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Aircraft of the Month: Pilatus PC-12

Our friends at Harbour Air recently launched a new endeavour called Tantalus Air, which features their very first land-based aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12. This exciting new offering to their services and by extention YVR calls for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than by honouring the Pilatus as the Aircraft of the Month!

The PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop aircraft with seating for up to eight passengers. In addition to being a fast, comfortable and easily accessible aircraft, one of the main attributes of the PC-12 is its ability to take-off and land on relatively short airstrips. This capability allows for travel to more remote destinations not serviced by most charter companies or by commercial carriers. The aircraft can also land on gravel and turf airstrips, further expanding its reach in to more rugged regions.

The PC-12 is the largest member of the Pilatus family, manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, which is just down the road from where Mount Pilatus stands. The maiden voyage pf the PC-12 was in 1991, and the main worldwide operators include the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and the United States Air Force.

Pilatus integrates a single turboprop engine into an aerodynamically advanced airframe. The aircraft is widely used throughout North America, but very few of them operate in the Pacific Northwest, with the RCMP being the largest owner operator of them in Canada.


Crew: one or two pilots
Capacity: 9 passengers standard, 6-8 executive
Payload: 1,500 kg (3,502 lb)
Length: 14.40 m (47 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 16.23 m (53 ft 3 in)
Height: 4.26 m (14 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 25.81 m² (277.8 ft²)
Empty weight: 2,761 kg (5,867 lb)
Loaded weight: 4,700 kg (10,450 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 4,740 kg (10,450 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67B or -67P turboprop, 895 kW (1,200 shp)
Maximum landing: 4,700 kg (10,450 lb)
Maximum payload full fuel: 539 kg (1,189 lb)
Tail wingspan: 5.20 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propeller: Hartzell HC - E4A - 3D/E10477K – 4 blade aluminum
Propeller diameter: 2.67 m (8 ft 9 in)
Propeller RPM: 1,700 rpm


Cruise speed: 500 km/h (312.5 mph/270 KTAS/280 KTAS @ 20000 ft (PC-12NG))
Stall speed: 120 km/h (74.8 mph/ 65 KCAS/66 KCAS (PC-12NG))
Service ceiling: 9,150 m (30,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 512 m/min at sea level (1,680 ft/min)
Wing loading: 174.3 kg/m² (35.7 lb/ft²)
Power/mass: 3.7 kg/shp (8.2 lb/shp)
Range 0 passenger: 4,149 km (2,593 mi) (2,239 nm)
Range 9 passenger: 2,804 km (1,753 mi) (1,513 nm)
Takeoff distance over 15 m (50 ft) obstacle: 701 m (2,300 ft)
Takeoff distance ground roll: 450 m (1,475 ft)
Landing distance over 15 m (50 ft) obstacle: 558 m (1,830 ft)
Landing distance ground roll: 228 m (945 ft)

Tantalus Air is an exciting new option for passengers departing to remote locations from YVR, and despite its ability to get in and out of tough spots, the PC-12 offers a touch of luxury as well with comfortable executive seating (reclining and pivoting seats), roomy interior with a 330 cubic foot pressurized passenger cabin, coffee bar, stereo system and onboard lavatory.

Congratulations to Harbour Air on their new adventure and this awesome new aircraft!


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