Tue, Oct 07, 2008
Turboprop Interest Soars On High Fuel Prices
Swiss planemaker Pilatus had little in the way of new
announcements at NBAA 2008, but they didn't seem to mind... as
interest in the company's PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop is
keeping the company quite busy, thank you.
According to the company, among the customers checking out the
latest variant of the PC-12 are current jet aircraft owners, as
well as prospective jet buyers. While high fuel prices are taking a
toll on the entire corporate aviation market, Pilatus notes every
cloud has a silver lining.
Pilatus says its dealer network from Australia to the USA report
customers are expressing a desire to step out of their thirsty jet
aircraft in to the ultra efficient PC-12 NG. With a cabin size
comparable to jet aircraft costing more than twice as much and a
fuel burn saving of up to 50 percent, the case for the PC-12 NG has
never been stronger.
"Pilatus takes great pride in its ability to offer the
marketplace a thoroughly efficient workhorse with versatility and
capabilities that rival those of aircraft costing twice as much,"
said Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman & CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
"Our ongoing commitment to the PC-12 continues through our recent
introduction of the PC-12 NG which offers pilots sophisticated
flight management capabilities and system integration to further
enhance operating efficiencies."
Certified earlier this year, the PC-12 NG features a number of
significant improvements over its predecessor, including a fully
integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, a completely new
cockpit designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and a more powerful
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine.
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