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Bombardier Aerospace’s Dash 8 family of turboprop regional aircraft includes the 37 passenger Q100 and Q200, the 50 to 60 passenger Q300 and the 70 to 90 passenger stretched Q400. The Q400 is the newest member of the Dash 8 family, which had its first flight in 1998 and entered commercial service in February 2000. In more than 40 countries around the world, over 550 Q400 turboprops are in service with more than 60 operators. They have accumulated more than 10 million flight hours, and have a dispatch reliability of 99.5% - one of the highest levels in the air transport industry.
The Dash 8 Q400 aircraft was developed to meet the requirements of regional airlines for larger aircraft on high-density, short-haul routes. The 350kt Q400 is one of the world’s quietest turboprop aircraft, with a noise and vibration suppression system (NVS) that was introduced on the Dash 8 turboprop family in 1996. The aircraft’s speed and 2,519km range provide airlines with the capability to service markets beyond conventional turboprop aircraft distances.
A test aircraft of the Q400 became the first Canadian aircraft to fly on D7566 biofuel. D7566 is certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Porter Airlines is planning to carry out Canada’s first biofuel-powered revenue flight on its Q400 aircraft. The dual control flight deck manufactured by De Havilland Canada accommodates a pilot and co-pilot. The electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS) has five high-resolution, 6in x 8in, liquid crystal displays. The flight deck can be fitted with a holographic guidance system from Flight Dynamics.
The aircraft’s avionics system was developed by Thales Avionics. The communications suite includes a dual VHF navigation and communications and mode S transponder. The flight deck is also equipped with an emergency locator transponder and a solid state flight deck voice recorder. The total fuel capacity is 6,526l giving a maximum range of 2,519km carrying 74 passengers. The maximum cruise speed is just under 650km/h (403mph).
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