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Getting into a Pilatus PC-12

Asked by: 3091 views Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating

Hey there!

I'm just finishing my commercial license and about to move on to multi/IFR. I've dreamt of flying PC-12s since I saw one for the first time on the apron at CYCD (Nanaimo, BC). Now that I'm near the end of my commercial, I'm trying to figure out just how to get into a PC-12.

I'd greatly appreciate any tips on what I can do to increase my chances of landing a job on a Pilatus, and what operators expect beyond a CPL and IFR rating. 

Also, what are most PC-12s used for in North America? I've seen a few used as air ambulances, and one used by the RCMP here in Canada.

Bonus points if you know of any commercial Pilatus operators in BC!


Thanks :)

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  1. CFI Academy on Jul 09, 2012

    506 views and no answers. I’ll try. Beggars can’t be chosers. There are 2 ways you can fly a PC-12. One – get whatever pilot job you can find (of course after your commercial etc), build a whole lot of turbine time, possibly in airplanes similar in size and performance, and once you have accomplished that, wait for someone to retire flying the PC-12 in the BC area, and be the first one to make yourself availble for the interview and ready to quit the job you might have at that time.
    Second – be an entreprenuer, and start your own business with a PC-12 in the BC area.
    Of course, all of the above is written with humor (humour) at the top of the list. But, certainly these are the only 2 ways this is possible – keeping all of YOUR requirements in mind. Wish you all the best.

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