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Cessna surveys customers about turboprop offering

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Cessna is offering a mockup of what a future single-engine turboprop business aircraft might look like, and asking for the EAA AirVenture crowd to offer opinions. Plans for a new turboprop have been rumored for two years.

New turboprop flies in Australia

Article | May 23, 2012

GippsAero announced the first flight of a new aircraft the company described as the first single-engine turboprop designed and developed in Australia.

Kestrel seeks to tap into Wichita workforce

Article | May 14, 2012

Often dubbed the "Air Capital of the World," Wichita, Kan., has taken several severe blows since the economic downturn that started in 2008, with aircraft manufacturers laying off thousands. Kestrel Aircraft Co. is seeking to tap into that knowledgeable workforce.

GA manufacturers log ‘mixed’ performance

Article | May 10, 2012

General aviation shipments and billings fell 2.1 percent in the 2012 first quarter, as segments showed mixed performances and industry leaders monitored congressional action that could improve availability of financing.

Turbine market shows mixed signals

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Manufacturing officials look for signs of recovery.

Socata introduces 2012 upgrades to TBM 850

Article | Mar 27, 2012

The 2012 edition of the Socata TBM 850 turboprop includes a cavernous cargo space, expanded by removal of the aft-most seats from the standard six-seat configuration.

Kodiak turboprop eyed for special missions

Article | Mar 22, 2012

Quest Aircraft, maker of the single-engine Kodiak turboprop, said it has entered the special-mission aircraft market under a product development agreement with Northrop Grumman.

Epic turboprop to be certified by Russian owner

Article | Mar 07, 2012

Up to this point the only way to get an Epic turboprop was to buy a kit and build it yourself. That will change if current plans are successful. Epic Aircraft has fresh financing from a new owner, Engineering LLC in Russia.

SmartDeck panel added to Evektor's new turboprop twin

Article | Mar 05, 2012

The SmartDeck panel, developed to compete with Garmin glass but long on the outside looking in, has now found a home: matched witha brand-new entry in the twin turboprop market from the Czech Republic.

Turbine Logbook

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

What do turbine aircraft buyers consider when evaluating one aircraft versus another? My experience suggests that motivations have changed over time and will continue to evolve.

While shipments down, GA officials confident industry ready for rebound

Article | Feb 22, 2012

In announcing another year of declining aircraft shipments in 2011, general aviation manufacturing officials Feb. 22 made it clear that the industry's stagnant performance won't turn around without supportive policies from the federal government.

Turbine Logbook

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

What do turbine aircraft buyers consider when evaluating one aircraft versus another? My experience suggests that motivations have changed over time and will continue to evolve.

Fueling traps

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a bit lazy during an aircraft fueling or two. The fact is that airplanes have caught on fire, run out of fuel, received contaminated fuel, or been overfueled countless times because of improper management and oversight of aircraft fueling by the flight crew. Here are two recent experiences that emphasize crew responsibilities when fueling aircraft.

Gentleman’s Choice: Cessna Conquest I

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Cessna's Conquest I is one of the easiest transitions to turbine power for any multiengine, instrument-rated pilot. The airplane is born of the 400-series line of twin Cessnas, known for its easygoing flight manners, comfortable cabin, and generous baggage bins. It is an ideal turboprop for an individual or small company with the need to transport as many as six passengers at 250 knots as far as 800 nm.

Cessna's Conquest of the turboprop market

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

AOPA owned a Cessna Conquest for some 20 years starting in the early 1980s. It was the first turbine airplane I ever flew.

Iced up and fast

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Winter operations in light jets present a series of problems not encountered during fair weather. Most are related to the chance of encountering in-flight icing, and the associated risks of operating a contaminated aircraft.

Kestrel Aircraft to move to Wisconsin

Article | Jan 16, 2012

Kestrel Aircraft will build its single-engine turboprop aircraft in Superior, Wis., instead of Maine, the company announced Jan. 16.

Cirrus focused on Vision jet

Article | Jan 06, 2012

Cirrus Aircraft officials say they are making steady progress on their SF50 Vision jet program and the prototype has logged more than 700 flight test hours since its first flight in 2008.

Daher-Socata TBM 850: Top-of-the-line T-prop

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Don't look now, but Daher-Socata's TBM series of single-engine turboprops is officially 26 years old. The airplane that began life on engineer Denis LeGrand's drafting board at Socata's facility in Tarbes, France, in December 1986, came to fruition under a partnership with Mooney Aircraft Company in the late 1980s, and had its first delivery in 1990 is now considered by many the ultimate personal turboprop. The recent delivery of the six-hundredth TBM--a TBM 850 model featuring Garmin's G1000 avionics suite--underscores the brand's enduring popularity.

Going single

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Funny how things change. There was a time not long ago when the notion of flying a single-engine anything in serious instrument weather—and especially for commercial operations—was unthinkable, or at least unlikely.

System Synopsis

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Aircraft designers pray at the altar of system redundancy, so virtually all essential aircraft systems come with backups. Of course, that goes double for twins—especially turbine-powered twins. But what about a failure of a single-engine turboprop's sole fuel control unit (FCU)? If it decides to go belly-up the engine will rapidly spool down and summarily quit. Among other cues, you'll detect the onset of an FCU failure by observing drops in the torque, fuel flow, and gas generator rpm. The engine noise level will also be a clue.

Twin turboprop for the masses

Article | Nov 01, 2011

Given that it's been decades since we did a pilot report on the Piper Cheyenne, you might be surprised to learn that I am such a fan of the model, especially the II XL. From a value standpoint, it's hard to beat a Cheyenne - fast, comfortable, and capable.

Jet or turboprop?

Article | Nov 01, 2011

Entry-level jets were so tempting to Jeffrey Brausch, a member of the Air Safety Institute Board of Visitors, that he looked at nearly every offering on the market. When decision time came in 1999, the model he wanted most was the one he already owned, a pristine 1981 Piper Cheyenne II XL.

Consolidation of knowledge

Article | Nov 01, 2011

There are a number of witty phrases used among pilots to refer to the often-intense nature of turbine aircraft training courses. "Drinking from a fire hose" is particularly descriptive, as anyone who's ever taken an accelerated type-rating course can attest. Earning a type rating is no small achievement for any pilot, from the airline veteran whose certificate is bulging with multiple type ratings to the newest light-jet pilot earning his or her first. The amount of information is often overwhelming; the pace at which it is presented can be enough to quickly drown one's self-confidence.