UK Pilatus service centre sees increase in servicing turnover
The Bournemouth based distributor for Pilatus has reported that the engineering and servicing team has seen servicing revenue up 18% over the last 6 months (June – November). Dave Munday, engineering director says that with 40 Pilatus PC-12s now delivered through the centre, a year on year increase can be expected as owners of the $4.6 million, 9 seat executive aircraft continue to enjoy its low operating costs.
“Our cash rich – time poor customers are certainly making the most of their aircraft’s cost efficient convenience,” said Dave Munday. “We opened our full maintenance facility in 2009 and now the majority of PC-12 operators are in the habit of using our excellent customer service without having to fly their aircraft to the factory near Lucerne for the mandatory servicing and upgrades.”
The UK Pilatus Centre, which acts as sales distributor for the PC-12 aircraft in the UK, Spain, Channel Islands and the Isle Of Man, was acquired by Pilatus Centre (BIS) Limited in April 2012. The company will look to expand the engineering team to meet the anticipated demand in 2013 and service other makes of aircraft powered by PT6 engines.
Photograph: Craig Brodie, aircraft maintenance manager (left) and Dave Munday, engineering director (right)