BASE PRICE: $ 4,390,000
Taking advantage of increased engine power & reliability. The Swiss-based Pilatus company, best known for its high-performance military trainer aircraft, decided to launch in 1989 a revolutionary single-engine turboprop-powered aircraft featuring a large cabin and able to fly long distances at high speed. The resulting PC-12 first flew on May 31, 1991, prior to certification and entry into service in 1994.
Pilatus highly invested in constantly improving the PC-12 speed and range capabilities through successive increases of the maximum takeoff weight, the use of increasingly powerful engines, and new propellers. The PC-12 also benefited from the adoption of new avionics, noise-reduction technologies, and improved highly comfortable interiors. Designed to deliver performance and safety equal to twin-engine aircraft, Pilatus proofed these capabilities through a demonstration flight in 2014 where a PC-12 NG circumnavigated the globe.
The PC-12NG features a more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67P engine with better climb performance and an increase in maximum cruise speed to 280 knots. The NG also features a Honeywell Primus Apex glass all-cockpit and new blended winglets. The latest PC-12NGX introduced the FADEC controlled PT6A-67XP engine allowing for AutoThrottle system installation and a low-speed propeller mode that lower the cabin noise.
|High Cruise Speed||285 ktas|
|Service Ceiling||30,000 ft|
|Takeoff Distance||2,485 ft|
|Landing Distance||2,170 ft|
*4 passengers (800 lb payload), NBAA IFR reserves, 100 nm alternate, high speed cruise, ISA, FL300, single pilot
|Maximum Takeoff||10,450 lbs|
|Maximum Landing||9,921 lbs|
|Maximum Zero Fuel||9,039 lbs|
|Basic Operating Weight||6,782 lbs|
|Maximum Payload||2,257 lbs|
|Usable Fuel||2,704 lbs|
Pilatus partnered with BMW Designworks to craft a modern and elegant interior design that preserves the cabin high flexibility. Quick-release seats can be installed, allowing flexible accommodation for six to eight passengers. The PC-12NG and PC-24 are the only business aircraft to feature a pallet-sized cargo door (52-inch x 52-inch).
The latest PC-12NGX shares the 10% larger cabin window and new seat design of the PC-24 light jet.
The PC-12NGX flight deck features the Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, consisting of four 10-inch high-resolution LCD screens, two of which perform as the primary flight displays (PFD) directly forward of either pilot, the other two being multi-function displays (MFD) in a central position between the two pilots. The latest update added cursor control device and touchscreen control. The avionics system allows for advanced safety features such as the SmartView™ Synthetic Vision System.