The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. The main market for the aircraft is corporate transport and regional airliner operators

Pilatus announced the development of the PC-12 at the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in October 1989. The first flight of the first of two prototypes took place on May 31, 1991. Certification of the type was originally planned for mid-1991 but a redesign of the wings (increase of wing span and addition of winglets to ensure performance guarantees were met) delayed this. Swiss certification finally took place on March 30, 1994, and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval followed on July 15, 1994.

As with many other Pilatus aircraft, the PC-12 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine (the PT6A-67B). It is certified for single-pilot IFR operations, though operators may choose to utilize a second flight crew member. Pilatus offers the PC-12 in a standard nine-seat airliner form, in a four-passenger seat/freight Combi version, and as a six-seat corporate transport with an option for a seven-seat by adding a three-seat bench in place of seats five and six.A pure freighter model is under consideration.

Specifications:

Max cruise speed 280 ktas (322 mph) 519 km/hr TAS
Max range (3 Pax, 30,000 ft, NBAA IFR reserve) 1,560 nm / 1,795 sm 2,889 km
Max operating altitude 30,000 ft 9,144 m
Cabin altitude at 26,000 ft 8,000 ft 2,438 m
Takeoff distance over 50 ft obstacle 2,650 ft 808 m
Rate of climb (MTOW) 1,920 ft / min 585 m / min
Landing distance over 50 ft obstacle (MLW/reverse) 1,830 ft 558 m
Stall (MTOW) 67 kts IAS 124 km/h IAS

Weights

Max ramp weight 10,495 lbs 4,760 kg
Max takeoff weight 10,450 lbs 4,740 kg
Max landing weight 9,921 lbs 4,500 kg
Max zero fuel weight 9,039 lbs 4,100 kg
Basic operating weight (includes 200 lb / 91 kg pilot) 6,782 lbs 3,076 kg
Usable fuel (402 gal) 2,704 lbs 1,226 kg
Payload with full fuel (and 200 lb / 91 kg pilot) 1,009 lbs 458 kg