|Quoting Caspian27 (Reply 3):|
While I'm not exactly a fan of who is operating them, can you expound a bit on why you dislike them?
From a ramp agent perspective:
Extremely unreliable and maintenance sensitive aircraft, we have at least one flight a day that is delayed 4+ hours for maintenance. "A Day" If it doesn't delay it cancels.
They are a pain in the neck to load and unload because of the shelf in the aft bin. On landing, all the bags that are stacked on the shelf fall forward onto the floor section (because of the braking action) of the bin and block the doorway and get stuck in the bin webbing.
On overnighters you have to secure the propellers with ropes and ties so they don't windmill on the ramp.
You have to hand pump the brakes before dead towing. This is done with a pole that is inserted into a hand pump in the gear well of the right main gear. Takes some pumping to get the brake system up to pressure.
The aft bin door is also temperamental and difficult to shut sometimes. And having to raise the door and then secure the door from closing on you with a large pole adds more time and complexity to a "quick turn."
The lavatory dump system is also fun, it's not uncommon to not get it right and have lavatory waste on the ramp. Luckily I haven't had that problem yet (knock on wood), but have seen many very experienced agents mess it up and put turds on the ramp. Other aircraft it's a very easy task and usually no problem.
From a passenger perspective:
They are noisy and the vibrations can drive you insane, especially the closer to the engines you are. The forward door is very small and you have to duck quite a bit on entering.
All around, I do not like this aircraft.
Lighten up while you still can, don't even try to understand, just find a place to make your stand and take it easy