How Turboprops Are Delivered over Long Distances
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How Turboprops Are Delivered over Long Distances

DALLAS — With assigned limited ranges, turboprops require several methods to deliver them to faraway airlines.

As we all know, turboprops are aircraft equipped with gas turbine engines optimized to drive the propeller to move the aircraft on the ground and through the air.

Many turboprops have become an attractive choice for many airlines worldwide for short-haul and commuter operations between regional airports because of their ability to burn less fuel per seat-mile, meaning lower operating costs than those of jets and improved efficiency at low flight speeds (less than Mach 0.6).

Additionally, turboprops require less runway for take-off and landing than the runway length required for turbojet and turbofan-powered aircraft of the same size.

EC-MEC Air Europa Express ATR-72 LEMD. Photo: Adrian Nowakowski /Airways

Before Delivery

When an airline or operator becomes a prospective buyer or leases the aircraft, it sends a delegation of its crew, including pilots, maintenance engineers, and other officers, to the manufacturer or previous owner’s facilities.

The crew cooperates with the manufacturer or seller to perform and complete specific technical, operational, and legal requirements involving the aircraft’s internal and ground checks, acceptance flight, technical and quality agreements, acquisition of The Certificate Of Airworthiness, and then prepare an aircraft for the delivery flight. The delivery flight is technically called the ferry flight.

ATR turboprops such as the ATR-72 are manufactured and assembled in Toulouse, France, and have a range of 1404 km. The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is manufactured in Montreal, Canada by De Havilland Canada and has a range of 2040 km.

So, how are these turboprops delivered to their new bases?

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Featured image: C-GVGX Air North ATR 42-300 CYXY. Photo: Brandon Siska/Airways

Maximillian Philberth is an electronics scientist and a licensed Flight Operations Officer with studies in cyber security policies for aviation and internet infrastructure. Max's interests in commercial aviation include flight dispatch, flying, and maintenance; plus cyber security, 5G, and aviation safety. Based in Tanzania.

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