(Stans, April 4, 2008) -- Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is delighted to announce receipt of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
certification for the Next Generation PC-12, now officially called the PC-12 NG. Announced at NBAA 2006, the Next Generation program is the latest progression of the highly successful PC-12 turboprop. Pilatus engineers worked diligently over the last years in order to achieve timely certification.
EASA and FAA certification are significant milestones that will allow deliveries of the PC-12 NG to begin immediately.
Featuring a number of significant improvements, including a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, a completely new cockpit designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine, the PC-12 NG sets the tone for the market sector.
Speaking from Pilatus headquarters in Stans, Switzerland, Thomas Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd commented: "Since original certification was achieved, the PC-12 has proven itself as a thoroughly reliable and robust aircraft. With the arrival of the PC-12 NG we are witnessing the natural evolution of a product which continues to lead the field in both operating efficiency and performance."