Turboprops – whose flown on one?
over to Jersey and between the channel islands and france a few times back in the days of Dan Air.
Not that different to a jet, really. They tend to be smaller so you get more buffeting if it’s windy.
The only time I’ve ever been really scared was on one of these, twice in two days.
The first time was taking off from Jersey towards Guernsey when it dropped below the cliff level at the end of the runway shortly after takeoff when the wind dropped.
The other was flying from St Malo to Jersey the followign night when I was immediately behind the pilot watching him wrestle with the stick to try and keep it flying straight. I’d have offered to hold the co-pilots stick (I was that close) to help out but didn’t want to distract him. He was sweating a bit when we landed.
Posted 6 years agodon simonMember
A little Cessna many years ago. What was it like? Small, uncomfortable and a bit noisy.Posted 6 years ago
Hercules are ace, I can remember getting up for a piss in the middle of the night at an ex-girlfriend’s house and looking at dozens of them on the tarmac and in hangars. AWESOME.D0NKSubscriber
travelled paris-nantes on one in france, jumped out of one in cumbria, leaned out of the back of one in wiltshire. Kind of fun, passenger jet planes are a bit boring really aren’t they? Wouldn’t wanna do a long flight in a prop plane mind.
oh yeah the air france one was a bit rickety, I was sat at the back and we seemed to start on a side runway, halfway through take off we turned onto the main runway and I swear I could see the fuselage bend.Posted 6 years agoMacgyverMember
yep, loads. they use them as puddle jumpers around the bahamas. Noiser? yep, I think it’s down to the props trying to beat the air into submission combined with the fact that many are high wing configuration so the noise is generated closer to the cabin and not shielded by the wing.
Watch out for the small ones, they often don’t have toilets on board. Taxiing from the ramp in Miami and I have an urge which develops into a desperate need for a poo. Was seriously thinking of chucking all the luggage out of the curtained baggage area and hiding in there with a carrier bag. Emerging before the other 15 passengers would not have been fun! Possibly the most unconfortable hour of my life. Ran like the wind to the terminal in Marsh Harbour when we landed for an experience that I assume to be similar to picolax 😯Posted 6 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Flown on a Fokker 50. Sounds different, obviously, but I don’t remember it being much noisier than yer standard jet.
We had VERY heavy winds flying into Reyjavik over the sea. Wings were all over the shop, real heart in mouth approach, pilot set it down beautifully though, very smooth. I reckon they get a bit of practice at that sort of thing up there!Posted 6 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
A fair amount in the US and Canada. Big ones quite noisy, small ones fun when landing on gravel strips.
I do remember flying to Ireland in one a bit like Druidh shows, in 1964…
Best and most fun flights by far however in helicopters (turbine) and floatplanes (radial)Posted 6 years agoPemboMember
….even the birds were flying faster.
Reminds me of an Air Fungus flight from Manchester to Dublin a few years ago on a very windy day. After we landed the pilot told us we were travelling at 40 knots across the ground on our final approach. Nice cooked breakfasts back in those days though.Posted 6 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
The flight only lasted 2 minutes (accordiong to the timetable, but I timed it at 4minutes 11seconds), but it was terribky exciting and we got certificates and miniatures of Highland Park.
OH flatly refused to get back on it and we had to catch the ferry back to Mainland.
EDIT – also flown in one of thesePosted 6 years ago
– all very jolly until I misheard what the poilot said (what with the noise and everything) and we looped the loop.derek_starshipMember
They are slow. Fast enough to stay up but typically 40% slower than a jet. I’ve flown BA to Edinburgh and USAir from Chicago to rhinelander. I felt a bit vulnerable for the period over lake Michigan ! I couldn’t take my eyes of the prop’s, willing them to keep spinning. But I’m an anxious idiot who’s crap in the air.Posted 6 years ago5labMember
flew on an azerbaijan airways prop aircraft last month. was noisy, but bose headphones made it pleasant 🙂
I tried to find out what kind, had a look on their website, and couldn’t find it, but did find this
ETA : it was probably an ATR 42Posted 6 years ago
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