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Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:49 am

I hope this isn't a repost, but I couldn't find a link to this on the forums here.
Very cool vid on Youtube :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T-nRRCpbqc
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:46 pm

   I will be flying one of these on December 16.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:36 pm

Thanks for sharing, the Q400 is such a beauty.
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:03 pm

I'm a little surprised with how many buildings the aircraft passes through during the assembly process.

First Building = Fuselage Integration
Second Building = Mating Of Flying Surfaces
Third Building = Final Assembly

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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:40 pm

Thanks for posting that, airnorth!
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:54 pm

Tasteful music and pretty livery. Thanks for posting.
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:55 pm

Great video. Really interesting to watch.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:05 pm

I enjoyed. Thanks for posting.

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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:30 am

Man, I was never much into propeller driven aircraft but I will say those Q400's are amazing looking machines!!! I do know from a controllers stand point they are very nice performing aircraft! I talk to Colgan and Porters all the time.
 
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:11 am

The technology still amazes me...great looking plane/ livery!...Thnx!
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:59 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 5):
Tasteful music and pretty livery. Thanks for posting.

Indeed, well suited for the first Q400 to fly in India. I hear SG is doing very well on the 5 Q400 destinations as well. Smart regional strategy.
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:18 am

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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:03 am

Quoting airnorth (Thread starter):
I hope this isn't a repost, but I couldn't find a link to this on the forums here.
Very cool vid on Youtube :

Thank you for sharing! An interesting video.

Quoting nostrum (Reply 2):
sharing, the Q400 is such a beauty.

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Quoting amccann (Reply 3):
I'm a little surprised with how many buildings the aircraft passes through during the assembly process.

Me too. Very different from the moving Boeing line.

Quoting shanxz (Reply 10):
Indeed, well suited for the first Q400 to fly in India. I hear SG is doing very well on the 5 Q400 destinations as well. Smart regional strategy

I am surprised that the Q400 has not been ordered by more companies. According to Flybe the Q400 offer close to 737-800 CASM and should be a good replacement for the more expensive regional jets.

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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:10 pm

Quoting shanxz (Reply 10):
Indeed, well suited for the first Q400 to fly in India. I hear SG is doing very well on the 5 Q400 destinations as well. Smart regional strategy.

Good luck to SG. I wish them well with the Q400 and hope they buy more. I am booked to fly SG TIR - HYD. I had to fly these birds. It would be such a kick flying the aircraft that was assembled so close to home.

The trip times with the Q400 are longer though. Almost twice as long. The TIR-HYD flight is 1 hour 45 minutes as opposed to the 55 minute flight on 9W (738) or AI (320). So for the average non-anetter passenger, a shorter flight may be more preferable.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:04 pm

Now where's the 4 minute delivery flight video?

  
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:35 pm

Quoting amccann (Reply 3):
I'm a little surprised with how many buildings the aircraft passes through during the assembly process.
Quoting oykie (Reply 12):
Me too. Very different from the moving Boeing line.

Assembly & paint actually takes place in only two N & S buildings but there are several "bays" in each one. The "bays" are not, relatively, very wide and that is why in the video you see the Q400 going in an out of several of them as assembly progresses. If you go to this map you will understand...

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=1...&bih=644&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Quite clearly on the N building you can see the 4 bays marked out on the roof (which was a much later addition to the S building where the DH Beaver, Otter, etc was manufactured and assembled. Hence why the bays are "relatively" narrow - you could fit a lot of Beavers nose to tail in one bay.)

In some ways it is no different than Boeing's Everett assembly facility where you also have "bays" but the scale of the building is so much larger than at DH.

BTW, at the E end between the N & S buildings you can see a GX being towed. It is also built at the same facility.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:14 am

Quoting planemaker (Reply 15):
Assembly & paint actually takes place in only two N & S buildings but there are several "bays" in each one. The "bays" are not, relatively, very wide and that is why in the video you see the Q400 going in an out of several of them as assembly progresses. If you go to this map you will understand...

I understand now, thank you for explaining the assembly process at Bombardier. For curiosity sake, are those two buildings where all series (-100/-200/-300/-400) Dash 8s are built? Where are the CRJs built?
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:56 am

Quoting planemaker (Reply 15):

Thank you for your explanation! Very much appreciated 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:25 am

Quoting amccann (Reply 16):
For curiosity sake, are those two buildings where all series (-100/-200/-300/-400) Dash 8s are built? Where are the CRJs built?

The -100 thru -300 were all built in the S building (they are no longer in production). As you may imagine, over the years things have changed. The 50-seat CRJ was built in Montreal at Dorval Airport while the CRJ700, -900 and -1000 are built north of Montreal at Mirabel Airport.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:24 am

Quoting oykie (Reply 12):
I am surprised that the Q400 has not been ordered by more companies.

From what I've read most recently, this gets complicated because the ATR is actually more fuel-efficient. The catch is, the ATR is also MUCH SLOWER than the Q400. So it very much depends on the missions you're flying; if the routes are short enough (like United Express's IAH-DAL/DFW/OKC/ETC), then the Q400 has roughly the same block time as the ERJ, and that's a very attractive proposition, and negates the fuel advantage that the ATR offers, in my opinion.

I hope more carriers order the Q400 as well, I really like them, and DEFINITELY prefer them to a SAAB 340!!
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:04 pm

Quoting oykie (Reply 12):
According to Flybe the Q400 offer close to 737-800 CASM and should be a good replacement for the more expensive regional jets.

The issue is that turboprops of this size should do better. The ATR does for the bulk of the missions have a lower CASM.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 19):
The catch is, the ATR is also MUCH SLOWER than the Q400. So it very much depends on the missions you're flying; if the routes are short enough (like United Express's IAH-DAL/DFW/OKC/ETC), then the Q400 has roughly the same block time as the ERJ, and that's a very attractive proposition, and negates the fuel advantage that the ATR offers, in my opinion.

The issue is US airlines are not ordering. It is also dependent upon crew pay rates. If the pay rates are low enough, than fuel savings matter far more than block time.

Spicejet has enough routes where it would be of benefit to keep a reasonable block time and substitute a smaller airframe. For most airlines, turboprops are utilized to cut the per flight cost.

I personally like the Q400. But personal preference has nothing to do with economics. In this era of internet purchased tickets, the economics must be considered.

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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:12 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 19):
From what I've read most recently, this gets complicated because the ATR is actually more fuel-efficient. The catch is, the ATR is also MUCH SLOWER than the Q400.
Quoting lightsaber (Reply 20):
The issue is that turboprops of this size should do better. The ATR does for the bulk of the missions have a lower CASM.

With my limited aerodynamic skills, I have been thinking a bit about the fuel penalty the Q400 has because of its speed relative to the ATR. If my understanding is correct the wave drag would not be that much different if it was even quicker. It is when a plane approaches 0.8 mach that the wave drag increases much. In fact it increases so much, that some have suggested that the replacement airplanes for the 737 and A320 will eventually have a slower cruise speed and a wing looking more like the Q400. Would the Q400 be much less efficient if its cruise speed got even faster? Like the A400M fast. The cruise speed for the A400M is 0.68-0.72 Mach. A Q400 with this kind of speed would probably make up for some of that CASM penalty. From my understanding the Q400 is not so much faster that it is worth while the investment.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:26 pm

How does the Q400 stack up against the ATR when it comes to baggage?
 
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:34 pm

Quoting oykie (Reply 21):
With my limited aerodynamic skills, I have been thinking a bit about the fuel penalty the Q400 has because of its speed relative to the ATR. If my understanding is correct the wave drag would not be that much different if it was even quicker. It is when a plane approaches 0.8 mach that the wave drag increases much. In fact it increases so much, that some have suggested that the replacement airplanes for the 737 and A320 will eventually have a slower cruise speed and a wing looking more like the Q400.

You are correct in that wave drag will not dramatically increase even with a dramatic increase in speed of the Q400. However, in a vast over simplification of drag, drag is a function of velocity squared (D = 1/2 rho V V CD S), so even though the coefficient of drag may not change significantly the actual drag produced will change significantly.

Other things also become an issue with increasing turboprop speed, such as propeller tip speed, which may already be near the transonic region at current Q400 speeds.

It would not be entirely surprising of the replacement B737 and A320 series aircraft had wings looking more like the Q400 wing. Wings of higer aspect ratio have lower coefficients of induced drag (drag due to lift production). A good example high aspect ratio (low drag) wings is sailplanes, with no onboard propulsion system a sailplane must make the most efficient use of the altitude (potential energy) it has, therefore they utilize very high aspect ratio wings. One problem with high aspect ratio wings on B737 and A320 size aircraft is that with dramatically increased wing span comes structural issues, it becomes much more difficult to support longer and longer canteliver beams (wings).
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:38 am

Quoting amccann (Reply 23):
Other things also become an issue with increasing turboprop speed, such as propeller tip speed, which may already be near the transonic region at current Q400 speeds.



I would imagine a Q400 with a larger turboprop engine and two A400M Turboprop propellers   I do understand that it would have a higher CASM than the current Q400, but if it could cover more frequencies, it might cover some of the cost increase?
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:46 am

Quoting oykie (Reply 12):
According to Flybe the Q400 offer close to 737-800 CASM

Sounds reasonable. Flybe has 78 seats @ 30 inch pitch and galley structure big enough to hold 6 half-size carts with food and beverages for sale. Widerøe has the same config and service concept. There is a lot of money to be made on buy-on-board inflight service.

The ATR72-500/600 has 72 seats @ 30 inch pitch and a two-cart galley. Those extra six seats on the Q400 ought to make a difference, especially if the aircraft flies 8 legs a day - that's an extra 48 seats to sell, plus the extra revenue if those extra passengers buy something to eat and drink.

Beautiful aircraft, the Q400, Widerøe appears to be very happy with it - hope they order more.
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RE: Building A New Q400 In Under 4 Mins

Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:57 pm

I think BBD should pull the trigger on the Q400x. I think they've been holding back on the decision to protect the CRJ line. Power shouldn't be a problem...P&WC and others have already higher power and more economical engines in the works.

Maybe they could even make it faster to further take advantage of its speed difference.

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