Old May 14, 10, 2:31 pm
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The "props" people thing of really mean reciprocating engines turning propellers, but the ATRs are merely turbine engines turning a propeller. What some are really getting feelings of concern about is the smaller size, lower altitudes and greater propensity to encounter minor turbulence and minor attitude changes as a result.

I took the tack of explaining to Lady JDiver that the airstream is much like a water stream, with currents and eddies, in a three-dimensions, and the aircraft merely moves with the currents. As divers who enjoy playing with various currents, she understands this - in fact, she enjoys playing with currents and using them to eddy out to hang with the fish, etc.

Aircraft are built to high strength requirements - watching a 747 wing flex in moderate turbulence is quite impressive - but not in any way problematic: aircraft are built to tolerate considerable air movement.

Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
Sadly, too many people (not just women) don't understand that a turbine is a turbine is a turbine. I've found that some people can be educated to understand that a turboprop is a jet engine with an external prop instead of the internal fan found in a turbofan engine. Basically, they're the same.
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