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Pilatus PC-24: The offroader in the air

Dal Kikin
April 9, 2019

Since 1939, Pilatus has a reputation for constructing a plane that excels in demanding conditions without compromising speed, safety or comfort. The Pilatus Porter PC-6 has heralded as one of the most extraordinary bush planes ever built and was also known as the world’s leading STOL. The PC-12 is the benchmark for outstanding versatility, performance, reliability and operational flexibility. As such, it is one of the most popular turbine-powered business aircraft on the market today. The PC-24 embodies all the experience and represents over 80 years of precision plane manufacturing.

The PC-24 is the only aircraft combining the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a medium-light jet, and the performance of a light jet. And it's doesn’t fit into any of the existing business jet categories. The Super Versatile Jet (SVJ) category has created especially for PC-24.

Swiss aircraft considered to be a universal model, which has comfortable conditions for passengers of VIP-flights. The buyer has plenty to choose from, as the manufacturer offers 6 variations of the interior trim. Also worth noting is the luggage compartment. With tanks filled, the model is capable of delivering a cargo of 1,135 tons at a speed of 425 knots, with four passengers on board.

The interior of the PC-24 has designed from the outset for quick and easy reconfiguration – an option not found in many other business jets. The plane cabin has a volume of 14 m3 and 155 cm in height, 170 cm in width and 700 cm in length from the cockpit bulkhead to the rear pressure bulkhead. Portholes will be the largest in the midsize class. The cabin pressure at a maximum flight altitude of 450 thousand feet will be at 2.5 thousand meters. In front of the fuselage, there will be a fully insulated toilet. To accommodate luggage in the cabin provides a volume of 1.4 to 2.5 m3 (depending on the layout). Each passenger seat features quick-change capability enabling its addition or removal. 

Thus, there is more space in the cabin than in the Citation XLS +, but less than in the Hawker 900XP. However, unlike most midsize aircraft, the floor will be flat, and also to the passenger entrance in the front of the fuselage, there will be a cargo hatch in the rear. 

All Pilatus aircraft have certified for single-pilot operation. The cockpit layout is efficient and intuitive. Four 12-inch screens ensure that all relevant information displayed in the right place and with no delay. Simply speaking, the PC-24 is the perfect combination of single-pilot operational know-how and state-of-the-art avionics technology. And of course, the PC-24 can also be flown by two pilots.

Its slow approach speed and sophisticated braking/lift dump system reduce the landing distance to an absolute minimum and keep every landing safe. The PC-24’s superior runway performance enables you to operate from thousands of airstrips. There are around 10,650 airports in the world that possible to access with aircrafts able to operate on runways with a length of 3,130 feet (954 m). There are an additional 880 airports that become available when the plane needs only 2,930 feet (893 m). Of course, in both cases, these runways have to be paved.

If we look at the number of runways around the world that offer a length of at least 2,930 feet (893 m) but feature unpaved surfaces – like grass or gravel. The number is almost 20,000! So with the PC-24, the owner can access to almost 100 % more airports around the world.

@Photos by Pilatus Aircraft