Price and Operating Costs
A new Pilatus PC 12 has a list price of $2,800,000. Based on 400 flight hours per year the Pilatus PC 12’s total annual variable costs are $341,651 and total fixed costs are $209,622 for an annual budget of $551,273. Which gives the Pilatus PC 12 an hourly cost of $1,378 per hour.
Specifications and Performance
The Pilatus PC 12 has a 1 person crew and can carry up to 7 passengers. The Pilatus PC 12 has a seats full range of 1340 nm and a maximum cruise speed of 261 kts. The Pilatus PC 12 has a normal cruise speed of 261 kts and a long-range cruise of 209 kts. The Pilatus PC 12 has a ferry range of 1,660 nm. The Pilatus PC 12 has a rate of climb of 1,680 ft/min and a max certified altitude of 30,000 ft. The Pilatus PC 12 has a Balanced Field Length (takeoff) of 2,450 ft with the following landing field lengths: FAR-91 of 1,670 ft, FAR-135 of 2,087 ft, and FAR-121 of 2,783 ft. The Pilatus PC 12 has a cabin width of 5 ft, cabin height of 4.75 ft, and a cabin length of 16.89 ft. The Pilatus PC 12’s wingspan is 53.2 ft and the fuselage is 47.3 ft.
Certificated in 1994, the Pilatus PC-12 is the largest civil single-engine turboprop being produced today. Pilatus has a long history of building rugged, military aircraft in Switzerland. Early versions were certificated at 8,200 pounds (4.1 tons) but later versions are all certificated to a higher gross weight of 9,920 pounds (4.5 tons) and early versions can be upgraded. Pilatus selected the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67 engine to power this aircraft.
In addition to the Swiss workmanship, the PC-12’s selling points are its cabin size, versatility and operating cost. The PC-12 cabin is approximately the size of the King Air B200 and seats 8–9 passengers comfortably. The PC-12 also has a standard rear cargo door, which makes loading and unloading of baggage and cargo a snap. The aircraft is in use as executive transport, cargo, combo (i.e., cargo and passengers together), EMS and commuter operations.