Business aircraft sales and deliveries this year are showing early signs of recovery, if the report by one manufacturer points to widespread improvement for the industry. After increasing PC-12 sales by 35 percent last year compared with 2002, Pilatus is headed for a record-tying year. Officials at the Swiss manufacturer and at its U.S.
Roger Engel, a ferry pilot with Broomfield, Colo.-based Pilatus Aircraft, recently completed his 100th transatlantic crossing in a PC-12. Starting in Bern, Switzerland, Engel made stops in Prestwick, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Iqualuit and Thunder Bay, Canada, before completing the journey in Denver. Total flight time was 21 hours and 18 minutes.
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.
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.
Swiss manufacturer Pilatus has appointed a new factory-authorized sales and service center for the PC-12 turboprop single in southern Africa. Two former South African Air Force pilots, Tim Webster and Gerry Wyss, established the new PC-12 Centre Southern Africa. Webster has also worked in aircraft charter, management and sales, while Wyss has previously worked for Pilatus in Switzerland.
Pilatus Business Aircraft held its first-ever regional operators conference on August 17. Appropriately, the event took place in Manchester, N.H., home of Alpha Flying’s Plane Sense Pilatus PC-12 fractional share company and Atlas Pilatus Center, Alpha’s PC-12 service center.
In mid-2002, former Pilatus Business Aircraft COO Thomas Bosshard was named president and CEO of that U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of the PC-12 turboprop single. Now, Bosshard, a Swiss national, is returning to Switzerland, where he has been promoted to COO of parent company Pilatus Aircraft. Thomas Hunziker, also a Swiss national, is the new president and CEO of the U.S. unit in Broomfield, Colo. He joined Pilatus in 1999.
Camp Systems is now the exclusive factory provider of maintenance tracking for the Pilatus PC-12. Customers of new PC-12s will receive a year of Camp services at no cost.
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