Pilatus has taken the wraps of its third-generation PC-12 at a ceremony at its NBAA static display. The brand-new PC-12 NGX incorporates an improved engine, smarter avionics and a completely redesigned cabin.
Pilatus says the PC-12 NGX builds on the experience gathered from the worldwide PC-12 fleet of over 1,700 aircraft with more than seven million flight hours. At the heart of the new PC-12 NGX is the PT6E-67XP engine by Pratt & Whitney Canada. This improved engine features an Electronic Propeller and Engine Control System including FADEC – a worldwide first in this market segment. In addition, the new propeller low speed mode results in a reduction in cabin noise. The new engine enables the PC-12 NGX to achieve a maximum cruise speed of 290 KTAS (537 kilometres per hour).
The completely redesigned cabin comes in six different BMW Designworks’ interiors and larger cabin windows. With the PC-12 NGX, scheduled maintenance intervals have been extended to 600 flight hours. The time-between- overhaul period has also been increased from 4,000 to 5,000 hours. Base price of the PC-12 NGX in 2020 is USD 4,390,000, with typically equipped executive-configured aircraft priced at USD 5,369,000. Pilatus presents the first series production PC-12 NGX at the static display at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas. The PC-12 NGX is certified, and customer deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2020.