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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In a board meeting Tuesday, the NTSB pinned the blame for the March 2009 fatal crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Butte, Mont., on the actions of the pilot.
Honeywell (Stand 7044/7052) has introduced its mechanical protection plan, an extended repair and replacement program, for select Gulfstream and Pilatus models. The program provides coverage for mechanical parts for the environmental control systems and cabin pressure control systems of the Gulfstream G350/400/450/500/550/GIV/GIV-SP/V and the Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12NG.
Honeywell’s latest version of its Primus Apex integrated flight deck–Build 7–offers new functions and options for operators, which the company demonstrated at EBACE in a flight on a Pilatus PC-12NG, one of the aircraft models featuring the avionics suite. The Primus Apex is a derivative of the Primus Epic fight deck that Morristown, New Jersey-based Honeywell developed for large cabin business jets, optimized for single-pilot operations.
Pilatus is developing a new civil aircraft that has been designated the PC-24, according to its 2010 annual report. Not much is known about the new model, including whether it’s a turboprop or jet, and the Swiss manufacturer won’t reveal more until next year. If financial numbers are any indication, research and development spending grew by 20 percent between 2009 and 2010, to CHF49 million ($55 million).
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who is likely to face a tough re-election race next year, is selling the share of a Pilatus PC-12 she and her husband own following disclosure that they owed more than $287,000 in property taxes on the single-engine turboprop. She has since paid the taxes.