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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by Sinistar, Nov 19, 2021.
I will settle for VP of Finance / Pilot.
I flew the PC12 for a long time, it was never unreliable.
1500 hours in Legacy models and NG/NGX...I agree, pretty damn far from unreliable. I'm trying to think back to if a PC12 has ever let me sit somewhere and I don't believe one ever has. Early NGs had growing pains with the Honeywell equipment, but a lot of that was pilot induced, i.e. pilots not initializing the aircraft correctly. @kgruber would you care to elaborate?
I've had two PT-6s quit on me............fortunately in King Airs. Just flew home and got them repaired. Their MTBF figures are wildly false.
Nah. You’re just really lucky to be the guy.
FYI: you'll find the main reason you see PW PT6 engines mounted on front of most single engine aircraft vs other engine models is their reliability. No other similar engine comes close. And while PT6s do fail it usually can be traced back to improper/lack of mx or abuse. If there ever was a bulletproof engine at least from a maintenance standpoint its the PT6 family.
Fun Fact: There has not been a fatality following an engine failure in a PC-12. The same cannot be said about the King Air.
My former employer is the largest PC-12 operator in the world. There has only been one actual engine failure in their history, and had the crew followed the correct procedure, the engine could have been restarted. Thankfully they landed safely.