Ten students and four teachers from St Anthony’s School in Chichester had the rare opportunity to fly in a new executive aircraft.
Two 40-minute flights in a 4.9 million dollars Pilatus PC-12NG from Goodwood Aerodrome were donated by the aircraft’s owner, Edwin Brenninkmeyer, chief executive of Oriens Aviation.
He ensured the VIP passengers had the chance to view their school from the air during a sightseeing flight along the coast and around the Isle of Wight.
The Swiss manufactured PC-12 NG was able to fly at a cruising speed of 320 mph and had its luxurious cabin configured in a club class seating plan, usually enjoyed by business executives.
Edwin Brenninkmeyer flew in from Biggin Hill for the event, which was organised with the help of the charity fly2help.
He said: “We would normally fly to destinations across Europe with the airliners at 28,000ft to avoid unsettled weather but we had a great day for flying the St Anthony’s team, so a few thousand feet were ideal for them to get a good view of the landmarks.”
On their return, he answered many questions from his passengers and explained the aircraft is considered by many as a Swiss army knife due to is versatility.
It can carry a palette load of cargo and is so good at using rough airstrips that it is flown by flying doctor services in Australia.
One of the reasons why business people purchase the aircraft is its long range without refuelling and the chance to land on small airfields to get nearer their destination.
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