The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop aircraft, developed and built by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in Switzerland.
Development of the PC-12 was announced publicly in 1989, with the first of two test airframes flown in 1991. Certification and entry into service for the PC-12 commenced in 1994 following three further years of testing and development.
Since then, the Pilatus PC-12 has seen over 1,700 deliveries globally via a number of model variations.
The aircraft has been used in a variety of roles including surveillance, search and rescue and cargo transportation and also serves the Australian outback as the backbone of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, thanks to its versatility and ability to take-off and land from remote airstrips.
Having a single turboprop engine, the Pilatus PC-12 offers the advantage of significantly lower operating costs than those of comparable twin-turboprop aircraft.