ATR: 'A lot of interest' in potential larger turboprop

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ATR: 'A lot of interest' in potential larger turboprop

ATR has had serious discussions with airlines and suppliers about producing a larger turboprop and has found "a lot of interest" in the manufacturer's building a bigger aircraft than the 70-seat ATR 72, Head of Sales John Moore told ATWOnline.
"We are certainly looking at that market and have had some very positive feedback from airlines that they do see a need for a larger capacity turboprop," Moore said yesterday. "There are a growing number of routes where the 70-seat turboprop is too limited."
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Gary Scott last month confirmed that his company intended to move forward with a stretch version of the 70-seat Q400 with first delivery likely in a 2013-14 timeframe (ATWOnline, March 27).
Moore said ATR's discussions with engine-makers (Pratt & Whitney supplies the PW127F to power the ATR 72-500) are particularly key regarding the timing of its decision to launch a larger turboprop program. "It has to have significant gains in efficiency," he explained, emphasizing that no decision had been made. The potential aircraft would "not be a stretch [of the ATR-72] but would be a new airplane," he said.
by Aaron Karp


http://atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=16178

Cool, now all they need to do is build it with a rear mounted wing and makes the props a pusher with a canard on the front and for some more speed!
 

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"Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Gary Scott last month confirmed that his company intended to move forward with a stretch version of the 70-seat Q400 with first delivery likely in a 2013-14 timeframe."

What the heck is it with those crazy Bombardier engineers stretching the living crap out of the only two airliner designs they've managed to build in the last 25 years!?
 

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the best place for canards is on someone else's airplane.
 

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"Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Gary Scott last month confirmed that his company intended to move forward with a stretch version of the 70-seat Q400 with first delivery likely in a 2013-14 timeframe."

What the heck is it with those crazy Bombardier engineers stretching the living crap out of the only two airliner designs they've managed to build in the last 25 years!?
There new C-Series looks pretty cool. I think Luftansa has ordered 30 of them.

http://www.deagel.com/library/Bombardier-CSeries-CS100-regional-jet_m02009032500003.aspx

http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/Bombardier2/
 
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The Piaggio doesn't have canards.
 
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I am sure Piedmont will buy some. Or not.
 

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So, when the "regionals" are grinding around in 100 seat turboprops that are the equivelent of an Electra, does that mean they're mainline, again?

Or is the new thing that "We're a real airline because we sell tickets, and you don't?"
 

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When they do build it I can already see the pilots jumping up and down saying we'll fly it for 23.00hr.

Of course there will be! Heck, there were guys jumping up and down to fly a B777 for $30 with no health insurance.
 

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Yep. Do you know what Canards are?
Sorry jonjuan, but while Piaggio does not like to call them canards this is mostly a P.R. ploy since they don't want to be associated with the Beech Starship.

The Piaggio is not a "canard configuration" since the forward wings are not horizontal stabilizers. Nontheless the proper name for those lifting surfaces is canards.

Main Entry:ca·nard
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈnärd also -ˈnär\ Function:noun Etymology:French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Middle French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducksDate:1851 1 a: a false or unfounded report or story ; especially : a fabricated report b: a groundless rumor or belief2: an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces ; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance
 

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Yep. Do you know what Canards are?
So what is that wing-thingy on the front, if it's not a canard?

Noseron? Schnozzervator?
 

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They are forward wings, equipped with flaps... not canards.

Semantics, maybe, but its a great design and a terrific plane.
 
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