Pilatus PC-12 Versus the World: Comparison Specs
The Pilatus PC-12 is not the only one of its kind. There are a few other pressurized singles as well as other rugged turboprop singles. And there are also additional nine-passenger near-midsize cabin transportation airplanes. Here is a quick look at some of them up against the PC-12 NG.
The Daher-Socata TBM 850 and the PC-12 NG are both powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A engine, but the PC-12 NG is a much larger airplane, with nearly three times the cabin volume and a much greater payload. Despite its size, the Pilatus' short-field performance capability also beats the TBM. However, the TBM 850 bests the PC-12 NG in speed, efficiency and price.
Cessna Citation Mustang
With more than six feet of additional length, the PC-12 NG fuselage dwarfs the Mustang's. The estimated operating cost per nautical mile is comparable, and the range and short-field capabilities favor Pilatus. But where the Mustang beats the PC-12 NG is in the initial purchase price, which is more than $1.3 million less, and the speed, which is 60 knots faster.
Embraer Phenom 100
The Phenom 100 is an unlikely competitor of the Pilatus, with its twinjet configuration and smaller fuselage. The price and operating cost of the airplanes are similar. However, with a greater payload and better short-field capabilities, the PC-12 NG allows its users to carry additional passengers and more stuff into more places than the Phenom 100 owner can.
Beechcraft King Air 250
With nearly the same volume, the King Air 250 is slightly shorter and narrower than its single-engine rival. It has the safety of two Pratt & Whitney PT6As, but the King Air's 12-knot speed benefit increases the cost per nautical mile more than 50 percent above the Pilatus'. And the purchase price of the King Air is more than $1.4 million higher.
Cessna Citation CJ2+
The CJ2+ is powered by two Williams FJ44 engines, which help it beat out the PC-12 NG by 133 knots. The initial purchase price of the CJ2+ and its operating cost are significantly higher. Yet the occupants of the Pilatus enjoy much more leg- and headroom than the jet travelers, and the PC-12 NG can carry a few hundred pounds of additional cargo.