Oriens Aviation confirms PC-12 sale at Festival of Speed
Oriens Aviation, the British Isles sales distributor of the Pilatus PC-12, has confirmed the sale of a new PC-12NG (registered G-NBCA) to a private customer.
“The Oriens team are especially proud to be making this formal acceptance at this terrific aerodrome in Goodwood, because it completely fits with the customer’s wish to fly into the smaller, more convenient airfields, closer to one’s point of departure and destination than the larger, paved, jet airfields.”
Edwin Brenninkmeyer said: “The Oriens team are especially proud to be making this formal acceptance at this terrific aerodrome in Goodwood, because it completely fits with the customer’s wish to fly into the smaller, more convenient airfields, closer to one’s point of departure and destination than the larger, paved, jet airfields.”
He thanked Guernsey, Channel Islands based Ocean Skies for arranging the paperwork and customs clearance and the UK Civil Aviation Authority for their swift support regarding the G-registration work.
Accepting the aircraft at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Neil Armstrong, owner of Armstrong Group Holdings, acknowledged he had conducted a lot of due diligence on other aircraft types and took several demo flights before determining the PC-12 as best for his business and leisure needs.
Armstrong added: “It was the only one that ticked all the boxes. It is versatile, robust and can land on grass, gravel and even snow. It is impressively economic, with £150 per hour fuel costs and has excellent avionics. The low depreciation rate was a major factor too.”
The aircraft will be based at Leeds Bradford, near to the family’s home in North Yorkshire. Neil Armstrong anticipates he will fly up to 200 hours a year for his business interests – in housing, oil and gas and utilities, and for leisure. He has interests in Jersey, the west of Ireland and Mallorca, which all suit the PC-12’s flying range.
“Time is of the essence in my business. If you are marching, you’re not fighting,” so this great aircraft is going to be a productive tool for the business, and it will provide us with some great family occasions too,” he said.
As well as ratifying the sale on behalf of Pilatus, Oriens helped in the recruitment of pilots for the aircraft. “We expect to use two pilots on the longer flights,” Armstrong confirmed.
Thanking the Oriens PC-12 team for all their hard work, Armstrong added: “I’d like to say a special thanks to Graham Ball, Oriens’ chief pilot, who has been terrific throughout this process and been the ultimate professional.”