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Yeah Flybe have now started the trim sensitive announcement on the Dash 8-400 too, but it’s only during their headcount before taxi – once airborne they will let you move seats. I thought all aircraft no matter what size were trim sensitive, and the trim wheel on the flight deck was there to keep the trim in balance as crew and passengers moved about the cabin during flight. On one of the ITVV flight deck DVDs the pilot explains the concept of trim in detail.
They operated both the Embraer 190/195 and Dash 8-400 for some time before this announcement started so it must be for some other reason – the cleaning one is fair enough and as Martyn says we wouldn’t have a problem with that, it helps the punctuality of the next sector if arrival is behind schedule.
So would they still make the trim announcement if the flight was full?