Specs, Ownership costs & information
The Pilatus PC-12 is quickly becoming the most sought-after turboprop available today. When Pilatus first launched the PC-12 in 1994 the aviation industry was skeptical. Single-engine turboprops had often been reserved for strictly utilitarian purposes since executive configurations wanted the safety of an additional engine. Pilatus chose to use the venerable Pratt and Whitney PT6 engine, with a long history of reliability and quality.
Pilatus has become infamous for its vast operational versatility. Few other aircraft can compete with a turboprop capable of landing on high-mountain dirt strips or comfortably carrying executives city-to-city. The first-generation Pilatus PC-12/45 had a Rockwell Collins EFIS cockpit display while the current version PC-12/47, “NG” for short, has the Honeywell APEX glass cockpit. The executive cabin interior was handsomely designed by BMW and features 6 or 8 seats and a lavatory. Perhaps one of the greatest selling features on the PC-12 is the standard oversized cargo door at rear of the cabin and removable seats. The option to change from an executive to a cargo configuration in a matter of minutes is game-changing.
The Pilatus has become a strong competitor of the King Air series, offering greater payload at nearly half the cost per hour. The Pilatus PC-12 is truly a single-engine turboprop without compromises.