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.
While business aircraft flight hours are down from this time last year, the level of industry safety has improved disproportionately, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the first half of the year U.S.
While economic considerations forced NBAA to cancel its first annual Light Business Aircraft (LBA) show originally scheduled for March this year, the organization is not ignoring the owners and operators of smaller aircraft and will include many of the educational offerings it had originally planned for LBA at the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention, October 20 to 22, in Orlando.
According to the NTSB, a runway incursion that occurred on May 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Douglas International Airport involving a PC-12 turboprop single and CRJ200 regional
The NTSB is investigating a runway incursion that occurred last Friday morning at Charlotte (N.C.) Douglas International Airport involving a PC-12 turboprop single and CRJ200 regional jet. At about 10:17 a.m. that day, the PSA Airlines CRJ200–operated as US Airways Express Flight 2390–was cleared for takeoff on Runway 18L.
One year after the first major upgrade since its inception in the early 1990s, the Pilatus PC-12 NG remains the best seller in the pressurized single-engine turboprop class of aircraft which the Swiss manufacturer helped to create. Pilatus (Booth No. 7031 and on the static display) delivered 97 PC-12s last year, of which about three quarters were the New Generation versions.
For the first quarter of this year over the previous year, business aviation accidents declined, including fatal accidents, while the overall number of deaths increased, according to safety statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Seven adults and seven children aboard a Pilatus PC-12 (N128CM) were killed when the turboprop single crashed at approximately 3 p.m. local time on March 22 while on approach to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont. The group was reportedly headed from California to Bozeman, Mont., for a skiing trip, but the pilot diverted to Butte for an unspecified reason.