Pistons and turboprops

The 18 most common aircraft in the piston group can divided into smaller groups:

The Single Engine Piston group:

  • Wake turbulence category: Light
  • Max operating level: FL 100
  • Typical cruising speed: 110 kt
  • Rate of climb: Poor
  • Approach category: A

The Multi Engine Piston group:

  • Wake turbulence category: Light
  • Max operating level: FL 100
  • Typical cruising speed: 170 kt
  • Rate of climb: Poor
  • Approach category: A (B)

The Single Engine Turboprop group:

  • Wake turbulence category: Light
  • Max operating level: FL 100
  • Typical cruising speed: 170 kt
  • Rate of climb: Poor
  • Approach category: A (B)

The Multi Engine Turboprop group:

  • Wake turbulence category: Medium
  • Max operating level: FL 250
  • Typical cruising speed: 250 kt
  • Rate of climb: Medium
  • Approach category: B

Multi Engine Turboprop – Special Performance:

  • Wake turbulence category: Light, Medium
  • Max operating level: FL 250 – 330
  • Typical cruising speed: 250 – 330 kt
  • Rate of climb: Medium – Good
  • Approach category: B (C)