Tradewind Aviation, headquartered at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Connecticut, signed an order for 20 new Pilatus PC-12 NGX, expanding its fleet of Pilatus PC-12s to 38 – one of the largest in the global aviation industry. The first single-engine turboprop is slated for delivery in the third quarter 2022, with the remaining orders scheduled to deliver over the next five years at a rate of three to four PC-12 NGX per year.
Tradewind Aviation, which focuses on regional air mobility, has operated both on-demand private charter and scheduled shuttle service throughout the U.S. and Caribbean since 2001.
“We are excited to grow our fleet of Pilatus PC-12 NGX turboprops and further our partnership with a well-respected industry leader,” said Eric Zipkin, Co-Founder and President of Tradewind Aviation. “The latest Pilatus enhancements will benefit our crew and clientele.”
The PC-12 NGX features a completely redesigned and modernised cabin, with larger windows and BMW Designworks seating. It is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 E-Series engine and features single-pilot avionics system that automate the flight controls, allowing for lower fuel burn and less noise.
“Our customers value the reliability, performance, safety and innovation that the PC-12 NGX has to offer, and market demand remains strong,” said Thomas Bosshard, CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Tradewind as they upgrade and expand their fleet, and look forward to celebrating their uninterrupted success for years to come.”