Welcome to the SAAB Gang comrade.
The Swedish airplane (and epic car) manufacturer SAAB became very interested in entering the civilian aviation market throughout the 1970s. Beginning in 1980, SAAB and the U.S. based manufacturer Fairchild formed a partnership to manufacture a new regional airliner, powered by 2 turboprop engines for increased fuel economy, while fitting nicely in the 30 seat commuter market. The debut model SF340A made its maiden flight on January 25, 1983 and made its first delivery on June 6, 1984 to launch operator Crossair. The type quickly became the worlds best selling commuter airliner with 159 units produced.
In 1987, Fairchild decided it was gonna head out. SAAB then took full control of production.
In 1989, the SAAB 340B was introduced. This version had more powerful engines and a larger horizontal stabilizer, along with other modernizations. The 340B became the best selling version, with 300 produced between it and its later "340B Plus" model.
Increasing competition and the fact that the powerplants were becoming obsolete, along with other factors lead SAAB to literally straight up murder the 340 passenger production in 1999. However, nearly half of all aircraft built are still flying, most of those are less than halfway through their lifespan. It's predicted that the 340 will be in service for another 30 years but the world won't last that long.
ACT1: Start Engines + Beacon Light
ACT2: NAV Lights
ACT3: Invert Prop Pitch
ACT3+Throttle: Reverse Thrust
ACT4: Taxi Light + Wing Lights
ACT5: Landing Lights
ACT6: Strobe Lights
ACT7: Parking Brake
VTOL: Flaps (I recommend using in increments of thirds for realism)
Parking: Use brakes to come to a stop, then turn on ACT7 to stay in place when you release brakes. As is in real life, the 340 produces enough thrust at idle to make the plane move forward, so if you're going to leave your plane idling on the ground you should use the parking brakes.
Takeoff: You have the option to takeoff with no flaps :)
Flaps up: Full throttle, rotate at 120-140kts IAS, climb for 180kts IAS.
Flaps 1/3: Full throttle, rotate at 100-120kts IAS, retract flaps below 175kts IAS. Climb for 180kts IAS.
Cruise: Max cruise altitude is 25,000 feet. Max cruise speed is 250kts IAS up to 16,000ft. Above 16,000ft switch from IAS to TAS and do not exceed mach 0.5. Use this handy resource for help calculating mach 1 at a given altitude and then divide result by 2.
- Successors 4 airplane(s) +66 bonus
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 70.4ft (21.5m)
- Length 64.9ft (19.8m)
- Height 23.3ft (7.1m)
- Empty Weight 33,095lbs (15,011kg)
- Loaded Weight 41,734lbs (18,930kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.071
- Wing Loading 20.8lbs/ft2 (101.4kg/m2)
- Wing Area 2,009.6ft2 (186.7m2)
- Drag Points 1494
- Number of Parts 582
- Control Surfaces 0
- Performance Cost 2,345