Photo File – Turboprop World

Doing its best not to go amphibian, the first daily flight to Osijek (OSI/LDOS) - operated by AIS Airlines on behalf of local carrier Trade Air - trudges through the rain towards Zagreb's RWY 05. Nowadays quite a rare sight - even though it is one of the more successful British passenger designs - the Jetstream family can trace its roots back to the 1960s Handley-Page HP.137, a light (but loud!) 18-seater that had made its name with a long and distinguished career with the Royal Navy. Equipped with Garrett TPE331 engines instead of the visually- and aurally-distinctive Turbomeca Astzaous of the original, the Jetstream is a real hot-rod, and can even keep pace the odd large transport turboprop. An interesting detail is the baggage pod; while the original design had included enough space for a reasonable amount of baggage (stowed in the rear fuselage), the addition of a toilet later in the production run had drastically reduced that capacity - requiring a solution most often seen on piston and turboprop singles...

By me All photos me too, copyrighted With happenings on the Croatian GA scene once again grinding to a halt as the winter fogs set in – and several in-progress articles remaining stalled for a stubborn lack of information – I had once again decided to dip into my airliner photo bag and pull out …

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