Pilatus Dealer Celebrates 100th PC-12 Sale; Close to 600 Flying

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Western Aircraft, the top-selling Pilatus distributor, this month celebrated delivering their 100th PC-12 aircraft, to operator Butler Machinery Company. This PC-12 was Butlerís third example, and brought the worldwide fleet of PC-12s in operation up to 583 total aircraft. The type was first certificated in 1994 and Pilatus says that, for the past two years in a row, the PC-12 has been the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. The company hopes to complete 2005 with 80 PC-12 deliveries. Established in 1939 and based in Stans, Switzerland, Pilatus Aircraft is a privately held company employing over 1,200 people.

"The entire Pilatus team is proud of this major accomplishment by our partners at Western Aircraft," said Thomas Bosshard, president and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. Based in Broomfield, Colo., Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pilatus Aircraft, founded in 1996. Western Aircraft is a full-service 24-hour FBO and FAA-certified aircraft repair station located in Boise, Idaho.