Turboprops – whose flown on one?
Yeah, I’ve flown in quite a few. They’re just a normal plane until the weather gets bad. Then it can be a funny experience. Not because they’re a turboprop but because they’re so small. Flying up to Aberdeen one time it was like being on a roller coaster, terrifying. The attendant dealing out the sick bags had one of those trys you used to see in old cinemas round her neck.
Plus when it’s windy you can feel one rotor grab the air a lot better than the other and the plane will crab sideways.
Landing at Jersey in heavy wind is an experience too. After the plane was on the runway and we were making a very sharp and fast turn, the pilot comes on the intercom and says ‘and if you look to your right you’ll see the plane that didn’t make this turn last week’ and sure enough, there was an identical plane to ours wrapped up in the perimeter fence.Posted 6 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Flew on a Dornier 328 once. 3 passengers in total, so outnumbered by the crew. They made us all sit near the wings for take-off and landing, but we could sit anywhere else for the rest of the flight. Was rather windy iirc.
Pretty sure i’ve been on Fokker 50 too. KLM always used to give me the seat under the wing 👿 where there’s no place for a 6ft2 person to stand, and the overhead locker is about the size of a letterbox.
Prefer the Embraer regional jets… with 1+2 seating, choose the correct row, seat A, and you get bonus leg room, window+aisle seat all in one 🙂Posted 6 years agostevehSubscriber
Lots and regularly for me over the years. Currently Fly Dash planes Manchester to Hannover. Before that South African Airways Johannesburg to Swaziland, not sure what they were but only 18 seats. Then at other times BMI flights on other stuff as well.
They’re pretty noisy and it’s harder to get away from the noise than in a jet. As mentioned they also suffer more in wind too.Posted 6 years agoUncleFredMember
Aurigny Tri-Landers are fun, especially when the landing in cross winds and the Pilot has to look over his shoulder to see the Runway…
ahhhh, one just taken off now.
loudest air craft that takes off from Guernsey!
Twin Otter landing and taking off in Saba was an experience…
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RU_fk6zNmc[/video]Posted 6 years agocbikeMember
I Toured to Shetland once with loganair or whatever they are called these days. The Nose wheel fell off at Glasgow and cast were put on a second plane. On arrival in shetland the airport had been struck by lightning and the runway lights were out. They had to circle until the generator/back up system relit the runway.
Then one of cast went through a fire door by mistake and caused a security incident.Posted 6 years agorootes1Member
The Nose wheel fell off at Glasgow and cast were put on a second plane.
Logan is part of Flybe..
landed at Edinburgh from Southampton on a flybe Dash 8 and we had to be towed off the end runway as the plane lost nose wheel control… doh!
flown on lots of turboprops but never on a piston engined prop plane.. DC-3 would be cool to go onPosted 6 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Regularly used to crawl between Hannover and Manchester on an ATP. Hugely enlivened once when an engine went out just as they brought round lunch. We did come did quick! The Captain said that he’d rather do those sort of acrobatics in a turboprop than a jet, but I can’t remember why now.Posted 6 years agojamiec360Member
Been in plenty, mostly F50s to Holland and Belgium but lots of Islanders out to Islay when I was a kid and a particularly long and uppy downy flight to Shetland when we had to stay below the clods due to storms half way there. Did get to go in a Herc when I was little, visiting uncle in Darwin where he was RAAF base commander so we flew Cathay to Hong Kong and he had us collected there in a C130, I loved it but I was only 9 full helmet and MAE West distinctly remember parents hated it and made us fly to Sydney for a “proper” flight back to uk. I think I’d side with my dad on the Herc flight now tbh.
No real problem had plenty of hairy moments in jets only disconcerting thing with some turbos is when just after taking off they throttle right back and the plane goes so quiet for a moment you think the engines have stopped but never had one fall out of the sky while I’ve been on them and I have a couple of million miles between flying blue, miles and more and admiral’s club.Posted 6 years ago
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