Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is showcasing its Cockpit/IP (information portal) line of cockpit upgrades that are being installed on a wide variety of platforms, from the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop through the Boeing 737 Classic and 767 airliners to the Lockheed Martin C-130 military transport.
The NTSB has started investigating two fatal accidents that occurred over the weekend–one involving a Mitsubishi MU-2 and the other a Pilatus PC-12–and a serious crash of a Citation 560. The sole-occupant pilot of MU-2 N316PR was killed Sunday when the airplane crashed shortly after taking off from Fort Pierce, Fla., on an IFR flight plan to Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Pilatus revealed a next-generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite. The Swiss airframer said a program is under way to certify the enhanced version of the aircraft by the end of next year, with deliveries to start immediately afterward.
Swiss airframer Pilatus is riding high on a sustained wave of success of its PC-12 pressurized single-engine executive/utility aircraft. At the same time, it is pushing hard for a first order for its new PC-21 turboprop trainer.
Thales’ Integrated Electronic Standby Instrument (IESI) will join the array in the Next Generation Pilatus PC-12, as announced yesterday at the Thales booth here at NBAA’06. Thales Aerospace (Booth No. 3616), with offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and West Sussex, UK, will supply the all-in-one standby unit to augment aircraft attitude, airspeed and altitude functions in the turbine-powered business aircraft.
Pilatus has sold its first $3.35 million Next Generation PC-12 to a Brazilian operator.
Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) has obtained an STC to install the retrofit EFI-890R cockpit from Universal Avionics in the Pilatus PC-12. The upgrade replaces the turboprop single's original EFIS 40 suite with three 8.9-inch flat-panel displays and includes options for synthetic vision, electronic charts and satellite weather. Including installation, the price for the cockpit upgrade runs from $325,000 to $398,000, depending on options.
The FAA granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC on September 14 for installation of two and four 10-inch display units in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’ new STC includes the cockpit/information portal and TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Pilatus chose Honeywell’s Sunday evening media event to announce a Next Generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite.
Enormous banners that hung from the façade of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando last month proclaimed the NBAA Convention offered “A year’s worth of business in just three days.” It certainly felt that way.
The record-setting event held from October 17 to 19 was a showcase for airplane introductions, product rollouts and announcements of stratospheric order tallies.