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Pilatus PC-12 Aircraft

The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, since 1991. The main market for the aircraft is corporate transport and regional airliner operators.

The PC-12 is the best-selling pressurized single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the world and has been for several consecutive years.

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Superior Design

The PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop-powered business aircraft, designed for performing multiple roles and to deliver performance and safety equal to twin-engine aircraft.

The PC-12 has exceptional versatility and is capable of operating within the most rugged environments.  It is one of the few pressurized turbine-powered aircraft capable of operating from rough landing strips. A trailing arm landing gear allow access to airfields inaccessible to many jet aircraft.

The PC-12 incorporates numerous safety measures. The PT6A-67 engine has a reputation for considerable reliability, a factor that has reportedly been decisive to some prospective operators. To counteract stall and spin conditions, dual angle-of-attack sensors near the wingtips force the stick forwards in advance of a potential stall. For greater redundancy, the PC-12 has a complete split-bus dual electrical system similar to modern jet aircraft, in addition to two separate batteries and a third emergency battery.

In addition to its uses as a passenger transport and private aircraft, the PC-12 can be configured as a multi-mission platform, such as an air ambulance or for conducting surveillance aircraft missions.

PC-12 Operational History

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Commercial & Private Use

Early sales of the PC-12 principally went to utility operators. In 2003, US charter airline Tradewind Aviation started operating the PC-12, which has now grown into one of the country's largest operators of the type, with 22 aircraft. By October 2019, the PC-12 fleet surpassed 1,700 aircraft, with more than seven million total flight hours.

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Military Operations

The PC-12 is Pilatus' first aircraft directed principally at the civil market, despite the company historically being a military-oriented supplier. The U-28A is the United States Air Force variant of the PC-12 for intra-theater support of special operations forces performing the role of Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

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PC-12 Specifications*

General Characteristics
Crew: 1 or 2
Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers seats
Length: 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 16.28 m (53 ft 5 in)
Height: 4.26 m (14 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 25.81 m2 (277.8 sq ft)
Airfoil: root: NACA LS(1)-0417MOD; tip: NACA LS(1)-0313[48]
Empty weight: 2,810 kg (6,195 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 4,740 kg (10,450 lb)
Maximum landing weight: 4,500 kg (9,921 lb)
Maximum zero fuel weight: 4,100 kg (9,039 lb)
Fuel capacity: 1,226 kg (2,703 lb) / 1,521 l (402 US gal; 335 imp gal)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P turboprop engine, 890 kW (1,200 shp)
Propellers: 5-bladed Hartzell Propeller composite, 2.67 m (8 ft 9 in) diameter composite constant-speed fully-feathering reversible propeller .

    Performance
Cruise speed: 528 km/h (328 mph, 285 kn)
Stall speed: 124 km/h (77 mph, 67 kn)
Range: 3,417 km (2,123 mi, 1,845 nmi) (HSC, VFR Reserves)
Service ceiling: 9,144 m (30,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 9.75 m/s (1,919 ft/min)
Take-off run to 15 m (49 ft): 793 m (2,602 ft)
Landing run from 15 m (49 ft): 661 m (2,169 ft)
Fuel consumption: 250 l/h (66 gal/h; 55 imp gal/h) (915 km (569 mi; 494 nmi) trip, including climb, cruise and descent, 491 km/h (305 mph; 265 kn) average block speed)

*Data from Pilatus

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