|Large aluminum “billets”, specially tailored for
aeronautical strength, in their raw form.
|We dreamed about owning a Pilatus,
so great to finally make it to the
headquarters in Stans, Switzerland.
We can see where our baby was born!
|Beautifully milled wing rib. Airplane geek out.|
|Aluminum shavings are collected and formed into
9 inch long plugs for recycling.
|The original PC-12, serial number ONE,
which took flight in May 1991. Many improvements
have been made since then, including doors,
winglets, and landing gear. And it now boasts
a paperless cockpit, unattainable back in ’91.
|The Pilatus team wear gloves to handle super cooled
|Dieter modeling the latest in composite hats. This
is really a part of the PC-12 that is at the bottom
of the rudder.
|An experienced and extremely loyal crew of talented
crafters roll, mold, bend and cut the aluminum
with amazing speed and precision. The factory
in Stans employs about 1,400 people, and is in
the process of a major expansion with several
|Check out the wiring that goes behind the Pratt
and Whitney engine. Pilatus has a very active
apprenticeship program so young airplane
enthusiasts can consider a career.
|Precision hand sanding of the intake manifold. Every inch
has been over-engineered as a point of pride.
|We watched breathlessly as the team attached a wing to
the fuselage. Incredibly heavy, the wing is held
by cranes and pulleys so the team can perfectly
position and balance before bolting it into place.
|World class made in Switzerland! Now up to
serial number 1480, Pilatus is producing about
100 new PC-12s per year.