Hamilton Sunstrand makes the APU for the 717 along with alot of the airbus and Avro RJs. I guess my question was trying to see what others thought of it, this was only the first time I was around one, and it just didnt impress me as being such a great aircraft.
My First Impression (from a poor college studnet working as a bag smahser's standpoint)
* The longer landing gear for the newer CFM-56 engines makes it harder to access the cargo bins
* The noise in the aft cargo and surrounding the wing is loud
* A good part of bin 4 (aft cargo bin) is occupied with the vaccum toilet system
*The floor of the cargo bin is sheet metal (fiberglass floors in the MDC products wear out and are easily damagedI know but when they are new and fresh bags sure slide nice)
*Ground service connections seem haphazardly placed (pneumatic start HVAC Lavs etc) I never was a fan of the Ground power connector being on the starboard side, but I see the point if you are using a GPU
*Fire Detection equipment looks fragile and inadequatly protected from a bag smasher
on the good side, I like
* Towbar is easy to attach/detach
* Cargo bins are roomy
* CFM-56 engines take far less time to start then BR-715s on the 717, I dont know if the FADEC for the 717 is checking more paramaters, but the engines spooled up lit off and stabalized much faster then the 717s .
From an airline standpoint, I love the 737. The commonality that makes me see it as a dinosaur, is the same commonality that saves carriers money. I know southest was very happy with the EFIS on their NG's displaying analog gagues on the PFDs.
Just curious, the loud whine that you get under the wing of a 737 from the hydrylics. Why is that not present on the MDC products. Hanging around the wing of a MDC product all I nroamyl will hear is the rush of the air into the intacts, and if i am on the port side, and i go forward the avionics cooling fan.