Pilatus PC-12 fitted with Alto system at Spirit Aeronautics


Alto Aviation recently delivered an Alto Entertainment System (AES) to Spirit Aeronautics of Columbus, Ohio, USA, for installation on a Pilatus PC-12. The system included four Alto high-fidelity mid/high-range speakers and two Alto subwoofers. Stereo headphone audio is provided at each seat location and controlled with Alto Decu-style keypads. An Alto audio engineer tuned the system at Spirit Aeronautics’ facility by configuring the digital amplifier to match the acoustical profile for this specific aircraft before delivery to the owner.

The team at Spirit Aeronautics mounted the mid/high speakers behind the sidewalls, with custom fabricated speaker grills painted to match the aircraft interior. Alto passenger controls for headphone and speaker volume were mounted into the sideledges with matching plated bezels.

“The overall quality of the installation was excellent and exceeded our expectations,” said Steve Lord, senior technical sales manager at Alto Aviation. “We are pleased to add the Pilatus PC-12 into our list of aircraft type systems and look forward to continuing our partnership with Spirits Aeronautics to provide additional aircraft owners and their passengers with the most powerful and outstanding audiophile experience.”

“When the customer approached us looking for an entertainment system with exceptional sound, we knew Alto was the only real solution, especially when we learned that the client has a highly developed ear for music,” said Tony Bailey, president and COO of Spirit Aeronautics. “His tastes also rolled over to aesthetics and everything had to be beyond brilliant. Our team, in partnership with the Alto staff, delivered the aircraft on time with incomparable visual and audible results. The customer directly stated that the system and the installation exceeded his every expectation. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing those words from our customers!”

April 1, 2016

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