Finnoff PC-12 Upgrade

By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com
Source: Business & Commercial Aviation

Conclusions? While the aircraft we flew fell 5 kt. short of performance expectations, we believe that a properly rigged aircraft would meet or exceed Finnoff's predictions because of the flight test results originally obtained by Art Barth at FTA and because of feedback from Reilly. Subjectively, the MT prop also appears to reduce interior sound levels substantially and it most certainly lowers vibration levels.

Price and Value

PC-12 aircraft are holding their value well in the resale market with prices ranging from about $1.5 million for early 1995 PC-12/41 models up to $2.5 million for 2007 PC-12/47 airplanes. New PC-12NG aircraft run upwards of $4.6 million.

The numbers bode well for Finnoff's upgrade programs. The -67P upgrade kit is priced at $858,000 less $95 per hour for time remaining to overhaul on the original -67B engine. Installation runs $20,000 to $25,000, Finnoff says.

Upgrading legacy PC-12 aircraft with the Finnoff -67P kit should endow these aircraft with performance equal to or better than that of the latest PC-12NG at a savings of $1 million or more. For that reason, Finnoff is hopeful of converting at least 150 aircraft.

However, legacy PC-12s still will lack the NG's Honeywell Apex fully integrated avionics system with EICAS, its solid-state standby instrument system and its updated dual-channel electrical power generation and distribution system, along with its digital cabin pressure and environmental control systems.

But speed is a key selling point and even MSN 273 with its rigging woes virtually tied the performance of a factory new PC-12NG. It just didn't beat it. We are looking forward to flying another PC-12 with the Finnoff -67P and MT prop upgrades to determine if it actually can edge out the NG. Until then, the Finnoff PC-12 and the NG are locked in a dead heat.


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