FIVE key upgrades are being introduced on the 2014 Model Year Pilatus PC-12 NG turboprop. They include new interiors and exterior paint, electrically-deployed landing gear, LED exterior lighting and a package of apps to work with iPads.

Ignaz Gretener, Pilatus Aircraft, said, “To celebrate the first delivery of a PC-12 20 years ago, we’ve added a host of new features to make the 2014 PC-12 NG the best PC-12 to date.”

The five key features are:

Electric Landing Gear
The PC-12’s original hydraulic landing gear has been replaced with a new electric system, saving 5.9 kg (13 lb) in weight and maintenance costs.

New Interiors
Pilatus has longstanding partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA which has come up with the six new interior packages and a new exterior paint schemes. “In the Pilatus tradition, the interior designs combine modern style with a focus on function, quality, and innovation,” says Ignaz. “Responding to the increased demand for the PC-12 NG in emerging markets, all BMW interiors will be available globally for the first time.”

External LED Lighting
Landing, taxi, recognition, navigation and strobe lights have all been replaced with LEDs. The tail-mounted strobe light has been eliminated by incorporating its function into the two wingtip strobes. The LED lights are more reliable and produce more light.

Connected Flight Deck
Four iPad applications talk to a wireless gateway system onboard the PC-12 NG. The apps enable fast and simple wireless updates of airport, navigation and terrain databases. Other features include off-aircraft flight planning and uploading directly to the flight management system, maintenance and diagnostic recording with email to a service facility, and a moving map feature for passengers. The Connected Flight Deck is a joint development effort between Pilatus, Honeywell, Jeppesen and Aspen Avionics.

Wireless Entertainment System
Passengers can connect wirelessly using their personal Wi-Fi enabled devices. An on-board media server with USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi inputs provides stored movies, music, photos, XM satellite radio, and other content. A moving map display allows passengers to track location, speed, altitude and remaining flight time. Pilatus also offers both satellite and ground-based options for in-flight Internet access for the North American market.

Base price for the 2014 PC-12 NG is $3.85 million with a typically equipped executive configuration priced at $4.6 million.

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