Pilatus Celebrates a Grand Milestone for PC-12

 - July 20, 2010, 10:56 AM

Pilatus Aircraft reached a significant milestone on Thursday when the 1,000th PC-12 single-engine turboprop business aircraft was delivered by Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo., to David Fountain, a private owner from Halifax, Nova Scotia. This now makes Fountain a three-time PC-12 owner-pilot. Since its introduction in 1994, the PC-12 has amassed more than 2.6 million flight hours in a variety of roles, including business aircraft, transport, commuter, air ambulance, police and border surveillance, cargo, incident response, military liaison and regional airliner. “The traditional Pilatus qualities of high performance, rugged durability, versatility and superior operating economics have been the foundation of every PC-12 we build,” said Pilatus chairman and CEO Oscar Schwenk. “Today’s PC-12 NG is generations ahead of the first Pilatus delivered back in 1994, but it still holds to these same principles that have made the PC-12 program such a great success.” Pilatus celebrated the delivery of the 900th PC-12 just last year, and the Swiss company shipped a record 100 of the turboprops singles in 2009.