Pilatus Aircraft will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland for EBACE 2012, after just announcing an “excellent set of results for 2011,” thanks to solid deliveries of its PC-21 military trainer. The Swiss manufacturer’s business aviation division, however, had a “difficult year.”
While Pilatus Aircraft announced an “excellent set of results for 2011,” thanks to solid deliveries of its PC-21 military trainer. The Stans, Switzerland-based company’s business aviation division, however, had a “difficult year.”
Overall, Pilatus recorded $829 million in revenues last year, up 14 percent from a year ago, and $115 million in profits, a 23-percent rise from 2010. It also logged $441.8 million in sales last year, but aircraft deliveries outpaced sales and the backlog as of December 31 had dropped by 50 percent year-over-year, to $345.3 million
The first M-346 advanced trainer for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is on schedule to be delivered by the end of the year, according to manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi (Booth J39), which is currently producing the first batch.
India has selected the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II to answer its requirement for a basic trainer. The procurement of the new aircraft was hastened by the grounding of the piston-powered HAL HPT-32 Deepak fleet in July 2009, following 17 crashes. While waiting for the new trainer to enter service, India’s pilots have begun their instruction in the jet-powered HAL Kiran Mk II or BAE Systems Hawk advanced trainers.
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).
Grob Aircraft is developing a turboprop version of its G115/G120 series of primary trainers. Elbit Systems of Israel has joined the Austrian company in a joint venture for the G120TP, which has already flown. The new version is designed to meet India's urgent requirement for 175 basic trainers.
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.
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.
Singapore’s choice of an advanced jet training system is due next month and could be crucial to the future export prospects of Italy’s M-346 Master and Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle. These dissimilar training jets have been bid here by rival prime contractors, ST Aero and Lockheed Martin, respectively.
Finland’s Patria has chosen Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to perform a glass-cockpit upgrade for the Finnish Air Force’s BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers. The air force purchased the 18 ex-Swiss Air Force Hawk Mk66s in 2007 to add to its fleet of Hawk Mk51s.
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