Oriens Aviation ready to lend advice on UK AOC approvals

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Oriens Aviation, the UK and Ireland sales distributor of the Pilatus PC-12, is ready to lend advice to any entities seeking to get PC-12s on an AOC for commercial IFR public charter operations, CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer said last week at SETOps2017.

The UK CAA has not yet received any applications for a PC-12 on an AOC since the relaxation of the EASA restrictions on Single-Engine IFR in March and new PC-12s coming into the UK, including the most recent delivery to Irish entrepreneur Neil Armstrong, have all been for private use. However, awareness about the unique characteristics of this aircraft is growing steadily, so this status could change any time soon, he suggested.

As part of its responsibility for sales in the region and its closeness to European PC-12 customers, Oriens says it is well placed to play a facilitating and advisory role for UK based commercial operators or European PC-12 operators who wish to move into the UK (such as Hendell Aviation/FLY7 in Finland and Switzerland) and also to assist any owners who may choose to put their aircraft under aircraft management at any time - and gain revenue from charter.

Oriens Aviation, which resides in the Signature Flight Support FBO at London Biggin Hill has experienced its busiest summer yet, undertaking demo flights and potential customer visits. Interest in the aircraft is widespread, but the appetite for the aircraft in the north of England and Yorkshire in particular is very encouraging, Edwin acknowledged.

This summer Oriens showcased four PC-12s at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it sponsored the new FBO at Goodwood Aerodrome, welcoming incoming and departing light aircraft and helicopters. It participated at the Aero Expo and Elite conferences flying the PC-12 for viewing at Wycombe Airpark and exhibited at Biggin’s ACE event and the Jersey and Guernsey air show.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 5th October 2017 | Issue #434