Pilatus PC-24

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PC-24
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Mock-up of the PC-24 at its unveiling in May 2013
Role Light jet
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft
First flight forecast for early 2015
Status Under development
Unit cost
US$9M (projected, 2013)

The Pilatus PC-24 is a twin-engine business jet under development by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The PC-24 was designed based on feedback from PC-12 customers, who desired increased range and speed, but wanted to retain the PC-12's ability to use very short runways.[2]

The aircraft was revealed to the public at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva on 21 May 2013. Its first flight is scheduled for late 2014, and its entry into service for 2017, at a price of 9 million U.S. dollars.[3] It is to compete with Embraer's Phenom 300 and Cessna's Citation CJ4.[2][4]

The jet will have a range of 3,300 km (2,051 mi) with six passengers and a cruise speed of 786 km/h (488 mph). It is to be powered by two tail-mounted Williams FJ44-4A engines, and be equipped with a large cargo door as standard equipment. The pressurised in-flight baggage compartment is capable of accepting a standard pallet. With a take-off distance of 820 m (2,690 ft) and a landing distance of 770 m (2,526 ft), the PC-24 is intended to be capable of operation from unpaved runways and grass strips.[2][3] According to Pilatus, no other aircraft has this ability, which gives the jet access to over 21,000 airports that other jets cannot use.[4]

The aircraft will be certified for single pilot operation.[2]

Pilatus will start taking orders for the aircraft in later May 2014. The rollout of the first aircraft is scheduled for 1 August 2014, Switzerland's national day, with first flight in early 2015 and first deliveries planned for 2017.[5]

Operational history[edit]

By EBACE in May 2014 the company had sold 84 production places, representing the first planned three years of producton.[6]

Orders as of 2 July 2014:

Name Orders
Falcon Aviation Services[citation needed] 002
Jetfly[citation needed] 004
PlaneSense[citation needed] 006
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia[citation needed] 003
U-Haul International[citation needed] 002
Swiss Air Force[7] 001
Private Orders[citation needed] 0067
Total 0085

Specifications (PC-24)[edit]

Data from Manufacturer[8]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One or two
  • Capacity: Ten passengers
  • Length: 16.8 m (55 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.0 m (55 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)
  • Empty weight: 4,967 kg (10,950 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,006 kg (17,650 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 888.5 U.S. gal
  • Powerplant: 2 × Williams FJ44-4A turbofan engines, 15 kN (3,400 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 787 km/h; 489 mph (425 kn)
  • Range: 3,610 km; 1,949 nmi (2,243 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft) single engine ceiling 7,925 m (26,000 ft)
  • Wing loading: 259 kg/m2 (53.1 lb/sq ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitfield, Bethany (4 April 2013). "Pilatus to Reveal PC-24 Jet at EBACE". Flying. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Grady, Mary (21 May 2013). "Pilatus Introduces PC-24 TwinJet". AVweb. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sarsfield, Kate (21 May 2013). "EBACE: Pilatus joins the Jet Set with PC-24". Flightglobal. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Whyte, Alasdair (22 May 2013). "The Pilatus PC-24 versus the Cessna Citation CJ4 and the Embraer Phenom 300". Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Niles, Russ (18 May 2014). "Pilatus Opens Order Book On Jet". AVweb. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Huge Success for the PC-24: 84 Aircraft Sold
  7. ^ http://www.20min.ch/finance/news/story/Ueli-Maurer-will-Pilatus-Jet-kaufen-22446035
  8. ^ "Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 Fact Sheet". Pilatus Aircraft. 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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