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Matt Dearden

English born professional pilot, writer, blogger and columnist. Currently flying the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Papua, Indonesia.

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Top stuff.
    Thanks for posting the update.


  2. Great Picture Matt. Thanks again for the blog. I love it and look forward to each instalment.

  3. Gerald Sam says:

    nice pict matt:), what’s camera did you use? is a gopro?

  4. nabirenet says:

    nice blog
    best regards from nabire

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great videos Matt. Technical question– what is the logic of having a propeller pitch control since direct drive engines (Garretts and Allisons) operate for all practical purposes at a constant rpm? In free turbine engines are there throttle/propeller rpm relationship constraints as on a reciprocating engine set up? Thanks, Paul.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Hi Paul,

      I’m not familiar with direct drive turboprops as the Porter uses a P&W PT6 free turbine. On the whole, the propeller pitch control lever is left fully forward throughout all stages of flight to maintain a propeller rpm of 2000. There’s no requirements to change it like there is with a piston driven engine as it’s self governing. In the C208 I used to fly (also with a PT6) we only changed the propeller rpm for passenger comfort during climb and cruise.