After the PC-24 was first unveiled three years ago with its maiden flight on 11 May 2015, 84 aircraft (three-years’ worth of production) had been sold within hours. The PC-24 has maintained its grip on popularity, with operators reporting that demand for it has been much higher than anticipated.
The PC-24 received EASA and FAA type certification on 7 December 2017, and the first customer delivery was on 7 February 2018. The aircraft has a maximum cruising speed of just over 500 mph, compared to 328 mph for the PC-12 NG, the latest version of the PC-12. Its range is just under 1,900 miles (1,650 nautical miles) when carrying three passengers and two pilots.
The aircraft requires only 2,690 feet of runway to take off and just 2,525 to land. And it is designed to land smoothly even on unpaved runways, leading the creator Pilatus to label the aircraft as the world’s first SVJ - super versatile jet.
The Super Versatile Jet will carry seven passengers (four in a club configuration), plus pilot in a luxurious, ergonomic environment. The large cargo door which comes as standard allows easy loading and unloading of large items of luggage and bulky cargo. The PC-24’s short takeoff and landing capabilities also open up new possibilities in terms of arriving closer to the final destination, thereby saving valuable time. The PC-24 operational base will be located in Sion.
The PC-24’s cabin volume tops business jets costing almost twice as much. The interior of the PC-24 has been designed from the outset for quick and easy reconfiguration, an option not found in many other business jets. Each passenger seat features quick-change capability enabling its addition or removal in just a few minutes. The aft partition is movable so you can easily enlarge the passenger cabin or increase the baggage compartment volume for each and every flight.
Designed to combine light-jet speed, climb and altitude capability with twin-turboprop capacity, short-field/rough-field capability, and general utility, the airplane was viewed as a twin-engined, jet upgrade of their single-engine, turboprop PC-12, and a competitor to the Cessna Citation CJ4 and Embraer Phenom 300.