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
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.
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.
Following the selection in February of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master for its advanced trainer and light combat aircraft needs, the United Arab Emirates air force and air defense (AFAD) is focused on its basic trainer requirement to replace the current Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainers. The competitors are the jet-powered Alenia Aermacchi M-311 and the turboprop Pilatus PC-21.
A big mission for a big company usually means a big airplane with a cavernous interior and enough fuel to carry a large load over thousands of miles. But to accomplish that there is always a cost-benefit compromise. When a big mission appears for a small company, the economics often translate into a small airplane, which means even more mission compromises.
At least one manufacturer of turbine singles believes it has waited long enough for Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) to adopt proposed rules (NPA-29) setting out the requirements for JAA-member states to approve commercial operations in singles in IFR conditions (SEIFR). In fact, Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft decided to take the matter into its own hands.
For the first time in many years, Pilatus Aircraft has full order books for both
A fighter pilot is as expensive as the aircraft he or she flies. The current trend for containing costs is to concentrate as much of the training syllabus as possible on cost-efficient turboprop trainers, including a large part of the lead-in phase and weapon training, and to limit the use of high-performance jet trainers. Operating costs of jet trainers are estimated to be three to six times those of a turboprop.
Malaysia has signed a contract for 10 Pilatus PC-7 MkII turbo trainer aircraft, ground-based training systems and a complete integrated logistic support package. The sale is valued in excess of $53 million with a delivery set for sometime in 2007.
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