Mon, Apr 07, 2008
Upgraded Workhorse Includes More Powerful PT-6, Stylish
Pilatus Aircraft announced Monday the receipt of European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) certification for the Next Generation PC-12, now officially
called the PC-12 NG.
Announced at NBAA 2006,
Pilatus says the Next Generation program is the latest progression
of the popular PC-12 turboprop. Receipt of joint EASA and FAA
certification will allow deliveries of the PC-12 NG to begin
Featuring a number of significant improvements -- including a
fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, a
completely new cockpit designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and a
more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine -- the
PC-12 NG sets the tone for the market sector, and is expected to
broaden the appeal of the stylish workhorse turbine single.
"Since original certification was achieved, the PC-12 has proven
itself as a thoroughly reliable and robust aircraft," said Thomas
Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. "With the arrival of the
PC-12 NG we are witnessing the natural evolution of a product which
continues to lead the field in both operating efficiency and
With the worldwide fleet numbering over 780 aircraft, the PC-12
NG continues to generate strong interest from operators worldwide.
As businesses strive to operate as competitively as possible, the
PC-12 NG’s versatility and low direct operating costs are
more pertinent than ever before.
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd was founded in 1939 and is currently world
market leader in the manufacture and sale of single-engine
turboprop aircraft. It is the only Swiss company that develops and
produces private and training aircraft.
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