Pilatus PC-12 NG is one of the most popular turboprop business aircraft in the world at the moment. Since the beginning of its production in 1994, more than 1,000 planes have been sold all over the world.
There are several features that make the PC-12 NG unbeatable in comparison with other turboprop aircraft or even small and medium jet planes. Cost-effectiveness and comfort are its main assets. As regards the parameters of the pressurized and spacious cockpit (length: 5.16m, width:1.52m, height: 1.47m), they are by no means inferior to medium sized jet planes. Which makes the Pilatus even more comfortable is the possibility to freely configure the interior, with 9 seats, passenger door with stairs and separate cargo-type luggage door that make it easier to load even untypical loads.
Unlike jet aircraft, the Pilatus can easily take off from any airfield, including not hardened airfields and cover without landing even up to 3,000km at an average speed of 500km an hour. PC-12 NG operating cost amounts to only half of the operating cost of a small jet plane. The plane is powered by the reliable Pratt&Whitney PT-6A turbine engine with 1200 SHP power reduced from 1744 SHP. Thanks to the reduction, the engine is not overloaded and is covered by a 5-year warranty, up to 2,500h.
The PC-12 NG owes its reputation also to its unusual versatility, performance and reliability. Apart from the typically business use, PC-12 is also used as a transport plane, ambulance or for special government missions.
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