I noticed this undoubtedly an eye-catching photo in the database with the nice props effect (and I have a thing for propellor-driven aircraft ).
Photo © Willem Honders
I wonder what stage of the flight would it be when the engines are running but the landing gear wheels are still blocked (right term: chocked (?) ). Always thought that they were removed prior to engine start due to obvious hazard to the ground staff and even noise... or would it have been just landed and parked and someone already managed to stick them in place?
What are the procedures for this and are there any hard-written rules about when it is safe to approach a powered turboprop aircraft?
P.S. Witnessed this summer, btw, how a Captain (four yellow stripes) was walking about the apron when the An-24RV I flew in stopped at its spot and as soon as engines' power was cut off and blades still spinning he came in under the right wing, dragged the electric cable of the ground supply and plugged into the right engine ... minutes later an technicial showed up and his face showed an amusement when he saw someone already has done what he was probably about to do...
[Edited 2007-11-09 22:57:00]