Pilatus PC-122018-05-14T21:22:28+00:00

Pilatus PC-12

The PC-12 aircraft meets the long-distance demands of serving a country as vast as the DRC

A single flight in the PC-12 can take a mere 2 ¼ hours each compared to what used to be an all-day trip in the Cessna Caravan, sometimes requiring an overnight stay by the pilot. Now the PC-12 can get there and back in one day.

Operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MAF’s PC12 carries up to 1,250kg of freight or 10 passengers. With long range capability and a cruising speed of 285mph, it carries more payload further and faster than any other aircraft in the fleet.

The retractable undercarriage means it is more streamlined, reaching higher speeds and enabling more efficient travel. The faster journey time means that the pilot can return to base that same day, and the aircraft is ready for another flight the next day, or even that afternoon.

The benefit with the PC-12 is that we can go out and get back in the same day and have the plane for someone else.

– Dave Francis, MAF pilot

With excellent short take off and landing capability, the aircraft is still ideal for the rudimentary airstrips in the DR Congo.

Cruising at 30,000ft, the PC12 is the optimal aircraft for medical emergency flights. At this height, most bad weather can be avoided making the flight smoother for the patient and the medical team.

The PC-12 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine (the PT6A-67B).

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With excellent short take off and landing capability, the aircraft is still ideal for the rudimentary airstrips in the DR Congo

Capacity

Carries up to 10 passengers or 1,250kg supplies

Performance

­Cruising speed: 285 mph

Did you know?

Capable of reaching most of east and central Africa without refuelling, the PC12 is particularly useful in areas where fuel is not readily available on the ground.

Number in worldwide fleet

1

Places in use

DR Congo