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Aero-TV Checks Out The Newly Certified Pilatus PC-12 NG

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Upgraded Workhorse Includes More Powerful PT-6, Stylish Interior

Part of ANN and Aero-TV's spring-time rites included covering one of the first public outings of the new Pilatus Aircraft PC-12 NG.

Announced at NBAA 2006, Pilatus says the Next Generation program is the latest progression of the popular PC-12 turboprop. Receipt of joint EASA and FAA certification 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, and is expected to broaden the appeal of the stylish workhorse turbine single.

"Since original certification was achieved, the PC-12 has proven itself as a thoroughly reliable and robust aircraft," said Thomas Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. "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."

With the worldwide fleet numbering over 780 aircraft, the PC-12 NG continues to generate strong interest from operators worldwide. As businesses strive to operate as competitively as possible, the PC-12 NG's versatility and low direct operating costs are more pertinent than ever before.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd was founded in 1939 and is currently world market leader in the manufacture and sale of single-engine turboprop aircraft. It is the only Swiss company that develops and produces private and training aircraft.

FMI: www.pilatus-aircraft.com

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