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.
Comp Air is still planning to certify its single-engine turboprop CA-12, but has not yet formally applied to the FAA for a type certificate. “We’re waiting for everything to be in place before we apply,” said COO Bill Fedorko. The company is not yet taking deposits on the CA-12, he added.
Pilatus Aircraft is shortening working hours for 350 of its employees from September 1 in response to order cancellations for its PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop. According to the Swiss manufacturer, the move will reduce the overall number of annual paid hours by about 15 percent and the company does not plan to lay off staff.
Pilatus PC-12/47E, Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 29, 2008– The single-engine turboprop was destroyed and its owner-pilot killed when the aircraft crashed three miles north of its destination of Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF). Darkness prevailed at the time of the accident. The Part 91 personal flight, on an IFR flight plan, originated at Teterboro Airport and made an unscheduled stop at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport for fuel.
Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn. FBO hosted the 13th annual Pilatus Owners and Pilots Association meeting in June. There were 35 PC-12s that made the trip to Memphis for classes on PT6 engine operation and avionics, a one-day PC-12 ground school, product demonstrations and exhibits.
The DOT has awarded Portland, Ore.-based SeaPort Airlines Essential Air Service subsidies for routes from Memphis to four Arkansas communities starting October 1. Harrison, Hot Springs, El Dorado and Jonesboro, Ark., have gone without scheduled service since June 1 of last year, when Mesa Air Group dissolved Air Midwest, ending its Beech 1900 service to the four cities from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.