February 2012 Issue
Turbine Step Ups: Whats Involved?
Lots of money, of course, but kerosene burners also introduce decision making challenges you might not have considered.
For the moment, lets set aside the vulgar discussion of money and consider whether turbine aircraft are all theyre claimed to be. Well, of course they are. Case closed. Turbines are faster than piston-engine aircraft, fly higher and since all the engines moving parts are always rotating in the same direction, theyre generally more reliable. Moreover, the owner of a turbine aircraft is untroubled by that pesky problem of whether a high-octane fuel will be available and what it will cost. Theres no argument that Jet A is the world fuel of the future and its available in parts of the world where high-octane avgas has long since disappeared.
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