The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has introduced a safety forum specifically for turboprop operators, a move prompted by the growing interest in these aircraft by Asian carriers.

The forum includes several airlines that use turboprops, as well as manufacturers ATR, Bombardier and Embraer. Three meetings have already been held, and the intention is to hold them at least twice a year, AAPA technical director Martin Eran-Tasker tells ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.

AAPA members and non-members are being encouraged to join. However, gaining the participation of some of the smaller turboprop operators has been challenging.

The aim of the forum is to bring users together to share experiences and best practices, says Eran-Tasker. This recognizes that turboprop operating conditions vary considerably form those where jets are typically used. Eran-Tasker notes that in Asia, turboprop flights are often to third-tier airports, small islands, and mountainous or remote terrain, where flying can be more demanding.