Flybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1806 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4791 times:
In light of Kcrwflyer's question on commuter startup/shutdown procedure,
I have noticed that ATRs seem to allow the engines to be started before the props start spinning. I've noticed this on a few American Eagle flights in the Caribbean. For about 30 seconds before the props start spinning a high pitched jet-like sound would occur, then the prop would begin spinning.
Is it just me or does this actually happen?
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ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3695 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4718 times:
Yes, it does happen. Many turboprobs have special gears to allow them to run without the prop spinning so they can provide power for the aircraft at the gate. I think they call it Hotel Mode" or something like that.