Aviationlover1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 42 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13748 times:
What's the best turboprop airliner you've flown on and why. For me, I've done the Dash 7 with Hawaiian, the SAAB 340 with American Eagle, the ATR 42 with Continental Express, the Jestream 32 with United Express, and the Jetstream 41 with United Express. I would have to say the Jetstream 41 was the best. Flew on it from Norfolk VA. to Washington Dulles. Cabin was comfortable and quiet, and the aircraft flew like a rocket ship. Lavatory was big enough to use comfortably. A great aircraft. Sorry to see them all but gone in the US, but glad I got the chance to fly on one. The ATR 42 is a close second, but just blows around too much in the wind, making approach a little nauseating. On a separate note, the worse turboprop I've ever flown on was the Jetstream 32. Waaaaay to cramped, waaaay to noisy, and bounces around in the air like crazy.
Aviationlover1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13675 times:
Oh yeah, and as for the most fun flight, that would deffinately be the Dash 7 "Island Hopping" flight I took on Hawaian. Only true STOL aircraft I've ever flown on, and man did it live up to it's STOL capabilities.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13684 times:
The best Turboprops:
1. The L-188 Electra - On American, Eastern, PSA, Air California, Air Florida, and Northwest.
2. The Vickers Viscount 745D - On United
3. The following are all fine in good weather but when it gets a little bumpy, I prefer other aircraft: DHC-7, DHC-8, ATR-72, ATR-42, FH-227B, F-27, Saab 340, YS-11, Bae ATP (maybe another technical problem but very quiet and comfortable)
4. The CV-580, EMB-120, and Swearingen Metroliner are okay but the above aircraft are better
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13633 times:
I've been on LH and Luxair F-50s,
Paradise Island Airlines Dash-7,
American Eagle ATR-42, ATR-72 and Saab 340,
Gulfstream International Beech 1900D,
Taino Air Embraer Bandeirante,
The Bandeirante was a cargo plane, so that doesn't really count.
I would say it's a tie between the F-50 and the Dash-7 for second place... WAAAAAY behind the G-73T!
The loser is definetly the AN-24.
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AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13624 times:
I've been on a bunch of turboprops, but I put the ATR-72 at the top of the list, being more spacious than regional jets. I fly them frequently on American Eagle/Executive Airlines up and down the Florida coast.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3235 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13648 times:
Dash 8-200: Flew it with Horizon Air. Nice airline, nice plane. Real overhead bins. My favorite.
EMB-120: Flew it with SkyWest/United Express and Comair/Delta Connection. First turboprop flight I can remember not disliking. Real overhead bins and I like the 1x2 seating when I'm flying alone, but overall I still like the Dash 8 more.
Jetstream 32: Flew it with Trans States/US Airways Express. Cute little airplane, but no overhead bins at all. And no flight attendant.
Saab 340: Flew it with American Eagle. It's an okay plane, but the overhead bins are relatively useless.
Cessna 402: Flew it with Air Molokai. Not actually a turboprop. Lots of bumps in Hawaii's turbulent air.
David / MRY
Dash 7: Flew it with Hawaiian. Don't remember much about the flight, but do remember the front row had club seating.
YS-11: Flew it with Mid Pacific. Don't remember it.
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13591 times:
For me it would be the Bristol Britannia - the "Whispering Giant". I only flew in one once - from LHR to YUL, but that was the first trans Atlantic flight that I actually enjoyed.
Note to Johan: Will you please deep six this lousy Spell Checker and replace it with one that was published no earlier than the 20th century. It pisses me off that it doesn't recognize words like Turboprop, Britannia and Johan.
Rongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13570 times:
Viscount without a doubt - HUGE windows that have never been matched. My first Viscount flight (G-AOHD of BEA RFW-MAN August 14 1961) was also my first airline flight that was NOT a DC3, so the smoothness and silence was an absolute wonder at the time.
Best modern turboprop - Air NZ Link (Mount Cook Airlines) ATR72, but also nostalgia for CityFlyer's ATR72s on which I took many jump seat rides before 9/11
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13481 times:
The best for power, speed, and comfort in my experience was the L-188 Electra. I wish I'd had a chance to fly the Vickers Vanguard, however; it was supposed to have been very similar. Trying one of the big Russian ones, Tu-195? - that would have been an experience, too.
The re-engined Convairs get the prize for ingenuity.
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MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13455 times:
My favorite turboprop flight was the Comair EMB-120 that I took from MCO to EYW back in 1999. Great aircraft! I took several ACA Jetstream 41's on the one hour forty-five minute flight between PVD and IAD in 1999 and 2000...loved those flights as well...kind of pushing it as far as range goes for such a small aircraft but the flights were on the whole very enjoyable.
AmericanKing From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 81 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13361 times:
My Favorite is the Swearingen Merlin II. It is a hog, flies a lot like a SAAB 340, great stability. Controls are very big and comfortable for an aircrat of its size and lower utilization!! Only a handful of these models exist and a friend of mine owns one!
SuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 13334 times:
This will be a surprise to everyone. The SuperDash. The Q400. It is roomy, quiet, comfortable and fast. Since I fly on Horizon regularly, add some free beer, how can you go wrong? I will fly the Q400 anywhere, anytime.
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 497 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 13320 times:
Have flown the Dash 8-200 and 300 from EWN to CLT many times - always a smooth ride and plenty of room. The FA on this flight is usually very friendly as many have been quite gratuitous with the booze - Yeehaw!
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.
: Q400. GREAT turbo prop. Climbs fast, VERY high cruise speed. Comperalbe to RJ's, but not quite as fast. I LOVE IT. Flew on them with Horizon a bunch o
: Okay everyone. Thanx for the great responses. From what I read, Looks like the top three seem to be the ATR-72, the Electra, and the F-27. To Milesric
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: No one mentioned the best of them all, the Twin Otter! If you need an aircraft you can count on to get the job done anytime anywhere, the Twin Otter c
: Given all the Q-400 threads we've had, I'm really surprised no one has put up a photo. In the air, you don't even know you're on a turboprop.
: I am sorry that nobody here has mentioned the Saab 2000! Well, I guess since it was never operated in the US many people have not had the chance to fl
: My favourite has to be the Vickers Vanguards of Air Canada. HUGE Viscount sized windows, big seats, lots of room. On retirement from Air Canada, these