Turboprop Baron Under Development
Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in 12 to 18 months. The re-engined Baron is expected to have a takeoff run of 1,000 feet, 5,000-fpm climb rate and cruise at 300 to 305 knots. According to Rocket, the engines will burn between 300 and 350 pounds of fuel per hour total, putting maximum range at about 1,100 nm.