Pilatus Aircraft last week handed over the 1,800th PC-12 turboprop single, just three months after delivering its 100th PC-24 twinjet. The milestone PC-12 NGX, S/N 2070, was delivered to Alán Aguirre, owner of Divine Flavor, a family-run and grower-owned distribution company based in Nogales, Arizona, with greenhouses and vineyards throughout Mexico.
Adrian Zambrano—managing director of Pilatus Center de México, the authorized Pilatus sales and service center in Mexico—handed over the keys to the PC-12 NGX to Aguirre at the Pilatus completions and delivery center in Broomfield, Colorado. “The PC-12 program continues to exceed all expectations originally set for it by Pilatus,” Pilatus Business Aircraft CEO Thomas Bosshard said at the delivery ceremony. “The market response to the PC-12 NGX has been fantastic.”
Pilatus shipped 82 PC-12s last year, which the company said made it the most-delivered turbine business aircraft model. The PC-12 NGX, which represents the third major evolution of the aircraft, was introduced at NBAA-BACE 2019 and marked the first electronic propeller and engine control system to be incorporated into a production turboprop.