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 will be exhibiting both the PC-12 NGX and the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet at the NBAA-BACE 2022. By the end of September 2022, Pilatus had delivered 47 PC-12 NGX and 27 PC-24 confirming very high demand for both aircraft. The 2,000th PC-12 & 200th PC-24 are planned to be delivered in 2023.
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.
The ceremonial handover of the fourth Super Versatile Jet to Platoon Aviation, the German charter operator, took place at AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany’s leading show for general aviation.
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.
Occupying an area of 190 by 70 metres and equipped with almost 5,000 solar modules, the maximum power output of the new Pilatus photovoltaic plant is sufficient to meet the energy requirements of over 300 single-family homes.
The handover of this jet to Jetfly Aviation marks another milestone in the history of the first Swiss business jet: the global fleet has clocked up over 33,500 safe hours in the air so far, of which over 2,375 hours have been accumulated by the fleet leader.
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.
The new features are a testimony to Pilatus‘ core philosophy to continuously improve and provide support over the life of the aircraft. Many of these new features can be retrofitted in earlier serial number PC-24s.
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.