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Old 05-11-09, 07:43 AM
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Anyone else like flying in turboprops?

People can't bring so much **** on the aircraft so you can get on and off so much faster. I wish they'd do that on all planes...

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People can't bring so much **** on the aircraft so you can get on and off so much faster. I wish they'd do that on all planes...
I use to have to fly in a King Air 381 (I think it was). The flight itself was fine as long as there were no air pockets. Hitting an air pocket and dropping about 100ft in less then a second will take your breath away.....and it really sucks when you have a glass of water during that. The water has a tendency to rise out of the glass, spread into an area big enough to completely cover you, and then come down on top of you.
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They remind me of Roy Rogers riding Trigger

I just dont like getting tossed around in turbulent stuff in them.
Also, at 5'11" , I feel a little cramped, but they are cool in their own way.
Like an old 40's movie, or something
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I got to sit co-pilot in a seaplane last year.
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I kind of enjoy bouncing around in those. When I was a kid I used to refuel King Airs, Cessna Cheyenne's and the like. Fun job and sometimes the pilots would take you along. Last year I flew from SF to Reno over the mountains in a small turboprop, beautiful flight.
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I do not like flying all that much and my discomfort increases as plane size decreases when flying commercial.

That said, the few times I have been up with my private pilot friends in a Cessna 172 or a Piper Tomahawk, I was fine and not nervous at all.
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They remind me of Roy Rogers riding Trigger

I just dont like getting tossed around in turbulent stuff in them.
Also, at 5'11" , I feel a little cramped, but they are cool in their own way.
Like an old 40's movie, or something
I actually don't mind the pitching nearly as much as heavy turbulence in a big jet. The small size makes it feel like the pilot has a better chance of getting the plane under control if there are problems. However, I once was ina small plane that lost an engine during a heavy storm and had to make an emergency landing. That's a bit more excitement than I like.
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I love turboprops. I used to fly into San Luis Obispo in United Express B1900s and EMB120s back in the day, and I have more recently also flown in Horizon Q400s and Q200s, and also Island Air Q200s. Flying Redmond, OR to Portland in the Q200 was awesome.

Those Island Air flights were great. HNL-OGG-KOA and return a couple of days later.
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I don't like them commercially. My Dad used to take me on monthly rides when I was a teenager. He was "observing" his hunting lease.
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I don't like them commercially. My Dad used to take me on monthly rides when I was a teenager. He was "observing" his hunting lease.
So is this the reason for the helicopter salesman issues?
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If it would have been a R/C fixed wing salesman, that fiasco would have never happened.
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People can't bring so much shti on the aircraft so you can get on and off so much faster. I wish they'd do that on all planes...
for a period i was using them almost weekly for business meetings in holland. they were quick, less hassle and flew from a closer airport right in london.

but on windy days the landings sure made me want to poop my pants and rip off the arm rests.
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For shorter trips they are great, like the OP states, they are fast to get on and get going. I take then from Eugene to Portland and Seattle, thats the right distance for these aircraft. Last year I flew USAir from Phoenix to Durango, CO, that was OK, but about my limit because of the noise and vibration. Thankfully the winds were fairly calm, that flight can be very windy and the smaller planes really get pushed around. I like to relax on longer flights, it's harder on these with wind, noise and vibration. They are harder for airlines to work out the economics for these smaller planes, they really need to keep them filled to make route viable.
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When I lived in Louisiana, I had to connect in Memphis on Northwest (Saab Turboprop) pretty regularly(2 to 3 times a week). I have lots of horror stories about missed approaches, zero gravity moments, etc... There was this one time where there was a bump and the oxygen masks came out. There was a slight bit of panic on the plane. I thought about helping the lady next to me get her mask on but I remembered that the flight attendant said to first put my mask on.

It turned out to be some malfunction. No cabin pressure loss or anything along those lines. One of the more scary moments on an airplane.
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I remember flying in DC-3's in the 60's and at nite there would be these
flames shooting out of the backs of the motors. As a little kid it seemed
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The last time I flew in one - 13 years ago I think - was in Zimbabwe flying into Kariba. I had an aisle seat and the crew left the cockpit door open, so I could see forward straight through the front to the airstrip. Hot summer so there must have been a lot of thermals because the strip was wandering around in front - pretty cool. (actually I guess I flew back in one as well, but wasn't as memorable)
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Sadly, I've never gotten to ride a turboprop. I generally enjoy flying on the smaller planes more because there's fewer total people fussing about, and the flight is more dynamic, shall we say.

Those Bombardier Dash-8 Q400's that airliners like Horizon operate are real neat. Cabin noise is a big issue with multi-engine turboprops because pressure waves coming off the propellers reverberate through the airframe. There's actually devices much like large speakers in the fuselage of the Q400's that pulse out of sync with the propeller pressure waves to cancel the noise out.
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No, cuz I can't fit my 6'4" ass into one of those little pocket fliers.
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I assume that was when you were going to one of my favorite places in the U.S. to bicycle.

San Juans......easy to sip like tea on a misty morning
Yes, when I went there for my kayaking trip, looked like it would have been a great place to ride too.
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I've flown in a business jet that we took up just for fun. 6000+ ft a minute and 2 g's later, I was ready to buy one.
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If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going. Okay, there are a few other aircraft I'd gladly fly on but I am not a big fan of small turboprops. I worry about the experience level of those at the controls. From the rumors I'm hearing regarding the Q400 crash in Buffalo, it isn't pretty regarding crew quals and proficiency.
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