flight in the 1200 HP turbine powered Pilatus PC-12 from
Boise, Idaho to the resort destination of Sun Valley,
Take a flight in the
1200 HP turbine powered Pilatus PC-12 from Boise, Idaho to the resort
destination of Sun Valley, Idaho . The complete experience takes you through the
pilot's pre-flight weather briefing, flight planning and the pre-flight aircraft
walk around. You then watch and listen as the pilot completes and explains the
extensive pre-start checklist prior to ignition. Once the pilot has the aircraft
up, running and stabilized, he receives his clearance from air traffic control.
You watch and listen as he enters the flight plan into the state of the art GPS
unit and the aircraft's integrated flight management system.
Once airborne, you are
treated to the beautiful and rugged Central Idaho landscape of lakes and jagged
snow covered peaks. You punch through a few clouds before air traffic control
unexpectedly asks the pilot to enter the published holding pattern for traffic
spacing. After the pilot is then cleared for the approach, you descend through a
cloud deck down into the narrow high mountain valley that leads you on the
tricky approach to Sun Valley's Friedman Memorial Airport. As the approach
commences, you experience the expected turbulence that was reported in the
pre-flight weather briefing as the pilot calls out his aircraft's power and
attitude adjustments on final.
Just before touchdown,
the outside views help you appreciate just how difficult this approach can be
due to the proximity of the mountains. Then, after the pilot's textbook landing,
you taxi in to complete the final phase and watch the pilot shut down the
THE PILATUS PC12
The Pilatus PC-12 is a
single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus
Aircraft of Switzerland. The PC-12 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney
Canada PT6a-67B turboprop engine that develops more than 1200 horsepower. The
aircraft may be configured for up to nine passengers in the large 330 Cubic Foot
Cabin and is certified for single pilot IFR operations.
The Pilatus PC-12 was first
certified in july of 1994 and today more than 500 aircraft operate worldwide.
With a range of more than 2,239
nm, this pressurized aircraft can cruise to 270 knots to maximum altitude of 30
000 feet, thus avoiding the low-altitude turbulence.
The avionics system includes a
Honeywell Bendix King EFIS 50 four tube electronic flight information system and
KGP-560 Class B TAWS autopilot/flight director. The navigation suite is based on
a Honeywell Bendix King KLN 90B global positioning system.
The Pilatus PC-12 is all about
performance, versatility and economy. Integrating a single turboprop engine into
an aerodynamically advanced airframe, the Pilatus PC-12 combines excellent
economy, reliability and versatility with the inherent safety of this type of
|This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 May, 2008.