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CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:06 pm

I was watching aircraft land at MSP yesterday and one thing that is really apparent is that CRJ-200's (the 50 seater) land with a really pronounced nose down attitude. They transition out of this attitude really close to the runway so the main gear touches before the nose wheel. Why is this?
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:09 pm

They dont have any leading edge devices/slats
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:11 pm

Thanks, that was my guess. Why does the lack of slats result in the nose down attitude? I guess I'm just curious about this.
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:11 pm

The CRJ-200s do not have leading edge slats, the part of the flaps that extend on the front portion of the wing! Because of this, they have to fly an approach with the nose down attitude and I also believe they have a slightly higher approach speed then it's bigger cousins, but I'll let the RJ drivers comment on that!

I'll dig one up from the archives for ya!
Nose Up Vs. Nose Down On Approach (by Msp12r Jul 24 2004 in Tech Ops)

[Edited 2012-07-14 13:13:01]
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:19 pm

Many times I've seen AA MDs do the same thing, anecdotally also at MSP, don't know if it's for the same reasons. They oftentimes come in with a nose-down attitude and then seconds before landing they flare the nose upward.
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:28 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
Many times I've seen AA MDs do the same thing, anecdotally also at MSP, don't know if it's for the same reasons. They oftentimes come in with a nose-down attitude and then seconds before landing they flare the nose upward.

Actually, their could be a good explanation for that! MSP has a good history of packing them in tight with the dual parallel operations. Many times, an aircraft will be on short final, while another aircraft is on it's t/o roll. Often times, pilots (myself included) will slow to the absolute minimum airspeed to allow more time for the departure to depart off of the runway and avoid a go around. Once the traffic is clear, the pilot might then lower the nose to get the airspeed just above the target airspeed for the approach and landing.

Note: Before some of the armchair pilots come out saying how dangerous this is, I assure you it is safe, and their are plenty of protection systems in place here in MSP!
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:31 pm

I know it's not quite the same thing, but I recall watching C-141s, for quite a few years in the Air Force and it seems like their takeoff attitude was level or slightly nose down. Landing, I don't recall.
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:30 am

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 5):
Many times, an aircraft will be on short final, while another aircraft is on it's t/o roll. Often times, pilots (myself included) will slow to the absolute minimum airspeed to allow more time for the departure to depart off of the runway and avoid a go around. Once the traffic is clear, the pilot might then lower the nose to get the airspeed just above the target airspeed for the approach and landing.

Uh really? At my airline part of the conditions for a stabilized approach are Vref +10 to Vref -0. You should never go below Vref on approach in a transport category aircraft. If you do this, I'm really suprised that you haven't gotten a call from pro-stands yet.

I fly into a lot of busy airports and sure we'll slow early (& configure) if we see a situation developing but we absolutely never go below Vref for our current configuration. If tower can't get figure out how to get departures off without making you go around while you're flying inbound at approach speed, they're doing something wrong.

I call BS.
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:58 am

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 5):

It is crazy how close they get sometimes. I was at MSP last week when a 757 was on the t/o roll with a 764 over the outer lights. I thought I was going to get whiplash looking back and forth between the 757, barely starting rotation, and the 764 over the numbers. I've been out there a few times, and heard pilots verifying land clearance at the last minute. It always seems to work out like a well orchestrated machine.
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:31 am

Nothing beats the IL-76 (that has slats!) at nose down attitude landings. http://youtu.be/cclH8ZSDVOM
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:39 am

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 5):
Often times, pilots (myself included) will slow to the absolute minimum airspeed to allow more time for the departure to depart off of the runway and avoid a go around.

What's the "absolute minimum airspeed" you're referring to?
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:33 am

Quoting freeze3192 (Reply 7):
Uh really? At my airline part of the conditions for a stabilized approach are Vref +10 to Vref -0. You should never go below Vref on approach in a transport category aircraft. If you do this, I'm really suprised that you haven't gotten a call from pro-stands yet.

Ahh..I never said below Vref anywhere did I? Target airspeed, depending on your aircraft can be Vref +5 at 500 ft, or approach speed (Vref +10) inside the FAF. You are correct in saying we have a range from Vref +10 - Vref +0, so if you see it coming and you are Vref +10, you can slow down to Vref +5 or even Ref if you need too and still be considered stable. I have no idea where you even remotely got the idea I was referring to going below Vref???

Quoting freeze3192 (Reply 7):
I call BS.

Real Professional, I am surprised you have not gotten a call from Pro-stands yet? I bet your a real joy to fly with on a trip, with an attitude like that and all!

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 10):
What's the "absolute minimum airspeed" you're referring to?

In this example, Vref in extreme cases, with Vref+5 in most of others!
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:46 pm

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3):
I also believe they have a slightly higher approach speed then it's bigger cousins, but I'll let the RJ drivers comment on that!

Correct. At max landing weight Vref is about 10 knots higher on the CRJ-200 when compared to the CRJ-700 at max landing weight.

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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:01 am

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 11):
Ahh..I never said below Vref anywhere did I? Target airspeed, depending on your aircraft can be Vref +5 at 500 ft, or approach speed (Vref +10) inside the FAF. You are correct in saying we have a range from Vref +10 - Vref +0, so if you see it coming and you are Vref +10, you can slow down to Vref +5 or even Ref if you need too and still be considered stable. I have no idea where you even remotely got the idea I was referring to going below Vref???

To be fair, it really did read like that was what you were saying.

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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:57 am

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
Many times I've seen AA MDs do the same thing

If an MD80 is really light this happens too.

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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:40 pm

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 11):
Ahh..I never said below Vref anywhere did I? Target airspeed, depending on your aircraft can be Vref 5 at 500 ft, or approach speed (Vref 10) inside the FAF. You are correct in saying we have a range from Vref 10 - Vref 0, so if you see it coming and you are Vref 10, you can slow down to Vref 5 or even Ref if you need too and still be considered stable. I have no idea where you even remotely got the idea I was referring to going below Vref???

The term "absolute minimum airspeed", that's why! Might be interpreted as just above stalling speed! We would have understood Vref +n better.

If you've reduced to Vref +5 for separation, you hardly have to worry about lowering the nose to get back to approach speed ... since you're alreday there... or within 5 knots.


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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:03 am

Just as an aside... it's not just the fact it is leading edge device-less... for reference I'll point you to my beloved ERJ-145 series.. she does not carry a nose low profile in general on approach and like the Climb Restricted Jet... the Excellent Regional Jet is leadin' edge device-less.
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:27 pm

Quoting thepinnaclekid (Reply 16):
Just as an aside... it's not just the fact it is leading edge device-less... for reference I'll point you to my beloved ERJ-145 series.. she does not carry a nose low profile in general on approach and like the Climb Restricted Jet... the Excellent Regional Jet is leadin' edge device-less.

It's all about wing loading. Higher wing loading gives a better ride as well.
 
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RE: CRJ-200 Nose Down Attitude, Why?

Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:30 pm

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3):

"At max landing weight Vref is about 10 knots higher on the CRJ-200 when compared to the CRJ-700 at max landing weight."

I have always thought why do people often compare the CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 like that. They are different size and weight aircraft, so can they really be compared that way? I say, put slats on one CR2 and then do a comparison. That should even it up a little.  
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