- It can be flown by one or two pilots (commercial operations).
- The aircraft has a standard seating capacity of 8 passenger, or 6 executive style seat option.
- Aircraft can be used for different operations; Personal, Commercial Ops (logistics support, etc) Medical, Reconnaissance, etc better yet it can be suited for a luxury type environment.
In my earlier post, I talked much about Southwest Airlines, however, assuming and hypothetically speaking, if I wanted to own a small regional carrier; Trojan Air. Trojan Air's preferred choice of aircraft will be the known propelled single engine aircraft; Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft.
A little background on this aircraft;
Photos courtesy of the Pilatus Aircraft Company. Please these pictures shown above are not in anyway mine, photo credits to the The Pilatus Aircraft Company.
|Max cruise speed|
280 ktas (322 mph)
519 km/hr TAS
|Max range (3 Pax, 30,000 ft, NBAA IFR reserve)|
1,560 nm / 1,795 sm
|Max operating altitude|
|Cabin altitude at 26,000 ft|
|Takeoff distance over 50 ft obstacle|
|Rate of climb (MTOW)|
1,920 ft / min
585 m / min
|Landing distance over 50 ft obstacle (MLW/reverse)|
67 kts IAS
124 km/h IAS
|Max ramp weight|
|Max takeoff weight|
|Max landing weight|
|Max zero fuel weight|
|Basic operating weight (includes 200 lb / 91 kg pilot)|
|Usable fuel (402 gal)|
|Payload with full fuel (and 200 lb / 91 kg pilot)|
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In the U.S., Sea Port Airlines, a small regional Part 121 FAA certified airline currently uses the Pilatus PC-12 NG for its commercial scheduled operations. Their goal, is to serve the "niche" market; unserviced airports within the the Portland, Oregon region. It serves as a feeder airline to other regional carriers as well as major operators.
Due to weight and distance factors, experts recommend in general that small propelled jet aircraft be flown on a short distance no more than 300nm from it start origination point. In other words, weight of the aircraft should be compensated for distance and as vice versa.
For instance, a flight from KBWI (Baltimore Washington International) to KLGA (LaGuardia International) is less than 200 nautical miles, therefore, it's fair to assume the aircraft can comfortably take up to 8pax at max takeoff weight.
However, the further the aircraft travels out for instance up to 500 nm, the aircraft will carry one or two passenger less, same would apply if the distance increases up to1,000 nm, there's a probability that the aircraft will carry 4pax max; the weight compensates for the distance.
The idea is the more pax you carry, the less fuel you carry, the less distance you travel; the less pax you carry, the more fuel you carry, the more distance you travel.
Note: The following abbreviations (Pax is referred to passengers), and (Miles are Nautical miles)