In a hopeful sign, Pilatus said it will return to full work schedules by February 1. The company reduced working hours at its main plant in Switzerland in September, mainly for aircraft production staff, because of a lower order intake for the PC-12NG turboprop single. Overall, working hours were reduced by 13 percent, although there were no layoffs.
As flight activity last year declined from that of the previous year, so too did the number of U.S. business aircraft accidents, according to year-end statistics released yesterday by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the business jet category, the total number of accidents for U.S.-registered aircraft saw a dramatic decline, from 23 in 2008 to eight in 2009.
Pilatus PC-12/47E, Sante Fe, N.M., Sept. 29, 2008–The Board attributed the fatal crash to the pilot’s fatigue. On the day of the accident, the sole-occupant pilot had flown eight-and-a-half hours, crossed two time zones and been awake for at least 17 hours. The aircraft crashed three miles north of its destination of Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF). Dark night meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Pilatus Aircraft’s Pro Star Pilatus Center has contracted to sell the PC-12NG factory demonstrator on display here at the convention to Polymer Resources, Stamford, Conn. Polymer president Les Klein was on hand to accept the keys. . .Pratt & Whitney Canada has marked a major milestone delivering its 70,000th engine. The PT6A-60A turboprop is to be installed on a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350. .
Aircraft as its new dealership for southeastern Europe. The company will handle sales, marketing and service of the single-engine PC-12 NG turboprop in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania.
Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth No. 228) reports that despite some cancellations and delivery deferrals of its single-engine Next Generation PC-12 this year, it has maintained production rates at its plant in Switzerland. The company is confident that the turboprop’s improved avionics, completely new cockpit and more powerful engine will see it through the global aerospace crisis.
While economic considerations may have forced NBAA to cancel its first Light Business Airplane (LBA) show, scheduled for last March in San Diego, most of the educational programs aimed at smaller aircraft operators and planned for that event are being offered here at this year’s convention.
Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, has done “exceedingly well” despite the poor economy, Al Hoyt, president and COO of the company, told AIN. “During the past couple of years we’ve not had to lay off anyone and we’ve been increasing our market share on Falcons, Pilatus and Hawkers. Our avionics shop has also grown and strengthened. Five years ago we principally upgraded avionics systems in PC-12s.
Pilatus PC-12/45, Raphine, Va., July 5, 2009–The turboprop single crashed into a pasture during an IFR flight from Teterboro Airport to Tampa’s Executive Airport. At approximately 10 a.m. at FL308 the pilot radioed ATC a partially intelligible message that included the words “lost a panel.” The controller received no response to his request for clarification. Instead, the pilot requested a heading.