Pilatus introduces the new PC-12 NGX

The Pilatus PC-12 has been a much-loved turboprop aircraft since it was first launched back in 1991. And this week at NBAA-BACE, the Swiss manufacturer announced its third generation version, the PC-12 NGX.

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Pilatus PC-12 NGX

The PC-12 NGX is the new version of the much-loved turboprop. Image: Pilatus

The PC-12 NGX has been in development for the last three years and is expected to be certified before the end of 2019, with deliveries expected in the second quarter of 2020.

There are several changes bringing improved style and performance, compared to the current model, the PC-12 NG (watch our video tour below):

Improved cabin design and features

The cabin enhancements have been inspired by the success of the PC-24, Pilatus’ jet aircraft. Six different BMW-designed interiors are offered with the $5.4M executive version of the PC-12 NGX – with bespoke interiors on offer too.

Its windows are 10% larger than the original PC-12, offering a better view and allowing more light into the cabin. And there are newly-designed cupholders and USB ports.

The leather seating has had an upgrade, with fully-reclining backs and lumbar support offering more comfort. And there’s an enhanced cabin headliner system to give increased headroom, plus better access to passenger controls.

PC-12 NGX interior

The PC-12 NGX offers an enhanced interior for its executive configuration. Image: Pilatus

Enhanced performance

The PC-12 NGX will come with an upgraded version of the existing Pratt & Whitney powerplant, featuring a dual-channel integrated electronic propeller and a number of enhancements for pilots in the flightdeck.

Its optimised power means lower cabin noise, thanks to a new mode that reduces propellor speed from 1,700 rpm to 1,550 rpm without reducing engine power output. It also means the aircraft’s maximum cruise speed will be 290kts (a 10% increase on the current model).

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