Pilatus is developing an upgraded version of its PC-12 single-turboprop business aircraft, with integrated flightdeck, uprated engine and improved systems.

The Next Generation PC-12 is scheduled for certification by the end of next year, with first deliveries early in 2008. The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P, which provides 15% more thermodynamic power for a quicker climb and 280kt (520km/h) cruise speed, 10kt faster than the current PC-12.

At $3.8 million typically equipped, the Next Generation PC-12 is about $200,000 more expensive than the current aircraft, which it will replace in production.

PC-12 cockpit 
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Source: Flight International