Pilatus Goes Apex for PC-12

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Pilatusís newly unveiled Next Generation PC-12 will include several major enhancements such as integrated avionics, a new cockpit design, higher performance and advanced systems. Of note, the upgraded PC-12 is the first platform for the Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system, which was designed for the general aviation market. The new PC-12 cockpit layout features four large displays (two primary flight displays and two multifunction displays) that integrate flight information, engine monitoring, aircraft configuration, pressurization and environmental controls. Additionally, flight and weather data, charts, aircraft system information and trip planning functions can be displayed on the MFDs.

Complementing the glass cockpit is a new interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, digital dual-zone environmental control system, automatic digital cabin pressurization control and a fully redundant power generation system. Topping off the PC-12NG is a higher-performance Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P, which delivers 15 percent more power for faster climbs and higher cruise speeds. The aircraft is scheduled to be certified by the end of next year.