Aircraft Review

November 2007 Issue

Pilatus PC-12: Tops in Range, Payload

Pilatus has no VLJ (yet), but its big single offers something none of the little jets do: two tons of useful load and nearly cross-continent range.

When contemplating a Pilatus PC-12, you canít help but think of someone who went out to buy an all-terrain vehicle and came home with a luxury, all-wheel--drive motorhome that could go off-road. You have to look past the BMW-designed interior to discover that the Swiss-made turboprop was originally created for use in the Third World. It was thus conceived to be a utilitarian vehicle that was tough and capable enough to operate from short, dirt runways, could tanker lots of fuel because availability might be questionable and still carry on if something broke out in the bush.

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