|Finnish Pilatus PC-12NG fleet surpasses 30,000 flight hours.|
On March 19, 2020, the Finnish Air Force Pilatus PC-12NG connecting aircraft fleet reached the milestone of 30,000 flight hours. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the delivery of the aircraft to Finland. The Finnish Air Force has a total of six Pilatus PC-12NG. It selected the PC-12 NG in 2009 to replace the service's Piper Chieftains and Valmet Redigos in a liaison role. The aircraft were handed over to the Finnish Air Force in 2010.
The Pilatus PC-12 NG is a Swiss 2 + 8 seat single-engined turboprop light transport and utility aircraft. The NG variant, also known as PC-12/47E, boasts an improved avionics suite. The Finnish aircraft are operated by the Air Force's three air commands in a passenger and light cargo movement role. It is a versatile connecting aircraft capable of operating with different weather and lighting conditions, even on small runways. It is also certified to operate in icy environments.
Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Finnish Air Force