If the King Air is the most popular turboprop of all time, that must place the Pilatus PC-12 as the most popular turboprop single (or very close to it). Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus knows a thing or two about turboprop singles; the PC-6 Porter is one of the OG bush planes by design, rock-solid and running a Garrett TPE 331 turboprop. It was used widely in the Vietnam War for a variety of utility jobs and also light attack and observation roles.
Pilatus has also staked their claim on the military primary trainer market with the PC-7 tandem trainer, which has gone on to be used extensively worldwide. In fact, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is not a Beechcraft design it is actually a design based on the PC-9. Pilatus estimates they own approximately 50% of the global market for primary military trainers, which is no small feat. In 1991, Pilatus switched gears and began producing a pressurized, single-engine utility aircraft that could carry a large payload of cargo, passengers, or both. As a dedicated passenger carrier, the PC-12 can carry between 6-8 people plus crew. One of the main advantages of the PC-12 is its robust landing gear and short-field capabilities, which allow it to operate from some of the more remote airstrips of the world. The U.S. Air Force has adopted the popular PC-12 has a utility airframe for the Air Force Special Operations Command to perform airborne ISR work, SAR, and conventional operations. The entire fleet of Dracos is located at AFSOC headquarters, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Like many other non-standard aviation assets in the military, namely the entire TRANSCOM mission, the U-28 Draco fleet is maintained and supported entirely through contractor logistics support. Powered by the PT6A-67, the PC-12 has proven tremendously reliable, safe, and efficient, making it the best-selling turboprop single on the market.
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