It was once said, “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to shop.” And, judging from the crowds at NBAA last October, the shoppers are back, and whether it was for browsing or buying it’s a good sign for a recovering turbine market. There are a few new models such as the Cessna M2, the Eclipse 550, and the HondaJet coming on line this year and a lot of incremental improvements being introduced. Pilatus has finally publically committed to the PC24, a long-studied project that will eventually move the company into the twin-turbojet market.
Prices never seem to go down, but it’s still a buyer’s market and manufacturers remain eager to offer incentives to keep production rolling. Whether you’re transitioning from a piston, or you just need more capability, there are a lot of choices for anyone with the mission and means to burn Jet A.