Tradewind Aviation accepted delivery of their first PC-12 NGX during a ceremonial handover at the Pilatus US subsidiary in Broomfield, Colorado. The delivery marks the first of twenty PC-12 NGXs to be delivered to Tradewind’s headquarters in Oxford, Connecticut, over the next five years.
Pilatus announced the acquisition of American sales and service centre skytech Inc. Skytech has operated as a Pilatus independent Authorised Sales & Service Centre since 1993 from its two locations in Maryland and South Carolina. Pilatus will take over the entire skytech workforce.
First Pilatus PC-12NG (G-OJFA) is now on Ravenair’s AOC, Jetfly has four fully trained UK pilots already supporting the first aircraft and is training more in line with G-registry rules as demand escalates.
The first single-engine turboprop is slated for delivery in the third quarter 2022, with the remaining orders scheduled to deliver over the next five years at a rate of three to four PC-12 NGX per year.
The company has acquired more PC-12s new from the manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft than any other operator in the world. PlaneSense, Inc. and Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd, have enjoyed a long partnership, working closely to ensure the PC-12 remains the most reliable aircraft in its class.
At 82 deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2020 Year-End Aircraft Shipment Report, the Pilatus PC-12 was the most popular model of all turbine-powered business aircraft.
Unveiled to the public at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association’s annual Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) last autumn in Las Vegas, USA, the Swiss manufacturer handed over the first production PC-12 NGX aircraft to customers in the United States and Europe.