Cleared for takeoff in IS&S’s PC-12 demonstrator at San Diego Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport’s (KMYF) Runway 28R, we engaged the autothrottle system, much the same as in most current-production FAR Part 25 transport category turbofan aircraft we’ve flown. The servo pushed up the throttle lever precisely to maximum takeoff power, freeing us to concentrate on looking outside the aircraft and controlling its trajectory. As the aircraft accelerated, the autothrottle ...

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