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barryward12345

Who is flying the Dash7?

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I'm really enjoying learning how to fly this a/c. On one hand it is quite an easy a/c to fly - but on the other,you can get into trouble quickly with it.So far, I can land it (at 40,000lbs) in 2000 feet. I have read that it is possible to land it in half this distance - if so, I would love some pointers. Possibly I am coming in a little too fast - but below 100 knots on final approach, I tend to get into trouble. I haven't tried using the spoilers on approach yet - anybody tried that? At what stage of the approach would they be used?Thanks Barry

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Can't say that I've landed it in less than 2000 ft, but I can tell you that an approach with full flaps requires a considerable nosedown attitude. At less than 50% fuel loads, I can hold about 95 kias without much problem, but it takes practice to make a smooth transition to flare and touchdown. With full flaps, I carry some throttle all the way to touchdown. I haven't tried spoilers on approach, but with all the drag from full flaps I can't imagine doing this in real life.Not sure how accurate the modeling is, but I've tried shutting down and feathering one outboard engine, then making a turn to final into the dead engine. I used 25 degrees of flaps and added 10 kias to approach speed. It was a handful, but I was able to bring it in for a reasonable landing. Give it a try.It's an absolutely great freeware aircraft, many thanks to all those who worked on it.Dale

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"I have read that it is possible to land it in half this distance "Affirmative, Barry. I admit to using a cheat in that I have the FS2004 brake indicator (CTRL+PERIOD) turned off on my FS9.I set the parking brake (CTRL+.) on approach so once the reversers are engaged, she stops pretty quick :(http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/174537.jpgP.S. Unrealistic but fun.

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