Called the “Swiss Army knife of the skies” for its durability, reliability, and flexibility, the Swiss-made PC-12 and PG-12NG can land on grass strips and feature a rear cabin cargo door.
The aircraft is a single-engine turboprop aircraft designed and manufactured by the Swiss company Pilatus Aircraft.
The PC-12 has a spacious and comfortable cabin, capable of carrying up to eight passengers in a standard configuration with two pilots.
It can carry up to 10 passengers in a high-density configuration.
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 7
1,340 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
34 cubic feet
Dedicated Jet Card:
A new Pilatus PC-12 is listed at $6 million
The design process for the PC-12 began in 1987.
The first prototype made its maiden flight on May 31, 1991. It received its certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in July 1994 and was subsequently certified by other aviation regulatory authorities around the world.
It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine, which provides a maximum cruise speed of 280 knots (322 mph). It has a maximum takeoff weight of 10,450 pounds and a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet.
The PC-12 has been in production since 1991, and over 1,700 aircraft have been delivered worldwide. Many operators use it, including private individuals, corporations, governments, and military organizations.
The cabin of the Pilatus PC-12 is 16.3 feet long, 5.1 feet wide, and 4.9 feet (1.50 meters) tall. Configurations vary, with six-to-eight seats, and both club or airline seating options.
The Pilatus PC-12 has a range of 1,340 nautical miles with four passengers and NBAA IFR fuel reserves.
Used PC-12s start at around $4 million, with new PC-12 NGX selling at $6 million.
No matter what nickname you give it, the PC-12 is famous for being able to haul a couple of Harleys and a few passengers out to a dirt strip and back. In fact, Pilatus specifically designed the PC-12 with a T-tail to make using a forklift possible while loading cargo through that big aft door.
The PC-12 NGX also features a vastly improved air circulation and cooling system, providing 500 CFM of conditioned air through new ducting and a continuous vent along the entire overhead, similar in design to a commercial airliner. This significantly reduces the noise level in comparison with using the flood mode of earlier PC-12s. Couple these changes with redesigned side panels, ample AC and USB power outlets, and passengers will experience a noticeable improvement.
Twin & Turbine
True to its roots, it still boasts a cabin that has 10% more volume than that of the King Air 250, along with an 18-sq.-ft. aft cargo door and the only flat floor in its class. It’s just as comfortable flying out of a grass strip as it is operating from the nearly 6,000 airports with paved runways. In other words, it remains business aviation’s favorite flying off-road vehicle, offering virtually unmatched utility.