Too often, it seems the aviation press gives short shrift to one of the most important segments of business flying. Turboprops have long been the forgotten stepchild of corporate aviation. To paraphrase comedian Rodney Dangerfield, “Turboprops just can’t get no respect.”
Most recently, that may be primarily a function of their relatively low sales volume. Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, twin turboprops were the rage, with two dozen different models available from companies such as Commander, Piper, Cessna, Mitsubishi, Swearingen and Beechcraft.