The Legendary Pilatus PC-12
The Pilatus PC-12 has been the cornerstone of the PlaneSense® fractional program since its inception in 1995. The aircraft’s reliability, efficiencies, affordable operating costs, and unique capabilities made it the perfect choice for private fliers looking to reach everything from remote destinations to big cities. PlaneSense, Inc. launched its program with serial number 120, just the 20th PC-12 to be manufactured. It was the perfect aircraft to fit the PlaneSense® mission of providing world class private flights for a responsible price point, and N112AF, as it became known, served the fleet well.
The Pilatus PC-12 has become one of the most sought-after aircraft in the world. In fact, in the 2019 Business Jet Traveler Magazine annual survey, the PC-12 received 70% of the votes as the aircraft of choice, far exceeding any other contender. Acclaimed for its ability to access short runways, including grass and dirt airstrips, the aircraft has earned a reputation of versatility and flexibility for just about any mission. A large cargo door and generous interior storage allow it to easily transport a wide variety of cargo. It has been called a “workhorse” but the PC-12 offers such a smooth, comfortable flight and spacious cabin, that it has become the perfect business aircraft with just the right amount of luxurious touches for any private flyer.
It’s no wonder PlaneSense, Inc. built its fractional fleet on the foundation of this unique aircraft, and continues to manage the largest commercial fleet of Pilatus PC-12 turboprops in the world. The PC-12 allows PlaneSense® to offer what no other fractional program in the U.S. can – a cost-effective private flight option with a business aircraft capable of accessing thousands more airports than other programs with all the amenities and convenience afforded through private travel. At home in the largest of metro hubs and remote runways alike, the PC-12 gets business travelers closer to their clients and leisure travelers to destinations inaccessible by other aircraft.
In an effort to stay on top of the latest technology, PlaneSense, Inc. keeps its fleet young, cycling out PC-12 aircraft within ten years. This allows share owners to have access to the latest enhancements in comfort, avionics, and safety features. The latest model of this highly trusted aircraft is the PC-12 NGX, featuring larger, more comfortable seats, improved heating and cooling, and windows that are 10% bigger, allowing more natural light to fill the spacious cabin. It also includes several enhancements to the Pratt & Whitney engine and the Honeywell avionics in the cockpit. Regardless of upgrades, PC-12 aircraft are notorious for holding their value in the market. Not only is this turboprop exceptionally reliable and luxurious, but it is a sound investment for fractional share owners as well.
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