A1ex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 574 times:
Good looking, IMO:
Nicest to ride? Cannot really determine as I haven't flown any from my list above :). The only regional turboprops I have flown were:
AN-24B and RV
LET-410UVP-E (a Czech produced, mostly flown by Aeroflot)
IL-18 (if you can say it's a regional)
Let-410 was a cute one (about 19-25 passengers, speed at ~350kmh, seating 1-2). I liked when pilots didn't care about shutting their cabin doors (that happened quite often!), so I'd intentionally seat at the very front and enjoy the view of the cockpit :).
An-24 was a different story. No chance to get to the cockpit. But I always enjoyed to watch outta windows how the wheels retracted into the engine nacelles. That was COOL!!! ALso, in an AN-24 you feel the POWER - hear the LOUD noise engines make, which I miss on modern planes...
IL-18 - I was too young and hardly remember details but I remember when once a stewardess gave me a postcard with Aeroflot's TU-154 on it as a present. Whatta nice lady... Maybe she somehow knew I was gonna grow an aviation freak?? ;-).
Will From Australia, joined May 1999, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 571 times:
l guess l can't really tell you much about ride, cabin noise,ETC. But as for my favorite T/Prop would have to be one which is by far not the best A/C, but it is one l worked on alot once and had heaps of fun running it. lt's the Fokker F50.
Claus From Romania, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 573 times:
I like the Saab 340 most, especially eqipped with leather-covered seats (eg Crossair, DeutscheBA in the past);only 33 passengers, but looks more like a `real` airliner than for instance ATR-42.
The F-27 is also great with its huge windows.
I flew on these regional aircraft:
ATR42 and 72; HS-748 and BAe ATP (that was EuroDirect); Saab 340 and 2000; Fokker 27,50
Dornier 228; DH Twin Otter,Dash 8-100 and -300 and Dash7 (that was on London City Airways) and regional Jets: CRJ, Fokker 70 and 100 and BAe146
Spence From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 570 times:
It depends on the model. The Saab340B+ is a much better aircraft than the A model. Quiet and smooth.
The Dash 8-102's I have been in have a first rate cabin.
It's fairly quiet because the props turn much slower than than the Saab340's. Plus, the -8's have APU's, so I don't freeze in the winter or bake in the summer waiting to depart with the cabin door open.
The Dash 8's aren't pretty to look at but they are built like tanks.
I have not flown on ATR's, so the only comment I would have is what pilots tell me.
Pilots have to make constant trim adjustments.
Main landing gears are postioned too close together making crosswind landing more difficult than they should be. Note that the Dash 8 main landing gears are underneath the engines, wide stance on the ground. Then look at the ATR land gears, you will see my point.