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GE turboprop engines are rugged and can withstand extreme climates; they power aircraft around the world including those flying to the world’s most dangerous airport in Lukla, at the foot of Mt. Everest.
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.”
The Czech Republic has been selected as the headquarter for GE's new Turboprop Center of Excellence (CoE). An investment exceeding $400 million across Europe, the Center of Excellence is highlighting GE’s continuous turboprop development and production.