Pilatus PC-12: Flying high in Switzerland
Pilatus PC-12 aircraft are in action from the North Pole to the deserts of Africa and Australia: not only as a passenger carrier for corporate or private use, but often as a helper in distress. These planes are real all-rounders, flexible and reliable thanks to Swiss quality. Just like the HUBER+SUHNER cables they are equipped with.
The maiden flight of the PC-12 dates back to the summer of 1991. Since then, more than 1,100 of these planes have been sold world-wide. Their range of use is extremely versatile. The aircraft is used for transport flights to mines in Canada and for patient transports in Australia, it is flown by private individuals as well as being used by many companies as a shuttle aircraft. Accordingly, a wide range of equipment options are available for the PC-12: from the people transporter with a maximum of nine passengers, through to the VIP version with six rotating leather seats and the utility transporter with maximum cargo capacity. There is also a combined version with four seats plus cargo capacity and a rescue aircraft for two lying passengers. The multi-purpose aircraft is equipped with a so-called «jump door» located within the cargo door, which can be opened during flight. This mainly serves for dropping parachutists, supplies or aid packages. It therefore comes as no surprise that special versions of this versatile aircraft are also built for the police, governments and the military.
HUBER+SUHNER on board
HUBER+SUHNER has long been a supplier of Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG in Stans, Switzerland, providing more than 760 kilometres of cable per year. The specially-assembled electron-beam cross-linked aircraft cables from the Low Frequency Division are not only installed on-board the PC-12, but also in the PC-7 MkII, PC-9 M and PC-21 aircraft. Between six and ten kilometres of wiring are installed in each plane. Gottfried Schirmer, Technical Sales, Switzerland, began working on the MIL-W and MIL-C cable types even before the maiden flight of the PC-12. «I've been facilitating the collaboration between HUBER+SUHNER and the Engineering department at Pilatus since 1989 and we've been their main aircraft cable supplier since 1994. In typical Swiss fashion, both companies prioritise utmost quality. And together, they’ve made aviation history».