Written by thomas · Filed Under Aeronautics News 

October 19, 2012


In a ceremony today at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, Colorado,
ferry pilot Roger Engel was honored for his 200th and final PC-12 delivery flight.
Taxiing into Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport under the arches of water jets
fired 40 feet into the air by the airfield’s fire trucks, delivery pilot Roger Engel
was welcomed by the entire staff of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. Engel just
completed his 200th delivery of a Pilatus PC-12 to the Broomfield, Colorado
business which handles all completions work for new aircraft being prepared for
customers in North and South America.
Engel’s flight path followed a routine quite familiar to him: 22-hours of total
flight time over 3 days, starting in Stans, Switzerland and making stops in
Prestwick Scotland, Reykjavik Iceland, Kangerlussuaq Greenland, Iqaluit
Nunavit, Thunder Bay Ontario, and finally to his destination just outside Denver.
The ceremony in Broomfield also served a dual purpose: this was to be Roger
Engel’s final flight before retiring as a delivery pilot for Pilatus. Commenting on
this significant milestone, Engel modestly stated, “The PC-12, as usual,
performed flawlessly on the whole flight.” And, on Engel’s 200th and final flight,
he accomplished his mission with a perfect record.
While most of Engel’s trips have been solo, he has been joined on several
occasions by PC-12 owners who want to make the adventurous journey in their
new aircraft. Customers learn a lot sitting next to Roger for 3 days, but Pilatus’
goal is to ensure the ocean crossing is anything but adventurous.

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