Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., a sales representative and service center for its PC-12NG turboprop single in the northeastern U.S. The company’s territory will cover New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan. Pro-Star also has offices in Caldwell, N.J., and Portland, Maine. Thomas Bosshard, CEO of the Swiss manufacturer’s U.S.
Fresh from the announcement by Pilatus (Booth No. 1397) that is posting another record year for sales of its single-engine utility PC-12 turboprop, the Swiss company said it is set to deliver more airplanes next year and in 2010 than it will this year despite a rise in the base price of the PC-12NG (Next Generation). Pilatus this year opened a new factory with room for two assembly lines.
Pilatus Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., has commissioned BMW DesignWorks USA of Southern California to develop nine identically priced interior designs for the $3.3 million (typically equipped) PC-12 turboprop single. Each design offers a combination of woods, fabrics, leather, carpeting and plating intended to reflect the “modern, progressive trends” of luxury automobile interiors.
Pilatus Aircraft announced here an expanding suite of maintenance support choices for PC-12 customers under the umbrella name of ServiceWorx. Options include PlaneTrax Electronic Maintenance & Flight Data Tracking and Diagnostix Propulsion Monitoring. Both programs are offered at no charge to customers of new PC-12s for the first year of ownership ($2,000 annually thereafter for PlaneTrax; $995 annually for Diagnostix).
The Parker Hannifin Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division of Parker Aerospace announced a guaranteed cost-per-brake-landing (CPBL) program for Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12/45 turboprops with Cleveland-brand steel brakes.
At the Pilatus shareholder meeting earlier this year, triumphant chairman Oscar Schwenk declared, “In 2007, we sold more aircraft, we achieved a higher turnover, we attained a better operating result and we have a larger order backlog than ever!” With sales of the PC-12 pressurized business utility single turboprop aircraft peaking above output capacity for several consecutive years and trainer sales picking up, the Swiss manufacturer is truly
The next-generation version of the Pilatus PC-12 is certified and deliveries have begun, so the single-engine turboprop is dropping off the In The Works chart.
In another unexpected change at the top of an airframe company last month, Oscar Schwenk, president and CEO of Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, abruptly replaced Angelo Fiataruolo as CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, the Broomfield, Colo., subsidiary responsible for the marketing of the PC-12 turboprop single in North and South America.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force is the first export customer for the latest Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer, developed to train pilots to front-line fighter level without intermediate training on a jet. Singapore’s new training program also is innovative on another level–under its private-public structure, Lockheed Martin serves as the main contractor, supplying all the infrastructure and leaving only the teaching to the military.
Originally scheduled for certification by the end of last year, the newest version of the Pilatus PC-12 is now slated for certification early this year, with customer deliveries to follow in the second quarter.