Pilatus Aircraft last week enveiled the latest version of it's successful PC-12 single-engined turbo-prop aircraft.
Called the PC-12 NGX, the new aircraft has an new Pratt & Whitney PT6E-67XP turbo-prop engine with advanced engine and propeller control systems that gve the NGX a top speed of 290 KTAS.
Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus introduced the new model at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas last week.
“We are excited to reveal the new PC-12 NGX today," Bucher said. "To maintain the PC-12’s leadership in the general aviation marketplace, we continuously seek innovative solutions which benefit the safety, comfort and productivity of our customers.
"The PC-12 NGX is a showcase for the advanced technology collaboration between Pilatus, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Honeywell. Together, we took the best, and made it even better. What’s more, our customers do not have to wait years into the future to enjoy these benefits, the PC-12 NGX is here today.”
The new engine features electronic propeller and engine control systems including Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). A propeller low-speed mode results in a reduction in cabin noise for greater passenger comfort.
Pilatus has fitted the NGX with the same Honeywell Advanced Cockpit Environment (ACE) system fitted to the PC-24 twin jet. The ACE system combines a cursor control device with a touch-screen controller, and a digital auto throttle,is expected to reduce pilot workload optimise power in every phase of flight.
According to Pilatus, the cost of operating a PC-12 NGX has been reduced thanks to a 600-hour interval between maintenance and an additional 1000 hours added to the overhaul times, taking the TBO out to 5000 hours.
The PC-12 NGX is expected to sell for around $US4.3 million in the basic configuration.