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Seizing the day

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The dismal data confirm a grim, well-known reality: 2009 was a disastrous year for aircraft manufacturers—and owners felt the pain as the value of used aircraft plummeted, too. Less visible, however, was the fact that some bargain shoppers recognized the down market as a chance to snap up deals on highly discounted aircraft.

Turbine Pilot: Flying in the wild, wild west

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Lessing Stern’s initial introduction to flying came as a child when he traveled on airplanes his parents owned for business. The corporate aircraft included a Gulfstream G1 turboprop and later Sabreliner and Citation jets that moved them about the country from their home in Colorado.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Garmin International continues its march toward penetrating more of the turbine market. The company’s popular three-screen G1000 avionics suite is already standard equipment on Cessna’s Mustang light jet and Caravan single-engine turboprop, Daher-Socata’s TBM 850, and Piper’s Meridian.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Before You Buy, Prebuy

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

A prepurchase inspection is always a challenge, whether the airplane is a J–3 Cub or a Boeing 727. But a turboprop, with its combination of jet engine(s) mated to propeller(s), plus its many systems, makes for one of the most difficult.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: The Next Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

John Hayes’ two-decade march through airplanes of ever-increasing capability and complexity seems, in hindsight, as if it were carefully planned from the start. ‘AOPA Pilot’, Turbine Edition, OCTOBER 2009 Table of Contents D-JET Dawn Moving to turbine power Up and coming The next airplane Brazilian breakaway Before you buy, prebuy It wasn’t.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Up and coming

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In spite of the doom and gloom tumbling off the newspapers, television, and the Internet, the fact is that new general aviation airplanes are in the works. Sure, some have fallen by the wayside.

Turbine Pilot: New magic

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

The Garmin G1000 cockpit upgrade to the Piper Meridian represents the third-generation cockpit for the 10-year-old design, but the first that can be called truly integrated. Piper entered the single-engine turboprop fray starting in 1998 with the announcement of the Meridian; deliveries began in late 2000.

Turbine Pilot Cessna Caravan: Sky Truck

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

With some 1,800 airplanes delivered since its debut in 1985, Cessna’s Caravan ranks as an icon among utilitarian singles. It’s a massive Pratt & Whitney-powered 675-shp turboprop that stands tall on the ramp, has a maximum payload of some 3,000 pounds, a huge unpressurized cabin, and yet behaves surprisingly like a Cessna Skyhawk.

Turbine Pilot: Old Idea, New Terms

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

The transition from piston aircraft pilot to commander of a turboprop or even a pure jet often demands a variety of new skills based on concepts first learned during private pilot training. Consider the efforts to sort out the differences between a glass cockpit and one with steam gauges.

Turbine Pilot: Pilatus' Apex

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

With sales nearing the 800 mark, the Pilatus PC-12 has been a standout in the single-engine turboprop market. Because the external features of the airplane remained largely unchanged during its 14-year production run, it can be tempting to believe that today’s PC-12 is the same as those of yore.

Turbine Edition: Flight Plan

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Oh, what a difference a year makes. Our 2007 AOPA Pilot: Turbine Edition, released a year ago, treated very light jets and the subject of owner-flown turbine operations as a novelty.

Turbine Edition: Forecast

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Up signs in a down economy Small turbine aircraft catering to owner-operators and other customers continue to sell remarkably well. The established players and products in this market are prospering.

Turbine Edition: Jet Stream

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Pratt stacks. Know this shape? Sure you do.

Turbine Edition: Market Watch

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Shakeout may be a mild characterization of the once populous field known as Very Light Jets. Adam Aircraft, manufacturer of the certified A-500 tandem piston twin and the prototype A-700 twin jet, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and its assets were sold to Russian investors for an undisclosed price rumored to be just north of $10 million.

Turbine Edition: New vs. Used

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Conventional wisdom: There’s a direct correlation between U.S. corporate profits and business jet sales.

Turbine Edition: Fly Your Own

Article | Oct 01, 2008

The first turbine airplane that actor Harrison Ford purchased to fly personally was a Cessna Caravan in 2000. He used it as he has all of his subsequent turbine machines, for business, pleasure, and to commute between his homes in Los Angeles and Jackson, Wyoming.

Turbine Edition: Pilot in Command

Article | Oct 01, 2008

There is one word, one common element that pilots will encounter when transitioning from a piston airplane to any one of today’s modern turbine aircraft, whether turboprop or jet—speed. It seems so obvious, and the reason many of us have converted to turbine aircraft for our business and pleasure flying, speed gets us to our destinations sooner.

Turbine Edition: Power Play

Article | Oct 01, 2008

A quick survey of the new turbine aircraft market reveals a stable of highly capable performers, but be ready for sticker shock. Even the least expensive, entry-level single-engine turboprop can rapidly surpass $2 million as options accumulate, and that’s just the price of admission.

Turbine Edition: Single-Pilot Safety

Article | Oct 01, 2008

There are a number of reasons why turbine flying is safer than operations involving piston-powered airplanes. For one, turbine pilots usually attend thorough, structured, simulator-based training designed around the type of airplane they’ll be flying; after all, insurance companies require it in order for pilots to be covered.

Turbine Edition: Turbines Around the World

Article | Oct 01, 2008

What’s your idea of the dream adventure of a lifetime? It probably involves flying a high-performance, luxury airplane to exotic lands on a leisurely schedule, staying at five-star hotels along the way. And what about having agents setting up your flight plans, securing overflight permits, providing your meals, and giving you tours of scenic and historic locations as well? Turns out that such an adventure can indeed be yours—for $55,000 per head.

Turbine Pilot: Turboprop Transition

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

One of the classic ironies of aviation is that modern turboprop engines—paragons of power and reliability they may be—are far more fragile during the startup sequence than piston engines. Two things have to happen to ensure a successful turboprop start.

Turbine Pilot: King Air C90GTI: More Power, More Panel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Routings: Flying High Turbine Talk: Specific Range All the attention given to the burgeoning light and very light business jet market obscures a significant fact: Turboprops are alive and well. Just look at Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air line of turboprop twins.

Avionics: Garmin Glass for King Air Class

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Beechcraft King Airs have been enduring hits in their 40-plus years in production, proving that turboprop twins still carve a strong niche in the marketplace. That’s especially true for the 90-series King Airs.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

From the Best Laid Plans Department, Editor in Chief Tom Haines reports that the Piper Matrix (“Graduate Tool,” page 60) flies just fine in instrument conditions. After speed and handling checks and a photo mission, Haines was supposed to fly the Matrix from Vero Beach, Florida, to Tallahassee last December and then hitch a ride on a Seneca to Griffin, Georgia, to check on our 2007 Catch a Cardinal project.

Turbine Pilot: Pressure Pointers

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Turbine aircraft engines are happiest flying high where fuel flows diminish and true airspeeds increase, but altitude is less friendly to humans. Oxygen that our lungs can extract from the atmosphere decreases with altitude.