Ask any successful person what their biggest luxury is and almost all will respond with the same answer, time.
You may well be reading this whilst sitting on a European flight seat, having gone through a lengthy process from arrival at the airport, check-in queues and bag drop, interminable snaking lines to get through security and then had to scramble to your departure gate. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of flying privately, this may be at the forefront of your mind right now, wishing you were doing so again.
Is it prohibitively expensive and cost-effective to own your own aircraft? It doesn’t need to be.
Exploring the most popular turbo-prop in its class worldwide, the Pilatus PC-12 NG is the Swiss Army Knife of the air. A truly versatile aircraft.
Known for its fine attention to detail with build quality surpassing anything in its class and beyond, Swiss manufacturer Pilatus have created an aircraft that is as at home in Australia’s rugged terrain as the Flying Doctor’s go-anywhere tool as it is flying passengers to and from destinations on business.
In 2016, the PC-12 was the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world and it continues to lead the business aircraft market in both sales and service.
Oriens Aviation, based at Biggin Hill airport just south of London, handles all sales for Pilatus in the British Isles and with a team offering full customer service, maintenance, operations, full handling and aircraft management.
Tough, reliable and versatile, the PC-12 has many attributes. It can land on a variety of surfaces and doesn’t require a tarmac surface. It also offers a cargo door wide enough to load all manner of outdoor equipment with the additional benefit of being able to access luggage in-flight, whilst also taking you far closer to your destination than any other aircraft of this size.
Courchevel is one such destination that the PC-12 can land directly into with its Altiport at 1850m. A short, steep runway is no problem. You’ll have your skis on and be on the mountain within 10 minutes of landing and you will have avoided the hassle of large airport hubs in doing so.
With top-line avionics featuring in its advanced flight deck, this versatile aircraft’s class-leading interior space affords a variety of seat configurations carrying up to 10 passengers and requiring only one pilot.
Owning an aircraft needs to make good financial sense, so why would you choose a Pilatus PC-12 NG over its competitors?
Unmatched operating costs alongside impressive range and fuel usage with the strongest residual values commanded by any aircraft in the industry reaffirms why the choice to buy this outstandingly capable aircraft makes sense. A 10-year-old PC-12 still retains close to 80 percent of its original value where no other business aviation aircraft of any size or class comes close.
For convenience, style, speed and safety, the Pilatus PC-12 makes a sound choice. Oriens Aviation is the Authorised Pilatus Sales and Service Centre for the British Isles. Visit oriensaviation.com for more inspiration.