The Pilatus PC-24 private jet start’s at $2,500 per hour and up. The Pilatus PC-24.



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The aircraft has a maximum range of 1,950 nm, which is slightly more than the Phenom 300, but less than the Cessna Citation CJ4.

The PC-24 has been designed to take-off and land on much shorter surfaces – both paved and unpaved – than its competitors, including grass, snow, sand, gravel and even ice.

This means it will have a strong market appeal in regions such as Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, where it will often be the only jet aircraft capable of landing.

Like both of those aircraft, the PC-24 aircraft will be certified for single pilot operation.

It has a top speed of 489 mph (787 kmph), which is less than its competitors, but it is significantly faster than the PC-12 turboprop.

The PC-24 takes that advantage to the max. Its 2,690-ft. BFL enables it to operate from 11,950 paved airports around the world.

And since it can also operate from grass, gravel, sand or snow-covered runways, the number of available landing places expands to over 21,000, according to Pilatus.

Of that total, nearly 2,500 are available in Africa, as compared to the 815 runways on that continent that are suitable for the aircraft’s nearest competitor.I

n South America, the PC-24’s runway potential increases from the 1,501 available to the competition to 3,282.

And in North America, the Pilatus jet can alight on 8,383 runways of all types, or nearly double the paved number.

For a light jet, the PC-24’s flat-floor cabin is quite spacious, measuring 23 ft. in length and 5 ft., 7 in. at its widest point and 5 ft., 1 in. high at aisle center.

As a result, passengers won’t have to sit with their necks cranked sideways to avoid hitting their heads.

Meanwhile, a variety of interior configurations are possible: an executive configuration with seating for six, along with a generous baggage area.

A “combi” version with room for four executive seats plus a fully expanded cargo area; and an open version for all-cargo, special missions equipment and air ambulance service.

The PC-24’s Advanced Cockpit Environment, a Honeywell-based system, features four 12-in. screens, including two primary flight displays, a multifunction display and another providing aircraft system status such as fuel levels, etc.

A pair of 3,400-lbf Williams International FJ-44-4A turbofans powers the PC-24.

The Pilatus jet will be certified under EASA CS 23 and FAA FAR Part 23 commuter category for single-pilot operations in VMC, IMC, day and night, and known icing.

Those approvals are expected in 2017, with deliveries beginning shortly thereafter. Construction of a new energy-efficient factory building will allow Pilatus to produce 50 PC-24s per year.

The Pilatus PC-24 twinjet completed its first flight on May 11, taking off from Buochs Airport in Switzerland.

It is the first jet built by the company, and the first-ever Swiss-built business jet. According to a company representative, the 55-minute flight “went exactly as planned with no problems whatsoever.”

With two pilots on board, the jet took off using less than 2,000 feet of runway, and climbed to 10,000 feet in about 3 minutes.

The PC-24 comes with a large cargo door, more than 4 feet square, and its takeoff and landing performance make it possible to use very short and even unpaved runways.

The cabin seats up to 10, and has a movable aft partition to allow more room for cargo or for passengers. It will be certified for a single pilot and can fly up to 489 mph for up to 2,244 miles.

Its versatility is also very impressive, affording owners the luxury of being able to quickly change the cabin from executive to cargo configuration between legs.

Pilatus might not have the same global recognition – or indeed the payroll – of the likes of Airbus or Boeing (the company only employs around 1,500 people), but their proud aircraft owners will tell you that Pilatus is one of the most dependable names in aviation.

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They all were fitted with props, not turbofans, and the latter seem far more vulnerable to foreign object damage (FOD) so common in rough places.

When contemplating its first jet, Pilatus reached out to its loyal PC-12 clients. Those owners have now accumulated over five million hours flying their single-engine turboprops.

The clients have countless landings and takeoffs from challenging locations around the globe. They knew quite precisely what they wanted in a new aircraft.

It had to be capable of comfortably operating from short airstrips, a trademark characteristic of the fabled Pilatus Porter PC-6 Porter. Second, its cabin had to have volume — as much as the PC-12’s, or more. Third, it had to go fast.

Considering the broad span of potential uses in which the aircraft might be employed, Pilatus took a design note from the PC-12 and fitted the jet with a cargo door, a big one.

The 4 ft., 1 in. wide and 4 ft., 3 in. tall door will be especially appreciated by medical transport, utility and special-mission operators for ease of loading and unloading litters, boxes, apparatus and such.

The wing trailing edge close to the door is reinforced, a thoughtful and practical detail by Pilatus engineers to protect it from inadvertent damage.

Heated and fully pressurized, the cargo section is accessible at any time during flight. Depending on the seating configuration of the aircraft, the baggage compartment volume ranges from 51 cu. ft. to a spacious 90 cu. ft.

Business pilots who have struggled lifting large awkward bags such as golf bags through crowded cabins will especially appreciate that yawning door and the spacious storage area behind it.

The promotion of any aircraft such as the PC-24 as being “multipurpose” — that is, say, hauling people during the day and then pulling the seats and hauling cargo at night, is just one advantage.

The aft partition can be moved to allow additional seats or a larger baggage compartment. This theoretically enables the PC-24 to be easily changed from various configurations and missions.

The Pilatus PC-24 is a big aircraft – and it surprised many people at EBACE that it is quite so big – but it is worth noting that this looks to include 90 cubic ft of internal baggage space.

Pilatus says that it will carry six to eight passengers in an executive layout or up to 10 passengers in a commuter layout. There will also be options to change it to allow the aircraft to be used for medical fleets.

While the PC-24’s versatility means that it will be attractive to some buyers, this does mean that it will probably not be as luxurious a cabin as the Cessna CJ4 or, particularly, the Phenom 300.

Regularly changing interior configuration also often results in scratches and scuff marks meaning that PC-24 interiors may wear out faster.

There is not a lot between the three aircraft (Phenom 300 and CJ4). Particularly as in the real world average missions are usually significantly shorter than the maximum possible range.

The PC-12 already has this capability and Pilatus is confident that it can do this with the larger jet.

This means there will be many missions – particularly in Africa, the Middle East, Asia –including Central Asia – where it will be the only jet capable of landing.

It should be a particularly attractive aircraft for companies or individuals involved in mining or natural resources where paved airports are often a long way from mines or drilling.

With a cargo door capable of taking a European pallet the Pilatus is a very different aircraft to the other two – which both offer a decent amount of cargo space.

PC-24 passengers also have access to the baggage during a flight – which also allows them to watch valuable cargo at smaller airports where security can be a concern.

The company’s turboprops have long been popular for business and personal flying. When the order book was opened last year for the new jet, Pilatus took 84 orders in under 36 hours, selling out production through 2019.

While the PC-24 will compete in the light jet market, Pilatus says the PC-24 can land at an additional 1,300 airports around the world compared to its unnamed closest competitor. This has led the manufacturer to invent an entirely new weight class to place the aircraft in: the super versatile jet (SVJ) category.

One of the advantages of most business aircraft is their ability to use smaller airports closer to the actual final destination of those on board.

The PILATUS PC-24 aircraft are certified for single-pilot operation. And the PC-24 is no exception to this rule. The cockpit layout is efficient and intuitive. From the comfort of his seat, the pilot finds an environment that has been designed specifically to reduce workload and improve safety while providing full situational awareness under all circumstances.


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