|Quoting EASA (Source):|
VLE (Landing gear extended) = 172 KTS
|Quoting Fabo (Reply 4):|
it might be, that this particular type is pretty much unable to slow down & go down at the same time, leading to a situation that would require gear down before the point of final descent (also known as FAF, if you wish to look at approach charts for that particular airport) - that said, I do not know Dash 8 as to confirm or deny that.
|Quoting Alasizon (Reply 11):|
since the Q400 is moving so slow, it can afford these turns, the gear is sometimes lowered earlier in order to provide the pilots time to account for the approach and be aware more of the approach and not have to worry about the gear being down at a certain point.
|Quoting GRZ-AIR (Reply 12):|
You don't lower the gear early out "to not worry about it anymore at a later point"
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