It takes 70,251 rivets and 5,000 man-hours to fabricate a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop, and when each PC-12 rolls into the final assembly process in Halle 9 at Pilatus’s Stans, Switzerland factory, the precise time and date when the airplane will be finished is noted on a label attached to the fuselage. This is no rough estimate, and Pilatus (Chalet A122) means exactly what the label says, according to Pilatus sales and marketing executive Fred Muggli.
Under a new master training services agreement signed by Pilatus Aircraft, pilots and mechanics will obtain factory-authorized training for the new Pilatus PC-24 twinjet from FlightSafety International.
The global fleet of nearly 1,200 Pilatus PC-12s reached a major milestone this month by accumulating four million flight hours since the first copy of the turboprop single was delivered in October 1994. According to Stans, Switzerland-based Pilatus, the highest time PC-12 has logged more than 24,000 hours in operation as an air ambulance with Air Bravo in Ontario, Canada.
Accompanied by stage smoke and theme music from the Superman movie, Pilatus Aircraft unveiled its long-awaited new twinjet project, the PC-24, today at EBACE. “The PC-24 is unique. It’s the only aircraft combining the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a midsize jet and the field performance of a light jet,” said company chairman Oscar Schwenk.
Accompanied by plumes of dry ice pouring from the edges of a black-curtained mockup and the music from the Superman movie, chairman Oscar Schwenk called for the unveiling of Pilatus Aircraft’s long-awaited new twinjet project, the PC-24.
Pilatus Aircraft has added Tronrud Aviation as its newest PC-12 sales and service center, for a territory covering Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Tronrud Aviation is a subsidiary of Tronrud Engineering, which is based at the 600-acre Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, about 30 miles northwest of Oslo, Norway. Tronrud Engineering was founded in 1977 by Ola Tronrud and employs more than 170 people in Norway and Singapore.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Tronrud Aviation the PC-12 sales and
service center in the Nordic region of Europe. It will be responsible for activities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Tronrud Aviation is a subsidiary of Tronrud Engineering, which was founded in 1977 by Ola Tronrud. The 600-acre facility is located about 30 miles northwest of Oslo on Eggemoen airfield. The Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park surrounds the airfield and is home to aviation and engineering companies.
Pilatus Aircraft appointed Tronrud Aviation as its PC-12 sales and service center in the Nordic region of Europe, to include Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Founded in 1977, Tronrud Aviation is a subsidiary of Tronrud Engineering, which specializes in manufacturing parts and machines for the engineering field. Tronrud Aviation is located about 30 miles northwest of Oslo and is based on its own airfield at Eggemoen.
To show the PC-12NG single-engine turboprop on the ABACE static display, Pilatus Aircraft production test pilot Beda Rohner flew a long way, beginning at Pilatus headquarters in Stans, Switzerland. The brand-new PC-12NG departed Stans and then stopped in Greece, Egypt, Bahrain, Karachi and Calcutta. But before the airplane landed in Shanghai, the Pilatus crew stopped in Kunming for a unique flight demonstration for a new PC-12 customer.
Pilatus is proceeding with plans to unveil its twinjet project in May at EBACE, the Stans, Switzerland-based aircraft manufacturer announced today in conjunction with the release of its 2012 financial results. “The PC-24 project–the new business jet by Pilatus–is making good progress,” it said. “Last year, the board of directors gave the definite green light to the biggest, fastest and most complex aircraft that Pilatus has ever built.