Each year, our aircraft orders from Pilatus culminate in ferry flights to bring PC-12s from Stans, Switzerland, to Portsmouth, NH. Roger Engel has again and again piloted brand new babies of the PlaneSense fleet across the Atlantic, passing by interesting places which most of us may never visit.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Reykjavik before. This stop in Iceland is a mere two degrees south of the Arctic Circle and might be on your radar as a result of the Imagine Peace Tower that Yoko Ono created in memory of John Lennon. If you’re a fan of the aurora borealis, the remote town of Kagerlussuag, Greenland—the third stop on our ferry route—might be familiar because of its spectacular nighttime displays of light.
The journey itself can take anywhere from two to three days, depending on conditions along the way, cruising at speeds up to 322 mph and an altitude as high as 30,000 feet.
Worth noting is that by the time a new PC-12 for the PlaneSense program takes off in Stans, it is nearly complete for service in our fractional fleet except for some finishing touches our aircraft technicians at Atlas Aircraft Center can implement more cost-effectively than the factory in Switzerland. Additions you’d notice include the 115-volt outlet in the cabin and the satellite phone system. Other examples include the fuel cup holder, the tow head holder, outlets in the cockpit for our pilots’ iPads, scales to weigh baggage, protective masks for outside surfaces, and operational documentation required to be kept in the cockpit.
What is Roger’s next ferry flight to Portsmouth? N361AF, which is scheduled for delivery this coming December. We can’t wait!