Advancements in the Turboprop Market: A Comprehensive Review

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In 2022, the single-engine turboprop market saw an increase in deliveries, with 505 units delivered compared to 455 in 2021. Daher’s Kodiak 900 and TBM 960, Piper M Class, Epic E1000 GX, and Pilatus PC-12 NGX performed well in the market. The market was affected by supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine. Sustainable aviation fuel and advancements in the Pratt & Whitney PT6 series played a critical role in the market’s growth. In the multiengine turboprop market, Textron Aviation debuted the Beechcraft King Air 260 and 360/360ER, and the Cessna SkyCourier was delivered to launch customer FedEx in 2022.

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Set your sights high and prepare to soar! The turboprop market is still going strong, driven by increased demand due to the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, there were 505 single-engine turboprops (SETs) delivered, up from previous years, showing a healthy and resilient market.

In particular, Daher’s Kodiak 900 took home the 2023 FLYING Editors’ Choice Award for Aircraft in 2023. The difficulty in managing supply chain issues has not stopped Daher from setting high goals for the Kodiak 900, with plans to deliver a significant number of units in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the introduction of the TBM 960, the business end of which hosts a Pratt & Whitney PT6E-66XT turboprop, has shown significant progress in the evolution of these aircraft’s technology.

Textron Aviation has also been powering the multiengine turboprop (MET) game with debuts of the next generation Beechcraft King Air 260 and 360/360ER as well as the Cessna SkyCourier.

Remember that sustainable aviation fuel has been integral in driving the strength of the single-engine turboprop (SET) market, as it paves a near-term path toward net-zero emissions. The Pratt & Whitney PT6 series, powering most SETs, has also made strides in achieving greater operational efficiency through the integration of an electronic control system with the airframe.

Witness the trends and achievements of the turboprop market with awe, knowing that these advancements are bound to shape the aviation industry for years to come.

Fun Fact: The Pratt & Whitney PT6 series of turboprop engines is still widely used today, with over 50,000 units delivered since its introduction in the 1960s. These engines are favored for their reliability, durability, and low maintenance costs.

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