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Test Pilot

Article | Nov 07, 2014

What was America’s first production turboprop-powered airplane?

Four dead in King Air crash in Wichita

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Four people died and six were injured Oct. 30 when a Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop crashed into a pilot training center on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas.

Nextant names dealer for refurbed jet, turboprop

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.

Textron boosts King Air performance on two models

Article | Oct 20, 2014

The Beechcraft King Air flies into its second half century with a new round of improvements that boost performance for the C90GTx and the 250 models.

Quest Aircraft signs China Kodiak dealer

Article | Oct 19, 2014

Quest Aircraft Co. has signed a China dealer for its Kodiak and eventually will do limited assembly and manufacturing there.

Voila! The first G600/GTN 750 TBM

Article | Sep 30, 2014

Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.

Ice protection, gross weight increase for Lancair Evolution turboprop

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.

BendixKing debuts AeroVue, certifies KSN 770/765

Article | Jul 28, 2014

BendixKing announced the AeroVue, a new cockpit retrofit for the Beechcraft King Air 200, on July 28.

AOPA Live This Week - June 12, 2014

Video | Jun 12, 2014

Fly with us across the Atlantic in a TBM 900. Join us for the adventure. We travel to AOPA's birthplace to celebrate 75 years. Find out how a glider club is soaring to new heights as an airport owner.

TBM900 Atlantic Crossing - DE

Video | Jun 11, 2014

Tom Horne flies a TBM 900 across the Atlantic

Quick Look: King Air 100

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Beech has a long history of introducing successful derivatives of the King Air, the world’s most popular business twin turboprop.

Briefing: Record-setter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Airshow performer Spencer Suderman appears to have set a new world record with an 81-turn, three-minute-plus inverted flat spin in a Pitts S–2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet over the California desert.

Vulcanair announces four-seat piston single

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.

Sherpa Aircraft deal with Chinese investor fails

Article | Apr 03, 2014

A deal announced in January 2013 for an infusion of cash from a Chinese investor to certify the Sherpa 650T utility tailwheel aircraft has failed.

TBM 900 debuts to public at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Daher Socata is on hand at Sun 'n Fun with the first two of the four new TBM 900s recently delivered to the United States. It was the first public showing of the new design.

Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Article | Mar 26, 2014

Continental Motors and ASI Innovation of Reims, France, have acquired rights to build the Cessna F406 turboprop airplane.

First TBM 900s delivered

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The first two TBM 900s were delivered to their owners in a ceremony held March 24 at the Fantasy of Flight Park in Polk City, Fla.

Hello TBM 900

Pilot Magazine | Mar 12, 2014

The TBM series of turboprop singles has proven a winner in the marketplace, with more than 684 sales since deliveries began in late 1990. Part of the reason for this success has been a pattern of constant design evolution.

Daher-Socata intros TBM 900

Article | Mar 12, 2014

The newest TBM does 330 knots and goes 1,730 nautical miles--and it's in production now.

Two light twins now available from Italy

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Vulcanair's VR P68R twin and its turboprop variant will bring fresh air to the U.S. multiengine market, says the manufacturer.

Hartzell gains STC, plans deliveries of swept TBM prop

Article | Feb 26, 2014

Hartzell Propeller has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its swept-airfoil composite five-blade propeller for Daher-Socata TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft.

Canada certifies Thrush 510G agplane

Article | Feb 19, 2014

Thrush Aircraft, a manufacturer of aerial application aircraft based in Albany, Ga., has obtained Canadian full type certification of its Thrush 510G turboprop.

Quick Look: Cheyenne II

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

In the mid-1960s,Piper, noting the success of Beech’s King Air, decided to explore the possibility of producing its own twin turboprop.

Epic hiring

Article | Jan 31, 2014

Epic Aircraft is hiring more than two dozen new employees to support certification of the factory-built version of its high-performance turboprop.

TBM 850 turboprop deliveries up in 2013

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Daher-Socata delivered 40 new TBM 850 single-engine turboprops in 2013, a 5-percent increase over 2012 and a gain of market share.

AD proposed for some turboprop engines

Article | Jan 08, 2014

The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive for some Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. turboprop engines.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Dec 18, 2013

The Cascade Range of central Oregon provides a dramatic backdrop for the Epic LT, a sleek 1,200-horsepower turboprop made in nearby Bend.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Milestones: The PT6 at 50

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Fifty years ago this month, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) developed the first production units of its legendary PT6 series of turboprop engines.

Beechcraft spools up for first Wheels Up deliveries

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Touting strong numbers and an energized staff, Beechcraft executives told reporters Oct. 21 that the company is ready to compete, including in the single-engine turboprop market when the market is right.

Cessna: Bright future for bizjets, none for Skycatcher

Article | Oct 21, 2013

At the National Business Aviation Association convention, Cessna CEO Scott Ernest updated reporters on new products emerging from the production line. He said Cessna’s bizjets were looking up but said the Skycatcher had no future.

Cessna Silver Eagle

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Years ago David Dunkley of Logan, Utah, upgraded from O&N Aircraft Modifications’ Silver Eagle, a converted Cessna 210 with a 450-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250-B17F/2 gas turbine engine and other enhancements, to a Pilatus PC–12NG.

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.