Essen, December 8, 2020. While other companies are decommissioning their fleets, a Pilatus PC-12 is now strengthening the fleet of Zeitfracht flight school German Flight Camp. The comfortable turboprop aircraft with business equipment will also be marketed externally as a charter aircraft for business and private individual flights.
For charter customers, the Pilatus PC-12 rounds out the offering that German Airways already makes with the 100-seat Embraer E190 with a smaller aircraft type. The new aircraft also enhances the appeal of the German Flight Camp flight school. Particularly in times of pandemic, many companies and private individuals rely on safe yet cost-efficient travel, which the Zeitfracht Group is now offering with the Pilatus PC-12 as a perfect fit.
The aircraft is a multi-role aircraft from the Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft with a propeller, the “single engine turbine”. The Zeitfracht aircraft is already equipped with the new and worldwide unique seven-blade propeller from MT-Propeller in Straubing, Germany, which has just received EASA certification. The PC-12’s special features include its 1200-hp turboprop engine and spacious pressurized cabin. Both make the turboprop a highly versatile and efficient aircraft.
Development of the PC-12 began in 1987 with the aim of achieving the greatest possible operational capability, even on unpaved runways or grassy areas. The aircraft was certified in 1994 and has since been sold more than 1770 times. Unique to other models in this class is the large cargo door on the left side of the fuselage, through which bulky goods can be loaded.
The Pilatus PC-12 is offered as a business aircraft with eight comfortably equipped seats, as well as a combined cargo and passenger aircraft with four to eight removable seats and a cargo hold that can also accommodate, for example, motorcycles or similar large items belonging to the passengers. It is also available as a pure cargo aircraft, as a nine-seat airliner and as a special version with specific equipment (for example, as an ambulance aircraft in the U.S. or for Royal Flying Doctor Services Australia).
The turboprop has a length of 14.40 meters and a wingspan of 16.28 meters. It weighs just under 3,000 kilograms empty and can take off with a maximum weight of 4,740 kilograms. It has a range of just under 3,000 kilometers and flies to an altitude of just over 9,000 meters with a consumption of only 250 liters of kerosene per hour, making the turboprop one of the most efficient aircraft of its size.
About TFC – German Flight Camp:
TFC – German Flight Camp is one of the largest aviation training providers in Germany. The medium-sized family-owned company based in Essen specializes in the professional training of commercial aircraft pilots. The flight school employs 25 permanent staff and 100 freelancers.
About the ZEITFRACHT Group:
The Zeitfracht Group is a third-generation family business with more than 2,700 employees and headquarters in Berlin. The company is primarily active in logistics.