The Pilatus PC-12
The Pilatus PC-12: built in Switzerland, has become known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ after its ability to get you any place, any time…
– Rory O’ Neill, X Plane reviewer
Bukela Africa’s aircraft of choice, the Pilatus PC-12, has impeccable credentials: the mlitary-precise Swiss engineering and construction of Pilatus; the unequalled reliability and performance of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 turboprop engine; the state of the art Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system.
The result is an aircraft of uncompromising safety, exquisitely geared to high performance and remarkable versatility. It is therefore not surprising that it is also the choice of the US Air Force, South African Red Cross, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Australian Flying Doctor Service.
The cabin area is a study in space and comfort. Notable features include executive seating for 6 – 8 passengers, galley, tables, flat floor, easy access to luggage and a fully enclosed, flushing toilet. And yes, these luxurious fittings meet all safety standards.
The Pilatus PC-12 is certified for single pilot operation. The glass-panelled cockpit is directly accessible from the cabin. The expansive vistas of Africa are perfectly captured from the air, and Bruce takes pleasure in talking you through the passing highlights. For those uneasy flyers, he has a reputation for converting you into avid enthusiasts!