July 29, 2014 Stan, Sui. - A historic moment for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd and a milestone in Swiss economic history: the rollout of the PC-24, the very first business jet to be "made in Switzerland" is just around the corner.
By Stacy Bradshaw
Several thousand spectators are expected to attend the rollout event, including high-ranking guests from business and politics. Over 120 performers, including the Wiesenberger Yodel Group and well-known Swiss rapper, Bligg, will help make this an unforgettable occasion. Everyone is warmly invited to attend, entrance is free of charge!
The PC-24 prototype will be unveiled to the public
for the first time this Friday. The final touches are currently being made to the aircraft to ensure the twin-engine jet is ready to be rolled out of the production hangar on Swiss National Day.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pilatus, said: "For an aircraft constructor, the rollout is 'the big event.' I'm proud that we're able to design and build an aircraft as complex as this for sale on the worldwide market. Our choice of date – Swiss National Day – was no coincidence, and is intended to show just what we can do here in Stans, in the heart of Switzerland. I'd be delighted if you, too, can join the celebration on 1 August!“
A total of three prototypes will be produced for the PC-24 test flight program. The maiden flight of the first prototype, which was presented at the rollout, will go ahead in spring 2015. Final certification and start of deliveries to customers are planned from 2017.