Published on September 24th, 2020 | by Joe McDermott


Pilatus PC-12NGX on Demo in Newcastle

Biggin Hill based Oriens Aviation, the exclusive Pilatus distributor for the UK & Ireland for PC-12 & PC-24 brought the third generation of the PC-12, the PC-12NGX to Newcastle Aerodrome, Co. Wicklow on Wednesday 23rd September for viewing by a number of interested parties.

The aircraft was flown by Edwin Brenninkmeyer, Oriens Aviation founder & CEO, an experienced aircraft owner & pilot, with a passion for flying, a passion which includes flying a Folland Gnat on the display circuit (not much of that right now due to COVID-19). Newcastle Aerodrome Director of Operations John Nugent was host for the day.

Newcastle Aerodrome was the ideal location to show off the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 powered PC-12NGX outstanding capabilities for short field performance, 6-8 luxury passenger capacity & quick configuration change to all cargo or combi PAX/cargo layout making use of the large cargo door & cargo tie-downs. The aircraft is fitted with a five blade composite propeller.

Pilatus PC-12 Cockpit

The cockpit features the very latest technology including the Advanced Cockpit Environment (ACE) with Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics and a touchscreen avionics controller.

For passengers, this gives an incredibly smooth ride in all autopilot modes. For pilots, this means a powerful, intuitive system that is simple to manage. Four screens and a touchscreen avionics controller mean that all information is always directly to the pilot without having to scroll through numerous pages, to find the required data. Synthetic vision and ACE advanced safety features give crews incredible situational awareness at all times

The aircraft positioned from Manchester in the morning & at the end of the day routed to Belfast International for further viewings at Woodgate Aviation’s new FBO & MRO facility.

The large cabin windows have good visibility

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Joe has worked in operations & business development with a number of Fixed Based Operators (FBO) including USA based companies Landmark Aviation & Universal Aviation. As founder of business airport/FBO focused consultancy Global FBO Consult he has worked on projects in Bahrain, France, India, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania, UAE, United Kingdom & USA. The company specializes in providing cost effective solutions to assist airports, FBOs & ground handling companies grow efficiently & deal with the competition head on, allowing them to attract new customers, keep existing customers & generate maximum revenue. He is a contributor to many BizAv magazines including Business Airport International, Bluesky Business Aviation News, Globalair.com & has written feature articles for P1, historic aircraft magazine FlyPast and a regular contributor to Flying In Ireland. He is a founding member & CEO of the Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA), Honorary President of Runway Aviation Club Ghana, founder of Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers & a “patched” member of the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers-Detachment in the USA.

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