Turboprops & Twin Pistons: Know Your Options

Aside from jet aircraft which range from very light jets to heavy jets, there is another significant player in the charter market. Turboprops are aircraft that utilize a gas jet engine to operate a propeller rather than jet thrust typically used on larger aircraft. Most turboprop engines are manufactured Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell, known in the aviation community for their reliability and power. As a predecessor to turboprops, the twin-piston aircraft are also a viable choice. Piston aircraft are typically smaller aircraft, seating up to 6 passengers. The piston aircraft are powered by piston engines (or reciprocating engines). “Piston airplanes have one or more piston-powered engines connected a propeller to provide thrust to move the aircraft on the ground and through the air.” – NBAA

How do turboprops compare to jets? Turboprops are a great solution for trips less than 500 miles (300 miles or less for twin-piston aircraft) and for trips into airports with shorter runways inaccessible to larger jets. Unlike jets, many turboprops can easily land on shorter airstrips and can even land in grass airfields vs. needing a traditional runway. While jets can travel at faster speeds than turboprops, having more options in regards to places to land, enables turboprop passengers to get closer to their destinations, often saving time and money.

Turboprops are generally less expensive to operate than jets. Fuel costs and other expenses like maintenance tend to also be lower for props, making them a great option for shorter trips. Seating varies by aircraft model from 4-8 passengers in most turboprops. While a bit smaller than their jet cousins, many turboprops offer comparable cabin comforts and are equipped for both business and relaxation in the air. Contrary to popular thought, modern day turboprops come equipped with  resonance technology that almost entirely cancels out the propeller noise, so they are not generally loud in the cabin. As far as storage, many turboprops have comparable baggage and cabin space as their jet counterparts.

There are several factors to consider when choosing an aircraft for your charter needs. Let us help you decide which will be best for your trip. In the meantime, check out our turboprop and twin-piston charter options below and click to view each aircraft’s specifications.

Avanti II P-180 Specifications

Cessna 402 Specifications

Cessna 421 Golden Eagle Specifications

Cessna 441 Conquest II Specifications

Diamond Aircraft 62 Specifications

Grand Caravan Specifications

Jetstream 31 Specifications

King Air 90 Specifications

King Air 100 Specifications

King Air 200 Specifications

King Air 250 Specifications

King Air 300 Specifications

King Air 350i Specifications

Merlin III Specifications

Pilatus PC-12 Specifications

Piper Aztec Specifications

Piper Chieftain Specifications

Piper Cheyenne Specifications

Piper Cherokee Specifications

Piper Meridian Specifications

Piper Navajo Specifications

Piper Seneca V Specifications

Piper Seminole Specifications

Socata TBM 850 Specifications

To request an aircraft recommendation, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with several options and flight quotes.

Turboprop Specifications

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