Alice lifted off at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH) in Moses Lake, WA, flying for 8 minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet. This trailblazing flight of the technology demonstrator provided Eviation with invaluable data to further optimize the aircraft for commercial production.
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 second Denali flight test vehicle milestone flight follows the Denali prototype, which completed its first flight in November 2021.
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 milestone first flight is a major step for the clean-sheet design aircraft and begins the important flight test program that substantiates the segment-leading performance expected of the Denali.
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.
Renowned for their versatility and reliability, King Air turboprops have been a popular choice across Europe with more than 460 aircraft throughout the region. Nearly half of all King Airs in Europe are owned and operated in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The King Air 260 cabin, which seats seven passengers, is configured to maximize passenger comfort. The cabin has been designed to create a spacious environment that offers ample legroom at every seating station.
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.
With nearly 500 King Air turboprops operating throughout the country, Brazil has the second-largest active fleet of King Airs outside of the United States.