PlaneSense, the Pilatus PC-12 regional fractional ownership program of Manchester, N.H.-based Alpha Flying, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. The company, thought to have more than 100 shareowners, currently operates 20 PC-12s and has more on order. The company was formed to address the “shorter-distance, regional needs” of its shareowners.
Geoff Goodyear, president and CEO of Universal Helicopters Newfoundland, has received the 2005 Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award for his commitment to accident prevention. The award was established to foster awareness of aviation safety in Canada and to recognize people or organizations that have contributed to this objective in an exceptional way.
Atlas Pilatus Center, an authorized distributor for the Pilatus PC-12 in the Northeast U.S., has appointed Aerodynamics (ADI) an authorized Pilatus PC-12 satellite service center. Based at Oakland County International airport in Pontiac, Mich., ADI will provide parts distribution and service for PC-12 owners in the Michigan area. ADI employs 165 people and has four hangars with 136,037 sq ft under roof. The company operates 24 hours a day.
Averitable order bonanza totaling an estimated $420 million, a new attendance record (7,667) and some industry surprises were the highlights of the fifth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held May 18 to 20 in Geneva. But the decidedly upbeat event lacked announcements of clean-sheet, new aircraft designs.
Well behind many other regions, and more than 10 years after initial proposals, Europe is about to rule on proposed commercial single-turbine-engine flights at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (SEIMC operations, roughly equivalent to flights under U.S.
Western Aircraft is a company with roots deep in the Boise, Idaho, community. Its founder, the Fortune 500 Morrison Knudsen Construction Company of Hoover Dam construction fame, was using an aircraft to get to job sites as far back as the 1930s.
Pilatus has flown a PC-12 with a CMC Electronics infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor mounted in the nose and looking through the propeller. After engineers determined that the installation could indeed be certified, Pilatus gave the green light to start certification flights next month with the goal of adding the EVS package to the production line early next year.
With a firm order for 10 Eclipse 500s and an option for 10 more, London, Ontario-based OurPlane became the first fractional customer for the very light jet, scheduled to enter service early next year. Prices for a one-quarter share of the Eclipse 500 start at $349,900, with a monthly fixed cost of $3,500 and hourly operating costs of $369, without a pilot.
Swiss manufacturer Pilatus has appointed a new factory-authorized sales and service center for the PC-12 turboprop single in southern Africa. Two former South African Air Force pilots, Tim Webster and Gerry Wyss, established the new PC-12 Centre Southern Africa. Webster has also worked in aircraft charter, management and sales, while Wyss has previously worked for Pilatus in Switzerland.
Pilatus Business Aircraft held its first-ever regional operators conference on August 17. Appropriately, the event took place in Manchester, N.H., home of Alpha Flying’s Plane Sense Pilatus PC-12 fractional share company and Atlas Pilatus Center, Alpha’s PC-12 service center.