Pilatus presents its latest flagship, the PC-24 twin-jet
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has unveiled the PC 24, dubbed the world's first "Super Versatile Jet" at the "European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition" (EBACE) in Geneva.
It is the first business jet with the ability to use very short runways, paved or unpaved. The jet also includes a spacious cabin which can be configured to individual requirements and comes with a cargo door as standard.
The cabin interior will be available in a wide choice of different configurations ranging from an executive layout with 6-8 passenger seats to a commuter setup with room for up to 10 passengers, or even combi-versions for passengers and cargo, right through to special installations for emergency medical flights.
The PC-24 reaches a maximum speed of ~425 knots (787 km/h). The maximum range with 4 passengers is 3,610 km. The PC-24 is powered by two Williams FJ44-4A turbines, each of which produces 15,124 kN of thrust.
The avionics system draws on a completely new Pilatus concept: the "Advanced Cockpit Environment" (ACE™) system, developed especially to reduce cockpit workloads. Even in the basic version, the "Pilatus ACE" offers four 12-inch screens, the SmartView™ synthetic vision system, TCAS II, IRS, LVP and the option to complete flight planning procedures on the screen itself, in graphical form.
Work on the prototype in Stans is in full swing and the roll-out is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. The PC-24 will take off on its maiden flight towards the end of 2014. Certification by the European (EASA) and American (FAA) authorities is planned for early 2017 and the first aircraft will be delivered immediately thereafter. The PC-24 programme was approved by the Board of Directors of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in summer 2012 and is financed entirely from company funds.
The list price (price basis 2017) is approx. USD 8.9 million. First orders will be taken at EBACE 2014.
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