Hackett buys personal ten-seater plane


news Wondering what Simon Hackett would do with the millions of dollars he netted from the sale of his company Internode to iiNet? Wonder no more. The telco executive this week flew to Switzerland to buy a small nine seater plane (ten if you include the pilot) of the type usually used for corporations.

Hackett revealed the purchase in a number of posts on his blog this week and last, noting that he planned to “spend a few days visiting the factory (and Switzerland); inspect, accept, and locally fly my shiny new plane; install a few gadgets; and prepare to fly it back to Adelaide, Australia”.

The model the executive is buying is a Pilatus PC-12 (further information at the manufacturer’s site here). An extensive history of the single engine turboprop passenger plane can be found on Wikipedia. They appear to be commonly used as corporate planes to fly executives around the globe, but have also recently started being used as regional passenger planes in some countries. The US Air Force also uses the planes for some operations. Normally the model would run with six seats in the back and 2 in the front (including pilot) for a total of 8, but it can do a total of ten.

Hackett noted he plans to fly the plane home gradually, with a number of stops in countries ranging from Egypt to India, to Thailand, Vietnam and Bali, then Broome in Western Australia before heading home to Adelaide. He will be accompanied by his flight instructor. Hackett is an old hand at flying; having long been known for his interest in flying gliders around South Australia. The executive is also known for his interest in electric motor vehicles; especially the Tesla Roadster.

Hackett appears relatively happy with his purchase. After his first flight in the new bird, he wrote: “After the flight, we had a short handing over ceremony, red carpet and all. We did things slightly backward because we were still in the aircraft as they towed it into the hangar, meaning I came out of the plane to accept the keys, instead of the other way around. After all of that, we had a nice lunch at a lovely spot beside the lake, and then we got on with packing the aircraft toward being ready to start the ferry flight later this week. All in all, a great day – the aircraft is performing flawlessly, and it looks wonderful.”

For our part, we’ve only got one question for the Internode founder: Will the plane have in-flight Internet access?

Hackett’s posts on his journey (complete with photography) can be found here:

And here’s a gallery shots from Hackett of what his PC-12 looks like (note the geeky ‘TCP’ number on the back):

Image credit: Simon Hackett


  1. Plans trais and automobils? (spellcheck first couple paragraphs!)

    Though one of them might actually be “purchased off the plan” most of them are meant to be plane I suspect!

    • Read the sentence in full PeterA – “buy a small nine seater plan of the type usually used for corporations”… Might it be that corporations have 9 seats on the board? :p

      Might be a clue to the structure of his next enterprise…

      Nah, who am I kidding, its a typoo.

      • Could be talking about the floor “plan”…I’m sure if can get nine seats in it, there’s potentially floor “plans” for five seat versions.

  2. Why is it numerous times throughout this article it mentions ‘plan’ and not ‘plane’

  3. So for him to sell Internode and now riding in plains and expensive cars (Tesla Coil), someone likes to spend up big (red carpet and all as quoted).

    At least Minecraft creator has donated a fair bit to charity and runs occasionally charity events, as well as NBNCo’s CEO first pay check (of $2 million) – alot of gaming community also donates to charity.

    • @Daniel, what’s your point, and how does it relate to Simon’s purchase of a plane? Also, unless you have personal knowledge of what Simon / Internode has or hasn’t donated to charity I don’t see how you are in a position to comment.

    • hey Daniel,

      if I’d started a massive company like Internode, which has been of great benefit to many Australians over the years, I would feel entitled to buy a few ‘gadgets’ like this as well.


      • exactly. he’s worked hard for his expensive toys.
        he’s always been a businessmen and never a philanthropist.

    • Yes, how dare a person whom has worked hard, built a business, done a bunch of stuff for, and in the community, how dare they actually enjoy a little from that effort.


  4. Weird. Load this plane fully with fuel (for max range presumably) and you only have a 458 kg payload left, after the pilot, according to the website.

    Practically speaking this is not a 10-seater plane unless it is for short range trips, by the look of it.

    But good on him for getting a new toy.

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