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Turboprops & Twin Pistons: Know Your Options

2 November 2020   Charter Flights Hangar Space
Turboprop aircraft

We’re huge aircraft enthusiasts at Monmouth Airport. Over the years we’ve enjoyed seeing people experience the luxury and the convenience of private planes, and we welcome all flying enthusiasts to share our passion for traveling and exploring the skies. When choosing your aircraft there are many things to think about, and one decision you’ll need to make is between a turboprop aircraft or a twin piston aircraft. So what are the major differences between these two types of aircraft?


Turboprop aircraft are ideal for journeys that are less than 500 miles, and they can easily land in places considered less accessible like shorter runways and large grass fields. If you’re riding in a turboprop aircraft you can usually land very close to your destination, at a smaller executive airport for example, making the journey more convenient for you.

Compared to jets, turboprops are less expensive – from operating costs to maintenance costs to fuel costs and other expenses, they’re an overall more cost-effective option. Their lower costs are reflected in their size, as most turboprops can hold anywhere from 4 – 8 passengers, but that doesn’t mean they are any less spacious or less comfortable than twin piston planes. You’ll still be able to relax in style as you enjoy the ride. 

Twin pistons

Twin piston aircraft can hold up to six passengers, and they’re well-suited for short flights around 300 miles or less. If you’re looking to hop up and down the coast for a long weekend, or take an impromptu vacation at the Jersey Shore, a twin piston may be the best choice. These aircraft usually operate under altitude restrictions, meaning they can only ascend up to a certain point, which is yet another reason that twin pistons are an excellent choice for short trips.

Because twin piston aircraft have two engines, they can reach faster cruise speeds and climb faster than single engine planes. These aircraft can also access shorter runways, similar to turboprops, and they’re able to land at smaller, executive airports like Monmouth Airport. 

Invest in your own hangar space

Whichever type of aircraft you determine is the best for you, one thing is certain – having your own hangar space is a very worthy investment. Many large commercial airports do have aircraft hangars, but the waiting list can be long and you’re not guaranteed a spot. Choose a smaller executive airport and enjoy the convenience, your own hangar space, and on-site, around-the-clock aircraft maintenance. 

For more information about Monmouth Executive Airport, including custom hangar space and aircraft maintenance, please contact us today. Discover why so many people choose Monmouth Airport as their preferred executive airport. We look forward to hearing from you.

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