Twenty years after the first delivery of the Pilatus PC-12 business turboprop, the Swiss aircraft company launches the 2014 PC-12 NG (Next Generation).
The new model will come in a choice of six new BMW DesignworksUSA executive interior options, a new electric landing gear system, external LED lighting, a wireless Connected Flight Deck system, and a Wi-Fi passenger entertainment system.
By replacing the PC-12’s original hydraulic landing gear with a new electric system, PC-12 operators realize both weight (13 lb / 5.9 kg) and maintenance cost savings.
The light emitting diodes (LED) are there for landing, taxi, recognition, navigation, and strobe lights. The tail-mounted strobe light has been eliminated by incorporating its function into the two wingtip strobes. The LED lights are even more reliable due to their solid state design, and produce more light than the incandescent bulbs employed in previous models of the aircraft.
The so-called Connected Flight Deck system is a set of four iPad applications that interface with a wireless gateway system onboard the PC-12 NG. Each application is designed to enhance the efficiency of data exchanged between the aircraft, pilot, and maintenance personnel. The apps enable fast and simple wireless updates of airport, navigation and terrain databases, off-aircraft flight planning and uploading directly to the flight management system, maintenance and diagnostic recording with email to a service facility, and a moving map feature for passengers. Pilatus worked together with Honeywell, Jeppesen and Aspen Avionics to generate the iPad apps.
Apart from passanger to connect via USB, Ethernet or wirelessly to the on-board media server and view everything on standard high resolution moving map displays Pilatus also offers both satellite and ground-based options for in-flight internet access for the North American market.
The base price for the 2014 PC-12 NG is US$ 3,850,000 with a typically equipped executive configuration priced at US$ 4,642,000.