Leftypilot79 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 455 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3656 times:
Im just curious as to what you guys think about this plane. As a pilot...does it live up to the book numbers? over a 2000mi range? How comfortable is it?And....whats your overall thought about them. Personally I think they are the nicest looking single engine turboprop out there. Gotta love that big T tail and those winglets.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3591 times:
I've sat in one. It was OK. I know where there's one for the taking - sitting at the bottom of the Pacific ocean, somewhere near Guam. They ditched it after a fuel control failure. As nice as they are, they only have one engine.
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
I once got to do a short VNY-SNA hop in one (there was (still is?) a Pilatus-approved MX facility at SNA).
They are really very similar to a King Air 200/300 in size, except that they've got the forward pax door (and the head is up front by the cockpit) and the rear cargo door (few King Air's have the cargo door mod; not even sure if that's a factory option or just an STC).
I can tell you that not setting the rudder trim for takeoff can make your leg tired VERY fast -- there's a LOT of torque happening out there on the nose!
If I needed something to carry a number of people a good distance, and wanted to be able to confidently operate out of 1800' strips, the PC-12 would be my choice.
Of course, me being more the speed freak, I'd probably sacrifice range for speed and get a CJ525
Leftypilot79 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3574 times:
If I ever was gonna open up a small charter business....the PC12 is definetly something I would look at as an option....even over the jets. Like the Citations. The range is great....speed...well..thats ok if you aren't on a non-stop cross country. I wonder how long that would take. Hmm.
Cosync From Mexico, joined Nov 2001, 556 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
my friends dad works for the royal flying doctors here in west australia. recently RFDS purchased 3 or 4 new pc12s. and boyu are they sexy. uinfortunately there equipped with hospital stuff and not luury but its still awsome. At jandakot airport i go down and spot evrynoe n then and one time he came in to the pc12 parking bay and got out and saw me standing there watching and he yeled out come and have a look at the new pc12 thommo.
so sure enough i did. got to sit in the pilot seat and turn evrything on. glass cockpit, gyros trhat sound like a vaccum cleaner. however this guy hates it. he hates this plane because its a single and it could kill him. yet he still has to fly it. hed rather fly kingairs.
but anyway i think its a sweety plane with a bloody nice engine too. i have a photo of its pt6a engine here and its a cutaway model at the RFDS open day.
yeh good plane
Leftypilot79 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3539 times:
Awesome Cosync...you should post the pictures of the big Snout. The Pilatus is unique...thats what I like it. The fact that is a single....Im sure thats a issue in some places. But if the engine fails...it does just turn into a big glider. I know in FS2002 the approach speed is around 75kts. I don't know how realistic that is. But...if you had to put it down somewhere...it wouldn't be as bad as something that went faster. Correct me if Im wrong on that.
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3504 times:
I've never been in a PC-12, however, my girfriend and I have discussed taking a round-trip flight in one just for the fun of it. We both think it's a "COOL" aircraft. There's a GA airport a few miles from our home called Buttonville (CYKZ), which has a regional carrier that operates from there called Bearskin Airlines. They fly from Toronto's (CYKZ) to Ottawa Intl (CYOW) 7 times per day. It's a 1 hour flight each way.
Leftypilot79 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
I've been tempted to fly to Canada just to ride on one with Bearskin. It seems Canadian carriers (small ones) seem to like this plane. If you guys ride one..let me know how it turns out. Get pictures if you can too.
Silvius From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3460 times:
A company I once worked for was looking for a few small ELINT platforms and had the sales team come in from Pilatus for some demo flights. Being the maintenance side of the house my "dog and pony" show was on the ground (and I was very impressed), but talking to my flight crews after the demo run, they were sold with the aircraft overall, however they were concerned with flap speed travel times. If I remember correctly, I think that they were too slow during go-around procedures and prevented them from doing touch and go's and would have required them to alter company procedures when operating out of smaller fields. Because of this, we regrettably scratched the aircraft from our list of possibilities.