Pilatus Presents Series Standard PC-24 at EBACE 2017 and Series Production is Underway
The third PC-24 prototype, which also represents the series standard, will be unveiled to the general public at this year's European Business Aviation Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, from 22 to 24 May 2017. At the Pilatus headquarters, PC-24 series production is underway and accelerating to ensure on-time delivery of the first customer aircraft after certification.
A premiere at EBACE 2017: the third PC-24, the P03, will be presented to the general public for the first time. With its eye-catching, elegantly shimmering pearlescent livery and executive “Zermatt” interior, the Super Versatile Jet cannot fail to wow the public. On display next to the PC-24 P03 there will also be a 1:1 mock-up with a “Vail” style interior, shown for the first time in the flexible 6 plus 2 seating configuration.
Certification flights and series production
Following the P03's maiden flight on 6 March 2017, the PC-24 test fleet is now complete. The three prototypes have accumulated a total of 950 flights and 1525 hours in the air to date. Further certification flights are currently in progress. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet is planned for the 4th quarter of 2017 and initial customer deliveries are schedule immediately thereafter.
Meanwhile, back at the headquarters in Stans, work has already started in earnest on the first aircraft for delivery to customers. The production status of these first few PC-24s is already well advanced: number one has already received its final livery.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of Pilatus, comments as follows on the progress of the PC-24 development programme:
“I'm delighted that we can now unveil the first series-conform PC-24 to the general public at EBACE. We are confident of being able to convince even more potential customers of the uniquely outstanding performance of our Made-in-Switzerland Business Jet!”
In 2014, Pilatus sold 84 PC-24s in the space of just 36 hours. The order book is currently closed, but is due to re-open in 2018 after receipt of the first positive reports from PC-24 operators. Final PC-24 performance data will be published after certification. The data gathered by Pilatus thus far indicate that the Super Versatile Jet's performance is likely to exceed expectations.
About the Super Versatile Jet
The PC-24 is the first business jet worldwide designed to take off and land on very short runways, or unpaved runways, and to come with a cargo door as standard. It also boasts an extremely spacious cabin whose interior can easily be adapted to personal requirements. The outstanding flexibility of the PC-24 opens the door on an enviable spectrum of possibilities – whether as a business jet, ambulance aircraft or for other special missions. All this makes it a Super Versatile Jet, an aircraft designed to fulfil a wide variety of individual mission profiles.