Anderson noted that in an era of declining budgets, the PC-12 NG Spectre is the best choice for agencies looking for cost-effective ISR solutions, particularly when measured against the cost of a twin-engine solution or the more limited capabilities of a non-pressurized single-engine turboprop. The Spectre has two primary features that distinguish it from a standard PC-12 NG: an electro-optical sensor concealed in the tailcone that is lowered during ISR operations and an onboard operator’s station where the images can be monitored. The data can also be archived, and sent via datalink to ground stations in real time.
Pilatus is developing a new civil aircraft that has been designated the PC-24, according to its 2010 annual report. Not much is known about the new model, including whether it’s a turboprop or jet, and the Swiss manufacturer won’t reveal more until next year. If financial numbers are any indication, research and development spending grew by 20 percent between 2009 and 2010, to CHF49 million ($55 million).
Pilatus Aircraft reached a significant milestone on Thursday when the 1,000th PC-12 single-engine turboprop business aircraft was delivered by Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo., to David Fountain, a private owner from Halifax, Nova Scotia. This now makes Fountain a three-time PC-12 owner-pilot.
Pilatus Aircraft reached a significant milestone last week when the 1,000th PC-12 single-engine turboprop business aircraft was delivered in Canada to David Fountain, a private owner from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
SimCom signed an agreement with Pilatus Aircraft to manufacture a type-specific PC-12 NG flight training device, to be used by owners and operators throughout Europe. The simulator will be located at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, and will be available for training in the first quarter of next year. In addition, SimCom will provide the initial and recurrent pilot training and advanced training courseware.
Work on Gulfstream’s midsize jets played a major role in keeping 2009 income levels up for Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation. The Pilatus Aircraft-owned company also supports the PC-12 and Porter turboprop singles as well as the TBM 700/850 series, Citations and Caravans, the DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Beech 1900. Altenrhein’s 50,000-sq-ft facility can accommodate five Gulfstreams.
In Pilatus’ 2009 annual report, chairman and CEO Oscar Schwenk had good news for shareholders who might have expected negative results as a consequence of the economic crisis. In addition to reporting a record delivery of 100 PC-12s, the Swiss company announced it had achieved its highest profit ever, and had received its largest single order ever–for 25 PC-21 trainers with associated ground equipment for the United Arab Emirates Air Force.
Pilatus today reported that 2009 was a record-breaking year for PC-12 deliveries, bucking the downward trend seen at most business aircraft manufacturers. The Swiss company delivered 100 PC-12 NG turboprop singles last year, surpassing delivery totals for any production year since the first PC-12 was shipped in 1994.
Pilatus Aircraft’s Pro Star Pilatus Center has contracted to sell the PC-12NG factory demonstrator on display here at the convention to Polymer Resources, Stamford, Conn. Polymer president Les Klein was on hand to accept the keys. . .Pratt & Whitney Canada has marked a major milestone delivering its 70,000th engine. The PT6A-60A turboprop is to be installed on a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350. .
Comp Air is still planning to certify its single-engine turboprop CA-12, but has not yet formally applied to the FAA for a type certificate. “We’re waiting for everything to be in place before we apply,” said COO Bill Fedorko. The company is not yet taking deposits on the CA-12, he added.