The NTSB wants the FAA to require Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60 starter-generators to be electrically isolated from the rest of the engine, a modification that is already in the works.
Pilatus and Piaggio were among the first business aviation OEMs to disclose 2004 deliveries, and the numbers show an improvement over 2003. Pilatus reported it shipped 70 PC-12s last year compared with 61 in 2003. The Swiss manufacturer recently celebrated its 500th PC-12 delivery. Piaggio said it delivered 16 Avantis last year versus 12 in 2003. Meanwhile, Embraer reported delivering 13 Legacy business jets last year, the same as in 2003.
A leak in the fuel control unit pneumatic system caused the P&WC PT6 to fail in a Pilatus PC-12 on December 14, according to Pilatus (see AIN, January, page 46). The pilot was able to deadstick the turboprop single to a safe landing on a street in South Bend, Ind. Pilatus re-issued a service letter to remind PC-12 operators that there is a manual override procedure that enables full power to be restored if the fuel control unit fails.
Pilatus Aircraft is working with engine supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada and Woodward Governor of Rockford, Ill., to roll out an “aggressive campaign” to retrofit the entire fleet of more than 500 PC-12s with improved fuel control units (FCUs).
Roger Engel, a ferry pilot with Broomfield, Colo.-based Pilatus Aircraft, recently completed his 100th transatlantic crossing in a PC-12. Starting in Bern, Switzerland, Engel made stops in Prestwick, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Iqualuit and Thunder Bay, Canada, before completing the journey in Denver. Total flight time was 21 hours and 18 minutes.
A Pilatus PC-12 that lost power at an altitude of about 6,000 feet made a deadstick landing December 14 on four-lane Highway 933 North in the midst of a commercial area of Roseland, Ind., about three miles east of South Bend Airport. The turboprop single, with a pilot and four passengers aboard, was damaged when it clipped a utility pole, but no one was hurt in the incident.
Kansas City Aviation Center’s Chesterfield, Mo. facility has been given an FAA Part 145 designation. Midwest Aviation Center (MWAC) was established last August by KCAC on Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The facility is approved for all small aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Malibu/Meridian series, King Air 200 and Citation 500 series. It is also approved to service most Continental and Lycoming engines as well as the TPE331, PT6 and JT15.
Pilatus’ PC-12 turboprop single will receive several upgrades next year, raising the base price of the aircraft by $80,000 to $2.79 million and a typically equipped aircraft to $3.4 million, according to a spokesperson for Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo. The 2006 PC-12 will offer an additional 530 pounds of useful load, bringing it from 3,600 to 4,130 pounds for a typically equipped aircraft in an executive configuration.
South Africa-based ExecuJet Aviation and Swiss-based Pilatus decided to end their eight-year-old relationship servicing and selling the PC-12 turboprop single.
Universal Avionics and Kansas City Aviation Center have teamed to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. Marketed as a replacement for the turboprop single’s Bendix/King EFIS 40 cockpit with five-inch displays, the Universal EFI-890R avionics system will include a pair of primary displays and a multifunction display, each measuring 8.9 inches diagonally.