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which is easier to fly: metro 3 or saab 340?

DX Rick

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saviboy said:
which is easier to fly: metro 3 or saab 340?
can I ask why?
 

transpac

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saviboy said:
which is easier to fly: metro 3 or saab 340?
Saab 340 is a piece of cake compared to a Metro. Plus, you don't have to worry about flying the Saab single-pilot.
 

El Guapo

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merto

Sounds like saviboy has a job lined up with IBC Airways. I flew the metro, but never flew the Saab. I would have to say though, that the metro was one of the toughest turboprops that I've ever flown. Why it's single pilot beats me, but it shouldn't be.
 

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El Guapo said:
Sounds like saviboy has a job lined up with IBC Airways. .
Who is IBC?

I never flew the saab or metro, but the merlin.
 

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I currently fly both at IBC Airways and the SAAB is a much easier plane to fly. But I have to admit that I enjoy flying the metro better. It builds characteras as a pilot in my opinion!!!
 

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The Metro is kinda fun to fly once you get used to it. I am not sure why so many people make such a big deal about flying the pipe single pilot. It's really not a big deal.
 

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DeathPencil said:
The Metro is kinda fun to fly once you get used to it. I am not sure why so many people make such a big deal about flying the pipe single pilot. It's really not a big deal.
Not a big deal untill you shoot an approach down to mins, go missed and are trying to lookup another airport. Kinda stressful when you are by yourself and don't have an autopilot.
 

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The best part about flying a Saab is that when your feelin pressure on the big O-ring you have a place to ease it out. If the same thing happens in the Metro your emptying your flight case in a hurry and lining it with a trash bag. Just try flying around sitting on your flight case while it's on top of your seat in the weather and all the time talking to ATC without grunting. I vote for the Saab over the Pipe. And lets all remember that this is all predicated on a high fiber diet. If you've been knocking back Taquila the night before all of the rules change. In situations like that, as a precaution you'll be lining your flight case just to fart.
 

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The Pipe

The Texas tampon is one of the hardest a/c I have ever flown. Yes, once you get some time in it, it gets easier but no matter what, it is trying when it loads on ice and you are shooting 190' below minimums single pilot. The SAAB doesn't hold a candle to the pipe, it's way to stable. If I had a choice, I'd pick the lawn dart anyday, it makes you a real dog.
 

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The tampon makes men out of crew and maintenance alike. Once you fly or work on it, everything else is easy! I kinda have a soft spot for them!
 

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Flown both, the Metroliner is a simpler airplane by far. Single pilot is about as hard as flying gets for a living, though.
 

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how many saabs does IBC have and how many are they getting?
 

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The work load on a Saab is reduced greatly with the auto-pilot. When things are going down the crapper you can rely on George. In the metro, you are on your own. However, if an interveiw sim eval is on the horizon, your scan will never be better after coming out of a metro.
 

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If your sole criteria is "which is easier", then pick the airplane with the best autopilot and pray it NEVER breaks.
 

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If you are talking about learning the airplane, the Metro is easier to learn. If you are talking about flying an airplane, the SAAB is easier to fly.

I'd keep this in mind, heavy airplanes look better to some employers, but then again so does single pilot flying. However, turboprop PIC time is the thing to get. So, if you are talking left seat of a Metro or right seat in a Saab, take the metro. In fact, take the aircraft that gets you to the left seat the quickest. If you are going straight into the left seat of the Saab than take it.

Confused enough?
 
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