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Pilatus PC-12NG TURBOPROP"1991"

The VFW 614 was produced in small numbers during the early- to mid-1970s by VFW-Fokker, a company resulting from a merger between VFW and the Dutch aircraft company Fokker. However, the program was officially cancelled in 1977, the anticipated sales and thus production having not been achieved.

Pilatus: PC12 "1991"

Role Passenger and cargo aircraft
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft
First flight 31 May 1991
Introduction 1994
Status In production
Primary users PlaneSense / Royal Flying  / United States Air Force
Produced 1991-present
Number built 1,700 (as of October 2019)

Pilatus PC-12NG Turboprop


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The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland,

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The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, since 1991. The main market for the aircraft is corporate transport and regional airliner operators. The PC-12 is the best-selling pressurized single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the world and has been for several consecutive years,[2][3] with 1,700 deliveries as of October 2019

Operational History

Commercial, corporate and private use

Early sales of the PC-12 principally went to utility operators, because Pilatus was reportedly uncertain of the sales potential for business and passenger operators.[9] In 1994, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia became the launch customer of the PC-12. It operates 32 PC-12s throughout Australia to deliver medical services in remote areas.

 

 
PC-12 with passenger embarking

In 2003, US charter airline Tradewind Aviation started operating the PC-12, which has now grown into one of the country’s largest operators of the type, with 22 aircraft.

Variants

PC-12
Original production variant certified in Switzerland in 1994, it has a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67B engine, 4,100 kg (9,039 lb) maximum takeoff weight, conventional round-dial cockpit.
PC-12/45
Certified in 1996 has a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67B engine, maximum takeoff weight increased to 4,500 kg (9,921 lb). Any of the original production aircraft can be converted to PC-12/45.
PC-12/47
Certified in 2005 has a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67B engine, maximum takeoff weight increased to 4,740 kg (10,450 lb).
PC-12/47E
United States Air Force designation for the PC-12/45.

 

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Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers seats
  • Length: 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.28 m (53 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 4.26 m (14 ft 0 in)
  • Empty weight: 2,810 kg (6,195 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,740 kg (10,450 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P turboprop engine, 890 kW (1,200 shp)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 528 km/h (328 mph, 285 kn)
  • Stall speed: 124 km/h (77 mph, 67 kn)
  • Range: 3,417 km (2,123 mi, 1,845 nmi) (HSC, VFR Reserves)
  • Service ceiling: 9,144 m (30,000 ft)
  • Take-off run to 15 m (49 ft): 793 m (2,602 ft)
  • Landing run from 15 m (49 ft): 661 m (2,169 ft)

Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company has mostly produced aircraft for niche markets, in particular short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as well as military training aircraft. During the 1950s and 1960s, Pilatus developed on a short takeoff and landing (STOL) light civil transport aircraft, the PC-6 Porter. During 1973, it was decided to restart work on the PC-7 programme; it entered production as the PC-7 Turbo Trainer. In 1979, Pilatus acquired Britten-Norman, constructor of the Britten-Norman Islander and Britten-Norman Defender aircraft. During the 1980s, it developed the PC-9, an improved derivative of the PC-7.