FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4138 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7324 times:
I was talking to a pilot for Midwest Airlines who used to fly for AWAC. When he flew the ATPs, he said, an engine would frequently shut off spontaneously when landing. He told the pax that this was normal so they didn't freak out. The plane is a piece of crap, horribly unreliable, and ugly as hell.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7087 times:
I think besides the fact that the BAe ATP were not paragons of reliability the plane didn't do well in terms of sales compared to the ATR42/72 series and the Saab 340/2000 series. And who wants to buy a new ATP today (if the plane had stayed in production) in when Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ regional jets have taken over nearly all the regional market? Even the Bombardier Dash8-Q400 is a far better plane than the ATP.
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6905 times:
The ATP is a reliable, functional aircraft. It is not prone to "engine faults" or "undercarriage problems" any more than any other aircraft.
The one's used by Manx and BRAL flew thousands of hours trouble free. They did have their quirks and no aircraft is completely reliable, but the ATP is no worse or better than any other.
As for comparing it to a Boeing 767 - you are now showing how completely off your rocker you are. Two different aircraft, for different functions and used in entirely different ways. And lets face it - looks are a personal preference - I mean, some people even like the look of the A.380!
However, before you start to slang off a thoroughly decent aircraft, I would try getting some reliable, accurate information on it. It may not be the fastest, smoothest and quietest aircraft flying, but it works and is certainly a damn sight tougher than many of the plastic machines on the market these days.
I know, I worked on the bloody things and handled the maintenance planning for them.
Christa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6823 times:
I am sorry but I am not off my "rocker".. I was simply making the point that I believe the BAE ATP to be a more attractive aircraft in my own opinion. I find the 762 quite ugly, quite squashed and not as sleek as the 763, 764 and Airbus counterparts.