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Pilatus
PC-24 Bussiness Jet

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Pilatus: PC-24 Bussinessjet

Role Light business jet
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft
First flight 11 May 2015
Introduction 1 April 2018
Status in production
Primary users Swiss Air Force
PlaneSense  / Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
Produced 2015–present
Number built 100 (January 2021)

Pilatus PC-24 Bussiness Jet


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The Pilatus PC-24 is a light business jet produced by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.

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The Pilatus PC-24 is a light business jet produced by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Following the PC-12 single turboprop success, work on the jet started in 2007 for greater range and speed, keeping the rugged airfield capability. The aircraft was introduced on 21 May 2013 and rolled out on 1 August 2014, with the maiden flight on 11 May 2015. The PC-24 received EASA and FAA type certification on 7 December 2017 and the first customer delivery was on 7 February 2018. Powered by two Williams FJ44 turbofans, it competes with the Embraer Phenom 300 and the Cessna Citation CJ4

Operational History

During the 1990s, Pilatus Aircraft had brought to market the Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop-powered business aircraft. As the PC-12 quickly proved to be a commercial success, Pilatus sought to follow up with a complementary aircraft and began gathering feedback from customers of the type. In response to this request, several customers reportedly expressed a desire for an aircraft that would possess both a greater range and top speed than the existing PC-12, while retaining the type’s overall ruggedness and ability to make use of very short runways

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Pilatus PC-24 Bussinessjet (2015)

Fifty two of these handsome aircraft were taken on charge by the Swiss Air Force, half as dual control trainers, the P-2-05, and half as weapons trainers (armed with a synchronized machinegun in the nose, light bombs and rockets), the P-2-06. The P2 had a long and useful life, finally being retired in 1981. After disposal onto the civilian market, they proved to be extremely popular with the ‘warbird’ fraternity, and have appear (painted as Luftwaffe aircraft) in a number of feature films like ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’.

Specifications

General characteristics

Crew: one or two

Capacity: 8 passengers

Length: 16.85 m (55 ft 2 in)

Wingspan: 17.0 m (55 ft 9 in)

Height: 5.4 m (17 ft 4 in)

Empty weight: 4,965 kg (10,950 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 8,300 kg (18,300 lb)

Max payload: 1,485 kg (3,274 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Williams FJ44-4A turbofans, 15 kN (3,400 lbf) thrust 

Performance

Cruise speed: 815 km/h (506 mph, 440 kn) [20]

Stall speed: 150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)

Range: 3,334 km (2,072 mi, 1,800 nmi) , 6 passengers (1,200 lb payload)

Ferry range: 3,704 km (2,302 mi, 2,000 nmi) , 4 passengers (800 lb payload)

Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft) , single engine ceiling 7,925 m (26,000 ft)

Time to altitude: FL 450 in 30 minutes

 

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The company has mostly produced aircraft for niche markets, in particular short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as well as military training aircraft. During the 1950s and 1960s, Pilatus developed on a short takeoff and landing (STOL) light civil transport aircraft, the PC-6 Porter. During 1973, it was decided to restart work on the PC-7 programme; it entered production as the PC-7 Turbo Trainer. In 1979, Pilatus acquired Britten-Norman, constructor of the Britten-Norman Islander and Britten-Norman Defender aircraft. During the 1980s, it developed the PC-9, an improved derivative of the PC-7.