It would be unfortunate if news of the re-opened PC-24 jet order book were allowed to overshadow other topics of interest at Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus, for its PC-12 NG turboprop single has a no less interesting tale to tell. With demand as high as ever, Pilatus sold 80 examples last year, so claiming ownership of the world’s best-selling single-engine turboprop in its category – and one of the safest, too.

By the end of 2018, more than 1,650 PC-12s were in service, the fleet leaders having 34,000 hours and more than 46,000 landings to their credit. European approval for commercial use, granted in 2017, generated a sharp increase in demand. For example, Jetfly Group, including Fly7 Management Company, operates a fleet of 38 PC-12s out of Luxembourg.

Proven reliability of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine is one of the PC-12’s greatest assets. Statistics reveal that the safety record of the PC-12 with the PT6 exceeds other single-engine aircraft by far, outperforming even twin-engine turboprops.

The high-performance PT6A-67P is used at only 65% power in the PC-12, meaning it is never exposed to stressful conditions and high temperatures. That, says Pilatus, delivers a massive reduction in maintenance and general wear-and-tear costs, resulting in very affordable operation.

Pilatus monitors demand and adjusts production levels to avoid saturating the market and diminishing customers’ investments in the PC-12. Independent data services, such as Rolland Vincent Associates, confirm that the resale value of a PC-12 after five years of operation remains around 83% of the original purchase price. The share of used PC-12 aircraft currently available on the market is not more than approximately 4%.

“Once again, the PC -12 is the best-selling turboprop in its class,” said Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk. “It is proof of the extent to which our customers accord the PC-12 their full confidence... “Our goal is to offer the best single-engine turboprop combined with the best customer service in class.”