The PC-24 is a new entry by Swiss aircraft-maker Pilatus for the light passenger jet market. The aircraft debuted in 2013 during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (Geneva), achieved certification and saw deliveries begin before the end of 2017. Official series introduction was had on February 7th, 2018.
The PC-24 is conventionally arranged as a business jet. It sports modern and advanced features including short-field/rough-field capabilities, a flat floor cabin design and customizable seating options for the most discerning customer. Avionics are fully integrated. The product is powered by 2 x Williams FJ44-4A turbojet engines installed along wingstubs at the empennage sides. The main planes are swept rearwards and fitted at midships. The tail unit relies on a proven T-style arrangement in which the single rudder fin supports the twin horizontal planes. The undercarriage is wheeled and wholly retractable under the aircraft.
Performance specifications include a cruising speed near 790 kilometers per hour with a range out to 3,330 kilometers. Empty weight is 4,970 kilograms against an MTOW of 8,050 kilograms.
Three prototypes were used to prove the PC-24, designated "P01", "P02" and "P03". The first two prototypes flew over 1,350 hours with a first-flight recorded on May 11th, 2015.
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May 2014 - The PC-24 was formally announced / launched at EBACE (Geneva).
May 2015 - The PC-24 prototype aircraft recorded its first-flight.
December 2017 - The PC-24 has received its type certification.
December 2018 - The United States Army is in the market to replace its aging fleet of C-12 and C-26 fixed-wing aircraft; the PC-24 is said to be a contender.
June 2019 - The PC-24 has been showcased at Paris Air Show 2019.
November 2020 - The PC-24 business jet series has received approval to conduct 10-seat commuter operational service.
April 2021 - It was revealed that the Qatar Emiri Air Force has ordered a pair of PC-24s to handle pilot training and VIP transport duties.
Pilatus - Switzerland Manufacturer(s)
Australia; Switzerland; United Arab Emirates; United States Operators
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