For the first time in many years, Pilatus Aircraft has full order books for both
Swiss group Ruag Aerospace is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1470) hot on the heels of its purchase of Pilatus Aircraft’s (Booth No. 700) TSA Transairco subsidiary in early April. The sale, the price of which was undisclosed, is retroactive to January 1.
The new owner said it intends to retain all 115 of Transairco’s employees and the management team headed by CEO Jason Mulcock.
A fighter pilot is as expensive as the aircraft he or she flies. The current trend for containing costs is to concentrate as much of the training syllabus as possible on cost-efficient turboprop trainers, including a large part of the lead-in phase and weapon training, and to limit the use of high-performance jet trainers. Operating costs of jet trainers are estimated to be three to six times those of a turboprop.
Demand for the Pilatus PC-12 pressurized business/utility single turboprop remains at unprecedented highs. Pilatus reached the delivery milestone of 500 aircraft in January, 10 years after the program started. The company sold out this year’s delivery positions early, despite work around the clock in three shifts at the company plant in central Switzerland.
Much in evidence here at the Asian Aerospace show this week are the four competitors for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s basic/primary trainer competition: the Aermacchi M-311, Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, Pilatus PC-21 and the Raytheon T-6B. The presence of these aircraft in Singapore coincides with the latest evaluation by the RSAF following earlier flights at the manufacturers’ test sites.
Swiss airframer Pilatus last year achieved a sales record for its PC-12 single turboprop aircraft, logging 80 orders. After a dip in sales to 46 units during 2002, the business/utility PC-12 has enjoyed increasingly strong demand, reaching the pre-2002 level of 71 deliveries again in 2004.
Swiss airframer Pilatus is riding high on a sustained wave of success of its PC-12 pressurized single-engine executive/utility aircraft. At the same time, it is pushing hard for a first order for its new PC-21 turboprop trainer.
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