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.
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.
Pilatus Aircraft announced here an expanding suite of maintenance support choices for PC-12 customers under the umbrella name of ServiceWorx. Options include PlaneTrax Electronic Maintenance & Flight Data Tracking and Diagnostix Propulsion Monitoring. Both programs are offered at no charge to customers of new PC-12s for the first year of ownership ($2,000 annually thereafter for PlaneTrax; $995 annually for Diagnostix).
The next-generation version of the Pilatus PC-12 is certified and deliveries have begun, so the single-engine turboprop is dropping off the In The Works chart.
In another unexpected change at the top of an airframe company last month, Oscar Schwenk, president and CEO of Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, abruptly replaced Angelo Fiataruolo as CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, the Broomfield, Colo., subsidiary responsible for the marketing of the PC-12 turboprop single in North and South America.
Pilatus Aircraft marked a major milestone on January 14 by delivering the 500th PC-12 after some 10 years of production of the big turboprop single in Stans, Switzerland. This particular airplane was delivered by Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo., to Scott Archer, managing director of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Barclay Group, a commercial real estate company that has carved out a niche among Arizona’s retail developers.
At least one manufacturer of turbine singles believes it has waited long enough for Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) to adopt proposed rules (NPA-29) setting out the requirements for JAA-member states to approve commercial operations in singles in IFR conditions (SEIFR). In fact, Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft decided to take the matter into its own hands.
Making good on its promise made last year at the NBAA Convention in Orlando when it announced the program, Pilatus Business Aircraft will today present a real Next Generation PC-12 here in Atlanta. The aircraft on display, N47NG, is the second Next Generation PC-12 in the flight test program, which began on October 5 last year when the prototype, HB-FPT, made its first flight.
A comprehensive update on the PC-12 program with particular focus on maintenance issues will fill the hour-long Pilatus maintenance and operations meeting this afternoon starting at 2 p.m. in Georgia World Conference Center Room B305.
Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, recently performed the company’s first 10-year Pilatus demate. The 28-year-old maintenance facility has been an authorized Pilatus satellite service center since 2002.
The special tooling and custom fabrication of wing shoring was developed by company employees Curtis Florio, Hartley Starratt and Misael Rodriguez under the direction of crew leader Dan Day.