Transitioning from Light Twins to Turboprops (How Tough Could It Be?)
Raytheon/Beechcraft is the manufacturer of both the Duchess light piston twin and the Super King Air 300 and 350 twin turboprop models. Both are tricycle-gear aircraft that sport an engine on each wing and a dramatic "T" tail. In either plane, if you select a climb attitude, the VSI will register a climb. If you bank left, the DG will rotate. Lose an engine and you will encounter asymmetric thrust. You're competent in your light twin. How tough could it be to upgrade to Jet A? AVweb's Scott Puddy recently went through FlightSafety International's Super King Air 300/350 type rating course. Here's a few things he remembers.