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Turkey rolls out two-seat turboprop training aircraft


Turkish Aerospace Industries showed off a 2-two seat turboprop trainer last week, the first aircraft designed by Turkish engineers. The Hurkus will be used initially by the country’s military for VFR and IFR flight training, though a civilian model is also planned. The plane uses the popular Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop and features retractable landing gear, a pressurized cockpit and ejection seats. Cruise speed is estimated to be about 360mph, with a 900-mile range. The Hurkus won’t have its first flight until early next year, with deliveries expected by the end of 2013, almost three years behind schedule. When it was announced in 2007, designers expected first flight in 2009, with deliveries starting in 2011.