After leading the turbine-powered business aircraft market in 2020, Pilatus passes another fleet milestone with the delivery of the 1800TH example of the versatile single-engine turboprop. At 82 deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2020 Year-End Aircraft Shipment Report, the Pilatus PC-12 was the most popular model of all turbine-powered business aircraft.
Building on that success, Pilatus delivered the 1800th production unit at the end of April. PC-12 NGX serial number 2070 was delivered to Alán Aguirre, owner of Divine Flavor LLC, a family-run and grower-owned distribution company based in Nogales, Arizona, with greenhouses and vineyards throughout Mexico.
Latest generation of the bestseller…
The PC-12 NGX represents the third major evolutionary progression of the PC-12 airframe. Introduced at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention and exposition, the NGX incorporates the first Electronic Propeller and Engine Control System in a turboprop aircraft. The Pratt & Whitney PT6-67E engine is also coupled to a fully integrated autothrottle, dramatically reducing pilot workload, increasing efficiency, and extending the time between overhaul by 43 percent. Pilatus incorporated additional upgrades to the NGX including larger cabin windows, all-new passenger seats, and reduced cabin noise with a new cabin air distribution system and a propeller low-speed mode.
To read the full media release by Pilatus Aircraft, visit the main Pilatus Aircraft website: https://www.pilatus-aircraft.com/en/news-events/media-release/pilatus-delivers-1800th-pc-12