There’s a reason why the Pilatus PC-12 is the best-selling pressurized single-engine turbine-powered aircraft in the World. The cabin has between 10% and 15% less cabin volume than most light cabin jets but operates at about 1/3rd the cost. The single turbine powered engine is highly efficient and reliable which keeps both fuel and maintenance costs to a minimum and with the lower weight is able to land at much lower speeds which reduces the required runway length and opens up a lot more potential airports for the Pilatus to operate into and out of.
Turbo-prop aircraft fly much more efficiently than jets at lower altitudes but are typically much slower at higher altitudes and the Pilatus is no exception cruising at just 293 mph which is about 60% of the speed of most light cabin jets. With a speed limit of just 250 knots below 10,000 feet this speed differential doesn’t have much of an impact on shorter flights such as New York to Nantucket or LA to Vegas and this is where costs are dramatically reduced.
Over 1,500 PC-12’s have been produced since it was first launched to customers in 1994 and with the large cargo door in the rear of the aircraft, it has become very popular for both cargo and air ambulance operators. The useful load which is the amount of weight it can carry full of fuel and crew is nearly 1,200 pounds. The Pilatus has an impressive 1,863 mile range and 1,503 miles with maximum take-off weight which would make for a very long flight given the slower speed however getting into and out of smaller airports which may be closer to final destinations could even it out a little.
In 2008, Pilatus launched the improved version of the PC-12 named the PC-12NG which improved the average cruise speed by about 7 mph and slightly improved cabin volume and baggage capacity.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Pilatus PC-12.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Pilatus PC-12.
NTSB Record Search
We found one fatal accident in Amarillo, TX in 2017 operated by Rico Aviation. The aircraft was departing to pickup an air ambulance patient and crashed soon after takeoff. The accident is still under investigation and no cause has been determined at the time of writing this article.
To search NTSB records for the Pilatus PC-12 check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Pilatus PC-12 Charter
The Pilatus PC-12 is one of the most popular Turbo-props available in the Charter market with nearly 221 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Pilatus PC-12 Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Pilatus PC-12 Jet Cards
Nicholas Air is the only known jet card specific to the PC-12 at this time.
Pilatus PC-12 Fractional Ownership
PlaneSense has been providing fractional ownership programs for the Pilatus PC-12 since 1996. PlaneSmart also offers a program.