Well, the Dash update is here, and I bet everyone is having a blast spinning through the air with those shiny new turboprops. I am also proud to say that I no longer crash them. ^-^
As controllers, the Dash opens up an exciting new world of possibilities regarding types of traffic to handle. We’ve got our jets, turboprops, military planes, and little props buzzing around, which gives airfields an enriched environment of which has never been seen before.
Speed control has seen a little more of an emergence lately, due to the slow landing speed of the Dash, which presents a few issues for any heavies behind it.
Pilots, when controllers ask you to “maintain best forward speed” when flying the Dash, or issue any sort of speed command that keeps separation in front of any other traffic on final, please be a little considerate and comply. I’m not asking you to pull all the flaps up and land at 235 knots, wiping and spinning out into a fiery explosion, but keeping up your approach speed a little more would be very much appreciated.
I often see other Dashes slow to final landing speed at about 105-115 knots when just intercepting the ILS or way beyond >5 miles of the threshold in front of a 777 who’s doing 150,160, or whatever acceptable speed they’d be going at four miles behind the plane. That would probably result in being told to maintain best forward speed in a semblance to try and maintain separation.
As Heavy Driver and Ard Jan mentioned in Jason Rosewell’s podcast, which I’m discreetly advertising here, turboprops can stop on a dime. Just raise your flaps up a little bit and move in at a little higher speed (130-140 knots is my suggestion if you’ve got heavies behind you) until a few miles from the threshold, and you can then slow all you like to your final landing speed.
If you’re at an empty or slow field with mild traffic, then sure, land as slow as you like. I’d be happy to take tons of pictures and paste them all over Google or something.
Bottom line is this- when you’ve got jets cruising behind you, help us as controllers by doing your best to accommodate your speed in regards to traffic. We won’t always have the luxury of having parallel runways available to switch you or other jets to in order to shuffle you around.
As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!