When Innovative Solutions and Support (IS&S) chief pilot Eric Smedberg lined up on Runway 32 at New Castle Airport near Wilmington, Delaware, in late April in the company’s PC-12 test aircraft on a demonstration flight for Aviation Week, he initiated takeoff with the push of a button. The throttle moved to full power on its own. The Houdini moment—the turboprop single’s Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine does not have a full authority digital engine controller (Fadec) ...

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