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PC-12 delivery a milestone for Pilatus, PlaneSense

Article | Aug 07, 2013

Fractional ownership program operator PlaneSense has taken delivery of its forty-ninth Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop.

First Look: Pilatus breaks the mold

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has announced a new offering to what had been its all-turboprop line of airplanes. The company’s new, single-pilot-certifiable PC–24 will be a twin-engine, 425-knot “super versatile jet,” and “not a me-too product,” in the words of Pilatus Chairman Oscar Schwenk.

Beechcraft King Air deal could total $1.4 billion

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. announced Aug. 1 that it has secured an order for up to 105 King Air 350i turboprops from Wheels Up, a new membership-based private aviation program that will provide access to a fleet of the aircraft.

Kestrel’s single-engine turboprop delayed

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Kestrel Aircraft has made fast progress on engineering, but a shortage of funds is delaying the single-engine turboprop.

Clean Sweep

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Of all the aftermarket-modification specialists available to turbine operators, James D. Raisbeck must certainly stand out as one of the most prolific. Raisbeck, CEO of Raisbeck Engineering of Seattle, Washington, started his company in the 1970s by developing performance-enhancing wing and flap modifications to the Learjets 35 and 36. By 1982 he was eyeing Beechcraft’s King Air line of twin turboprops.

Plane Spotter: Cessna 425

Article | Jun 14, 2013

What came first, Cessna’s Conquest I or Conquest II? Plane spotters with a taste for twin turboprop trivia testify that in this case, the Cessna 441 Conquest II predates the Cessna 425 Conquest I.

Behind the scenes of the little turboprop that could

Article | Jun 07, 2013

Just how realistic can you make an airplane with eyes, a mouth, and a dream of competing in an international air race? DisneyToon Studios took on the challenge with the upcoming Disney’s "Planes."

East meets West in the Power90

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The eventual pairing of a capitalist King Air C90 made in the American heartland with engines designed and built behind the Iron Curtain would have been hard to imagine at the time they both were originally designed.

Quick Look: P180 Avanti

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The P180 Avanti is a very fast (400-knot) and fuel-efficient twin turboprop that was developed by Italy's Piaggio in response to the high oil prices of the 1970s.

Package pricing simplifies Lancair buying

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Learning from the success of the Evolution, which AOPA reported on last year, Lancair officials have begun to offer completed kit prices for the piston-powered Legacy models. The Oregon company began offering complete kit prices with the single-engine turboprop Evolution, of which 35 are flying.

Piaggio teams with Selex ES on ‘most stylish’ UAS

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti twin turboprop, a sleek design made for business travel and special missions, is being adapted as an unmanned aircraft system for military use.

GAMA issues ‘mixed’ 2012 GA deliveries report

Article | Feb 12, 2013

General Aviation Manufacturers Association data for 2012 illustrate a year of flat or slightly declining sales in most segments of the fixed-wing market, with an increase in turboprop deliveries--and new products in the pipeline--suggesting signs of a long-awaited recovery.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Aviation photography by Mike Fizer

New Pelton venture to offer turboprop C421

Article | Jan 24, 2013

A turboprop version of the pressurized piston twin Cessna 421 will be the first offering of a new aircraft remanufacturer whose leaders include former Cessna President and CEO Jack Pelton, the company announced Jan. 23.

Argus TRAQPak: Flight activity flat in 2012

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Data compiled by Argus TRAQPak shows that flight activity in December 2012 was down and activity for the year was relatively flat.

Into Africa

Article | Dec 06, 2012

Whether they were shedding ice in the flight levels or stumbling on a street festival in the Canary Islands, Bob Jeffrey and David Robinson cherish the memories of flying a newly completed Lancair Evolution turboprop single from Redmond, Wash., to Johannesburg, South Africa.

General aviation manufacturers log increase in sales

Article | Nov 07, 2012

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association logged an uptick in deliveries through the third quarter, and urged lawmakers to settle the fiscal uncertainty that is believed to be dampening demand.

Kestrel uses pulse deice system

Article | Oct 29, 2012

Goodbye boots? The Kestrel single-engine turboprop will leverage an electro-mechanical expulsion deicing system on its wings instead of pneumatic boots.

Hawker Beechcraft China deal collapses, jets jettisoned

Article | Oct 18, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft announced Oct. 18 that a purchase agreement with a Chinese buyer has been scuttled, and the company has charted a new course out of bankruptcy. That plan includes the sale or cessation of Hawker jet production, but would keep the piston and turboprop lines running.