I was recently browsing some images of the autopilot panel on a Dash 8 Q400 when I made an observation:
“Dash 8 Q400 FD/AP panel” by “Markusnl” on flickr.
There is no autothrottle control included on the panel! This prompted me to do further research, and I conclude that, as a factory new plane, the Q400 is not autothrottle equipped.
The Q400’s engines are Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150As, the latest in the well-established PW100 series, rated at 3,420kW (4,580shp) each for normal take-off conditions, with an emergency rating of 3,780kW if an engine failed during take-off. ¶ As well as FADEC (which does not include auto-throttle), the PW150A has an engine monitoring system (for maintenance purposes) and electric starter motors.
To keep the Q400 as accurate to real world operation in Infinite Flight, I propose that the feature is removed. Although it is nice and reduces workload, it isn’t realistic. While there is always the “you don’t have to use it” counter-argument (which is valid), I feel FDS should reconsider this currently implemented feature.
Thanks for reading. Please share your opinions on this feature request.