Planes with Propellers are Sexy too

Pilatus PC-12

It seems to me that in the world of aviation today, the goal of every pilot is to “hit the big time” and fly a jet of some sort. While jets are amazingly cool feats of humanity (and I too drool over them), the thousands of other planes with propellers are just as beautiful and capable. In fact, I think this sphere of aircraft has a unique experience to offer that jets cannot. For starters, they offer a very classy and cozy ride for any passenger. Most private propeller-driven aircraft can have just as nice interiors as a Falcon or Learjet.

In my opinion they have the feeling a private flight in all aircraft should give. You feel like you are in a private airplane, not just a regular plane with nobody else allowed on. Private jets offer a luxurious ride as well, but are so massive that they still feel a bit commercial. Public commercial flights in propeller-driven aircraft are also very special. I’ve talked with many people (non-pilots) who were talking with me about my training and lit up as soon as they heard I fly a small Cessna. They all told me a story about riding in small connector route in a propeller-driven aircraft. While they admitted to being a little weary of something different, they always thought it the plane was “cool/an experience.” I have not heard this as often with your regular Boeing or Airbus jumbo jet. They stand out from the crowd and have a distinct appearance and ride that just brings a smile to people’s faces.

Aircraft with propellers also just have a presence to them. They sound amazing, and have a retro feel, just like a good old-fashioned P-51 Mustang…

They’re reliable, beautiful and have a unique shape. They make aviation fun, and each model has a different experience to offer. So next time you walk by an airplane with a propeller on it, don’t be condescending to it. Look at it like it’s just as sexy as it’s cousin the jet.


About mcjonesqwe

I'm an aviation student at Eastern Kentucky University. I love flying and learning about aviation. I'm from Louisville, Kentucky and I'm staying on campus in Richmond for school. I'm on the scholarship blog team and logging my flight training on Chasing FL180.
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