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Thu, Apr 19, 2007

Pilatus Celebrates 700th PC-12 Delivery

NextGen-Version On Tap For Later This Year

Aero-News learned this week Pilatus Aircraft recently celebrated the delivery of its 700th PC-12 turboprop.

In a celebration marked at V. Kelner Pilatus Center in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, PC-12 owner David Fountain accepted the keys to his new aircraft from Robert Arnone, President and CEO, and Steve Davey, Vice President of V. Kelner Pilatus Center.

Fountain knows the PC-12 very well, having been the proud owner of one since April 2001. A private investor by trade, he plans to fly his new PC-12 himself out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, as he has done with his previous aircraft for the past six years.

“The Pilatus PC-12 is an exceptional personal aircraft," Fountain said. "With its speed, range, comfort and reliability it has no rivals in its class. I have had a great deal of pleasure flying my first one throughout North America and I look forward to many exciting trips in my second PC-12.”

“The greatest advocates of the PC-12 are often those who know the aircraft best -- its current owners and pilots," said Thomas Hunziker, President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd. "Each year, many existing PC-12 owners become repeat customers because of the PC-12’s proven performance. And also, no doubt, because it is a lot of fun to fly!”

It is Fountain's second PC-12... and the company tells ANN he has already committed to purchasing a third.

The PC-12 has been the top selling turbine-powered business aircraft for the past four years in a row. Pilatus celebrated the delivery of the 600th PC-12 just over one year ago. As ANN has reported, Pilatus plans to introduce the Next Generation PC-12 later this year.

FMI: www.pilatus-aircraft.com

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