We as turboprop pilots have become so dependent on autopilots that our flying skills, especially instrument skills, have deteriorated to the point that we are an accident ready to happen should the autopilot fail in IMC conditions.
TurboProp Safety Series | Autopilot & Flight Director: Who’s really flying the plane? | FLY-IN EVENT
For reasons too varied and innumerable to detail, many turboprop operators or owners struggle to afford the cost of owning and operating their airplane. Pressing their finances from one end is the seemingly endless upward movement of costs.
In short, how (and under which chapter) you’ll own and operate your turboprop will shift costs, depreciation and safety.
The reliability of a turbine engine is undeniable. Specifically, the PT-6 series of engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada has garnered worldwide acceptance as a bullet-proof design and as such can be seen under the cowl of hundreds of different aircraft models throughout the years.
But – do you know your engine? Do you know a PT6A at all? Do you know what it’s capable of? What is the safety margin? This workshop is an excerpt of a two day (12hr) familiarization course for transitioning pilots.
VLJ, turboprops and many business aircraft are ‘repo’ed’ by single pilot operators, because chasing smaller stuff—the “tinker toys”—isn’t cost-efficient for a professional operation that keeps as many as 60 people in the field at a time.