Pilatus appoints Oriens Aviation as the UK authorised sales and service centre


Pilatus PC-12

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has appointed Oriens Aviation as an authorised PC-12 sales and service centre for the British Isles. The new company will be responsible for future sales and maintenance of the PC-12 turboprop in the UK.

Oriens Aviation is new company launched by Edwin Brenninkmeyer, who also founded Oriens Advisors, a specialist consultancy which focused on opportunities for light jets.

Craig Lammiman, an experienced aircraft broker, is sales and marketing director.

“We are delighted to add Oriens Aviation as a new partner on the British Isles,” said Ignaz Gretener, vice president for general aviation at Pilatus. ” The PC-12 has traditionally had a strong presence in the United Kingdom and we are convinced that Oriens Aviation will tie in and develop this tradition. The founders and staff of Oriens Aviation have substantial industry experience and will be able to offer customised support to existing and future PC-12 owners on the British Isles.“

Brenninkmeyer said: “Oriens Aviation is delighted to be affiliated with a credible and recognised global brand, matching Swiss engineering with British entrepreneurship. Given its unique operating performance and capabilities, we fully expect it to remain a very attractive aircraft for many years to come.”

Brennikmeyer says that 40 PC-12’s have been imported into the UK and Ireland since 1994. He adds: “The PC-12 makes it possible to turn this opportunity into tangible and practical versatility. If the Sport Utility Vehicle gave the people of the UK and Ireland motoring versatility – the PC-12 does the equivalent for the skies.

He adds that the British Isles have the highest number of airfields per square mile anywhere in Europe, although many of these are grass strips and small runways where only aircraft like the PC-12 can operate.

Oriens Aviation will now focus on building a strong sales and service operation for the benefit of existing and future owners and operators. With the new aircraft sales activity ongoing, Oriens is currently evaluating a number of options for its new main base, to be located in the southern half of the UK.