Pilatus (Booth 1397 and static park) says record oil prices have resulted in a record level of interest in its PC-12 single-engine turboprop business aircraft.

The company says its customers are “expressing a desire to step out of their thirsty jet aircraft into the ultra-efficient PC-12NG”.

Chairman and CEO Oscar Schwenk says: “Our ongoing commitment to the PC-12 continues through our recent introduction of the NG, which offers pilots sophisticated flight management capability and system integration to enhance further operating efficiencies.”

As well as an uprated Pratt &Whitney Canada PT6 engine, the PC-12NG is fitted with Honeywell’s Primus Apex avionics system and a new cockpit designed by BMW Group Designworks USA.

Nicolas Newby, vice president of customer service at Pilatus Business Aircraft, says: “Deliveries of the PC-12NG began in May 2008 and we have now handed over nearly 50 examples of this enhanced version to customers worldwide.

“Pilatus continues to evaluate customer feedback as part of its constant improvement policy. The Honeywell Primus Apex system has been well received by users and we look forward to delivering system growth and enhancements over the lifecycle of the avionics platform.”

Pilatus PC-12 

Source: Flight Daily News