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    For 2016, Pilatus’ best-selling single turboprop PC-12 NG offers greater speed, better takeoff and climb performance, more cabin comfort, greater range, and a quieter cabin with no increase in fuel burn or operating cost. This boost in overall efficiency is exemplary of the core Pilatus tenet of being an environmentally conscious aircraft builder. The 2016 Pilatus PC-12 NG cruises at a new maximum top-speed of 285 knots (528 km/h) thanks to an aerodynamic optimization effort which analyzed every square inch of the exterior of the PC-12 NG to come up with a number of enhancements to reduce drag. Several subtle, but important changes contribute to the increased speed with no additional power. The under wing flap actuator fairings for example were redesigned for smoother airflow around them and the cabin entry door handle was changed to a flush fitting design. Gaps and joints around the flaps were sealed, and several antennas were repositioned to align with localized air flow patterns.

    The most noticeable change to the 2016 PC-12 NG is the standard five blade graphite composite propeller. Designed specifically for the PC-12 NG by Hartzell, this new propeller reduces cabin noise levels, improves takeoff and climb performance, reduces life cycle maintenance costs, and is easily repairable in the field. The propeller blades feature a nickel cobalt leading edge and are fabricated using aerospace-grade carbon fiber monocoque structural design. The thin blade shape is also optimized for low drag. The new propeller is certified for unlimited life. With a composite propeller, repairs are performed using epoxy, as opposed to filing away material on an aluminum propeller. In this manner, the composite blades are restored to factory-new dimensions at each overhaul interval. By the third overhaul cycle, the composite prop returns a significant value relative to the metal prop.

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    Pilatus Aircraft recently reached a landmark in deliveries having handed over 1,400 PC-12s to customers around the world. The entire global PC12 fleet has flown some 5.6 million hours with PC12NGs accounting for 1 million of those hours. “This is an exciting milestone,” said Ignaz Gretener, vice president of Pilatus general aviation. “While much attention has recently been focused on the new PC-24 jet, the PC-12 is still the backbone of our general aviation business. We continue to invest in the PC-12NG and in our global support network.” The 1,400th aircraft went to a United States customer.

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    Pilatus Aircraft have broken ground on a new 118,000 sq ft facility in the United States. The Swiss airframer has had presence in the United States before be it will be the first time having a facility this large. The new facility in Broomfield Colorado, is Pilatus North America's new headquarters and being built in anticipation of the Swiss company's PC-24 jet. Completion is expected to be in 2018 and will be located at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan airport housing sales, support and completions of both the PC-24 and the PC-12/NG single-engined turboprop.

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    For the 15th year in a row, readers of Professional Pilot magazine voted Pilatus Customer Service as the best in the industry. The annual survey goes out to nearly 9,000 operators of turbine aircraft around the world, and is a benchmark for how well Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) support their customers. Owners and operators of both jet and turboprop aircraft are asked to score their OEM service on a scale of 0 to 10 in the categories of response time, spares availability, cost of parts, speed in AOG service, technical manuals, technical representatives, and overall service satisfaction. Pilatus’ overall score in 2016 was 8.42. In addition, Aviation International News magazine reported that Pilatus retained its top ranking in the annual Product Support Survey, Newer Turboprops category. “We are very pleased to see that our continuous efforts to improve the level of service and support for operators of Pilatus aircraft is being recognized and valued”, said Piotr “Pete” Wolak, Vice President of Customer Support for Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. “With the PC-24 entering service next year, we have an even higher goal to aspire to, and together with our global network of Authorized Pilatus Service Center partners we will take our customer support to the next level.”

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    Pilatus announced that it recently sold 21 PC-21s with with majority of them being delivered to the French Air Force. Of the 21 PC-21s, 17 are for the French Air Force and two each for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and QinetiQ, a British company which operates the "Empire Test Pilots' School". Together, these orders are worth over 300 million Swiss francs and will help to ensure jobs at Stans.

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    Advent gains STC for PC-12 Anti-skid Braking System

    Advent Aircraft Systems eABS anti-skid braking system has been STC’d by the U.S. FAA for the Pilatus PC-12, the company announced yesterday. The STC applies to all PC-12s equipped with a Waas-enabled GPS, including those with the Honeywell Apex avonics system or Garmin or IS&S GPS units. The eABS weighs just 27 pounds installed, comes with all required installation hardware and requires no changes to the existing PC-12 brake system. List price for the PC-12 eABS is $50,604, not including installation at an Advent-authorized dealer. (AIN)

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    Pilatus Aircraft is looking to end production of the versatile PC-6 turboprop. That program is quite old now and with the company's attention being fixed on the PC24 business jet, they will look to end production in 2019. Above 500 of the multi-role Pilatus Porters have been produced at the manufacturer’s Stans headquarters since 1959. Even though production is ending in 2019, there will be support provided for existing customers probably through to the next 20-years. “Due to the age of the PC-6 and other certification parameters, it is no longer possible to provide this ongoing development in the scope we would wish,” Pilatus said. “Also in connection with our PC-24 jet, for which series production is currently gearing up in Stans, and which requires our full attention, we have decided that the PC-6 no longer fits our product portfolio, and that, after 60 years, it is now time to cease production.”

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    Pilatus is moving swiftly to getting the PC-24 fully certified by the end of the year. Pilatus CEO Marcus Bucher highlighted this at the NBAA in Las Vegas during a press conference. The first customer aircraft should also be handed over towards the end of the year.
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    Pilatus PC-24 Executive Jet... such a gorgeous aircraft!

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