Pilatus PC-12 is manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland, which holds the distinction of marketing the best-selling pressurised single-engine, turbine-powered aircraft in the world. The name Pilatus is named after the mountain which is composed of several peaks and one of the best tourist attractions of Switzerland.
This aircraft ideally suits the operation of Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia. RDFS has a fleet of 67 aircrafts out of that 32 are PC-12. The RFDS provides 24-hour aeromedical emergency services throughout rural and remote Australia for people who are seriously ill or injured and require urgent medical attention.
Pilatus commenced the production 1n 1991 and marketing the product in 1994. It sold 1000th aircraft in June 2010. This year they sold the 1500th aircraft to RFDS.
RFDS, which is a non-profit organization started its service on 17th May 1928. The RFDS is made up of seven legal entities – National Office, Central Operations, Queensland Section, South Eastern Section, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Operations. It operates in a federated structure and each of the seven entities has its own Board and Management. Each entity operates independently, both financially and operationally.