plane. There's GOT to be some technology to alleviate the vibration & noise on these planes!
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3405 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4823 times:
Ive flown on several Dash 8s, many with Canadi>n Regional and a couple with Air Canada Jazz. I've been on a handfull of -100s, but i would say that probably the majority of those 8s were the -300s. The Dash 8 is my fav prop plane, and i like the -300 more than the others (dont really know why)
I am kinda tall and other than always bashing my head on the doorway on my way out i have no problems moving around inside, compared to other airliners ive heard about it seems to have a fairly roomy cabin. It is a bit noisy and the engine can block the view a bit, but other than those 2 things, overall i would say that the Dash 8 series 300 is a good economical/practical design and they seem to be built pretty solidly. I'd get on one of those birds any day.
Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4796 times:
Years ago, I got to jumpseat in an Air Ontario DHC-8-300. It was just after Air Canada's new colours began appearing, and we flew in one of the first Dash 8's to get the new scheme.
I remember it was very modern, although the autopilot wasn't working. We flew from Toronto Pearson to Timmins, a small mining town in Northern Ontario. At 10:30am we arrived (the first flight of the day) and we touched down onto a runway covered with 8 inches of snow. So I remember the landing to be a bit bumpy! But it was a really great flight, smooth flying, and from the front you barely even notice the noise...
MELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4765 times:
Flew a couple of DH3's with QF late last week on a SYD-CBR-SYD run. Certianly was an improvement over the earlier 100 and 200 series that are still flying around. My ears wernt ringing after the flight as on flights on the earlier models, and it was much easier to have a conversation with the person next to you.
Planemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 6573 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4723 times:
The Q300 is a big improvement with regards to noise and vibration over the older 300.
AC330, the CRJ does not feel smaller... it is smaller. The CRJ fuse cross section is identical to the Challenger biz jet, and there lies the problem. The Dash 8 was designed from the outset as an airliner and is therefore built as one. Not only is the ceiling higher but the width as well, especially at the floor level as the cabin cross section has an ovoid design to maximize pax comfort. Of course, there are some trade offs but they don't really come into play for the routes that they fly.
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YOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4636 times:
I've enjoyed flying on the Dash 8-300 on several ocassions. It's a little more spacious than a 100/200 series, although I personally prefer the ATR 42 in terms of comfort over an 8. But for anything under 2 hours, a DH3 is fine with me.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
>>>Personally, I really like the Dash 8-300 series. I am 6'3 and can stand fully upright in this aircraft and I find the cabin to be very spacious. I actually would prefer to fly on the DH3 over the CRJ...I find the CRJ feels much smaller inside and I cannot stand fully upright in it.
Yes, yes, YES! I´m 6'3'' too, and I fully subscribe to that statement. Hate CRJs, love Dash 8s. The CRJ is just a stretched Challenger after all...
Also, if you fly on the Dash 8, take row 7 (or 8): it´s so awesome to see the gear operating, especially during landing. With a little luck (and provided it´s dark outside), you´ll see red-hot brakes, very impressive sight.
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4387 times:
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Flying DH8's most of the time to and from Johannesburg, I really don't like the plane. The flights always seem to take forever + the aircraft noise inside can get a bit too much at times. I always feel somewhat defeated when I get of from a long-haul and a DH8 is waiting on the apron for the last sector, going home.....
Personally I prefer the CRJ as it's much quicker getting to your destination.
The only prop that I dislike even more than the DH8, is the ATR72.
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FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4369 times:
There IS technology available to suppress the noise and vibration. It's called NVS (Noise and Vibration Suppression) and was introduced first on a -Q200 model delivered to Mesa Airlines in 1996. It works by using hidden microphones in the cabin, which transmit noise data and prop speed data to a computer. The computer then transmits signals to devices in the fuselage which generate counter-vibrations to diminish the resonance effect. This was highly successful, and became standard fit on all models since then. Together with other modifications to suppress noise, this is where the -Q (Quiet) designation comes from.
Source: Airliner World, March 2004
However, with regards to the original post, I don't know how old BA's Dash-8s are - chances are they're not fitted with NVS so although comfortable aircraft, could be pretty noisy.