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Norman Baker, President & Managing Executive of GE’s Business & General Aviation Turboprop business, explains why GE is interested in the market and what their plans are for continuing to roll out new technologies into agricultural aviation.
Engineering marvels such as the gothic Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River below the Prague Castle or the ornate astronomical clock in the Old Town Square have been drawing visitors to the Czech capital for centuries. Now the city is also set to define our manufacturing future.
Every experienced pilot will agree that flying a small turboprop plane can be a handful, literally. “There’s a bit more stress involved in operating a turboprop, which can make it tough to calmly enjoy the views on takeoff,” says pilot Brad Mottier. “If I were to fly a turboprop today, like the ubiquitous King Airs, I’d have to worry about a whole bunch of factors, like temperature, speed and torque, that I’d be managing with multiple operational levers. It’s a lot of work compared to jet-powered private jets, which use single throttle.”