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Pilatus is introducing five new features in the 2014 model in an effort
to keep demand high for the popular single engine turboprop.
"To celebrate the first delivery of a PC-12 20 years ago, we've added a
host of new features to make the 2014 PC-12 NG the best PC-12 to
date," stated Ignaz Gretener, Vice President General Aviation at Pilatus
Incorporating new technology and responding to customer feedback, the
new 2014 PC-12 NG will include 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.
New BMW Interiors
Pilatus continues its longstanding partnership with BMW Group
DesignworksUSA by offering 6 new interior packages and a new array of
exterior paint schemes crafted exclusively for Pilatus. The palettes
satisfy nearly every aesthetic from understated, to expressive and
natural, to technical. In the Pilatus tradition, the interior designs combine
modern style with a focus on function, quality, and innovation.
Responding to the increased demand for the PC-12 NG in emerging
markets, all BMW interiors will be available globally for the first time.
Electric Landing Gear
By replacing the PC-12's original hydraulic landing gear with a new
electric system, PC-12 operators realize both weight and maintenance
cost savings. The electric landing gear provides a 13 lb (5.9 kg) weight
savings over the previous hydraulic system, and reduces the landing gear
maintenance and inspection costs. The 2014 PC-12 NG is now an allelectric
aircraft, similar to the most modern airliners.
External LED Lighting
The 2014 PC-12 NG is equipped with light emitting diode (LED) 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.
Connected Flight Deck
The new wireless Connected Flight Deck™ system is a set of four
innovative 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. This "industry first" was the result
of a collaborative joint development effort between Pilatus, Honeywell,
Jeppesen, and Aspen Avionics.
Wireless Entertainment System
Passengers can connect wirelessly to their favorite movies, music, and a
moving map using their personal Wi-Fi enabled devices. An on-board
media server with USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi inputs provides passengers
the ability to easily connect and independently access stored movies,
music, photos, XM satellite radio, and other content. The standard high
resolution moving map display allows passengers to instantly track their
location, speed, altitude, and remaining flight time. Pilatus also offers
both satellite and ground-based options for in-flight Internet access for
the North American market. The new wireless entertainment option,
powered by the Emteq's eConnect™ system will be available mid-2014.
Gretener continued, "This year marks the 20th anniversary of certification
of the PC-12, and global demand for the PC-12 NG remains very strong
as we approach the 1,300th delivery. We will continue to innovate with
new features and capabilities for the PC-12, as we still see a lot of future
potential in this market segment."
The base price for the 2014 PC-12 NG is $3,850,000 with a typically
equipped executive configuration priced at $4,642,000.
Source: PILATUS ENHANCES PC-12 NG FOR 2014
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