Based in Stans, Switzerland, Pilatus Aircraft has been building single-engine aircraft since 1939. In late 2011, Pilatus delivered its 1,100th PC-12. As the most prominent member of the Pilatus family, the PC-12 is known for its precision, quality and versatility. It has been the sole aircraft in the PlaneSense® program fleet – in a comfortable, six passenger configuration, since the first share owner joined the program in 1996.
- Powered by a 1,200 SHP Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67P engine
- Maximum cruise speed of 280 knots (322 mph)
- Maximum altitude of 30,000 feet
- Range of 1,100+ nautical miles with 2 pilots, 3 passengers and lots of bags
- Significantly more fuel efficient than turboprops and light jets of similar size
- Generates least amount of noise and has lowest carbon footprint impact of any plane in its class
- High-lift wing so it can land on runways as short as 2,500 feet
- Retractable trailing-link landing gear to land on and depart from paved and unpaved runways
- Access up to 4x as many runways as a similarly sized jet
- State-of-the-Art Avionics with Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, Traffic Alert, and real-time weather
- Redundant instrumentation for both pilot and co-pilot
Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 07 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.
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