The Pilatus PC-12 that crashed Sunday afternoon in Butte, Mont., was configured with only 10 seats, but under FAR Part 91 it might have been legal to carry the seven adults and seven children aboard the turboprop single, according to aviation attorney Randy Davis. All 14 died when the airplane “nosed in” while on short approach to Bert Mooney Airport.
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 Sunday 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.
Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., has been designated a PC-12NG service center and sales rep. The company will be responsible for servicing the northeastern region, including Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., a new sales representative and service center for its PC-12NG turboprop single in the northeastern U.S. The company’s territory will cover New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan.
The inaugural NBAA Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) scheduled in March in San Diego will be held over the course of two days (March 13 and 14) instead of the originally planned three days, according to NBAA. The move to shorten the conference reflects the challenges posed by the state of the economy.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., a sales representative and service center for its PC-12NG turboprop single in the northeastern U.S. The company’s territory will cover New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan. Pro-Star also has offices in Caldwell, N.J., and Portland, Maine. Thomas Bosshard, CEO of the Swiss manufacturer’s U.S.
Despite its name, Luxembourg-based Jetfly is a fractional ownership aircraft program that uses single-engine turboprops exclusively. This year it has continued
Nothing re-ignites interest in new turboprops faster than a good old-fashioned “fuel crisis.”
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air is developing an all-composite, pressurized single-engine turboprop called the Model 12. CEO Ron Lueck estimates that it will cost $150 million to get the airplane certified. Lueck has been designing homebuilt/kit aircraft since the 1980s, but the Model 12 will require a separate corporate structure and production facility to meet FAA standards.
Fresh from the announcement by Pilatus (Booth No. 1397) that is posting another record year for sales of its single-engine utility PC-12 turboprop, the Swiss company said it is set to deliver more airplanes next year and in 2010 than it will this year despite a rise in the base price of the PC-12NG (Next Generation). Pilatus this year opened a new factory with room for two assembly lines.