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User currently offlinemuggins From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (17 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 978 times:

what regional t.p.'s are the best looking, nicest to ride in, etc. any opinions?

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User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (17 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 978 times:

I think the ATR-72 looks good. Since it is the only turboprop I've flown on though, I can't really compare the comfort to others. But I sure think it looks the best;

User currently offlineA1ex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (17 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 981 times:

Good looking, IMO:

  1. Saab 2000
  2. Dash-8
  3. ATR-72
  4. AN-140

Nicest to ride? Cannot really determine as I haven't flown any from my list above :). The only regional turboprops I have flown were:

  1. AN-24B and RV
  2. LET-410UVP-E (a Czech produced, mostly flown by Aeroflot)
  3. 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?? ;-).

User currently offlineWill From Australia, joined May 1999, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 978 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.
See yah..

User currently offlinejz From United States of America, joined May 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 978 times:

I have flown on Saab-340, ATR-42, EMB-120 and Dash-8. I liked the Dash-8 the most. It is bigger than the average turboprops and less noisy.

User currently offlineMarkus From United States of America, joined May 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 979 times:

I've flown on the ATR-72, ATR-42, and a Dash-8-100.

I think my favorite would be the ATR-42 because it was the quitest, but this was most likely due to my seat position behand the engines.

The most attractive TP in any livery has to be the Saab 2000. Looks great in the Crossair livery and will look great in SAS's new one.


User currently offlineClaus From Romania, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 980 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

User currently offlineDirk From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 978 times:

A Dash-8, of course !

User currently offlinemuggins From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (17 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 980 times:

right on, Dirk the dash is a great machine, quiet, fast enough & very well designed.

User currently offlineC-GMWW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (17 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 978 times:

I'm sorry but I have to say Dash-8-300, well because I used to be a F/O for it. Therefore It's my favorite regional plane. I can't really answer from a Pax point of view but a pilots, it's great.

User currently offlineSpence From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (17 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 977 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.

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