Pilatus Celebrates 700th PC-12 Delivery
Pilatus Aircraft last week celebrated delivery of its 700th PC-12 single-engine turboprop in a celebration marked at the V. Kelner Pilatus Center in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 700th example went to David Fountain, a private investor, who accepted the keys to his aircraft from Robert Arnone, president and CEO, and Steve Davey, vice president of V. Kelner Pilatus Center. It's the second PC-12 for Fountain, who plans to fly his new PC-12 himself out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to Pilatus, the PC-12 has been the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft for the past four years in a row; the company celebrated delivering the 600th PC-12 just over one year ago. To build on its success, the company is hard at work on the Next Generation PC-12, which it plans to introduce later this year. Based in Broomfield, Colo., Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, was founded in 1996 to provide completions, marketing, sales, and service for Pilatus aircraft in North and South America.
Thomas Hunziker, president and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd., said “The greatest advocates of the PC-12 are often those who know the aircraft best -- its current owners and pilots. Each year, many existing PC-12 owners become repeat customers because of the PC-12’s proven performance. And also, no doubt, because it is a lot of fun to fly!” New owner Fountain agreed, saying, “The Pilatus PC-12 is an exceptional personal aircraft. I have had a great deal of pleasure flying my first one throughout North America and I look forward to many exciting trips in my second PC-12.” Having just accepted delivery of his second PC-12, he has already committed to purchasing a third PC-12 for delivery in 2010.