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What Is It Like To Fly The Fokker50?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

To those of you who have flown the F50, what was it like? Is it noisy and capable of knocking you off your feet during startup? Is there much legroom? Would you say 1 hour 40 min is a looooong time to spend on a plane like this?  Smile

Thom@s


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User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

I have flown the F50 many times (with Ansett Australia/Air NSW and SAS Scandinavian) and really really loved the aircraft. It had much more of a "real airliner" feel than the Dash8, ATR42/72, Saab340's that I've flown in.

Then again I always loved the F27 Friendship (those huge windows!!) too.

You'll love it!

Cheers

 Smile


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

The latest issue of Airways Magazine has a big story on flying aboard a Lufthansa F50, pretty interesting.

Cheers, DIA



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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3992 times:

Inside noise and vibrations are a different world compared to jet planes.

You may be unlucky and fly for a long time in heavy turbulence at the lower altitude.

But you will easily survive.

"Comfort" (if any) is best in the back of the plane, opposite jet planes. Try not to sit in line with the propellers.

And if you are anywhere near 6 feet or taller, don't bang your forehead on the low ceiling where the wing main spar passes through the cabin.

Have a nice flight, Preben Norholm



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Awesome ride, noisy, slow, dirty, fun!!! Great in turbulence, feel every bump and sway. Just as long as its KLM Cityhopper  Big grin

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

I flew Air Nostrum from Paris to Bilbao, Spain on a F50.
Other than great service..it was basically a loud rollercoaster ride. They are NOT very refined aircraft.

They do, however, feel very solid and secure even when being bounced about (something that can't be said for the ATR series). Also..the gear, flaps...hell...every mechanism on the bird makes a fairly decent noise when used.

You'll enjoy it.


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

I had the opportunity to participate in a sightseeing flight on board of a VLM Fokker-50 (base at EBAW, Belgium).

The aircraft is nice to fly with, there was more legroom than I expected. The only thing that drew my attention is that, when applying throttle on take-off, the aircraft started to shake very heavily. On this website, I was told that this was possibly due to the fact that VLM pilots hold the parking brakes until the engines spool up. But don't worry, not many airlines do this (I think) and it was great!

Enjoy your flight! And if you'd like to see some pictures taken from the inside of a Fokker-50, check out http://users.telenet.be/PowerCorruptionLies/Roundflights.htm  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3940 times:

Thankis everyone. It's not like I've never flown a prop or anything, so I know about the propeller disk stuff.  Smile

Thanks for the pics.  Big thumbs up

Thom@s



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