Pilatus reveals third generation PC-12

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Swiss aircraft-maker Pilatus unveiled single-engine turboprop PC-12 NGX at this year’s NBAA-BACE.

The PC-12 NGX incorporates an improved engine, smarter avionics and a completely redesigned cabin with larger windows.

Speaking at the presentation in Las Vegas, Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus, said, “We are excited to reveal the new PC-12 NGX. To maintain the PC-12’s leadership in the general aviation marketplace, we continuously seek innovative solutions which benefit the safety, comfort and productivity of our customers. The PC-12 NGX is a showcase for the advanced technology collaboration between Pilatus, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Honeywell. Together, we took the best, and made it even better. What’s more, our customers do not have to wait years into the future to enjoy these benefits, the PC-12   is here today.”

At the heart of the PC-12 NGX is the PT6E-67XP turboprop engine by Pratt & Whitney Canada. This engine features an electronic propeller and engine control system including Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) – a worldwide first in this market segment.

The turboprop engine enables the PC-12 NGX to achieve a maximum cruise speed of 290 KTAS (537km per hour).

The PC-12 NGX is certified, and customer deliveries will begin in spring 2020.

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