Pilatus Aircraft will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland for EBACE 2012, after just announcing an “excellent set of results for 2011,” thanks to solid deliveries of its PC-21 military trainer. The Swiss manufacturer’s business aviation division, however, had a “difficult year.”
While Pilatus Aircraft announced an “excellent set of results for 2011,” thanks to solid deliveries of its PC-21 military trainer. The Stans, Switzerland-based company’s business aviation division, however, had a “difficult year.”
Overall, Pilatus recorded $829 million in revenues last year, up 14 percent from a year ago, and $115 million in profits, a 23-percent rise from 2010. It also logged $441.8 million in sales last year, but aircraft deliveries outpaced sales and the backlog as of December 31 had dropped by 50 percent year-over-year, to $345.3 million
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) selected the Becker Avionics DVSC6100 digital audio and intercom system for the agency’s new Pilatus PC-12 Spectre fleet. The Spectre is a special-mission version of the PC-12 with a retractable sensor platform, nine-passenger utility interior and sensor operator’s console. The PC-12 is equipped with Honeywell’s Primus Apex flight deck, and the DVCS6100 replaces the Apex audio control system. The DVCS6100 serves as the audio control system not only for the pilots but also for the mission operator station in the cabin.
Fractional share operator AirSprint Private Aviation has quietly but steadily been building its business in Canada for the past 12 years, and since last June it has been expanding into the Southwest U.S. Calgary-based AirSprint’s Canadian fleet consists of eight Cessna Citation XLSs and 13 Pilatus PC-12s. AirSprint has three PC-12s based in the U.S., at its Scottsdale, Ariz., office, and the company is planning to expand the U.S. fleet as word spreads that there is an alternative to jets or twin turboprops in the Southwest U.S.
Pilatus Business Aircraft delivered the 1,100th Pilatus PC-12 turboprop single last week during a ceremony at its facility in Broomfield, Colo. The milestone aircraft was handed over to Frontline Aviation, a Green Bay, Wis.-based aircraft charter provider.
Pilatus Aircraft has selected Amac Aerospace as its fully authorized service center and exclusive sales center for the Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop in the Middle East. Amac will commence sales activity on Jan. 1, 2012, from an office in Beirut. Maintenance will be performed at AMAC’s service center in Istanbul commencing in the second half of 2012.
JetBed began offering its patented design in 2008 and it has since become the gold standard for sleeping flat in a small aircraft cabin. Its beds weigh 20 to 26 pounds and deploy from a single integral bag when placed on the floor between two or four facing seats. The foundation inflates in less than a minute with the aid of a portable, rechargeable battery pump.
Anderson noted that in an era of declining budgets, the PC-12 NG Spectre is the best choice for agencies looking for cost-effective ISR solutions, particularly when measured against the cost of a twin-engine solution or the more limited capabilities of a non-pressurized single-engine turboprop. The Spectre has two primary features that distinguish it from a standard PC-12 NG: an electro-optical sensor concealed in the tailcone that is lowered during ISR operations and an onboard operator’s station where the images can be monitored. The data can also be archived, and sent via datalink to ground stations in real time.
The NTSB coupled old-fashioned “kicking tin” with highly technical investigative assistance from safety agencies in Germany and Switzerland to solve a perplexing mystery–what caused a Pilatus PC-12 to crash while attempting to land at the airport in Butte, Mont., killing everyone on board the big turboprop single.
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