Oliver Masefield, former VP engineering at Eclipse Aviation, will return to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in Stans, Switzerland, June 1 as engineering manager of the firm's advanced projects office.
"I really wanted the Eclipse 500 to succeed. We created the technology for a nice machine, but it got screwed up. Now, I'm excited to be going back to Pilatus."
When Masefield last worked for Pilatus as VP research and development, he created the highly successful PC-12 single-engine turboprop, as well as managed the PC-7 and PC-9 military trainer programs. He's also credited with creating the PC-21, a high-performance military trainer having the most of the characteristics of a jet trainer, but far lower fuel consumption and direct operating costs. Before joining Pilatus, Masefield was a project engineer on the AV-8 Harrier at Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Ltd.
Designing the Eclipse 500, Masefield used many of the same advanced engineering and manufacturing methods used for military aircraft to create a rugged airframe for the civilian market, one that exceeded FAA and EASA
structural certification requirements by wide margins.
"We always wanted to retire in Switzerland. The offer from Pilatus provided just too good a segue."