The props in our fleet feature as prominently as the jets although, agreeably, they may be a bit more challenging to fly depending on individual approach and knowledge of the aircraft systems. We’ll assume that if you are bold enough to take on the props, you know more than the basics. However, here are some tips that will assist you in better handling of the Q200.
Although the Q200 was tuned to allow better control of speed during taxi, some pilots still report having difficulties controlling the aircraft during. Reducing prop speed to its lowest before and during taxi seems to help.
Initially, the visibility outside the cockpit is poor. Ctrl+Q shifts the view down so that you see more of the tarmac. Ctrl+Shift+Q raises the view. Ctrl+Space resets the view.
The Q200 over-speeds at 247 KIAS. That said, you should never get an “OVER 250” warning on your PiReps with the Q200. As with any of the fleet aircraft, NEVER operate the Q200 at the maximum limit of its speed. (You had to know this was coming.)
*The Q200 is a slow aircraft. Don’t expect it to attain jet speeds. It simply will not happen. Refer to the Fleet page for aircraft operation speed limits.
Since turboprops don’t have a speed hold function in the autopilot system, you will have to use pitch and power to manage your speed during climbs and descents. Learn how to work the throttle (power).
Use throttle as well as prop speed to manage aircraft speed during level flight. Ctrl+F2 *reduces prop speed in small increments and Ctrl+F3 increases it in similar increments. Ctrl+F1 instantly reduces prop speed to its lowest value. Ctrl+F4 increases it immediately to its highest value. *The benefit of reducing prop speed at cruise is that it significantly reduces fuel burn. (Can also be used during climbs and descents.)
A power setting of 80-85% throttle and a prop speed setting of 950 rpm is suggested for good fuel economy and speed during cruise.