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The Pilatus PC-12
is a single-engine turboprop
passenger and cargo aircraft
manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft
. The main market for the aircraft is corporate transport and regional airliner operators.
Design and development
Pilatus announced the development of the PC-12 at the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association
(NBAA) in October 1989. Flight International
, September 23, 1989. The first flight of the first of two prototypes took place on May 31, 1991. Certification of the type was originally planned for mid-1991 but a redesign of the wings (increase of wing span and addition of winglets to ensure performance guarantees were met) delayed this. Swiss certification finally took place on March 30, 1994, and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
approval followed on July 15, 1994.
As with many other Pilatus aircraft, the PC-12 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
turboprop engine (the PT6A-67B). It is certified for single-pilot IFR
operations, though operators may choose to utilize a second flight crew member. Pilatus offers the PC-12 in a standard nine-seat airliner form, in a four-passenger seat/freight Combi version, and as a six-seat corporate transport with an option for a seven-seat by adding a three-seat bench in place of seats five... Read More