(September 24, 2007) -- Pilatus is experiencing unprecedented demand for the Next Generation PC-12. The high performance single-engine turboprop is making its public debut at the 2007 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
"When the Next Generation PC-12 was announced at NBAA last year, it immediately became a sensation," said Thomas Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. "Even before we had released many details about the aircraft, orders began to pour in. Now that people are seeing it in person for the first time, the excitement is tremendous."
Pilatus sells most of its PC-12s through a worldwide network of Pilatus Sales Centers, who then retail them to individual customers. Many Pilatus Sales Centers are already sold out of Next Generation PC-12s through the end of 2009.
Strong sales have been a hallmark of the PC-12 program. According to statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the PC-12 has been the number one selling turbine-powered business aircraft for the last four years. The PC-12's reputation for quality, a broad performance envelope, and award-winning product support have helped fuel its success.
The Next Generation PC-12 features a number of improvements, including a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, a new cockpit designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine.