Pilatus unveils the PC-24 twin jet at Ebace
May 21, 2013, Geneva, Sui. - A world première at the "European Business Aviation
May 21, 2013 By Carey Fredericks
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, remembers: "Over ten years ago, we started asking our PC-12 customers what they would like to see in the next Pilatus aircraft. The answers were always the same: Further and faster – whilst retaining the much appreciated strengths of the PC-12, such as the ability to use very short runways. It was a huge challenge for our development team! We are all the more proud to be a ble to unveil an aircraft with exactly those qualities today: the PC-24."
The PC-24 will offer its future owners a combination of performance and versatility unrivalled by any other business jet. 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
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
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
Work on the prototype in Stans is in full swing. 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.
Schwenk has no doubt that the PC-24 will be just as successful as the PC-12, of which over 1200 models have been sold to date: "Very importantly, the PC-24 is a completely new development – not a 'me too produc
The list price (price basis 2017) is approx. USD 8.9 million. First orders will betaken at EBACE 2014.