Aircraft choice for first company aircraft

FlyingToIST

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We are in the process of proposing an aircraft to a Furtune 1000 company localy in PacNW area. The idea is to keep their employees and managers fly on daily basis from one location to another one and use it for clients.

The average length of the trip is about 250 NM with the longest one around 700nm. Aircraft with 6-8 seats would be pax count we are looking at.

I would like to get some information about these or some other potential aircraft from the people who flew and/or operated them..

Thanks..

Here are the aircraft we are considering pitching:
PC12
Pros:
  • Low operating cost (Their brochure claims $380/hr vs. 580/hr on B200)
  • Single pilot, no type rating
  • New design, new technology
  • Good short field ops
  • Good speed.
Cons:
  • Some pilots I talked to claim their parts are extremely expensive
  • Initial cost of acquisition is higher than competitors
B200
Pros:
  • Many years of operations
  • Single pilot, no type rating
  • Proven technology
  • Many experienced pilots
  • Good cruise speed.
Cons:
  • Higher DOC compared to PC12
C441/Piper Cheyenne/any other 80s twin turboprop
Pros:
  • Many years of operations
  • Single pilot, no type rating
  • Many experienced pilots
  • Good cruise speed.
Cons:
  • Higher DOC compared to PC12
  • Tired airframes
C421/Piper Navajo
Pros:
  • Many years of operations
  • Single pilot, no type rating
  • Many experienced pilots
  • Lower operating and acquisition costs compared to turboprops
Cons:
  • Lower altitudes, less comfortable ride
  • Non turbine
  • Tired airframes
 

erj-145mech

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This is from Aircraft International Reports, 11-15-05

Pilatus Improves PC-12 and Increases Price
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Pilatus’ PC-12 turboprop single will receive several upgrades next year, raising the base price of the aircraft by $80,000 to $2.79 million and a typically equipped aircraft to $3.4 million, according to a spokesperson for Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo. The 2006 PC-12 will offer an additional 530 pounds of useful load, bringing it from 3,600 to 4,130 pounds for a typically equipped aircraft in an executive configuration. Maximum takeoff weight increases from 9,920 to 10,450 pounds. New winglets will reduce drag and improve crosswind control, and Flettner tabs on the ailerons will reduce roll control forces by 60 percent at low speeds and 72 percent at high speeds, Pilatus said. Crew seats on the new PC-12 will feature adjustable lumbar supports, seat backs, arm rests, thigh supports and headrests. Longer-lasting LED lights will be used in the cabin and for the navigation lighting system. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT][/FONT]
 
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