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Pilatus Aircraft Sales Exceed One Billion Mark

April 9, 2014 - For the first time in its 75 year history, Switzerland based Pilatus Aircraft has surpassed the one billion sales mark, increasing sales by over 70%, R&D and infrastructure, are also higher than ever before. The number of fulltime employees at the headquarters in Stans increased by 176 to 1609 over the past year. This is equivalent to growth of over twelve percent.

Major orders worth far in excess of two billion Swiss francs were received in 2012. These orders include the manufacturing of training aircraft and its systems which began in 2013 and will continue throughout 2014.

As is usual at the end of February, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) published its annual report on worldwide sales figures across a range of aircraft categories and types. The figures point to a slight year-on-year increase in sales across all categories (piston engine, turboprop, jet). As in the past two years, Pilatus ranks second with the PC-12 NG in the single-engine turboprop category.


In 2013, most of their PC-12 NGs went to customers in the USA, 42 of a total of 65. Compared to the 33 machines sold in 2012. The improvement in the US economy is slowly beginning to have a positive impact.

The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft. The main market for the aircraft is corporate transport and regional airliner operators. The U.S. Air Force's designation is the U-28A.

The NG features a more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67P engine with better climb performance and an increase in maximum cruise speed to 280 kts TAS. The NG also features a Honeywell Primus Apex glass cockpit. The revised cockpit includes automatic pressurization control as well as cursor controlled inputs to the navigation system. The PC-12 NG winglets have also been modified from the original version.


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